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shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps – cash back app plus phone and receipt

Wanna earn when you shop?

There are free mobile apps for that! With mobile apps, you can easily earn cash or rewards by purchasing products you’re planning to buy anyway (and possibly with coupons). Here are a few that’ll save you time and help earn you money! 🙌


1. DoshFREE!

shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps — Collin holding out dollar bills

Dosh is a free cash back app that finds you money for shopping, dining out, and booking hotels and travel activities across more than 100,000 merchants and brands nationwide.

To get started, simply grab your phone, download the Dosh app, complete the easy signup process by linking a verified credit/debit card, and live life as usual – let Dosh do all the work for you!

Here’s how it works: every time you use your verified credit/debit card, Dosh searches for available offers or coupons that match your transactions (restaurants, grocery stores, etc). When it finds one, Dosh automatically redeems the offer and then deposits it directly into your Dosh wallet. You don’t have to do a thing! There’s no coupon clipping, receipt scanning, or code entering!

Earn Dosh cash with these simple steps:

  1. Connect your credit and debit cards with Dosh’s bank-level, encrypted security.
  2. Shop, dine out, or even book a hotel. Use any one of your connected credit or debit cards to make a purchase from a Dosh merchant – or to book a hotel or travel activity through the app. As an extra perk, when you book hotels through Dosh, you get the most competitive prices available.
  3. Get cash back! All cash back from offers and hotels goes directly into your Dosh wallet.
  4. Spend or donate your cash. Transfer your cash into a bank account or PayPal or donate it to a charity via the app.

⭐️ Download the app through this link and link a valid payment card to start earning!


2. IbottaFREE!

shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps — Ibotta screen

With the free Ibotta App, you earn cash by purchasing items at participating stores. Just unlock offers by completing various tasks (such as learning a fact or watching a short video). You can also search for offers while shopping in-store by scanning the barcode of the products you’re buying.

After making a purchase, easily submit a rebate by tapping on “Redeem” for eligible items purchased. Then scan the product barcode (if necessary for that store) and submit a picture of your receipt. (Watch my detailed video on how to use the Ibotta App – just note that this video was filmed back in 2014 so some info is out of date).

The awesome part is that in addition to getting cash back on your purchases, you can also use manufacturer’s coupons to lower your costs even further!

shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps — Ibotta screen receipt capture

Here’s how to earn cash with Ibotta:

  1. Before you shop, add offers for qualifying products by completing simple tasks.
  2. Buy the products you selected at any participating store (don’t forget your receipt!).
  3. Redeem your offers by taking a photo of your receipt. They’ll match the items you bought to the offers you selected and give you the cash.
  4. Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.
  5. Redeem for gift cards to popular stores like Amazon, Starbucks, Kohl’s, and other stores – OR request a cash option via PayPal or Venmo.

3. Checkout 51FREE!

shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps — checkout 51 and ibotta for cashback

Checkout 51 is an easy-to-use cash back app that saves you tons of money on your favorite brands. It’s free to sign up, and you can start saving right away with coupons and cash back deals on everyday items from all your favorite stores. It’s updated every Thursday so you can browse through hundreds of local offers to save money on grocery and household products.

Save money with Checkout 51 by following these simple steps:

  1. Browse the offers updated every Thursday.
  2. Buy the products from ANY store – you choose!
  3. Take a photo of your receipt to redeem your offer.
  4. Earn cash back.
  5. When your account reaches $20, request a check!

The Checkout 51 app can be downloaded for free in the App Store and Play Store. And the best part is that in addition to getting cash back on your purchases, you may be able to use manufacturer’s coupons to lower your out-of-pocket expense even further (some offers can’t be combined with coupons).


4. Fetch RewardsFREE!

Fetch Rewards makes it easy to save on your everyday grocery purchases – there are NO store limitations, NO having to clip special offers, and NO worrying about missing out on savings. All you do is snap a picture of your receipt and points will be put into your account. It’s that easy!

