How to get free stuff on the internet Part 2: Cashback Apps

Use the Internet to Save Money on Your Groceries!

 

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Do you ever get to the checkout line after a productive grocery shop and watch all the items going by that you don’t remember adding to your cart? Do you wish there was some way to get something back every time you enter the den of evil to provide for your starving family? Maybe a way to stop your husband complaining about the high cost gourmet sausage you feed your dog while he resorts to eating scraps of leftover cosmetics.

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Well, I like the dog more than you, Bill; that’s why!                              (Credit to: Trevor Wintle)

That’s were Cashback apps come in! Cashback apps can be downloaded onto your smartphone and will give you money back every time you buy a product from their list. It’s not just name brand products either, many of them frequently have things like $0.25 for tomatoes. While that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of dolla’ dolla’ bills, it adds up pretty fast and with minimum effort. All you have to do is take a snap of the receipt (or multiple snaps depending on the length) through the app and claim the offers you used.

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But I can’t find the app store, Lorna!                                                                       (Credit to Albert!)

Struggling to figure it out? Don’t you worry, Lorna’s here to lend a hand. Just follow my links, download the app straight to your phone and get started. I promise it’s not as complex as you’re imagining! Scroll to the bottom of the post to read my personal tips and tricks for using Cashback apps for the maximum savings. For now, prepare thyself, here are my top Cashback apps in order from Best to…well least best but still useful!


 

Checkout 51

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The Mack Daddy of all Cashback Apps. Checkout 51 is the most well-known, features a ton of high profile branded products (even booze) and in my opinion, one of the best.

New offers are available on the Thursday at 12:00AM in your timezone and any receipt from after that until the following Wednesday at 11:59PM can be redeemed for cashback. Upon reaching a $20 balance you can cashout and they mail a cheque straight to you.

Checkout 51 is available for both Android and Apple for free in the US and Canada (including Quebec) by clicking on the buttons on the website.


 

Zweet

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In some ways, Zweet can actually be superior to Checkout 51, it just depends on you. Zweet features less high profile products and some artisanal stuff. I’ve also seen them frequently offer almost ‘guaranteed’ cashback, like right now they give you money for any receipt with a total of more than $30. Now that really is free money!

New offers run on the Wednesday at 12:00AM in your timezone and any receipt from after that until the following Tuesday at 11:59PM can be redeemed for cashback. Upon reaching a $20 balance you can cashout and they mail a cheque straight to you.

Zweet  is available for both Android and Apple for free in Canada (including Quebec) by clicking on the buttons on the website.


Cartsmart

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Cartsmart has always had a small amount of really specific offers, but watch out because they’ve just had a MASSIVE redesign of the app, so I sense big things coming their way. Keep an eye on this one.

For now the app section that has the FAQ is down (hopefully they can iron out the glitches) so no further information. Suffice to say it should be available in a day or two by accessing the help section of the app.

Cartsmart is available for both Android and Apple for free in the US and Canada (including Quebec) by clicking on the buttons on the website.


 

Snap by Groupon

 

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Unlike the above apps, Snap doesn’t have a clear ‘end’ to their deals. The offers end when Snap decides or when they are ‘sold out’ and all the offers have been redeemed. As a result I find they tend to update less often, but you’re not losing out anything by checking them weekly along with your other apps. As usual upon reaching a $20 balance you can cashout and they mail a cheque straight to you.

Snap by Groupon is available for both Android and Apple for free in the US and Canada (including Quebec) by clicking on the buttons on the website.


 

Save

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Popular Coupon website Save.ca brought this app to Canadians! Like the Snap app, it’s offers are somewhat random.

However, it’s the odd man out on this list because it’s the only one you can cash out at a mere $5, via Paypal rather than cheque. This makes it worth a download, in my opinion.

Save.ca app is available for both Android and Apple for free in Canada (including Quebec) by clicking on the buttons on the website.


Tips:

Location matters! – Some of these apps are available in Canada, some in both the Canada and US. So obviously I live in Quebec, Canada. Since I left the UK three years ago it’s entirely possible cashback apps became a thing there. If you live outside Canada give a quick google and you might be surprised to find there’s even better apps near you!

Coupon combination for even bigger savings! – Consider marketing, often when a particular brand has a deal, they’re pushing that product pretty hard. As a result it’s often possible to find coupons for the same product you’re getting cashback on. The best saving comes if you can combine a great cashback deal, with a coupon, with an in store rollback or deal of some kind. It’s not often you get a triple threat, but worth keeping an eye out for. If you’re a circular browser, you can definitely keep a list of the cashback offers from the app and coordinate for even bigger savings.

Read the Fine Print – Some deals will have a limited amount. For example 20c back on bread, but only for one loaf. Some will run out if they are popular, so check in the store or on your way there (please not in the car if you are driving) to avoid disappointment.

Sometimes a cashback is for a specific store like Walmart and if it takes you a lot of gas to get there, it’s not worth it.

The biggest tip:

Be aware of how you’re being marketed to, always. Once you know the tricks, you won’t fall into the traps that seem frugal, but are designed to part you from your money. If you go out of your way to buy a brand constantly, or switch to a much higher priced product to get cashback, you’re actually losing money! Make sure to be aware of when you want to do that (like a special occasion or for trying something new) and not to let the allure of cashback apps drive up your grocery bills or throw off your budget.

Remember –

Effort + payoff = HAPPY

If it’s not worth the effort to you, don’t do it. You can make some nice savings, but if you’re careless you might end up spending more on gas or fancier products.

Happy savings!

 

If you enjoyed this article check out Part 1 about how to get free products utilising product testing! For more from me on media, beauty, consumer testing and Frugality subscribe to Loquacious Lorna by Bloglovin’ or email on the sidebar. Feel free to add any of my social media accounts or hit me up via comments below! I’ve been Lorna and you’ve been a Nameless, Faceless Internet Reader, Happy Internet Travels!

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