Supermarket shopping can be one of the biggest expenses you have in your family budget, so I’m always looking for ways to save a bit extra on the weekly grocery shop. Now one option is couponing. But I’ll be completely honest and admit I’m rubbish at faffing around with coupons.
However, one of my favourite ways to save a bit extra is by using Cashback apps on my smartphone. Now I’m sure you’re familiar with Cashback sites for your online shopping. But, did you know you can also get supermarket cashback on your weekly shop too?
In this post, I’ll run through my favourite smartphone apps to help you save money on your weekly grocery shop. All the handy cashback apps in this post are free to download and 100% genuine. So, without further ado into the list.
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Shopmium Cashback App
Shopmium is a great little cashback app that’s been around since 2011. It offers you exclusive offers on many brands available in UK supermarkets. The offers change weekly and the company works with over 500 of the biggest brands such as Danone, Nestle, SC Johnson, Heineken, McCain and Pepsi.
Cashback is paid via PayPal and some of the offers give you 100% cashback! Yes, that’s right you can get stuff completely FREE with this great little app!
Shopmium is currently used by over 4 million people in the UK and France. So, why not join the party and start getting your freebies and discounts!
The app has over £50 worth of offers available every week and includes all the major supermarkets. Claiming your cashback is simple, you just snap a picture of your receipt and the product you bought. The purchase is then verified within a couple of days and you get paid straight into your PayPal account.
The mobile app breaks the offers down into different categories if you want to look for certain items. The categories are Breakfast, Snacks, Food, Drinks, Home & Beauty and Kids.
CheckoutSmart works in much the same way. You can have a look at their handy video below, which shows you step by step how the process works.
Again, you get exclusive offers weekly, you can then shop either in-store or online, then upload a picture of your receipt to claim your cashback.
Once approved, you’ll get the cashback paid either into your PayPal account or straight into your bank account if you prefer.
The range of shops you can use Checkout Smart at is quite varied too. You can use Checkout Smart at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, ASDA, Waitrose, Co-op, Ocado, Boots, Iceland, Spar, Superdrug, Marks & Spencer, Aldi, Lidl and more.
At the time of writing Checkout Smart has over £66 worth of offers available.
GreenJinn refers to itself as the cashback app for everyday groceries and in 2018 GreenJinn paid out £997,233 to its users!
GreenJinn works slightly differently to some of the other apps as the offers are personalised. So, you get offers based on what you actually buy. It’s currently used by 200,000 people in the UK, so is much smaller than Shopmium. But, it’s well worth installing on your phone as the average weekly offer value is £30.
Offers change every Monday and are usually valid for a week. Based on the average weekly offer value you could “earn” up to £1,500 a year with GreenJinn! Obviously, that would mean you’d have to buy every offer available though!
Offers are available at Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose, so you’ll want to make sure you shop at one of these supermarkets before downloading the app.
To claim your cashback, you simply take a photo of your receipt and the product you bought to claim your cashback. You’re then paid via PayPal once you reach the £1.50 threshold. The cashback arrives within 3 working days after you’ve claimed it on the app.
ClickSnap is the in-store cashback app from Quidco. Now you’re probably already familiar with Quidco. It’s one of the biggest Cashback sites in the UK, but the ClickSnap app allows you to get cash back on your supermarket shopping too.
ClickSnap works in the same way as other cashback apps like Shopmium. You simply find an offer you like, buy the product in-store, then upload a picture of the receipt using the app. The cashback is then credited to your Quidco account. Then, you can either withdraw it into your PayPal account or exchange for Amazon gift cards.
To use ClickSnap you’ll need a Quidco account. If you haven’t already got one you can sign up with my referral link and get £5 credited to your account just for signing up.
You can use ClickSnap at all the major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose. This sets it apart slightly as it includes the two discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl. Usually can’t benefit from cashback apps at the discounters as they stock limited branded goods. You can read more about this in my post comparing shopping at Aldi and Tesco.
That being said, while ClickSnap states that you can use it on products bought at Aldi and Lidl, I’m yet to see any offers valid for the discounters. If you have, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
TopCashback Mobile App
Finally, there’s the TopCashback mobile app. Now, as with Quidco, you’ve probably come across TopCashback already as they’re one of the big 2 cashback sites in the UK alongside Quidco.
Unfortunately, the TopCashback app isn’t much to write home about. The offers are fairly limited to say the least – at the time of this post, there are only 5 offers available for the in-store section of the app. The cashback’s pretty rubbish too on these as you’ll see from the screenshot below.
Now, TopCashback is a great cashback site for online purchases and I highly recommend signing up as it’s basically free money. But, don’t feel obliged to download the app as it’s probably not worth it for the in-store offers.
If you haven’t already got a TopCashback account for your online shopping, you can sign up here.
So, there you have it. My list of 5 cashback apps to save even more on your supermarket shopping. Do you use any of these apps to save extra cash? I’d love to hear how much you’ve saved or what you think of them in the comments below.
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