Plus, Fetch Rewards works for ANY grocery receipt. Take a picture of your receipt each time you purchase groceries and you’ll earn points for every item you purchase from the 250+ popular brands in the app. Accumulate points and redeem them for free rewards to hundreds of popular retailers.

Earn Fetch rewards with these simple steps:

  1. Scan your grocery receipt from ANY store. You can use receipts from grocery stores, convenience stores, drugstores, liquor stores, and more.
  2. Every time you purchase a product from one of Fetch’s participating brands, you’ll earn points.
  3. As your points accumulate, you can redeem them for gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon, CVS, Target, Build-A-Bear, or even virtual MasterCard/Visa Rewards gift cards!

⭐️ Sign up using my referral code HR1WW and you’ll get 2,000 free points!


5. Receipt HogFREE!

shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps — Collin holding Amazon gift cards

Receipt Hog is a fun, free, and EASY way to turn your receipts into cash and rewards. Unlike similar rewards apps, Receipt Hog pays cash regardless of where you shop or what you buy!

shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps — Receipt Hog app store screens

Earn Receipt Hog cash with these simple steps:

  1. Take pictures of your receipts from ANY store, restaurant or cafe – ALL receipts earn rewards.
  2. Earn Receipt Hog rewards like coins, spins at the virtual slot machine, or sweepstakes prizes.
  3. Cash out your coins for PayPal or Amazon gift cards! It’s that simple!

6. SavingStarFREE!

shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps — bananas

SavingStar is a free service to help you easily save money on your groceries. Earn cash back when you shop at your local grocery store without clipping or printing coupons. You can redeem grocery offers by linking them to your supermarket and drugstore loyalty cards OR by submitting a picture of your receipt.

SavingStar automatically adds the value of each offer you redeem into your SavingStar account, which you can cash out to your bank, PayPal, or Upromise account, or to a gift card for Starbucks, iTunes, or AMC Theatres. You can also donate to the charity American Forests to help plant trees.

Here’s how to earn SavingStar cash:

  1. Add the stores you shop at so you can redeem rebates there. Each store is either an “Automatic Store” (rewards earned via your store card) or a “Receipt Store”, but not both.
  2. Activate rewards before you shop from the following offers:
    • Always On Programs are the easiest way to save. Sign up once and save every time you purchase.

    • One or Many Offers gives you huge savings when you meet a spending goal over one or many shopping trips, purchased all at one store or across many stores.

    • Healthy Offers helps you save on fresh produce.

  3. Use the SavingStar iPhone or Android app to scan UPCs, take pictures of your receipt, and submit the receipt before you’ve even left the grocery store.
  4. Every time you redeem a rebate or make an “Always On” purchase, you’ll earn a SavingStar reward. Your cash rewards will be automatically sent to your SavingStar account.
  5. Once your SavingStar account balance reaches $20, you can cash out!

Each week, SavingStar adds new offers, plus a savings offer on a fresh produce item.


7. ShopkickFREE!

shop and earn rewards with these free mobile apps — using the shopkick app

Shopkick is free location-based shopping app for iTunes or Android devices that gives you reward points that can be redeemed for amazing retail gift cards. Simply walk into stores, scan items, and buy everyday products to earn points!

Once you’re a Shopkick user, you can collect kicks and bonuses at millions of stores and restaurants in America including Macy’s, Target, Best Buy, JCPenney, and more. Then redeem your kicks for rewards for various gift cards, such as Amazon, Target, Starbucks, Best Buy, and others. Most Shopkickers can even earn their first gift card in a week!

How to earn gift cards with Shopkick:

  1. Walk into stores and earn kicks right at the entrance of select partner stores.
  2. Scan barcodes of select products. Hunt for select products in-store and earn kicks when you scan barcodes using their in-app scanner.
  3. Purchase with a linked credit card to earn kicks for every dollar you spend at select partner stores.
  4. Purchase select items and submit your receipt through the app to earn kicks.
  5. Earn and redeem kicks for digital gift cards to stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Sephora, Walmart, Target, and others!

