Ultimate Guide to Cashback Apps in the UK

When you are working out your monthly budget, a good portion of your income is likely to be spent on groceries. There are several ways that you can save money on your grocery shop and using cashback apps is one of those. These apps will allow you to claim back hundreds of pounds every year, and you may also be able to bag yourself some freebies along the way.

The following guide will help you to get the most out of using cashback apps.

How Do Supermarket Cashback Apps Work?

Supermarket cashback apps work in the same way as when you use a cashback website to get money back on your online purchases. However, rather than your purchase being tracked, you usually have to either scan a barcode or upload a photo of your receipt.

How to Use Supermarket Cashback Apps…

  • Download the app and open it to see which items are currently eligible for cashback. You also need to check which shops are taking part.
  • When you are at the store, purchase the items and make sure you keep the receipt.
  • Upload a photo of the receipt and scan the barcode of the item if required.
  • Wait for the cashback to be approved which may take up to a week.
  • Withdraw the cash to PayPal or have it paid into your bank account.

As long as the receipt has the item that you are claiming cashback for on it, it does not matter if there are other items on there as well.

Where Can You Use Supermarket Cashback Apps?

You can usually get cashback for any eligible items that you have purchased from any of the big supermarkets such as Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op. The app should give you a complete list of all the places you can purchase the item and get cashback. Some apps even have a map which will show you all eligible stores in your area.

If you do your food shopping online, then you should be able to upload the receipt you are given when the shopping is delivered. There may be some exceptions to this, so always make sure you check the terms and conditions.

Are Supermarket Cashback Apps Reliable?

Yes but it’s recommended that you keep the receipt you have uploaded until the cashback has been awarded. This allows you to resubmit the receipt if all the information was not visible in the first photo. In order to make the receipt stand out you should place it on a dark surface and make sure there is plenty of light.

Which Are The Best Supermarket Cashback Apps To Use?

The best supermarket cashback apps to use are listed below….

Shopmium – You are required to scan the barcode on all products you claim cashback on through Shopmium, so do not throw the packaging away before you have done this.

You can build up credit on the app by referring friends. This credit can be added to the cashback that is already paid on an item so that you are essentially getting this item for free.

GreenJinn – At the moment GreenJinn can only be used with items that have been purchased from Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Waitrose. You also need to have a balance of £1.50 before you are able to cash out.

GreenJinn often has good offers on fruit and veg which also encourages you to include more healthy food in your diet.

CheckoutSmart – The CheckoutSmart app is always being updated with new offers and on average there are usually 40 items that you can claim cashback on at any one time. If they have a really good cashback offer, then this is usually only available for a limited time so you have to act quickly so that you don’t miss out.

One of the main categories that is has regular offers on is alcohol and this is something that is not seen as much with the other apps.

ClickSnap – They often have seasonal items such as ice creams and pumpkins that you can get for free by being able to claim 100% cashback.

While it is generally fine to use the same receipt for more than one app ClickSnap and CheckoutSmart are owned by the same company and you cannot do this (so choose the app offering the best rebate for the product you wish to purchase).

How To Maximise Earnings From Supermarket Cashback Apps…

  • Use the cashback apps alongside any loyalty scheme that is offered by the supermarket.
  • Check the prices on supermarket websites so you can get the item for the cheapest price.
  • Don’t throw the receipt away before your cashback has been confirmed.
  • Check whether there are any coupons that can be used alongside your purchase.
  • Scan the receipts you have used for these apps in other apps such as HuYu and Shoppix where you can earn Amazon vouchers.