Did you know those shopping receipts you typically throw away could be worth £150-£200+ a year if you simply use the best receipt apps to scan receipts for money or other rewards?
Simply snap a photo of the receipts on your phone and collect cash, gift vouchers and even claim money off your utility bills.
You can also scan the receipts in addition to using supermarket cashback apps! Where, not only can you claim a freebie or discount, you can also scan the receipt and earn up to 6 more rewards!
6 Best Receipt Apps to Earn Money
Below I’ve ordered the apps in the order I would use myself. Sometimes it depends on the value of the receipt as to which app is most rewarding, but I find the top 3 apps listed are the best all-round earners the majority of the time.
All the apps are really easy to use if you have a smartphone or android phone that can take photos you can effectively use it to scan receipts for money and other rewards such as gift vouchers.
One of the shopping receipts apps even pays you 1% of the receipt value up to a maximum of £50 a month!
Be sure to also check out my multiple other ways to make extra money, targeting £500+ a month that hopefully everyone can utilise to boost their monthly budget.
ZipZero (The Highest Earning Potential)
ZipZero is my personal favourite of the receipt scanning apps for money.
It’s really quick and easy to use. Just literally scan the receipt, job done.
It also has the highest potential for earnings.
You can scan all receipts you have within 7 days of of the transaction.
As a reward, you earn 0.5% of the receipt total. So if it was an £80 shop you earn 40p. £200 shop you earn £1.00. You’re allowed to earn up to £50 a month, which effectively makes it almost limitless for most of us.
With this app, you don’t directly cash out any money or rewards. Instead, you use the rewards as money off towards household bills.
The app states you can apply the rewards to any biller of the following;
- Electricity and gas
- Council tax
Earnings have to be used within 3 months of becoming available, so consider setting a reminder to check you have payment in place.
You need to build up a minimum balance of £5 in order to make a bill payment transfer.
Here’s a more detailed ZipZero review by themoneyshed which details how it works in more depth.
Notice: As of April 20th, due to the challenges of running their business during the pandemic, ZipZero cut the reward from scanning shopping receipts from 1% to 0.5%. This is hopefully a temporary measure and they intend to increase gradually from July 2020.
On the plus side, ZipZero are also planning to launch a feature that will enable us to claim rewards for our online shopping.
Snap My Eats
As the name suggests, you scan receipts related to what you eat. This can be any receipts with at least 2 items of food and drink.
Receipts must be scanned within 7 days of the transaction date.
You’ll earn a £1 per 3 accepted valid receipts you scan. So 33.3p per receipt.
You can scan any food or drinks receipts up to a total of 15 a month.
Therefore the max you can earn with this app is £5 a month.
You can keep scanning receipts for the rest of the month, but these will only qualify you for entries into sweepstakes.
Snap My Eats Tips
You only submit one photo of each receipt
If it’s a long receipt only submit a photo of the portion which includes:
- Store name
- Items purchased
- Item price
Minimum cash out level is £10.00 and can be taken via the form of a gift voucher from a selection of retailers including Amazon, Costa, Google Play, Tesco, Uber Eats and Virgin.
Available for Apple and Android devices (you can also read recent Snap My Eats reviews).
Scan any receipts within 7 days of the transaction.
You can only scan 1 receipt per store per day.
You will be asked a couple of questions relating to the store visit and then rewarded tokens for your receipt.
Receive 30 tokens if you scan the receipt on the day of the transaction and 25 points thereafter.
Therefore depending on the number of tokens, you get you are earning the equivalent of:
- 30 tokens = 5p per receipt
- 25 tokens = 4.1p per receipt
Shoppix occasionally offer short surveys from which you can earn scratch cards to hopefully win more bonus tokens.
3000 tokens equal £5.
Cash-out: Via Paypal cash or if preferred opt for gift cards or vouchers.
Download the app or check out the Shoppix Reviews:
Less Rewarding Receipt Apps
The below receipt apps take longer to cash out and process the receipts in general, sometimes in part due to more “fun” features.