⭐️ Sign up using my invite code GIFT906596 and you’ll get 250 free “kicks” whenever you get your first Walk-in or Scan within 7 days of signing up!


What’s YOUR favorite shopping app? Please share!


Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off Jesus, running long distance, bargain shopping, warm Texas weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She also loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.


Mary is a senior copywriter with 9+ years in frugal tips & deals. She has a Bachelors in Human Resources Interdisciplinary Studies. Connect with Mary on LinkedIn


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Comments 111

  1. Jen

    Get cash back for shopping on Ebates! Sign up with my invite link for a $10 bonus when you shop at over 2,000 stores like, eBay, Macy’s & Walmart
    https://go.ebat.es/imsk/zKhPidrCeF

    • Pepi

      I used your link to sign up!

  2. Marianne

    Can you submit the same receipt to all of these apps?

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sometimes you can submit a receipt to more than one, but you will need to check the fine print on each offer individually to determine if you can or not. Hope that helps!

    • tina

      youll have to use different emails when signing up

    • Cathy

      I never thought of that, I’ve sent the same receipt to all for years now. Never had a problem knock on wood.

      • Marianne

        I guess it doesn’t hurt to try! Thanks for all the responses.

    • Jennifer davia

      Topcashback.com is my new golden state! It was beating the rebates I would get through shop at home.com or eBay.com. Mini mini stores in there. Sometimes it does take a little while for your pending My need to come to you but it has many options on how you can cash out. And you can cash out as little as you’re mine want for as much as you want at a time. It also has a way to put into PayPal or direct deposit or it has bonus percentages added when you Choose to get like a Walmart card, visa card, etc.

  3. Sara

    The main reason I won’t use Dosh is that you have to link your Paypal or bank account to redeem rewards. This may sound cold, but I do this for me not charity. I won’t link anything directly to my bank account. Also, Paypal changed their rules in April so that I am not allowed to carry a balance because my account is unverified. Nobody can send me money. I also can’t receive any refunds. I can still use Paypal as a payment method since the charge would bypass my nonexistent Paypal balance and go straight to my linked credit card

    Even though I confirmed all of my info, I am not “Verified”. I refuse to open a line of credit or connect my bank account. I don’t need a line of credit. If hackers got into my Paypal account, they would be able to drain my checking account.

    Someone in the comments mentioned Drop. I won’t even consider doing that one because the only way to link your cards is to give Drop your account username and password. Nobody is getting that much access to my financial information.

    • Daniela

      I feel that Big Brother already has access to all that info every time I log into my computer/phone/tv/ipad/car internet/DD wifi etc. As long as I monitor my purchases and compare with my statement that nothing is screwy, I am not going to worry about it. I would rather get the cash back from the apps before they go bankrupt.

    • ana

      Thanks, I was wondering if these are worth it. Also, I’m wondering if all the time put into these are worth it?

  4. Pepi

    I love Ibotta – it’s been the easiest to use so far and has diverse offers for a ton of stores!
    I would really love it if someone joined my team, we can both make $ and extra bonuses! Please use my referral code: https://ibotta.com/r/gjmhfw

      • Cyndi

        Also Shopkick – YAY358682; FETCH – A2FEB ; I save so much with apps, and they allow me to have a job that I love that doesn’t pay as well.

  5. Melissa M

    I found an AWESOME app for cash back on gas !!! Get Upside . It shows you local gas stations in your area, and you get cash back for just filling up. Refer other people, you get cash back when they fill up!!! It’s a Win Win

    My code D9KT5 gets us both a 20¢/gal bonus: https://upside.app.link/D9KT5!!

  6. Ana

    I use the majority of these apps and have my favorites. Here’s another one I want to share. Mobee is a mystery shopping app. They post missions and you get paid. Example of one is that I walked into Michaels and took a picture of an Easter display and answered a few questions. Some are more involved, which is more money. Sign up and get $3.00 to start. My referral code is FDZ8
    http://www.getmobee.com/app/

    • Cyndi

      I used this code also. Please help me with a code for Mobee : SMB1. Thanks.

