As a stay at home mom with two kids and a budget I have looked at alternative ways to make a little extra money without a lot of effort. One of the very first things I found were free apps that pay you for scanning your receipts. I could sign up for these free apps, download them onto my cellphone and iPad scan my receipts and they would pay me a little extra money for something I was just going to throw in the trash. My grocery and in some cases gas receipts. With some of the apps it didn’t even matter what I was purchasing, others however only paid you if you purchased something specific. But I’ll get into that a little latter.
With every receipt thrown in the trash I was throwing out “free money”, and unless you are using these apps that pay you for your receipts you are too. I discovered these apps while doing hits (micro jobs) on Amazon Mturk. I was doing data entry and typing in the store data off these receipts (item purchased, amount of item, coupons used). Eventually curiosity got the better of me and I turned to our dear friend Google for the answers as to why anyone would pay me to type this stuff into their computer program and more importantly why anyone would pay for receipts anyway. I mean after you enter the total into your checkbook they were useless anyway…right?
What I discovered was there are marketing firms out there collecting this information so that the stores and the manufactures would know what product was selling and for how much. I was really interested in signing up for these apps but I wan’t sure I wanted to give out all of my personal information just to make a little extra money. With a little further investigation I was presently surprised to find out that I could do this anonymously, after that I felt like I had nothing to loose by giving it a try!
Currently there are three apps that pay for my receipts that I use, they are Receipt Hog, Checkout 51 and Receipt Pal. I also get paid through another app called SavingStar, this one is a little different however. SavingStar is connected to my shopping reward card (Walgreen’s, Rite Aid, etc) so I don’t have to worry about scanning my receipt for them, but I will explain more about that in an up coming post.
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