The Frugal Homestead Toolkit includes descriptions of how we boost our income and/or cut our expenses week in and week out. Today, I’m going to talk about Checkout 51, a free cashback app that I downloaded to my phone. Each week it offers rebates back on purchases of brand-name groceries, household products, and alcohol. After you have $20 in rebates, you can cash it out in the form of a check.
Here is a sampling of this week’s offers:
-buy 2 ritz crackers, 2 triscuit crackers or 2 honey maid graham crackers and get $1 back
-buy a bounty paper towel package of at least 6 rolls and get $1 back
-buy a charmin toilet paper package of at least 12 rolls and get $1 back
-buy a crest pro-health toothpaste and get $.50 back
-buy pampers swaddlers diapers, get $1.50 back
-buy red rose black teas, get $.50 back
How do I use Checkout 51? Each week, I check the offers in Checkout 51 to compare offers against the sales ad for our main grocery store. I then compare offers against our shopping list, noting offers I need to compare pricing on in store. Since we buy lots of generics, I sometimes need to check pricing to see if a sale on a name brand plus the Checkout 51 rebate is less than the pricing on the store’s generic product.
Why I like Checkout 51:
- You can make your purchase anywhere at whatever store you want (vs. competitor Ibotta which is restricted to certain stores).
- All of the offers are active immediately so you don’t have to remember to “activate” them before you make a purchase (vs. competitor Ibotta).
- You can also upload any grocery receipt of $60 or more and enter to win a monthly drawing for $500 (even if you don’t have any items to claim on that receipt).
- Their receipt upload process is simple and easy to use (unlike their competitors Ibotta which is a pain in the tuckus to upload receipts to)
- You can upload online receipts assuming you both make the purchase and receive the items in the same weekly period.
- Offers are only available on brand name items, unlike a competitor Ibotta which offers some generic items each week.
- The offers tend to be the same week to week with little variation within a month or so.
- You can’t cash out until you reach $20. This means that you have to shell out the money and wait for a refund which might not arrive for weeks/months/years.
Through 6/15/16, Checkout 51 is offering a special that if you sign up using a referral link, you receive $5 in rebates if you upload your first receipt by 7/20/16. Disclosure: Please note that I will also receive $5 in rebates if you register by 6/15/16 and upload your first receipt by7/20/16. That $5 rebate will help to keep the lights on around here and pay our grocery bill! We only recommend products and services we use regularly and that we would recommend in conversations to friends and family.
Here’s the link to sign up for Checkout 51 using the $5 rebate offer: Checkout 51