What is ReceiptPal? Can You Really Earn Valuable Gift Cards?

In this comprehensive ReceiptPal review, we’ll explore a number of frequently asked questions like what is ReceiptPal? Is the ReceiptPal app legit? And, can you really earn valuable gift cards with this app?

Recently, ReceiptPal has captured my attention and piqued my curiosity by advertising via one of my favorite iPhone games. I admit it wasn’t difficult to reel me in because I’m a big fan of various receipt-scanning apps already.

As a consumer, I seem to make a lot of purchases and collect my share of receipts. I also like to save money to stretch my monthly budget wherever possible. So, I was interested in seeing if ReceiptPal was worth using or not. Again, it’s not like we haven’t encountered receipt-scanning apps before. But how is ReceiptPal different?

Let’s take a further look at the ins and outs of this program, shall we?How to Make Money Online

What is the ReceiptPal App?

ReceiptPal is owned by NPD Group, which is one of the largest marketing research firms in the world. NPD has been around since 1966 and specializes in gathering data about consumer purchasing behaviors. Aggregate data collected helps companies and brands to identify trends and to make better product development decisions.

ReceiptPal is a mobile app launched in 2013 that provides NPD with yet another mechanism for collecting information about consumer spending patterns. The app is free and available for download on both iPhones and Android smartphones. Creating an account takes seconds because all you really need is an email account and password.

How Does ReceiptPal Work?

ReceiptPal is a way to earn rewards in the form of points for virtually all of your everyday consumer purchases. Hang on to all those receipts. Then simply lay them on the table or counter (any flat surface will do), open the app, snap a photo, and click submit.

All those receipts for groceries, pharmacy supplies, filling the gas tank, clothing, travel, and entertainment, and restaurant dining suddenly has some value. Unlike cash back grocery apps like Ibotta or Checkout 51, you don’t have to purchase specific items to receive credit.

You cannot earn cash by scanning receipts with the ReceiptPal app, but you do earn points that are convertible into gift cards. You also receive sweepstake entries for each receipt submitted. Drawings are held each Monday, and you could win a cash prize of $250.

When you first join ReceiptPal, you receive 150 points just for signing up, and you get 5 point cards to fill. You must snap photos and upload 4 receipts to fill each card, and a completed card is worth 100 points. The image below shows a point card that has yet to be filled.

ReceiptPal Points Card

Simply click the camera icon to take photos of your receipts. Points are added to your account once the receipts are verified which typically takes about 24 hours. In addition to printed receipts for offline purchases, you can connect your email account to submit all of your online electronic receipts automatically.

Receive 300 bonus points for each email account you connect up to a total of 3. Moreover, you can connect your Amazon account for a 300 point bonus and to automatically receive credit for all Amazon purchases

When you fill a card, you become eligible for a bonus. View the image below to see my latest bonus notification.

ReceiptPal bonus

Bonuses vary and may be additional points or perhaps extra sweepstakes tickets. Each Sunday at noon, ReceiptPal distributes additional point cards to members. You may receive up to 3 new cards each week depending on how many cards you filled in the previous week. You can never have more than 5 point cards in total.

If you fill all of your point cards, you should still continue to upload any additional receipts you have. You won’t earn points, but you can upload the receipts using your sweeps card and receive 2 sweepstake entries for each receipt.

Sweepstake Drawings

An independent organization called Bi Worldwide conducts the weekly sweepstakes drawings. Entries from the previous week are aggregated into 3 groups depending on the day in which the entry was earned. The three entry periods are Sunday to Monday, Tuesday to Wednesday, and Thursday to Saturday.

Three prizes are awarded each week with one winner from each entry period. Winners receive a $250 pre-paid debit card. As with any other drawing or game of chance, your probability of winning will vary based on the number of participants.

A Few Cautions
  • It’s best to upload receipts immediately because they expire. Receipts for any purchase made during a week (running from Sunday to Saturday) must be uploaded no later than the following Tuesday.
  • All receipts for consumer purchases earn points, but you cannot upload bills for things like utilities, insurance, or cell phone charges.
  • The photo you snap for uploading must be very clear and contain the entire receipt with the name of the vendor, the date, location info like a phone number or zip code, and the amount.
  • Handwritten receipts are not acceptable.
  • Be sure to remain active and continue scanning. After 90 days of inactivity, you will forfeit your points.

Redeeming Your ReceiptPal Points

To be able to redeem points for gift cards, you must have your email connected for 30 days and earn a specified number of points. The required points are as follows:

2200 points = $5 Amazon (or other Retail) Gift Card

4000 points = $10 Amazon (or other Retail) Gift Card

9259 points = $25 Amazon (or other Retail) Gift Card

Once your Amazon account is connected for 30 days you also become eligible for these awards:

17250 points  = $50 Amazon Gift card

32250 points = $100 Amazon Gift card

As you can see, the conversion rate improves as you acquire more points. So, it makes sense to let your points accumulate over time before you cash them in.

