Ibotta is one of the most well-known reward apps out there. The app pays you money for scanning receipts showing eligible purchases from Ibotta’s partner stores. They claim to have over 500,000 partner locations run by over 300 partner retailers. Founded in 2012, Ibotta has already paid out more than $600 million to its users! Clearly, Ibotta is a great way to get cash back from your shopping.
But Ibotta is not the only app that pays you money for your shopping trips. So, if you like Ibotta, you should check out some of the apps like Ibotta below.
Checkout 51 is the app that is probably most like Ibotta.
Checkout 51 gives you a list of offers that you can use to get cash back. The offers update every week on Thursday, and you can add the offers you want to get to your ‘shopping list’ in the app. Once you buy the items at the store listed in the app, you scan your receipt with the item listed on it. After the app has verified your purchases, you will get cash in your account. When you reach $20 in cash back, you can cash out to a gift card or directly to PayPal.
For anyone familiar with Ibotta, this might sound like I’m describing the same app. They are very similar, with the main difference being the specific stores and offers in the app. So, if you like Ibotta you might want to give Checkout 51 a try. It’s great way to still get rewarded for some shopping trips at stores that partner with Checkout 51 instead of Ibotta.
Shopkick is probably one of the best-known reward apps behind Ibotta. The app gives you reward points called ‘kicks’ for shopping at their partner retailers. These kicks can be redeemed for gift cards at most major stores like Amazon. The minimum cash out amount is only $2, which is much lower than most reward apps.
When you first set up the app, you will be asked to link your debit or credit card. While this may make some people uncomfortable, the reason the app asks for this information is to track your spending for eligible purchases for which you should be given rewards. With this setup, you don’t need to take any action to get rewards, the app will automatically know when you have shopped at partner stores and will add the kicks to your account automatically. This is a great system because it means you will never miss rewards just because you forget to scan a receipt. As a result, you will probably find yourself earning a lot more often with Shopkick than most other reward apps.
Kicks are not worth all that much – each one is worth only $0.004. This means that getting to the minimum cash out of $2 takes 500 kicks. This may take a while to earn, but since your cards are linked you don’t have to do anything to make sure the app gives you kicks after completing eligible purchases. So, it will probably still take you less time to earn rewards with Shopkick than with other reward apps.
The Shopkick app has 4.7 stars in the Apple Store and 4.4 stars in the Google Play store, so customers seem to like the program. There are reviews which says customers are getting locked out of their accounts, but it’s unclear if this is a rampant issue. Many other reviews, however, say that they have been able to cash out much quicker with Shopkick than with other reward apps. So, in general this app still seems to be a good, low effort way to be rewarded for the shopping you already do.
Receipt Hog is another app like Ibotta because it gives you reward points for scanning your shopping receipts. However, this app has multiple features which make it unique.
One key difference is that Receipt Hog does not require you to purchase specific items like Ibotta does. Instead, as long as you have a receipt from a partner retailer Receipt Hog will reward you with ‘coins’ for sending in a photo of the receipt. The receipt cannot be more than two weeks old, but other than that any receipt will work. This is a major advantage over Ibotta because you can be rewarded for buying anything from partner store – you don’t have to go out of your way to buy specific items or miss out on rewards because you didn’t buy a specific item.
Receipt Hog coins are worth different amounts depending on how much you redeem. If you redeem 1,00 coins you get $5 (so each coin is worth $0.005), but if you redeem 6,500 coins you get $40 (so each coin is worth about $0.006).
Some receipts will not reward you with coins, but instead will give you a spin at the ‘Hog Slots’ game, which is a slot machine in the app that gives you prizes if you win. Prizes include coins and cash, but it’s unclear how likely you are to win.
Each receipt will also give you an entry into their monthly sweepstakes, and sweepstake winners get 5,000 coins.
Receipt Hog is also different from Ibotta because it has levels. As you level up, your rewards for certain activities increase. You also get rewards for leveling up, and these rewards can include coins or Hog Slots spins. So, there is a strong incentive to keep using the app for a long time.
Overall, Receipt Hog is a good way to earn some extra money for shopping that you already do. It’s never going to make you rich, but as you level up it becomes more and more worth your time.
Apps Like Ibotta: Worth It?
So, are these apps even worth your time? Yes! While you’re never going to get rich off of them, they pay you cash for shopping that you are already doing. You just need to be careful to not do extra shopping because of the rewards available. After all, there’s no use in getting 25¢ cash back if you have to spend $5 to get it. At the same time, if you can earn some money back for your shopping you should go for it. Apps like Ibotta help you get money.