Looking to make a little extra or do you need to save money on your weekly shop? Well, did you know that you can make money just by taking photos of your receipts and uploading them? I’ve listed some of the best receipt scanning apps available to help you make start earning.
Best receipt scanner apps in the UK
The apps looked at in this post include:
- Amazon Shopper Panel
- Snap & Save
Top receipts apps in the UK 2022
I shouldn’t admit it, but I’m one of the least motivated people out there. I really want to earn a lot of money, it’s just that I’m incredibly lazy.
But, I do enjoy earning easy money. Even if it’s not going to make me rich, as long it takes minimal effort, I’m interested. And scanning receipts is one of the simplest ways, but why not take a look at some other apps to make money from your phone?
How can I get money back from receipts?
There are two types of apps that will pay you when you scan receipts.
- Simple receipt apps – these just want to know what you have bought, which can be from a photo of paper receipts or digital receipts can be sent in by email with some apps
- Cashback apps – these want you to purchase certain items from selected grocery stores and then you send your receipt. You’ll then receive cashback, sometimes up to 100% of the value of the item.
You only need one thing to get started – a smartphone. Then, just download the apps below to your mobile device and get started. A PayPal account is needed for some of the apps, but others are able to send vouchers as an option.
How do receipt scanning apps make money?
You may be thinking why would anybody pay for photos of your receipts? You don’t get something for nothing in this world.
Information is king. The receipt scanning companies collect information about what you buy and when. They can then collate this data and sell it on to retailers.
The good thing for us is that plenty of companies collect this data, so we can earn multiple times from the same receipt.
The cashback apps earn simply by promoting products. They hope that by encouraging you to try a new product and a bargain price, you’ll be a customer for life.
How much can you earn?
This is a tough one as it really depends on how much you shop. However, there’s no reason why the average household can’t make more than £150 per year just from scanning receipts. With the cashback apps thrown in as well, you could possibly make double.
Are receipt apps safe?
The fact is, these apps generally take very few personal details and some will work with just your email address. Some may reward you with extra points if you allow them access to your Amazon account or your email account, but it’s up to you if you allow that.
Receipts themselves contain little or no personal information. And if you pay by debit or credit card, the full card details are never shown on the receipt.
Another benefit to receipt scanner apps
If none of the above has convinced you to start scanning your receipts, how about the fact that it’s a handy place to store all of your purchases? So, if you have a problem with an item and you need to return it, instead of having to root through all of your drawers, your receipt will there on your phone.
Which apps pay you for receipts?
Below is a list of all the best receipt apps to earn money. Please note that many of the apps only take on a certain number of customers. In some cases, you may be able to join a waiting list. Otherwise, you’ll have to keep trying.
Take a photo of your receipt with Shoppix to earn 25 points and an extra 5 if you take the photo on the same day. 3200 points will earn you £5 in Amazon gift cards or PayPal cash. There are opportunities to earn extra by completing surveys which also reward you with scratch cards for the chance of even more points.
You can also earn extra by referring your friends.
Pros: Will accept most receipts, easy to use and gain extra points from referrals.
Cons: Takes a while to reach the payment threshold.
Use the Shoppix referral code: 7IRN5UVK when you sign up and we both receive 200 points.
As if Amazon didn’t have its fingers in enough pies, it has now entered the receipt scanning market. Each month, upload photos of 10 receipts and you’ll earn £5 worth of Amazon vouchers which are paid straight into your Amazon account. Occasionally, you’ll also be sent short surveys which can help to boost your earnings.
Pros: Accepts most receipts and pays well
Cons: A shame that you can only scan 10 receipts per month.
A little more restrictive as you can only earn from taking photos of grocery receipts from supermarkets. Each receipt earns you 5 points (10 points for online shopping receipts sent by email) and you need 500 points for £5 worth of vouchers. You can earn extra by completing surveys or by connecting your computer to HuYu and sharing extra data.
Pros: Easy to use. You can gain extra points from referrals.
Cons: Can take a while to reach a payment threshold.
As it sounds, this receipt app wants to know what you eat and drink. For every 5 photos you take, you earn a £1 voucher, with a maximum of £5 per month. However, you can only withdraw in £10 multiples, so you will have to wait every 2 months. It’s not restricted to restaurants either – you can take photos of any kind of receipt with food or drink items.
Vouchers can be exchanged at Amazon, Caffè Nero, Great British Pub, Harvester, iTunes UK, M&S and Pizza Express.
Pros: Well paid compared to the other apps.
Cons: The £5 monthly limit can be frustrating.
Storewards is the successor to Receipt Hog, which is no longer available in the UK (good, because it was a terrible app). Earn points with Storewards for snapping receipts, which will move you up levels and earn you even more points. Plus, you can earn extra for logging in each day.