Pros and Cons of Using ReceiptPal

  • The app is free to download.
  • The time investment required is minimal.
  • It accepts virtually all consumer purchase receipts, including e-receipts for online purchases.
  • As your point balance grows, points become more valuable.
  • Due to weekly limits on the number of receipts you can upload, it’s impossible to earn gift cards quickly.
  • Some users will be uncomfortable connecting their email and Amazon accounts.
  • Currently, ReceiptPal does not have a referral program

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, I’ve fully answered the question, what is ReceiptPal, and clarified how the application works. Is the ReceiptPal app legit? Yes, you can indeed earn valuable gift cards using this program even though the process is slow.

But, at the end of the day, is it really worth your time? The answer to that one is going to differ by the consumer because it’s a value judgment. Unquestionably, ReceiptPal offers limited and small rewards. Still, in my opinion, ReceiptPal is worth using, and I’ve added it to my arsenal of money-saving apps.

The determining factor for me is that it takes virtually no time or effort to snap a picture of a receipt and click submit. Furthermore, since I’m already saving and submitting receipts using apps like Fetch, CoinOut, and ReceiptHog, why not upload one more image? I view it as a bit of free money.

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Over to You

Do you have any experience with receipt-scanning apps like ReceiptPal? Are you planning to give this app a try? Please share your thoughts and ask any questions in the comment section below.

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22 thoughts on “What is ReceiptPal? Can You Really Earn Valuable Gift Cards?”

  1. Thanks a lot for this information, I did not know there is such an app that we can use to make some money and the fact that it doesn’t take much effort to upload the receipt photos I believe is worth the shot.

    I will look further into signing up and start making points to get the gift cards!

    • Hi Christopher,

      You’ve hit on the main advantage of ReceiptPal which is the fact that it requires virtually no effort and only seconds of your time. That said, I might not bother if I wasn’t already using several other receipt-scanning apps because the rewards are small. But I do find that if I use several apps and double or triple dip, it becomes more worthwhile. I recommend that you also look into downloading Fetch, CoinOut , and Receipt Hog.

      I line the receipts up and snap photos in all the apps in a sequence. There’s nothing wrong with earning gift cards when all you need is a picture of a receipt that you’ve acquired for a purchase you had to make anyway.

      I hope you’ll let me know how the app works out for you. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Thank you for the article. I was totally unaware of this app.

    I’ve encountered several similar apps and programs but I was too skeptical to approach. 

    Being due to that they work only on certain products that may or may not be available in my country.

    Thanks to your article however I’m definitely trying this out.

    Thanks, Linda

  3. Hi

    Thanks for sharing such an important and informative post about ReceiptPal with us. I have learned from your post that ReceiptPal is owned by NPD Group, which is one of the largest marketing research firms in the world. It is really very essential for us to know that apps are offered by legit companies. You also have shared How Does ReceiptPal Work? I like that ReceiptPal is a way to earn rewards in the form of points for virtually all of your everyday consumer purchases. I have read the pros and cons. You have cleared all the questions about ReceiptPal. 

    Thank you again. I’ll share this post with my friends and family so that they also can get the information about it. 

    • Hi Monalisha,

      I’m glad I could answer all of your questions about ReceiptPal. I hope you and your family enjoy the app and can start generating rewards. Thanks for chiming in!

  4. Hello,

    I am a big fan of receipt-scanning apps. I already have Receive Hog app, Checkout51 app, Fetch Reward app, and I’m pleased to use them. I didn’t hear about the ReceipePal app but looks good app too; I will download this app also to my iPhone.

    Thank you for explaining in detail how to use the ReceipePal, bonuses, sweepstake drawings, also warnings. I like choices for redeeming points: like 2200 points – $5 Amazon gift card. Are there any other choices to receive gift cards? Like Walmart gift card or Visa, Mastercard gift card? Are these gift cards virtual or in-store use only, or both?

    Thank you for showing one more app.(my daughter calls me ” a frugal mom,” but I like to save as much as I can).

    • Hello,

      I also enjoy saving money where I can so we definitely have that in common. To answer your questions, the gift cards are virtual cards that can be used with several other retailers besides Amazon including Best Buy, iTunes, Lowe’s, Starbuck’s, Target, Visa, and Walmart.

      These money-saving apps can really stretch the budget. So, happy scanning and thanks for reading!

  5. Thanks for this eyeopener, I see it as an added means of earning reward points which can be redeemed for rewards once you get enough. I love the fact that there are more ways than one where one can redeem the points rewards which includes gift cards, donations, and sweepstakes. I will be looking forward to giving this a try as it doesn’t require much effort.

    • Exactly, Seun. Rewards are always fun even if the amounts aren’t large. You really have nothing to lose with ReceiptPal. I hope you enjoy the app and thanks for reading!

  6. Thank you for this review. I like the pinata. It sounds like a way to make a little bit of money which could be nice. How long do you think it would take to get up to 10,000 or 30,000 points? I don’t make that many purchases so I might only have one or two receipts a week. So that would definitely take me awhile. Thanks for the idea though and right now I’m hoping to create a full-time income with wealthy affiliate.

