All in all, we heartily recommend Fetch Rewards. It makes a mundane task almost enjoyable and saves you cold, hard cash. Now just remember the golden rules of shopping: don’t go hungry, ignore the end caps, and use the self-checkouts, because they don’t have a huge array of candy and gum there. At least not yet. For most people, scanning receipts is an easy task. As long as you remember to do it, you can earn free rewards. Again, we don't recommend buying products that you don't ordinarily use! This is a waste. But if you already buy the products, and now you can earn some free gift cards, it is a win-win.
On the top 10 list of fun things to do, it’s a safe bet grocery shopping is not one of them. Ditto for buying toothpaste at the drugstore. Or stopping at a convenient store for snacks.
Grocery shopping is boring, time-consuming and more than that, pricey. We know all the hidden dangers of going shopping while we’re hungry, being lured in by impulse items, and tossing in a bag of M&Ms while waiting to check out.
Unless you race grocery carts in the parking lot (which we do not recommend), it’s just no fun.
But if you don’t want an empty fridge and pantry with nothing in it, shopping for the things we need is just part of life.
Sure, there are ways to keep grocery shopping from taking a major bite out of your budget. You can pore through the daily newspapers and weekly flyers to make a painstaking list of items on sale. Or better yet, become a coupon-cutter. This entails lots of pre-planning on your part as you scout out sites to use the coupons. You may even encounter push-back from an impatient employee at the register who challenges your right to use coupons, while an equally irritated line of fellow shoppers queue up behind you.
Is it even productive to go through all the time and energy to save a few cents per item? Sometimes you even may end up buying something you really don’t need, just to put a coupon to good use. Then, that bag of veggie chips will sit in the cupboard until dangerously close to reaching its expiration date.
Oh, the horror.
It seems there is just no reward for the time and money you spend shopping for items you need. But wait. That has all turned around with a game-changer called Fetch Rewards.
No, this isn’t something you say to your dog after tossing a tennis ball in the backyard. It’s an app that gives you points for buying items you use every day in the regular course of your life, like bottled water, cereal, orange juice and beer. Those points earn you rewards at any of a long list of participating stores. Once you’ve accumulated a few, you can exchange those points for e-gift cards.
In other words, you kind of get paid to shop.