It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are expensive, but we need them in our diets so they’re not really optional. How to save on fruits and vegetables is an age old problem.
The solution that I’m sharing with you today isn’t the end all be all, but other than growing our own garden, it’s my favorite way to save on fruits and vegetables!
That being said, if you’re not the type of person that would pick up change on the ground then this isn’t a solution for you. But, if you’ll take a few seconds to pick up nickels, dimes and quarters when you see them, then read on!
Getting cash back is as simple as making your purchase, choosing your offer inside the app then loading your receipt. Once your account balance reaches $20 you can cash out and request your check! (Plus, earn $1 for every friend you refer to ibotta and Snap by Groupon!)
All of the apps are very similar, but Checkout 51 is the one I use the most so I’m going to walk you through using it.
Okay, let’s get started shall we?
Once you’ve signed up for Checkout 51 you can add the app to your smartphone. When you open the app you’ll see a list of the offers that are available for the week (they run Thursday through Wednesday). Scan the offers before you shop to save even more on the items you’re already buying!
This particular week Checkout 51 is offering a Pick Your Own Offer for produce! (I’ve also seen milk and eggs in the Pick Your Own offers!)
Once you’ve chosen the Pick Your Own Offer you’ll see a list of the different options available.
Choose which offer you’d like cash back on and you’re ready to load your receipt. (If you choose offers in addition to the Pick Your Own offer you can load them to your receipt at the same time.)
Take a photo of your receipt (making sure you get the store name and date of purchase). If your receipt’s too long for one photo you’ll have the option to add another section.
Once you’ve submitted your receipt you’re done. I told you it was as easy as picking up change off the ground!
Here’s My Favorite Part
Both Checkout 51 and Snap by Groupon allow you to make your purchases at any store. Yes, you heard me right, any store!
Having the freedom to make purchases at any store means that whether you’re already taking advantage of Aldi’s rock bottom produce deals, price-matching at Walmart, or supporting your favorite local grocery store, you can still save!
I generally load my receipts right after I put my groceries away so that I won’t forget to redeem my offers! Snap by Groupon gives you two days from the date of purchase to redeem your offer, and Checkout 51 gives you until the following Wednesday.
Have you ever used these apps? Which one is your favorite?