Every time you go shopping, you’ve given a little slip of paper with everything you bought – and you can use it to make some money with the Receipt Hog app!
Receipts are useful as you can use them to check you haven’t been overcharged and it’s always handy if you want to return it item you may not have needed or it’s faulty. But they have one more incredibly valuable use – you can use it to earn money.
What is Receipt Hog?
Using an app called Receipt Hog, you simply scan your supermarket or high street shopping receipts when you’re back at home.
For each receipt that you take a photo of and upload via the mobile app, you are given a reward in coins, which you can tot up and then exchange for either UK Amazon vouchers or withdraw as cash via PayPal.
What receipts can I use?
Receipt Hog will take pretty much any receipt. You’re looking at any receipts from major retailers, local businesses or even corner shops.
You will earn coins from:
- Grocers and supermarkets
- Corner shops and convenience stores
- Off licenses
- Cash and carry’s
- Health and chemist stores
- Bargain and discount shops
- Beauty suppliers
- Pet shops
So, as a rule of thumb, receipts need to be from shops like Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Spa, Boots, Poundland, Wilko etc.
You can earn hog slots from:
- Clothing retailers
- Office suppliers
- Electronic stores
- Home improvement and furnishings
- Book shops
- Sporting goods stores
- Arts and crafts suppliers
- Plus any other stores!
To get more turns on the hog slots upload receipts from stores like Waterstones, Currys, Homebase, New Look, Ikea etc.
You can earn sweepstake only entries with:
- Gas/petrol receipts
- Restaurants and bar receipts
- Bakery and café receipts
You cannot use handwritten receipts, invoices, cinema tickets, online receipts, delivery notes (like the ones from online supermarket deliveries) and they do say receipts that are not yours (Womblers beware…!)
Please be aware that all receipts need to be dated within the last two weeks. There is also a maximum of the amount of receipts that you can upload (for any Womblers out there). You can upload a maximum of 20 receipts each 7 days and only 3 from an individual store each day.
Update, July 2016: In a recent app update, they have now added a Receipt Upload Reminder, which you can access from the settings menu. This allows you to select a time of day to get a prompt to upload any receipts – stopping you from forgetting.
How much will I earn with Receipt Hog?
It doesn’t matter if you’ve only spent a penny (lol) you can still earn points for food, groceries, health items and beauty product receipts. If you spend less than £10 you will earn 5 coins, a receipt where you’ve spent £10 – £50 will get you 10 coins, a spend of £50 – £100 will earn you 15 coins and when you spend more than £100 you will be rewarded with 20 coins.
TIP: When you get to 100 coins in a week any other receipts you upload after will just give you 5 coins and a sweepstake entry. So if you have any other big earners it may be worth holding it back a week.
On top of the coins, each of these receipts will be entered into a monthly sweepstake draw where you could earn up to 5,000 coins!
Earning a bit more
You can earn extra coins by completing a few things inside of the app. You can get:
- 100 coins for linking your email
- 36 coins plus 5 sweepstakes each month for linking your Amazon.com account
- 30 coins for completing a questionnaire
- 40 coins for connecting the app with another app user in the household
- 6 hog slots for connecting with Facebook
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What needs to be on the receipt?
The photo you upload needs to be clear, bright and flat so don’t bung the receipt into the bottom of your pocket otherwise it will crease. And also, don’t iron a receipt – that really doesn’t work!
Each photo needs to show the store name, the items you’ve bought, the prices, the total and the date – the whole thing.
Some receipts will need to go over two, three or even four photos, if you’ve bought a lot (!) and there is an option for this where you can overlap and match a long receipt up.
Hog slots and sweepstakes
Sometimes, instead of earning coins you will be rewarded with an entry to the hog slots. This is just like a casino wheel that you may just earn bonus coins. Each day, one person will get their last shopping trip paid for!
The more receipts you put in (and keep it regular) then you will also start to move up levels and receive extra hog spins too.
On top of the coins and hog slots, for every receipt that you enter, you will receive an entry into a month sweepstake where you have a chance to win extra prizes.
How long before I can cash out and redeem my prizes?
One of the most important questions! You do need to keep your points stacking up before you can withdraw any of them. This is how much your points are worth:
- £3 – 1,000 coins
- £10 – 2,850 coins
- £20 – 5,300 coins
- £50 – 12,000 coins
- £5 – 1,500 coins
- £10 – 2,850 coins
- £20 – 5,300 coins
- £50 – 12,000 coins
Is it worth it?
Yes. For the sake of a minute taking a photo and clicking upload, it is definitely worth it. This app will not make you a fortune but it will add a few quid to your back pocket!
If you stay active with Receipt Hog, they will also ask you to get involved with short surveys and barcode scans (which earn you even more) and give you more turns on the hog slots.
Sign me up!
Please use my Receipt Hog referral code – prol5092 – which will earn me 10 extra spins and you 5 more spins.
However, it’s only available to the first 20 people who sign up. Therefore, when my code runs out (I’ll remove it), please feel free to add your own referral code in the comments below so we can all take advantage of this offer.
If you find it easy to make a few quid in this way, be sure to check out these other receipt apps.
Naomi knows the burden of living on very little and became debt free by learning from past mistakes and following her own money saving tips and tricks.