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How to Turn Receipts Into Cash: Receipt Pal

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A while back I wrote about all of the websites and apps I use to make money online. Then, I showed you how to make money by walking into stores with Shopkick.

Today, let’s talk about another one of my go-too apps: Receipt Pal. Receipt Pal is a great little way to earn some money for uploading receipts. And best of all, it’s really, really simple to use!

Receipt Pal gives you 100 points for every four receipts you upload. When you login to the app you’ll see your three “receipt cards” to be filled. Each card has four boxes and is worth 100 points once filled.

New cards are opened up every Sunday. If you completed all three cards the following week you will receive three new ones. If you were slacking and didn’t fill all three (or for some reason you don’t get twelve receipts somehow), you’ll get four cards. Depending on how many receipts you uploaded the previous week your fourth card may be partially full. What I mean by that is, if you uploaded 11 receipts the prior week and were only missing one for the third card, that third card will be your fourth card the next week and your receipts from last week will still be there. It's nice to not lose progress!

Of course, if you're like me 12 receipts is nothing. I'm sure I have that many randomly thrown in my bag right now.

The blue boxes with a little camera mean they’re open to upload a receipt. Once uploaded, the blue box will turn into the lighter green box with a timer - that means your receipt was successfully uploaded and is being processed. Once accepted, the box will turn into the darker green box with a check. Four checks on a card means 100 points!

One of my favorite things about Receipt Pal is all receipts are accepted! Whereas some receipt apps can be selective (for example, not accepting gas receipts), Receipt Pal will give you the same amount of points for all purchase amounts regardless of where you spent the money. A receipt, is a receipt, is a receipt, when it comes to this app!

Another benefit: link your email and you’ll receive credit for all online purchases. As you can see, I even received credit for my student loan payments!

Linking up your email provides one more benefit. Every receipt you upload gives you an entry into a weekly sweepstakes for $250. Receipt cards full? No problem, each receipt still gives you another entry into the sweepstakes. The drawing is every Monday. I wish you luck! I've been dying to win that $250 but unfortunately my luck isn't so hot.

Just be careful with the timer boxes. Just because you uploaded a receipt doesn’t mean Receipt Pal will accept it! A few words of caution:

1) Make sure your receipt image is clear and readable before you submit it. Blurry receipts are rejected.

2) Submit your receipts within three days of purchase. Older receipts will be rejected.

3) Make sure the store name and date is visible on your receipt upload. If not, you guessed it, the receipt will he rejected.

That’s it! Really, it is that simple!

Now that you know all about the how-to, let’s talk about the why.

Receipt Pal rewards aren’t too shabby. You know me, I’m a little upset they don’t offer cash that could go towards my debt but they do offer gift cards that I can use!

Redemption starts out at just 400 points (that’s only 16 receipts!) for a $1 Amazon gift card. 26,000 points will get you a $100 Amazon gift card but if that seems too daunting, there are options in between.

My most cashed out option? 7,500 points for a gift card to Home Depot or Target. Other options include Amazon (hm, I see a theme here), Lowe’s, Visa, Best Buy, WalMart, Regal Cinemas and iTunes.

I downloaded Receipt Pal back in 2014 and have since earned $225. That's $45 a year for minimal effort. Not too bad for just snapping a picture of my receipts!

How great is it to get free gift cards just for taking pictures of your receipts?! Do you use Receipt Pal? What do you think of it?  If not, do you use another receipt app I should try?
Broke Dolly
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  1. We have a few similar receipt apps in UK. Its easy money really x

    1. These receipt apps are great aren't they? I love them!