One of my favourite ways which can make you a bit of extra money but with minimal effort is taking pictures of your receipts! There are two apps which I use in particular which are Shoppix and Receipt Hog. Have a look in the App Store or Google Play and download the version for your operating system ASAP.
How do they work?
In short, you use your phone’s camera to take pictures and upload your receipts to the apps. You are then rewarded with coins/tokens, which after building up, you can then exchange for cash or shopping vouchers. They both have slightly different criteria, and rewards systems, but what I tend to do is do my receipts at the end of each day if I have any, (as you get extras in Shoppix if you upload the receipts on the day of purchase). Depending on how many receipts you have will affect how long it takes, but it is a really quick process in each appt. Taking pictures of your receipts is not going to make you rich overnight, but it does add up, particularly if you have a large household and lots of regular purchases. Shoppix also seems to on the whole build up a lot quicker than Receipt Hog, but it is worth using them both as you can use the same receipts for both.
The apps work as the data is anonymised and used as part of market research, so the owners of the app are paid for the anonymised data, and they use that to pay you.
Shoppix rewards you 25 tokens per accepted receipt, with an additional 5 added if you upload your receipt the same day of purchase (hence why I try to do all my receipts each day). All receipts need to be snapped within a week or purchase, so those ones at the bottom of your handbag won’t count I’m afraid! Sometimes you may be offered additional surveys where you can earn extra tokens, or even a scratchcard where you can win extra tokens as well. There are also prize draws where you can win big bonus amounts, but I’ve not won any of them yet!
You need a minimum of 3200 tokens to cash out, and the options are Amazon vouchers, iTunes vouchers, Love2Shop vouchers or a PayPal transfer. I currently have a £10 voucher waiting for cashout, but the more you earn, the less tokens per pounds you need to cash out, so I am saving them up and aiming to get to 11500 tokens which will get me £20 before my holiday!
Receipt Hog awards different rewards depending on the type of shop where you made your purchase and the size of the total bill. You can earn sweepstakes entries, coins and/or slots at the hog slots where you can spin to win extra coins.
You can also earn bonuses by uploading a receipt every week, and don’t forget to include receipts from anyone in your household. Snap every receipt and the app will do it’s magic and reward you as appropriate, after all, every receipt earns you a sweepstake entry at the very least. I currently have enough to cashout £5 to PayPal, but again, I’m waiting for a higher reward as the per coin value is better the more you can save up.
This might all sound really confusing, but ultimately all you need to do is snap your receipts as regularly as possible and reap the rewards. You will be prompted for surveys and other things as and when you need to do them, but both the apps are really user friendly and intuitive to use. There is also functionality to include long receipts so don’t panic if you can’t get the whole receipt in one picture!
Get a double whammy of rewards by using your receipts in both apps, or get a triple whammy by using receipts from your mystery shopping as well!