I’m pretty picky about what gets loaded onto my phone. Just sayin’. I don’t like anyone else checking their Facebook or tweeting from it and I sure don’t want them downloading anything new onto it. Norton Mobile Security is installed on my phone, so I’m confident of the security and protection, but I’m just one of those people who is a hyper-control-freak when it comes to my personal electronics. My grandkids see it as my ONE and only flaw. 🙂 There’s no Angry Birds or Snap Chat or Floppy Birds, on my phone, and I prefer to keep the home screen as uncluttered as possible. I put everything in neat little folders to keep them organized. So, yeah, I suppose you could say I’m a little OCD when it comes to adding apps. For that reason, no one was more surprised than me when I went out on a limb and downloaded Checkout 51.
I have tried several different couponing/grocery apps in the past and ended up removing them from my phone after just a couple of weeks. They’re all about the same, and when you live in a small community, they’re often just not relevant, since you need to have access to large chain stores on a regular basis to get the benefit. This was the feature that actually inspired me to install Checkout 51. It makes no difference where I live. It’s simple to use and I can just buy my regular groceries to save money. On top of that, if I happen to have a manufacturer’s coupon, stacking that additional savings, means more easy money back into my budget. So how does it work? Well, it’s so crazy simple, it would be silly NOT to use it!
All I need to do, and you can do it, too, is to look at the new offers when they come out on Thursday. So far, the list has been about two screens long for me, with tons of product options. Some are for products I buy all the time and some are for products I’ve never tried. Typically, I don’t buy new products. If I have a manufacturer’s coupon AND it’s on my Checkout 51 list, however, I might make an occasional exception, because it would likely end up being free or nearly so. What I’m really excited about is that, so far, each of the two weeks that I’ve been a member, the list has included fresh items and unbranded staples, like bananas, fresh broccoli, a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread. Those items are on my shopping list every week! Also, for the branded items that are listed, it isn’t always new products, but regular recognized pantry staples. For our family that would include the Jif Peanut Butter and Angel Soft Toilet Paper listed, this week. So, even if I never try a “new” product, my chances to save are still awesome. And in the end, even if you didn’t purchase a single item from the list, if your weekly shopping trip was at least $60.01, you’ll still want to scan in your receipt and be entered into the weekly drawing for $500! (One more reason to add to the long list of why it’s better to do all your grocery shopping, at once, once a week.)
It’s simple to use, since the list is in your phone, right at your fingertips while you’re shopping. You can easily refer to it, if you can’t remember what items are featured that week. Then when you get home, use the simple app to photograph and upload your receipt. If it’s a long receipt, the app is set up to allow you to photograph it in sections.
Once you’ve snapped the receipt and clicked the Finish button, the app will direct you to the list of products, where you will check off each offer you are claiming from that one receipt. A green check mark will appear. You can upload as many receipts as you have, but each offer can only be claimed once, so the green check mark will remain by the offers you have already claimed. If you upload a second or third receipt, you can check off and claim any offers that haven’t already been used.
Once the receipt is uploaded and I’ve claimed the offers, I see this screen to let me know everything went through.
Checkout 51 utilizes email and a notification system that sends me a text to let me know when my receipt has been uploaded and has offers processing. Then it notifies me, again, when the money is added to my Checkout 51 account. Here’s the beautiful part. It pays me REAL cash! Once the account reaches $20, I can “cash out” and the money is sent to my PayPal account, so that I can use it to pay bills, buy groceries or save for a family vacation. It’s free money! What’s not to like? 🙂
Imagine this scenario, if you think it’s not that big a deal. If you printed Angel Soft coupons from our Free Coupon Center at Busy-at-Home, last week, you have a BOGO free coupon and a 30¢ off coupon, both of which are for 12-pack double rolls. You’ll pay the full price for 1, minus that 30¢ coupon, PLUS get the second package free. Then when you get home, photograph your receipt and claim the additional $1 in cash, from Checkout 51. That is going to net you TWO double roll 12 packs for a little over $6.00 in my neighborhood! That’s what I call smart shopping and great savings! It just makes good sense and will save your family money on the products you’re already using. I encourage you to check out Checkout 51 on your smart phone and see how much you can save. It’s easy and it’s budget-wise. Now, go have fun and save some money! 🙂
Checkout 51 doesn’t have a clue who I am. They don’t know I wrote this post and I don’t suppose it would make any difference to them, what I think, but I know all of us are on this money-saving journey, together. I couldn’t keep using this great app without letting you know about it, too! Have a blessing-filled and budget-wise week!