Although it pays less, Receipt Hog and it’s related hog rewards is a popular receipt app which some people enjoy more.
Scan any receipts and make sure you do so within 14 days of the purchase date.
Receipt Hog rewards you coins for scanning your receipts. Sometimes you’ll be asked a couple of quick questions about your shopping experience at the store.
They also offer free spins on their own slot machine which rewards you with more coins if you win.
Cashout: Once you have 1000 coins you can exchange them for a £3 Amazon voucher. You can also cash out via Paypal.
Although a popular receipt app it’s a slow earner, typically taking around 2-3 months to cash out. Winning a few extra coins from the Hog Slot spins will help speed it up a bit.
The app has a few fun features, your Hog is meant to increase in size as you “feed him” more receipts. The slot and gold coins add visual appeal. However, I personally prefer higher earnings and a quick in and out scan process for rewards.
Download the app and read the Receipt Hog Reviews:
Huyu rewards points for snapping receipts but only accepts supermarket receipts.
Scan up to a maximum of 10 grocery shopping receipts a week.
You have 7 days from the transaction date to scan them and you will be paid the points.
The apps says you can scan receipts from these stores:
They will also offer you short surveys to earn extra points
Cashout: 500 points you can redeem a £5 voucher or gift card.
Download the App and read Huyu Reviews:
Shopprize (Android Only)
Take photos of any receipts to earn coins.
This receipt app pays you coins for your scanned receipts. You then use these earned coins to enter the giveaway prizes. There are 4 daily offers held every 6 hours.
Prizes include Amazon and Google Play gift cards as well as a selection of gadgets.
Sometimes there is a waiting list to register.
The weakest option of all the receipt apps, but included as an option none the less.
Similar Receipt Cashback Apps
You can also combine these savings with supermarket cashback apps, some of which allow you to claim totally free items. Usually, they work on a very similar basis. You first purchase the free or discounted items and scan the receipts and scan the barcodes when you get home.
Scan Receipts for Entry Into Daily Prize Draws
2 of the supermarket cashback apps also offer entry into daily prize draws.
Receipt App Tips
You can scan each receipt on multiple apps. As you can see in the screenshot, all the receipt apps are in a folder together on my iPhone.
Some of the apps reward you for referrals, so recommending friends or posting on your social media profiles may get some sign-ups.
Cashout often, don’t let rewards build to high incase you either forget to use them or the app resets your account due to inactivity for what ends up a long period of time.
Scanning the receipts is relatively easy, and something you could maybe teach the kids to do properly for you. Some kids like doing little tasks like this, for a while at least :). It may even pay their pocket money.
Don’t sign up multiple members of the household or give or sell the scanned receipts to anyone else to scan. At least some of the apps have systems in place to detect duplication and you risk losing your account.
How Much Money for Receipts?
It will vary from person to person, but if you get into the habit of scanning your receipts on a regular basis you might earn back £10-£12 a month so in the region of £150+ a year. Not bad for little pieces of paper usually thrown away.
If you generally spend a lot you could certainly benefit even more from the ZipZero app.
My 4 Months Earnings
From January 21st 2020 to 21st May 2020
- Zip Zero £32.08
- Snap My Eats £18
- Shoppix 3420 tokens = £5.7
- Receipt Hog 927 gold coins, equivalent to £2.78 but below the minimum £3 threshold of 1000 coins
- HUYU 225 points, so £2.25 but below the minimum payout of 500 points for £5
Total Earnings: £60.81 so an average of £15.20 a month which would equate to £182.43 over the course of a year.
I definitely missed some receipts. Only a relatively small portion of those scanned wasn’t accepted.
Bear in mind the majority of my ZipZero rewards were at 1%, and that has since been reduced, (hopefully only temporarily).
A single receipt app might not earn too much, but when you scan the same receipt on multiple apps in quick succession the rewards can soon add up.
What’s your experience of the above receipt scanning apps? How much have you made?
Which scan receipts for money apps do you most recommend?
If you know of any others please do let me know in the comments.