Apps and websites that pay you for buying groceries are on the rise, and I love them because I'm a horrible coupon clipper. I always intend to clip/save coupons, and I'll be on a roll with it for a week or two … and then I just stop. I like the apps and sites better because they require less work and planning ahead, plus who doesn't love getting a cash payment?
Today's review is on Groupon Snap. It's similar to Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Saving Star because all you have to do is check the Groupon Snap site or app to see what groceries you can buy each week that there is a cash back offer for, buy the item(s), upload your receipt, and get paid.
Who can use Snap?
You must be a resident of either the US or Canada, and you need to have either a computer or an Apple/Android smartphone or tablet.
Do you have to be signed up with Groupon to use Snap?
No. I was confused about this, too. I know Groupon has some amazing deals, but it's not a site I've ever used very much. Luckily Snap is a separate thing. Having a Snap account doesn't mean you also have, or have to have, a Groupon account.
How exactly does Snap work?
Once you visit their website, or download the app, go to where it says “Offers” and see what's available that you can get cash back on. If you see something you think you'd buy, click it to view the offer details. It will tell you where the offer is available (many are things you could purchase from any store, but some are store-specific) and how many days after you've purchased you can get the credit for buying it. Then, upload your receipt within the time frame and Groupon Snap will send the cash back amount to your account on their site after they've approved it. To upload your receipt, you have to take a picture of the entire thing and then send it to them.
When can you get paid?
You can request your earnings once you have $20 in your account. At that time, Groupon Snap will mail you a check.
How long do offer approvals and check payments take?
Groupon says that offer approvals can take 48 hours or longer to process once you've uploaded your receipt, and that check payments usually take two weeks to get to you but can take as long as 60 days.
What do people say?
I've been looking through some of the reviews on the Google Play site. Most reviews are positive. It has a solid 4 stars out of over 7,000 votes. The people who love the app like that it's easy to use and that it allows them to save even more money on top of what they already save by using coupons. Most of the complaints are about things like the app crashing, not being able to get receipts to upload, get a pic accepted, and some people said that the offers are almost never for items they would actually buy.
What do I think?
What I Like
- I think Groupon is almost a household name, so this alone gives Snap a lot of legitimacy.
- Looking through the offers, I did see a lot of things listed I might buy. And also, they have cash back amounts for any brand of bread, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. so this can work for saving even if you are very brand loyal and they don't have your brand listed for other items.
- I like that it offers an easy way for me to save money on groceries even though I'm not (usually) a coupon clipper. And if I was a coupon clipper, I could seriously increase my savings by using this in addition to my coupons.
- I also like that you can use Snap with your computer — no smartphone or tablet needed. There are still people who don't use smartphones or tablets that might feel frustrated they can't take advantage of similar apps like Ibotta that are only available for people with mobile devices.
- Snap has a generous referral program that pays you $1 for friends who sign up and use it through your link.
What I'm Not Crazy About
- No option for Paypal payment. I know some people actually prefer to get paid with a check in the mail, but not me.
- The fact it can take up to 60 days to get the check. I don't know if this is the norm because I don't have enough to cash out yet, but it's there in the FAQ that it *could* take that long.
I think it's perfect for non-couponers and couponers alike. 🙂 And there are no rules saying you can't use Ibotta, Snap, and Checkout 51 all at the same time. If you do, you could save/make even more money!
How to Start
Go here to sign up. Please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Snap if you're already using it!