It may be well-established that clipping coupons can save money, but a lot of people simply don’t have the time or patience to spend hours searching for savings online, in newspapers and retailers’ ads. Fortunately for them, technology now allows them to take advantage of many savings opportunities simply by scanning their receipts. Once a rebate balance has accumulated, it can be redeemed for cash or gift cards.
Following are our favorite receipt-scanning apps that can save you a ton of money:
One of the first grocery rebate apps, Ibotta offers higher-than-average rebates, including eggs, milk, cereal, soda and toiletries, but it partners with more than 80 retailers so there’s less concern about shopping at the right place to get your rebate. In fact, Ibotta users have received more than $5 million in rebates.
Wal-Mart Savings Catcher
To ensure it always offers customers the lowest available price, the colossal retailer offers its own receipt-scanning app that compares Wal-Mart purchases with advertised prices from a variety of nearby competitors, then applies any difference to the user’s account balance. That rebate can then be redeemed for a Wal-Mart gift card. Wal-Mart Savings Catcher is a great savings opportunity for frequent Wal-Mart shoppers.
Although it doesn’t always offer as wide a selection, Checkout 51, which is similar to Ibotta, does offer users a good deal of rebates on produce purchases, as well as great rebates on holiday-specific items such as pumpkin pie or cranberries.
Are uncommon or gourmet items on your grocery list? If your cart is full of groceries like olives, protein powder, energy drinks and bagels, then Shopmium may be the perfect receipt-scanning app for you. Plus, Shopmium makes getting cash back even easier by offering rebates independent of the retailer, which means you earn the cash no matter where you purchase the item
With Receipt Pal, it doesn’t matter what you buy because you earn rebates from the total purchase amount on your receipt, not from purchasing particular items. Even though you may earn less cash back per dollar, you can scan more receipt since the app accepts receipts from all sorts of retailers, restaurants and online merchants in addition to grocery stories. Receipt Pal users earn points that can be redeemed for a variety of gift cards.
Gamification sets Receipt Hog apart from other receipt-scanning apps. Like Receipt Pal, users earn rebates on their entire purchase amount, although accepted merchants are restricted to grocery stores and it pays slightly better per dollar. But each time a receipt is uploaded to Receipt Hog, the user gets to play a mini-game consisting of spinning slots for cash and prizes.