Checkout 51 Review: How To Save on Grocery Purchases

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by Enoch Omololu

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Checkout 51 is a free cash back app that pays you to shop. When you complete your regular grocery run and upload your purchase receipt, the app applies discounts to the offers available in your shopping cart and adds the cash back to your balance.

Earning cash back with the Checkout 51 app is pretty easy:

  • Check out the offers for the week
  • Shop at your favourite store (any store)
  • Photograph and upload your receipt
  • Get cash back

I love saving money, especially if it happens when I’m purchasing items I need to buy anyway. This is why I also use other money-saving cash back apps and websites like Rakuten, Caddle, and the Drop app whenever possible.

About Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is a money-saving app/website that allows users to upload receipts from their grocery shopping and earn cash back on qualifying purchases.

It was founded by Noah Godfrey, Andrew McGrath, and Pema Hegan and launched in Canada in 2012. In 2014, it branched out to the United States where the company had also built a massive following.

How Does Checkout 51 Work?

I found using Checkout 51 to be pretty easy. Unlike the physical clipping and stacking of coupons, using Checkout 51 is neither an “art” nor a “science,” it’s just easy!

This is how to get started:

  1. Sign up for a Checkout 51 account.
  2. Browse offers available for the week. Categories of items on offer include Bakery, Dairy and Eggs, Personal Care, Meat and Seafood, Medicines, Beverages, Babies and Kids, Snacks and Sweets, General Home Supplies, and many others.
  3. Go shopping and buy products at any store.
  4. Take pictures of receipts with your phone (camera) and upload them on Checkout 51. If you are using the smartphone app, you can just use the camera button to scan and upload the receipt.
  5. Get cash back – they will review your receipt and credit your account. You can cash out when your balance reaches $20 or more.

Related: Ebates Review – Earn Cash Back on Online Purchases

Other Things To Note

  • Product cash back offers are refreshed every week, with new offers going live on Thursdays and expiring the following Wednesday.
  • Some offers are available in limited quantities.
  • It is important you upload your receipt ASAP so an offer you intend to redeem does not expire on you.
  • Some offers can be claimed multiple times, but each receipt can only be used once.
  • When you cash out, they will send you a cheque in the mail.

What I like About Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is the closest cash back app we have in Canada to the Ibotta app which gets rave reviews in the U.S. The Caddle app is another tool I use for cash back and paid surveys.

For Canadians, Checkout 51 is one of the best apps for getting paid by simply scanning and uploading your grocery receipt!

Here are some of its benefits:

1. Everyday Grocery Items: Product offers on Checkout 51 are for routine items you buy when you go grocery shopping. This makes it very easy to get cash back since you are buying things on your grocery list.

2. Easy to Cash Out and Earn Cash Back: With some cash back offers up to 30% of the normal purchase price and the ability to claim some offers more than once, it’s pretty easy to reach the $20 payout threshold.

3. Shop Anywhere – including Online: Checkout 51 offers are usually not store-specific. You can buy product offers at any store as long as they issue you a receipt, even online stores like Amazon, etc. qualify. For online orders, you will need an itemized packing slip as proof of purchase.

4. Double Up on Savings with Other Rebate Apps: If you use other rebate apps that ask you to upload receipts, you can double up on your savings/cash back. Unless otherwise stated, if the rebate apps have the same deals for the week, simply upload the same receipt on both apps, and presto – you get double cash back on the eligible item!

5. Stack Up on Coupons: “Crazy couponers” can save even more money by applying multiple coupons (store discounts, manufacturers’ coupons, etc.) plus uploading receipts to earn cash back. Generally, the appearance of the coupon discount on your receipt does not invalidate your cash back offer.

6. User-Friendly Website and App: Checkout 51 is easy to use and accessible on several devices including desktop, tablet, and smartphone. With the smartphone app, you can easily scan receipts and upload them directly.

7. Bonus Offers: There are other regular bonus offers. For example, this contest to submit a grocery receipt over $60 for a chance to win $500.

Related20 Cash-Back Apps That Pay You To Shop.

Cons of Checkout 51

I really have no problems with Checkout 51. Hey, they give me cash back on groceries I would buy anyway! What’s to hate?!

The one thing I think they can improve on is their limited cash-out options. Currently, you need to wait for “snail” mail to deliver your cheque, and that can easily take 2 weeks or longer. A Paypal or direct deposit option would make payments easier and so much faster.

They do have a referral program that gives you $10 for every referral who signs up using your promo link! The referral gets $5 when they upload their first receipt and you get $10! WIN-WIN!

Conclusion

Cash back apps like Checkout 51 will not make you rich, but they can return some significant cash back savings if you do a lot of grocery shopping.

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Summary

Checkout 51 is a money-saving app/website that allows users to upload receipts from their grocery shopping and earn cash back on qualifying purchases. This Checkout 51 review covers what you need to know. 

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Author

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Enoch Omololu

Enoch Omololu is a personal finance expert and a veterinarian. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School (Scotland) and has completed several courses and certificates in finance, including the Canadian Securities Course. He also has an MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan. Enoch has a passion for helping others win with their personal finances and has been writing about money matters for over a decade. His writing has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Wealthsimple, Financial Post, Toronto Star, Credit Canada, MSN Money, National Post, CIBC, and many other personal finance publications.

His top investment tools include Wealthsimple and Questrade. He earns cash back on purchases using KOHO, monitors his credit score for free using Borrowell, and earns interest on savings through EQ Bank.

6 thoughts on “Checkout 51 Review: How To Save on Grocery Purchases”

  1. This app really works I already redeem $51.03 , use my referral code for your first $5

    • What is your referral code 😉

      • @Magalie: If you click on the links in the post and sign up, it automatically gives us both $5/$10 after you redeem your first offer. No promo code required. 😉

  2. Checkout51 has PayPal now so getting your cash back quickly is now an option 🙂

    • Thanks for the update!

  3. I have used checkout 51 for couple years now and for the most part, I was very happy with their app. Recently they just suspended my account, because I cashed out.

    They have use their terms as a scapegoat for now not paying the balance. I submitted a few receipts over the last couple of weeks that they approved items on, and they’re claiming that I didn’t follow their terms of fraudulent activity. Also allegedly I have been submitting store receipts that don’t clearly describe an item. Not customers fault…store receipts and Items can be vague.

    Items submitted by customers don’t always get approved, and that’s ok! That is the whole point of submitting a receipt for approval, but the ones that do get approved, should be honored.

    I have followed their terms. Checkout 51 explained to me that my receipts were not personally done or they said my items claimed we’re not on the receipt. I have proof they are.

    I tried to resolve this issue with them, very calmly and politely. I gave them a few examples and sent pictures of the items approved by them, balance approved by them. Just now they’re saying that they’re not approved and my account is suspended.

    I have a balance, they are now saying that they will not honor it, even though I can see there is an approved balance.

    I am not happy with their customer service or their responses to my request for respect. It’s only 20 dollars, it’s not going to hurt me at all, but still they are using my info to gain and making advertising money off me! Poor customer service…I will not use them again. Do not recommend this app.

    Careful when you call someone a fraud….when the are not, just your faithful customer. Lol.
    Take care!

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