Looking to make a little extra, or do you need to save money on your weekly shop? Well, plenty of apps pay you to take photos of your receipts and uploading them. Here are the best receipt scanning apps available in the UK.
Best receipt scanner apps in the UK
The apps looked at in this post include:
- Amazon Shopper Panel
Top receipts apps in the UK 2022
I shouldn’t admit it, but I’m one of the least motivated people out there. I 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 as it takes minimal effort, I’m interested. And scanning receipts is one of the simplest ways to boost your income. Just a quick photo and a couple of questions and you’re on your way.
How can I get money back from receipts?
Two types of apps will pay you when you scan receipts.
- Simple receipt apps – these 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 in a copy of your receipt. You’ll then receive cashback, sometimes up to 100% of the item’s value.
You only need one thing to get started – a smartphone. Then, download the apps below to your mobile device and get started. A PayPal account is needed for some apps, but others can send vouchers as payment.
How do receipt scanning apps make money?
You may be thinking, why would a company pay for photos of your receipts? You don’t get something for nothing in this world.
But information is king. The receipt scanning companies collect information about what you buy and when. They can then collate this data and sell it to retailers.
The good thing for us is that plenty of different companies collect this data so that 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.
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How much can you earn?
This is a tough one as it 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 also thrown in, 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 or 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 your purchases? So, if you have a problem with an item and need to return it, instead of rooting through all of your drawers, your receipt will be 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 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. 3,200 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.
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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; you can take photos of any 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 don’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.
Save money on your supermarket shopping
But that’s not all folks…
There are several receipt scanning apps that work slightly differently from 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 you’ll be a customer for life if you try and like an item.
Swagbucks is the only company that pays you for scanning receipts and gives you cashback on selected items. In all honesty, it’s not 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.
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 can win £10.
Pros: Lots of offers and some great deals.
Cons: 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 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.
GreenJinn has plenty of offers from Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, plus a limited amount from other stores like Asda, Co-op and Boots. This app allows you to personalise your offers and the 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
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.
ClickSnap – a supermarket cashback app from Quidco, which was withdrawn in January 2023.
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.