Shopkick

Shopkick is a really fun app to earn great rewards, and the best part is you don’t have to actually buy anything to earn rewards!  Here’s how Shopkick works: you turn it on when going into a store like Target or Walmart, and they give you points (called kicks) just for walking into the store!  Then you can earn additional kicks by scanning different items throughout the store.  I like to think of it as a fun treasure hunt!

The first step is to download the Shopkick app here.  After you download and set up your account, you can use the app when you enter a participating store.  There are over 270,000 participating retailers, and Shopkick will tell you when you are near a participating store.  My personal favorites are Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Best Buy, JCPenney, and TJ Maxx!  Your phone will need to have location services turn on so that Shopkick will be able to tell when you are near a participating store.

When you open the app, it will pop up a list of participating stores near you:

Notice the different symbols in the picture.  The barcode symbol means that you can earn kicks at this store by scanning different items (they will have a list of participating items under the store name).  The blue box means you can earn kicks by purchasing certain items and taking a picture of your receipt.  If the store has a symbol with a little walking person, that means you can get kicks just by walking into that store.  So for example, I took a trip to Target, and as soon as I walked in the front door, I opened the Shopkick app, and this pops up:

It recognizes that I am in Target, and it gives me kicks!

After I receive my kicks for walking in the door, it will show me what else I can do to earn points.

I click on the circle with the barcode in it, and up pops a list of items that I can scan.

Under the Quilted Northern, I can either scan the barcode and get 25 kicks, or if I purchase it and take a picture of my receipt, I would get 150 kicks.  Let’s say I want to scan the Quilted Northern barcode.  First, I need to go find the Quilted Northern in the store:

Then I click on Quilted Northern in the Shopkick app, and this pops up:

Click on the blue “scan barcode” button, and the camera will open, ready to scan the barcode.

Once it verifies that you are scanning the correct barcode, you get your kicks!

It really is that easy!  Although there’s an option to purchase items for additional kicks, you don’t have to purchase a thing to earn rewards!  There are different rewards available like iPads and headphones, but my personal favorite reward by far is the gift cards!  They have gift cards for a ton of stores, so you can easily pick your favorite.

To see the rewards that are available, click on the little blue circle in the top left corner.  It will ask if you want to see what reward you are currently working toward, or if you want to change your reward.

When I click on “Change my reward”, a list comes up with the different rewards available.

Gift cards can be redeemed for as little as 500 kicks.  I can usually earn 150 to 250 kicks in one trip, so with very little effort I can get halfway to a gift card!  It’s so easy and fun to do, and who doesn’t love free money?  Make sure to download the Shopkick app today!