Fancy an app that gives you discounts towards your weekly shop? Take a look at this Shopmium review to see where you can use it and what kind of savings you can make. Plus, use my Shopmium promo code for a bonus to get you started.
10-second Shopmium review
Not a bad app with some decent offers. However, they don’t come along as often as I like, so it’s a case of checking my account each week to see what’s on offer.
As a family of five, one of our biggest expenses every week is our grocery shop. It hasn’t helped either that the cost of shopping has increased over the last few years much quicker than my wages!
There are several ways to save money though, such as changing to store named brands and meal planning.
And there are several apps available that help you to save by giving you cashback when you make a purchase. Shopmium is one of the more popular apps but how does it work and is it worth it?
What is Shopmium?
Shopmium is a free app that offers you cashback across a range of products from the major UK supermarkets. Simply purchase a listed product, scan the barcode and receipt and receive some money back.
The app will work on an iPhone that has iOS 9 or above and an Android devices with version 5 or higher. Your phone will also need the autofocus function as that is used for scanning the barcodes.
Is Shopmium safe?
Shopmium is owned by a company called Quotient Technology Inc. The company has been operating since 2011 with an office in London. The app has over 4 million users, works with over 2000 companies and has over 10,000 5 star reviews in the app stores.
How does Shopmium make money?
It’s all very well seeing these receipt scanning apps, but what’s in it for them? Well, they work in promoting products on behalf of manufacturers. So, if you receive cashback from the app, the manufacturer will reimburse Shopmium and also give them a fee.
The hope is that you’ll like the product you bought so much, you’ll be a customer for life.
Where to start?
First of all (surprisingly), you need to download the app. Either follow my links below if you’re using your phone or visit the Shopmium website.
You will then need to register the country you live and then sign up using an email address or Facebook. And that’s it. Once you’re signed up, you’ll instantly have a list of offers to use.
What discounts can I expect?
All kinds of food and drink are listed. Bread, milk, cheese, cereal, alcohol, it’s all there and it changes every few weeks. Some of the discounts allow you to try the product for free, whilst others offer the product for around half price.
The majority of the products are brand new, so there’s a good chance you have never tried them before. But that’s the whole point of the app – to encourage you to try something different. But you will find some older, more popular products occasionally too.
In all, Shopmium claims to have £50 worth of savings every week.
My particular favourite at the moment is an offer for Absolut vodka. At the time of writing, Tesco had bottles reduced from £16 to £11. And using the Shopmium app gave an extra 25% off.
That meant I was paying a grand total of £8.25 per bottle. And the best thing is… I could keep using the offer!
How does Shopmium work?
Open the app and toggle the tab with regards to whether you’re shopping online or in-store. Then, choose the supermarket or store you plan to shop at. Next, it’s just a case of scrolling through the products and seeing if there’s anything you like.
If you find something that catches your eye, simply pop into a store and purchase it. If you’re out shopping and you aren’t 100% sure if the product in front of you is the same as the one on the app (sometimes the image is slightly different), you can use the barcode scanner to check eligibility.
Claiming your cashbck is easy:
- Select the piggy bank sign at the bottom of the app
- Press request my cashback
- Take a photo of your receipt (this may require more than one for longer receipts)
- Scan the barcode of the product
And that’s all you have to do. You just need to wait until your cashback is confirmed.
Once it is, it can then be transferred into your bank account or via PayPal. Money usually takes 3 days to reach you with PayPal or 7 days if you opt for a bank transfer.
Which stores are covered?
Taken from their FAQ’s:
Shopmium is retailer independent, meaning you may purchase qualified products at any retailer the product is sold, unless the terms and conditions suggest otherwise. However, you must buy the product in a store that provides a computerised receipt with the name of the store, clear product details and the date and time of the purchase. Receipts from small delis or markets are sometimes not accepted since they are prone to fraud attempts.
This means that unlike some of the other apps, Shopmium’s special offers aren’t always linked to any specific retailers… or so it claims.
I have found that nearly all the cashback opportunities are only available at certain supermarkets. There is the odd exception, such as a few items at WH Smith and Holland & Barrett, but these are quite rare.
The supermarkets you will find on the app are:
Any other features?
The app has a handy map that shows you local stores and which products are stocked there. This saves you trying to find a product that isn’t even sold in that store! And you can refer your friends to receive £3 in referral credits.
There is also a Shopmium Club. When you join Shopmium you start as a beginner. However, as you complete offers and refer friends, you move up to Silver and then on to Gold.
- Payment in under than 2 working days
- Customer Service support in less than 1 working day
- Access to Shopmium community life, letting you take surveys, choose referral gifts or challenges rewards
- Exclusive challenges
- Extra exclusive challenges
- Previews of new offers before they go live
- A special gift on your birthday
Once you reach silver, you can never move back down. However, to keep your Gold level, you need to submit at least one cashback claim each month.
Finally, you can also add your loyalty cards to the app (such as Tesco Clubcard or your Nectar card), which means you don’t have to scramble around for them when you’re out shopping as they’re on your phone!
If the Shopmium app isn’t good enough for you, why not look at earning cashback through their website? All you need to do is click on the link to your favourite retailer from the Shopmium site, make a purchase and as you normally would and Cashback will be sent to your account.
If your memory is terrible like mine, you can download an extension to Google Chrome or Firefox which will automatically let you know when cashback is available
Some of the popular stores available include
Although worth checking out, their rates and range of stores aren’t as good as the main cashback sites.
Where can I find a Shopmium promo code?
Apple users can download here or Android users can download here. When you sign up if you use my Shopmium promo code AMUAFFUR, you will receive a special offer. At the moment, this is a pack of Pringles, although it changes fairly regularly.
Or visit the Shopmium website to find out more.
My Shopmium review conclusion
Is it worth it? Kind of. It’s certainly worth downloading, but it can be tough to find items you actually want. And if you end up buying things you don’t want, it’s not really a bargain. But offers change regularly, so you should check back on a weekly basis.
Other apps like Shopmium
There are some other apps similar to Shopmium that are worth checking out
Find out more by taking a look at the best receipt scanning apps.
Please note that I will receive a referral fee if you join Shopmium using my code.
When does Shopmium update offers?
There are no set times for when offers are removed and new one put on the app. But on average, expect the deals to last for around 2 weeks. There will be a countdown when an offer is coming to an end.
How do I delete my account?
Simply follow the link here and log in to your account. From there, you can cancel.