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Why you should scan receipts: Apps for money back on purchases

I’ve had many systems for dealing with receipts over the years. When I was really young, I generally just threw them away the moment I walked out of the store. Then, as I got older—and experienced a few times when I badly wanted to return something but couldn’t—I began letting my receipts float freely in my purse. That eventually evolved into my stuffing them all in my car’s glove box until it too overflowed and I tossed every last one. Needless to say, none of these systems was effective.

scan receipts app for money backI’m proud to say I’ve become quite a bit more organized lately. At home, I have a filing cabinet with many folders to divide my receipts by purchase size and the year in which I bought each item, so I can write off any relevant purchases on my taxes of course. This is what you might call hardcore adulting! Before I put those receipts in my folder system, however, I make sure that I scan my receipts using an app for money savings. The best way to do this, I’ve discovered, is by using a shopping rewards apps.

While there are many apps on the market, one thing almost all of them have in common is you can use them to scan your receipts whenever you leave the store and in exchange reap the benefits of rewards for certain products. Think of each as a scan receipts app for money hoarders, rather than something for receipt collectors. Today, I’m going to tell you why—and which—apps that let you scan receipts and get money back need to be part of your world!

How to Use a Scan Receipts App for Money Back

If you’re anything like me you spend a lot of time (and money…gulp!) shopping. So, why not set aside a few extra moments to scan your receipts and get some money back via a shopping rewards app? There is no good reason not to!

Because this may be a bit of an unfamiliar concept for some of you (I know it was for me up until just a few years ago), here’s how a good shopping rewards app works: You simply go shopping at the stores you normally would, gather the items on your list, make your purchases, and then scan your receipts. There are many great shopping rewards apps on the market today, and the ways they work vary, but almost every one gives you points for buying certain items, which you can then trade in for cash back or, even better in my humble opinion, for totally free gift cards to your favorite stores!

Shopping Rewards: The Perfect Scan Receipts Apps for Money Back

Obviously, it would be great if you could find an app that gave you money back for more than just scanning your receipts, right? The more money back, the better after all. Conveniently, my personal favorite app gives you points for a variety of things, and at a variety of places.

That app is called Shopkick, and, in my experience, it has more ways to earn points than any other shopping app on the market today. Let’s briefly go over some of the many ways there are to earn points with Shopkick:

  • Walk into the store
  • Scan the barcodes on certain items for more information
  • Scan receipts with the app for money
  • Go on a treasure hunt in the app (located under Instant Surprises in the Discover tab)
  • Watch videos in the app to learn more about products
  • Make purchases online

That’s a ton of points, and you can trade all of them in for gift cards. In fact, you can get so many gift cards that it eventually starts to feel like you’re actually getting paid to shop! One more thing: Shopkick has a super cool online community on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, which is really fun to be part of. I don’t know how many times I’ve been browsing one of their social media channels at work and I’ve had to stifle a laugh. Too many to count, at this point!

You can get so many gift cards that it eventually starts to feel like you’re actually getting paid to shop!

So, yes, I know this is a weird thing to be bragging about, but I really have my receipt game on point these days. I’m adulting so hard by filing them all away in my spare room, but, even more importantly, I’m using my Shopkick app each and every time I go to the store to get money back. In fact, I’ve gotten so used to scanning all my receipts with Shopkick that I almost literally can’t envision what shopping would be like without it. Oh, and I definitely can’t envision what my own budget would be like without all the great money back!

Learn all that you can about why you should scan receipts with apps for money back before your next trip down the aisle. Download Shopkick’s free app and get ready to be wowed. Welcome to the fun, Shopkicker!

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Dima Volovik

EVP of Product and Engineering

Dima Volovik is the EVP of Product and Engineering at Trax Retail — Shopkick.

Dima Volovik is the accomplished product and engineering leader who led teams to deliver innovative and commercially successful e-commerce products, marketplaces, and enterprise solutions for Amazon, Comcast, Fandango, and Universal Music. Before joining Trax, Dima was the Director at Amazon, where he led product development and Engineering for Amazon Appstore and Amazon Prime Video, CTO at Fandango, and Paciolan, head of technology at Golf Channel/Golf Now, and Global VP of Direct to Consumer Technology at Universal Music Group. Dima’s expertise includes developing consumer products, marketplaces, and enterprise solutions.

Dima grew up in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Azerbaijan Oil Academy, and he currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with his family.