I wrote a Checkout 51 review last fall, and it got lost in the great blog makeover disaster of 2014. So, if it looks a little familiar, that is why.
There are many innovative programs that allow you to save a little money through rebates/coupons on products that you are already buying. I’ll be writing about them all eventually, but it gets to be a super-mega post if I try to put them all together.
This week’s featured grocery shopping savings app is Checkout 51. I’m showcasing this program first because it had the easiest sign-up, for me. I was totally on-board with Checkout 51 in less than 10 minutes with no technical frustrations.
Checkout 51 is super-simple to use. The app is the easiest option, but you can also use the program without the use of a smart phone, just on your regular computer. Each week, Checkout 51 offers rebates on a variety of grocery store products, including produce, bread, meat, dairy, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and canned and boxed items.
After shopping, photograph your receipt. The app walks you through the steps and makes it super easy. It then asks you to indicate what items you’ve just purchased, and you’re done. Receipts are expected to be approved within 48 hours, though mine have typically been approved within minutes. If you don’t have the app, you can upload your receipts via the website and the same process applies. I like that you don’t have to select your offers before you shop – that is just one more step that makes it harder for me.
Once you have $20 in your account, you can request payment, or you can save up for a certain goal.
Even without making any special purchases, my family earns a few dollars each week using Checkout 51. It isn’t a ton of money, but an extra $100 each year might help with back-to-school shopping or Christmas presents. It is fast, taking only a few minutes a week to look at what you’ve purchased and see what matches up with the week’s rebate items.
Most importantly, Checkout 51 can be used with military commissary purchases, even overseas. I was never able to get the app to load when I was living overseas, but those results may vary by country. Even if you can’t get the app, you can always use the website.
Small savings can add up, especially when you consider that $1 saved is actually $2 or $3 earned once you’ve factored in taxes and other working expenses. Saving money on things you are already buying is always good.