You can withdraw with Amazon vouchers or through PayPal
Pros: Low minimum cashout of £2
Cons. PayPal costs more points compared to Amazon. Storewards doesn’t always accept the image of the receipt and you can’t appeal.
Use my Storewards referral code for a bonus of 250 points when you join: 2ia03
This is one of my favourites, mainly because there are very few restrictions. All receipts will earn you 1% cashback, with up to a maximum of £50 per month. The money you earn can then be paid towards a utility bill of your choosing.
Pros: Generous paying, very few restrictions.
Cons: It would be nice to be able to withdraw your money to your bank account, sometimes struggles to recognise certain receipts.
*Please note, I would advise against using ZipZero until they have found investors. You can see more about this in my ZipZero review.
Another bonus to these receipt apps
Apart from receiving rewards for scanning your receipts, these apps come with an added benefit. By taking photos, you have a list of all your purchases at the touch of a button. If a few months down the line you have a problem with an item and you can’t find a physical receipt, you should be able to access it just by swiping through one of your apps.
Save money by scanning receipts
But that’s not all folks…
There are several receipt scanning apps that work slightly differently to those above. Instead of receiving money for any old receipt, you earn money back when you buy certain items. But why would you do that? Because you can get some brilliant deals and sometimes, items for free.
These apps are used to promote new products. They hope that if you try and like an item, you’ll be a customer for life.
Swagbucks is the only company that pays you for scanning receipts and gives you cashback on selected items. In all honesty, it’s not actually worth scanning simple receipts as you’ll only be given 2 Swagbucks for your time (700 will earn you a £5 gift card). But you can earn 400+ Swagbucks when you buy certain items and send in a copy of your receipt – also known as a Magic Receipt. You’ll find that the offers are similar to CheckoutSmart and ClickSnap.
But the benefit to Swagbucks over all these other apps is that there are plenty of other ways to make money.
Pros: Some good cashback offers, plus you can make extra from surveys.
Cons: 2 Swagbucks for simple receipts is a terrible return.
Probably my favourite, mainly due to their discounts on alcohol. However, they also have plenty of offers for 100% cashback. Even if it’s not usually something you buy, why not try some new food for free? Any money you earn is paid to you via PayPal, although there is a 5% for withdrawals under £20. And any day you upload a receipt, you stand the chance to win £10.
Pros: Lots of offers and some great deals.
Cons: You feel like you need to wait until you reach £20 so you don’t lose money.
Shopmium doesn’t have quite so many offers compared to CheckoutSmart but it’s still worth joining. Plus, you get a free gift for joining and they send any cashback you earn straight to your PayPal account with no fees.
Use the referral code AMUAFFUR for a special offer when you join.
Pros: Generous referral scheme.
Cons: Not as many offers as the alternatives.
ClickSnap is brought to you by Quicdo – one of the biggest cashback sites out there. Once you buy your item, upload a copy of your receipt and the money will be paid into your Quidco account.
Pros: Plenty on offer, quite a few alcohol offers.
Cons: You have to have to sign up to Quidco too.
A little restricted to where you can shop – Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose at the moment. However, this app allows you to personalise your offers and money you earn can be paid into your bank account or to PayPal.
Pros: Low threshold of £1 to withdraw.
Cons: Limited stores compared to the other apps.
Apple users can download here
Android users can download here
Snap & Save
Not to be outdone by Quidco, TopCashback has its own grocery cashback scheme called Snap & Save. Generally, you won’t see as many offers as the others, but this is still worth checking out (pardon the pun).
Pros: Has different offers compared to the other apps.
Cons: Not as generous though.
Please note that Snap & Save is temporarily suspended.
It’s important to note that CheckoutSmart and ClickSnap are owned by the same company. Sometimes they will give you cashback from the same receipts and sometimes they won’t.
Which is the best receipt app for UK customers?
In all honesty, each app has its plus and minus points and I would suggest joining them all. But Amazon Shopper pays the most… as long as they have enough space to allow you to join.
If you decide to join all the receipt scanning apps, there’s no reason why you can’t earn over £200 per year from them. And it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes per day to scan them all.
Apps no longer with us:
Receipt Hog – taken from us back in 2019. No great loss as it paid poorly.
Shopprize – this was an Android-only app that closed in September 2022. A shame as it was quite good.
Can you make money from receipts?
Yes, you can. It’s a common way to make money and very easy to do. The more receipt apps you have downloaded, the more money you can make.
Can you use multiple receipt apps?
You can, which means you can earn from the same receipt more than once. The only apps owned by the same company are CheckoutSmart and ClickSnap.