    • Hello,

      If creating a full-time income online is something you’re truly interested in and motivated to accomplish, Wealthy Affiliate is the way to go. It’s not easy (what is?), but it can be done with hard work and persistence. You have all the tools you need.

      ReceiptPal, on the other hand, is not a reliable source of income. You can earn a bit of “fun money” and I don’t see anything wrong with that. Racking up points takes a while but be aware that you may have more receipts to submit than you expect because you can use everything. Receipts for gas, lunch at a fast-food place, the local convenience store, and dinner out can all be submitted along with weekly grocery receipts or maybe back-to-school receipts for the kids. They all add up.

      Thanks for commenting!

  7. Hi Linda,

    What a great tool to keep all my receipts in one place and earn a gift card!  The best part is we could scan all e-receipts for online purchases too.

    I am very surprised that you use more than one app to save all the receipts for any purchase, and it looks like you are a good saver for the future which I need to learn more from you. I love to see more saving ways on your blog for a better living in the near future. 

    When I came to the last part of this article, you mentioned the program you joined and started your own online business. I wonder is it a scam or legit since I kinda worry this kind of programs, thanks!

    • Hi Matt,

      I can assure you, there is nothing remotely scammy about Wealthy Affiliate. The program’s been around more than 13 years now and there are members moving into their second decade with the organization. As a premium member for 3+ years, I’m a relative newcomer to the party.

      You’re wise to be cautious, of course. For me, it’s all about transparency. You need nothing more than an e-mail address to open a free account and check out the platform. That’s an excellent indication that the platform will sell itself and the owners have nothing to hide.

      Affiliate marketing isn’t for everyone. But, you owe it to yourself to do enough research to know if it will work for you. The free research I did back in 2016 was life-changing for me and is still paying dividends. You might want to check out a recent WA review I wrote to see all of the advantages the program has to offer you.

      Thanks for dropping by and good luck!

  8. What is ReceiptPal is a great question as I haven’t heard much about it until now. I am always on the lookout for ways to capitalize online and for scams alike, so a comprehensive review such as this one is outstanding. Interesting how you found this product through a game advertisement. With ReceiptPal, it looks like a pretty seamless app to use, and knowing that it will take time to generate points is helpful. I’ll definitely check out ReceiptPal as well as Fetch and CoinOut through your links here, well done!

    • Hello.

      Yes, I find out about rewards programs in a number of ways. I’m always open to these opportunities to earn a bit on the side. So, perhaps I’m more open to these little advertisements we see. I also use Fetch and CoinOut on a weekly basis. And, in fact, I just redeemed rewards through both of these programs. If you’re consistent with your usage, points will add up over time. 

      I hope you enjoy the apps as much as I do and thanks for commenting!

  9. Thanks for your helpful review of RecieptPal. I’ve tried Ibotta in the past and got frustrated with the fact that you have to buy specific items to earn money back. I like that ReceiptPal is different and that they give 150 points just to sign up! Thanks for being honest in your pros and cons list I think its important to note that this is not a get rich quick program but is definitely worth the effort in my opinion. Great article.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Yes, it’s true that iBotta is more restrictive. IBotta can work out if you’re interested in the featured products but that’s not always the case. ReceiptPal does not require the purchase of any specific item. Buy whatever you need and snap an image. Simple!

      No riches for sure! Thanks for jumping in and sharing!

  10. Thank you Linda for your fascinating review on ‘What is Receiptpal. I must admit that I have never heard of this sort of thing before. But it seems like something that could be a bit of fun as well as make you some credits towards purchases at places like Amazon. In this day of cell phones and the excellent cameras that come with them it should be an easy App to use. I believe I will give it a try. Thanks Jim

    • Hi Jim,

      It is effortless to use. I take advantage of several receipt scanning apps, including this one. I line up a few receipts on the table and snap images using Fetch, CoinOut, ReceiptHog, and ReceiptPal. It takes seconds per app, and I earn a few bucks a month from each of them which all adds up. Signing up is free. So you have nothing to lose.

      Good luck, and thanks for reading!

  11. It sounds so easy, just scan a receipt and send it over … So, does that mean any receipt except utilities, phone, and insurance? A receipt from a shopping trip at the mall? An online receipt from a plane ticket purchase or a concert ticket, or perhaps a visit to a beauty salon? I’m just wondering. It sounds great. Even if it doesn’t make you a lot of money, it’s a nice extra thing, like you said, free money. And in some way you get something back from your shopping, so it seems definitely worth signing up for. 

    • Hi Christine,

      Yes, I’ve submitted receipts from mall jaunts, the beauty salon, and the gas station. I believe any consumer purchase will work. It’s free money and costs you nothing to join. So, I think it’s worth the few seconds it takes to scan.

      Hope it works out for you and thanks for commenting!


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