There are money-saving apps that are great because they require almost no effort to save money. Honey is one of those. Then there are those apps that are great because they do require some actions, but they’re a lot of fun. That would be Shopkick.
Shopkick is an app, available for both iOS and Android, that gives out reward points for shopping. The points are called “kicks,” and you can get your kicks in a number of ways. Find a store that participates in the Shopkick program. They are listed in the app, in order of distance from your current location. Once you’ve found a store, each of these actions can earn you kicks.
- Walk in the store with the app open.
- Scan barcodes.
- Buy qualified items.
- Link a credit card to the app and buy stuff.
- Refer friends to Shopkick
Not every participating store will reward kicks for all these actions, so you might not get any kicks for walking in, but you can get kicks for scanning barcodes. Or you might get walk-in kicks but no barcode scans (common with clothing stores). Some stores reward kicks for all purchases while others only reward kicks for certain items.
Most stores have limits on the frequency with which you can earn kicks. For instance, if you earn walk-in kicks, you will not be able to earn them again from that store until the following day. And if you earn walk-in kicks every day for awhile, it may stop rewarding them for several days. The same goes for barcode scans.
Speaking of barcode scans, those are the only kicks that require a little effort. You have to wander around the store looking for specific items to scan. That is why I called it a scavenger hunt. It is fun; don’t be surprised if you run into others doing the same thing and you end up hunting for barcodes together.
Kicks can be exchanged for gift cards and prizes. You must select your primary redemption method, i.e. Walmart gift card, when you first sign up, but you can change it at any time. Just don’t set your expectations too high. You will earn kicks and will exchange them for actual cash and prizes, but you will need to accumulate a lot of kicks for it to add up to anything substantial. To give you an idea, for a Walmart gift card, it takes 250 kicks per dollar.
Pros and Cons
- Easy to earn kicks
- Large selection of rewards
- Need a lot of kicks
Who is Shopkick For?
Shopkick is for anyone who wants to earn rewards while shopping. The best part about Shopkick is that you can install it on your phone, your spouse can install it on his/her phone, and each of your kids can install it on their phones. If you all find yourselves at a store together, everyone can earn kicks. It’s fun, and you just at least tripled your kicks by scanning on three or more phones. You can even give your phone to your kids and let them run all over the store scanning on multiple devices while you shop.
Shopkick is 100% free.
Shopkick is one of my favorite money-saving apps. My wife and I generally go grocery shopping together, so we get our kicks (hahaha) together too. And while you will not get rich simply by using Shopkick, it is a fun way to save money.
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