I recently wrote a post about supermarket cashback apps and how they’re a great way to save you money on your weekly shop. So today I’m going to dive a little bit deeper into one of the most well-known Cashback Apps in the UK – Shopmium.
In my Shopmium review, I’ll explain how the Shopmium App works, what the cashback offers are like and if it’s worth installing on your phone.
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What are Cashback Apps?
If you’re not already familiar with Cashback Apps, they’re basically a more convenient alternative to coupons. So, no cutting coupons and carrying a bunch of them round in your purse or wallet. You simply redeem your cashback using the app. This is really handy if you’re rubbish at remembering to use coupons like I am!
What is Shopmium?
Shopmium is a free app that lets you get exclusive offers for everyday products that you buy at the supermarket. Shopmium originally started in France in 2011 and but now have a UK office in London as well as Paris.
How Does Shopmium Work?
Like most cashback apps, Shopmium works by giving you a rebate on your shopping. You simply need to download the Shopmium App for free from either Google Play or iTunes. Once you’ve got the app installed on your phone you can start browsing the offers.
You’ll need to register with Shopmium through to start claiming cashback. You can do this either by connecting your Facebook account or entering your details manually.
When you set your account up you also select how you want to receive your cashback. This is where Shopmium is pretty good as you have either the option to claim it via PayPal, or paid straight into your bank account.
Once you’re registered with Shopmium you can start getting your cashback – yay! Once you browse through the offers and spot something you want to buy, all you need to do is take a picture of your receipt along with a picture of the item.
You do need to make sure that the product you’re buying is the right one though. There’s a handy eligibility checker in the app though so you can check the product in-store. This is especially important if you’re getting a Freebie that you might not usually buy…
The Shopmium website also recommends that you keep hold of your receipt until your cashback’s approved. This isn’t really a problem for me as I’ve usually got a wallet full of receipts (it drives my wife nuts!) but if you usually chuck yours straight away just hang on a couple of days.
How Quickly Do I get My Cashback?
Once you’ve uploaded your pictures using the Shopmium app, you’ll need to wait for the cashback to be approved. This takes 2 business days at the most, my experience so far has been that it usually takes about a day. You’ll then receive the money in your PayPal account within a day or 3 days if you’re getting it paid into your bank account. You’ll also get an email from Shopmium confirming this.
What Type of Phone Do I need to use the Shopmium App?
To use the Shopmium App you’ll need either an iPhone5 or newer (using iOS 9 as a minimum), or if you’ve got an Android phone, you’ll need version 5 or after. You’ll also need an “autofocus” function on your smartphone as this feature is used to auto scan the barcode. All iPhones have this feature, but some Android phones don’t so this is something to check.
If you don’t have a compatible device, you can use the Shopmium website instead though.
Where Can I Get Cashback with Shopmium?
Most of the Shopmium offers are available at any UK store, including those not listed on the app. Some offers though are limited to a few stores (or just one is quite a few cases), so you’ll need to check each offer to make sure.
What About Online Orders?
Yes, you can claim Shopmium cashback on online and store collect purchase too.
Is there a Cash-Out limit?
A big positive for Shopmium is that there is no cash-out limit. You claim your cashback and get paid within a couple of days – it’s that simple!
There are currently 19 Shopmium offers live on the app. The offers are updated weekly and typically run for around a week or are ongoing with no set expiry.
The offers are for selected products from major brands. A lot of the offers are for new products that brands are trying to promote or get you to trial. That’s why there’s a usually a couple of freebies on the Shopmium app each week where you can claim 100% of the cashback – SWEET…
Is Shopmium Worth It?
I think so yes, although you need to be careful you don’t get carried away. Only buy stuff you actually want and not just because you can get a discount on it using the app. I tend to just treat it like any other promo offer – if it’s something I need or want, and the promo makes it the best buy I grab the deal. I also usually get the freebies when I can as you can’t beat a good freebie.
You do need to be careful though to make sure you get the discount. You need to make sure you’ve got the right product and you’ve bought it at the right shop as sometimes the offers are limited to a specific supermarket.
Refer a Friend
Shopmium also has a great refer a friend scheme. For every friend you introduce to Shopmium you get a £3 referral credit and your friend gets a freebie – currently a free jar of Nutella. To claim yours you can use my Shopmium referral code 66s9i.
- Quick Payment. The quick hassle-free payment is a big plus in my book. Granted it’s not instant like a traditional coupon but it’s a lot less hassle. Plus, you’re likely to be able to access more deals using Shopmium than if you had to hunt around for coupons. Having a handy little app like this is far less time-consuming.
- Easy to Use. Using an app to get cashback is a lot less hassle than collecting coupons in my view. It’s really simple to use too – you just have to take a quick snap of your receipt and the product you bought to claim your cashback.
- Free Stuff – Need I say more? I mean who doesn’t love free stuff?! At the moment you can get a FREE Jar of Nutella when you use my Shopmium referral code 66s9i
- The details of the offer aren’t shown to you on the main page of the app. You have to click into the offer to see the deal. This gets pretty annoying as I personally just want to see what the deal is straight away.
- The offers are slightly limited so you’re not going to save a ton of money each month. Plus, it’s often new products that are getting a bit of a push from the manufacturer so you may find yourself being tempted to buy stuff you wouldn’t normally.
Other Apps Like Shopmium
There are several other apps like Shopmium available – GreenJinn, ClickSnap and CheckoutSmart to name a few. You can read my guide on supermarket cashback apps for more info.
Shopmium is a fantastic little app that should help you save a few quid each month on your supermarket shopping. It’s much less hassle than clipping coupons and relatively hassle-free. Payment is quick and I haven’t had any issues so far with non-payment.
Overall I give it solid 4/5.
So, if you want to save money on your weekly supermarket shop then why not give Shopmium a go. You can download the app on Google Play or the app store. And remember, sign up using my referral code 66s9i and you’ll get a FREE Jar of Nutella…
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it useful. Are you going to give Shopmium a try? Or if you’re already using it, I’d love to hear how much you’ve saved in the comments below. Thanks for reading!