Fetch Rewards promises to pay you (in gift cards) for uploading your shopping receipts and for making specific purchases.

Expected pay: negligible

Husl$core: $$$

Commissions & fees: NA

Where: Nationwide

Requirements: Must have a compatible smartphone for the Fetch Rewards app; Must be willing to upload your receipts; Must be the age of majority in your state

Fetch Rewards review:

Fetch Rewards encourages users to upload receipts in exchange for points that can be exchanged for gift cards. You can upload receipts from any eligible store within 14 days of making a purchase. But you cannot upload more than 35 receipts in a 7 day period. The number of points you earn with each receipt will vary based on the store, what you purchased, and how much you spent. But you’ll earn at least 25 points for each receipt you upload. 

Value of points

How much are these points worth? In general, 1,000 is equal to one dollar. So, if you got only the minimum points for each upload, your 35 uploads would be worth about 87 cents. In other words, if you’re getting just the minimum points for each upload, it could take several weeks before you earned the 3,000 points necessary to redeem the minimum $3 gift card. Of course, many receipts will earn more than the minimum points, so accumulating rewards here may be faster if you’re an avid shopper. And you can earn additional points if you buy an item from a participating brand, complete special offers, and refer friends.  But Fetch Rewards is never going to make you rich.

By the same token, uploading receipts will take only a few seconds. So, it doesn’t seem like a bad deal for the time spent.

No cash

You won’t earn cash here. But popular retailers like Amazon and Target offer gift cards through Fetch Rewards, as do Sephora, Autozone, and Starbucks. Chances are good that you’ll find a gift card you want.

User feedback

User feedback about the app is generally very positive. Fetch Rewards has earned 4.8 out of 5 stars on the Apple App Store, with over 1.7 million reviews. In the Google Play Store, it has earned 4.6 out of 5 stars.

The fact that there is a limit on the number of receipts you can upload each week seemed to be the main complaint. Additionally, some users don’t like a newly added social feature that shares your purchases in the app with people you have referred to Fetch. 

Recommendations

Fetch Rewards is unlikely to generate a lot of income. But, given that it pays rewards for things you’re likely buying anyway — everything from baby food to cereal — there’s no downside to signing up and using the service. You might also be interested in uploading receipts to ReceiptPal and ReceiptHog. (In many cases, you can upload the same receipts to all three apps.) Another idea for people who like to shop? ProductTube, which pays you to do short video reviews of things you buy.

Want to try Fetch Rewards?

Here’s a direct link to the Fetch site, where you can sign up.

What their users say: (from the Apple App store)

“I absolutely love this app. It’s ridiculously easy to use. So simple just take a picture of EVERY receipt you get for anything from anywhere and you start stacking up points immediately and super fast. I just downloaded this app took maybe 10 receipt pictures and I’m already almost to 5,000 points!!!!”

“It helps my budget go further when I get money back for buying what I was going to buy anyway. Sometimes I do make a choice between 2 items because one gets points. But usually, I just do my shopping and scan my receipts.”

“Love it so far aside from when I have a huge grocery receipt I have to go through and check because it was mistaken for a different item. It would be nice to get more points in general so it doesn’t take months to earn enough to redeem. Also, I shop through GoPuff and buy a lot of diapers, wipes, soda, ext. And Fetch doesn’t have the option to link shopping through that app which is unfortunate.”

Oversharing

“I really liked that this app. But now they’ve got a social media place where I can see every move my friends make and what they bought and vice versa. I think that’s an invasion of privacy and what you buy is personal. What focus group could you possibly have paid to come up with this idea? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. It was perfect. Now my referral points don’t show up and I’m missing 8,000.”

12/9/2021