A review of Checkout 51- The App that pays you to buy your groceries
You may have heard of Checkout 51. It is an app for your smartphone that gives you cash back for buying stuff you already buy. I love the idea of getting paid for doing no extra work, so I have been trying it out. After a couple of months I am ready to let you know how it works, how much extra trouble it is, and most importantly, does it really pay you.
How it works
Checkout 51 is really simple and easy to use. The first step is to go shopping for groceries, exactly like you normally would. After you have gotten your receipt you open up the Checkout 51 app and check to see if any of the items you bought qualify as one of this week’s featured products.
If the stuff you bought happens to be on the list then you take a picture of your receipt through the app and are awarded credit in your Checkout 51 account. After you have earned $20 in credit you can request payment and you will be sent a check.
How much extra trouble is it?
It’s all really simple stuff, and none of this is hard to do. I have used this app for a couple months and find that it takes me about an extra minutes worth of work to scan the receipt in. So at least the time commitment is minimal.
Does it really pay you?
Not much is the answer. The list of featured items each week is only about 10 items long. Most of the stuff is name brand stuff, and if you cared enough about saving money to mess around with this app, you probably don’t buy name brand products to begin with. Usually nothing I bought is on the list, but occasionally there will be some kind of fresh produce that I have happened to purchase. When I scan in a receipt for a featured item the credit is normally 25 cents.
You can see that it will take a lot of items to add up to that $20 minimum payout, and those items add up really slowly. After 2 months, my balance is a mere $2.75. At this rate it will take me 15 months to earn that $20.
So using Checkout 51 is simple and easy to do. It is quick, so it won’t cost you much in the time department either. Unfortunately, there just isn’t much benefit to it. At the rate I am going I will earn $20 every 15 months. Are you excited enough about earning $20 15 months from now to mess around with Checkout 51? Me neither.
Photo by Chris Chan