  7. Teresa

    I use a lot of these apps but I also use a bunch of apps that are connected together that you just let it check into a TV by listening to your TV it’s called Perks TV, Perks TV Live, Viggle although it’s not a shopping app it gives you tons of different giftcards which I use for Christmas and or cash on a credit card which I do not use because I get more for my points by getting goftcards….

  8. Pat Goff

    Fetch is to hard to use. I have tried and had to scan my receipts 3-4 times because they say they can’t read them. If I can read them why can’t they. I always check to see if it is readable before I send my receipts. I joined it when they first started but it just didn’t work very well and I kept scanning and scanning but never earned enough points to use them so I quit last year. I tried again yesterday but it just doesn’t like reading Kroger receipts for some reason and that is the only store I shop at pretty much.

  9. Pauline

    There’s another gas app called Trunow which I use and can save $750 a year on gas station purchases. Try it today and get started with $2! Pls use my link to get your $2: https://trunow.app.link/FVLE0qZqjM

  10. Lisa Kruger

    Ibotta is hands down the BEST cash back app I use. On it’s own, or stacked with paper or digital coupons, you can’t beat the deals they have!
    And while it’s not just an app and isn’t on this list, swagbucks is a close second. I’ve earned $100s using it!

  11. BB

    FETCH Rewards has been successful for me, as they give you points for every receipt, and once you get to 5,000 (which can be very quick), you can get a $5 code for Amazon, PayPal, etc. Very easy!! Please enter my referral code, MJ2MT at the sign-up screen and you’ll get 2,000 Fetch Points ($2.00 in points!) when you complete one receipt. Download here https://bit.ly/2HnQVuw. Thank you!

  12. Niya

    Hi, I downloaded the Fetch app using the above referral code. Please help me if anyone get a chance to download the app. My referral code : F4MVD

    • Walden

      Hi Niya, I used your referral code. If there is anybody new that needs a referral code, please use mine: UG6CT
      From Nov. 21 – Nov. 27 new referrals will get 3,000 points after registering and submitting your first receipt! Thank you!

  13. Meera

    Please use my Shopkick referral code :SAVE589752 if needed. Thank you.

  14. fivejaze

    Paying it forward. I signed up from one of the referrals above and would be grateful if someone used my referral to sign up at Dosh. Thank you in advance.

    https://link.dosh.cash/56D1WnoI1O

  15. Jodie

    Used above referral for Mobee. I would appreciate if someone used my referral. TIA

    Mobee: X467

  16. Shirley Jenkins

    I USE THEM ALL 😬
    FAVORITE for ease of use is….
    FETCH REWARDS…Check out Fetch Rewards. Turn any grocery receipt into savings! Use my referral code, JU5XC, during signup and you’ll get 2,000 Fetch Points just for starting. Download here: https://bit.ly/2QtiMlM
    My referal code is JU5XC
    I would appreciate anyone who uses it who wants to sign up!! THANKS SO MUCH 😘
    #2 is IBOTTA it’s a bit trixky at first but it has alot of options and decent rebates…Ive made the most cash with this one. Here’s the link for you with my referal code😁 I would be super excited if you used it THANKS SOOO MUCH!
    https://ibotta.com/r/memqpia

  17. Star Stanley

    I am totally in love with this totally FREE new revolutionary app called the ….. Life App – Shop, SAVE & EARN – Check it out http://www.Viralapplink.com
    All the Savings/Coupons are stackable plus Cash back in your app wallet immediately. Huge Savings plus the cool thing is you can literally stop and shop or eat at one place ….receive the cash/credit back right on the spot and then go to the next store and use that MONEY!! ) Over 480, 000 Stores plus more being added daily. There is also an affiliate opportunity to make additional income from sharing the app! LOVE IT

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