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 from 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.
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. Oh, and not the cleverest of people.
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 those easy methods.
The apps I have looked at are:
- Snap & Save
How can I get money back from receipts?
There are two types of apps that will pay you for submitting your shopping receipts.
- Simple receipt apps – they just want a photo of your receipt.
- Cashback apps – they want you to purchase a certain item and then you send your receipt.
You only need one thing to get started – a smartphone. Then, just download some of the apps below 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 they safe?
The fact is, these apps generally take very few personal details and some will work with just your email address. ZipZero will need more information as they make payments into your selected utility account.
Receipts themselves contain little or no personal information. And if you pay be debit or credit card, the full card details are never shown on the receipt.
The only real exception is from my dentist, who includes my full name and address when they provide me with a receipt. But of course, I don’t have to share these if I don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Which apps pay you for receipts?
Below is a list of all the best receipt apps to earn money.
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.
Take a photo of a 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 vouchers or 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 payment threshold.
Use the Shoppix referral code: 7IRN5UVK when you sign up and we both receive 200 points.
Probably one of the best paying receipt scanning apps. Each receipt pays 120 coins with 10,000 paying a £5 Amazon voucher. But you also earn extra coins for logging into the app each day and bonus points as you move up levels. Plus, you can earn extra for referring your friends.
Unfortunately, Shopprize is only available for Android devices.
Pros: Generous paying.
Cons: Not available on Apple.
A little more restrictive as you can only earn from taking photos of supermarket receipts. Each receipt earns you 5 points 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: You can only take one photo. If your receipt is two sides, you can’t submit it.
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 with withdraw with Amazon vouchers or through PayPal
Pros: Low minimum cashout of £2
Cons. PayPal costs more points compared to Amazon.
Use my Storewards referral code for a bonus 250 points when you join: 2ia03
Final mention goes to Swagbucks. Now, I make a decent amount from Swagbucks each month, but not through receipt scanning. They pay 2 ‘bucks’ for each receipt you scan. Considering that you need 700 bucks for a £5 Amazon voucher, that would mean 350 receipts. This is one I wouldn’t bother with.
Pros: You will eventually make money.
Cons: The worst paying.
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.
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.
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 cashback app for receipts?
In all honesty, each app has its plus and minus points and I would suggest joining them all. But out of all of the above, ZipZero is probably the best paying app.
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.
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