As a long-time shopper, I can tell you that there are two types of people — receipt savers and receipt trashers. I used to be one of those receipt trashers; after all, wasn’t it just a piece of useless paper? Had I known that I was throwing money away, my nothing-but-net free throws into the nearest trash bin would have ended a lot sooner.
While we’d all like to money to be the least of our problems, sadly for a lot of us- it isn’t. We budget, re-budget, recalculate, and then the cycle starts all over again. It’s honestly exhausting, draining, and just no fun. Various online gimmicks and scams promise money for the small fee of money we don’t have. But…
What if you could earn money with just a quick scan of your receipts into an app?
The good news is that yes, you can turn that grocery receipt (you thought about trashing) into cash through several different free apps. For a stay at home mother on a budget, like myself, this has helped tremendously through saving and earning.
The upside is that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make money scanning barcodes- it’s that simple.
But how do these ‘submit receipts for money’ apps work?
I’m glad you asked!
While each App is different, the main theme remains the same- get paid to upload receipts.
I know what you’re thinking- this is too good to be true. I once thought the same, and while they’re not going to make you rich, they will make you some extra money (and who doesn’t like extra money?)
If you’re still not convinced, let’s take a look at and compare my top 4 favorite money-making apps in regards to receipts.
A Cash Back App for Scanning Receipts
Not only is the sign up quick and painless, but you can also earn money for referring friends.
The best way I have found to earn on Ibotta is by checking the App before I shop online, or in-store. I can see what brands and retailers I can make the most with.
Some people choose to wait and check while in-store, but as a Mom with two young kids- things can get hectic trying to referee and shop, let alone checking a phone.
After your shopping trip, scan receipts in the App and receive cashback on specific products you bought.
Ibotta also offers cashback on off-brand items, sometimes rendering the product free due to cashback received from purchasing.
This makes it’s easier for me to entrust Ibotta with my receipts.
When you reach $20, you can withdraw your cash through Venmo, PayPal, or a selected gift card.
Click here to sign up for Ibotta and get a cash bonus!
An Entertaining App to Get Paid to Upload Receipts
While the process to sign up is a tad bit longer than the previous App, this App offers coins for receipts that can be redeemed into cash or gift cards. You can also link your email and Amazon account to earn a few coins.
The unique feature of this App is that the more you upload receipts, the more you ‘level up.’
Receipts can also give you entries to monthly sweepstakes while leveling up can give you extra spins for their unique slot machine that offers the chance to win coins and shopping trips.
Whereas Ibotta has specific retailers and specific products to get cashback, Receipt Hog will reward you for any receipt on any product from any retailer.
The minimum to cash out is 1000 points which can be used to choose a $5 buck PayPal transaction, a $5 Amazon gift card, or a $5 Visa e-gift card code.
Unlike Ibotta, Receipt Hog currently does not have a referral program. Simple to use and a fun way to turn your grocery receipt into cash.
A Straightforward App to Snap Pictures of Receipts and Get Gift Cards
The process to sign up for this App is very, very quickly done. Unlike the other two Apps listed, this App deals with points for receipt snaps that can be redeemed for sweepstakes and/or gift cards.
Upon signing up and snapping a Wal-Mart receipt for around $16, I earned about 650 points.
Whereas Receipt Hog only takes 1000 coins to cash out, Receipt Pal requires 2,200 points to cash out for a $5.00 retail or Amazon gift card. However, the fact remains that this is an app that lets you submit receipts for money.
An Interesting App that Lets you Shop Anywhere and Redeem Points for Gift Cards with Scanned Receipts
Like Ibotta and Receipt Pal, this App has a quick signup process that lets you immediately start scanning your receipts.
Sweepstakes entries cost as low as 100 points while $25 gift cards start at 25,000 points.
A neat feature that is included with Fetch is it’s “Plan section.” In this section, it has a Smart List tab to add items to your shopping list, and a Recipe Inspiration tab that provides many different recipes from Appetizers-Desserts.
Organization and earning all located in one app; what more could you ask for?
When Can A Receipt Not Be Used For These Apps?
Keep in mind that each App has criteria in which a receipt cannot be used.
Each App mentioned above has stipulations on how long a receipt can be used after the transaction date.
Ibotta will not accept a receipt that is older than 7 days from the date of the transaction.
ReceiptPal puts it’s limit at 4 days, making it fall very short of the 14 days that both Receipt Hog and Fetch offer.
Additionally, receipts can only be used if someone within your household made that purchase.
This means that if you were planning to ask everyone you know for their receipts to enter into the App- don’t; they will not be accepted.
Start Earning Today
Now that we’ve gone over the basics, it’s really up to you to decide if you’d like to use them.
Did I mention the same receipt can be used in each App?
If earning money is not for you, then, by all means, keep free throwing those little wads of paper into the trash can. BUT, if you’d like to earn a little money for the money you’re already spending? Keep your receipts and give these apps a try- you won’t be disappointed.