What is Shopkick?
In this Shopkick Review you will see how easy it is to make money from your phone while shopping. Sounds a little unusual? It may be but it’s also very real and very possible for you to do just as I have.
Shopkick is a mobile shopping app available on Android and iPhone. I have personal use with it on an Android phone and it’s effortless and quite fun, especially when I’m able to get free money from something I love to do.
You earn their reward points which are called Kicks when you walk into participating stores (Bluetooth and the app has to be on), when you scan items that are shown to give Kicks, when you buy products from a store with a linked credit or debit card, when scanning your receipts, when watching videos, for inviting friends and browsing content on their app.
What Rewards are Offered
While there is no direct way to cash out for pure money to pay your bills, you can get a wide range of gift cards which will help you reduce your shopping bill or get you an extra gift that you didn’t have room in your budget for. They have a few ways to donate your points to a charitable cause and you can get a vehicle if you harness enough Kicks.
You select a reward you want to save your Kicks up for (you can change it anytime) and you start using the app as often as possible.
- Old Navy
- Best Buy
- Foot Locker and more!
Point Value and Redemption
250 Kicks are worth $1. Kicks have a six month expiration according to their terms. Once your account goes inactive for more than six months they can wipe out all your Kicks at their discretion. I have never lost any Kicks with this app although I didn’t use it in months, but it’s always safer to redeem as often as possible.
You can cash out for some rewards as soon as you accumulate 500 Kicks which is only $2! Many programs won’t let you cash out until you reach about $20. You do not have to be using the app for months before you actually can redeem for an award. To make it even more sweet redemption is instantaneous since they give rewards in the form of eGiftCards. I actually redeemed for a $10 eGiftCard to Target while I was in Target at the checkout. The cashier scanned the barcode that showed up on the screen and I had a $10 discount right there!
You also can save your Target eGiftCard to your online Target account, use it online at Target Checkout or print it to use in store. I only have experience with Target rewards because that’s my favorite store but when you redeem for whatever eGiftCard you want, you will be able to see your different options for your eGiftCard.
How to use in Store
So when you pull up to your store of choice, tap the Shopkick app to activate it. Make sure your Bluetooth is on. Walk into the store and give it a chance to register that you’re in the doorway (It will make a noise and ask you to collect your Kicks. From there you can view what items are available in that store to scan for points. To me this is quite fun and worth it but if you’re in a rush you probably won’t enjoy this little scavenger hunt. I usually bring my kids with me and they want to find the items before I do and they ask to hold my phone so they can scan. The points really do add up fast.
Link Your Credit or Debit Card
There also is an option to link your credit or debit card to the app and when you shop with certain stores (mostly in store although I’ve seen a few online shopping options) you get a certain amount of Kicks per $ spent. I never used this function since Target is not one of the stores that offer that capability, but this is another great way to get your Kicks up fast if you were planning on shopping at the participating store .
The image to the left shows that you would get 50 Kicks from walking into the store and 3 Kicks per $1 spent when using a linked card.
An added plus, when you meet certain spend thresholds you get bonus kicks. In this example to the right, when you shop at a Carter’s store you get 3 Kicks per $1 and if you spend $45 you get an extra 100 Kicks!
Have you every had an app that made you feel good about spending money?
I’ve had this app for quite some time but I haven’t used it in a while (well today I did) and I see now there is the ability to scan your receipts for more Kicks. The kids and I just went shopping three days ago and my son grabbed some Hormel Turkey Chili for himself and I just so happen to see that product is giving Kicks for scanning the barcode and Kicks for scanning the receipt. I got the can from the cabinet and scanned the barcode and got 10 Kicks and now I will scan the receipt to get more Kicks! They are basically giving money away for free.
As you browse the app there are products you can view and buy straight from your phone. So please only have your credit card out if you are disciplined enough to not buy everything you see. Shopkick is really great at making everything look visually appealing, so appealing that you can mobile window shop for hours. As you browse and see offers you like you can hit the plus sign next to the item and it goes into your shopping list, so you can plan out how much Kicks you’re going to earn on your next shopping trip. It’s a really nice feature that keeps everything in order, which is a plus for me.
Another way to earn free money with Shopkick is by referring your friends. If your friend signs up and walks in to a store or scan an item within seven days of signing up then you will get 250 Kicks. At this time you are only awarded for up to 100 friends. It’s always great to find a money making app that also has a referral program. The more ways to make money the better. However, I have been able to cash out a few times and I have had no referrals. So if you don’t have anyone to refer that’s no problem. The referral program is just a bonus.
I’m sure I can go on and on because I really love this app but I think I have given you enough of my opinion for you to make an informed decision. Go on and click the button below to see for yourself!
Leave a comment below and let me know what reward you’ll be saving up for.