Checkout 51: Is It A Scam Or A Legitimate Way To Earn Cash Back On Groceries?

Checkout 51 Rebates

Many people have been asking me if Checkout 51 is a scam and I’m here to put your mind at ease. It’s not a scam.

You may or may not have heard about Checkout 51 by now. If you haven’t, let me explain what it’s all about:

Checkout 51 is a Canadian rebate/cash-back mobile app where you earn money back from your grocery purchases. It’s the same thing as mail-in rebates, except that you don’t actually have to mail anything in. Instead, you simply take a photo of your receipt that shows you purchased the item(s) available for cash back and upload it through the app.

Now, you may be thinking: “this sounds way too good to be true”, but guess what – it’s true.

Since they just recently came out with an iPhone app, many people have been asking me the following question: “is Checkout 51 a scam?”.

Checkout 51 is NOT a scam. It’s a legitimate way to earn cash back on your grocery purchases. I have been using the program myself since it first launched, so I know this for a fact. Many readers have also been using Checkout 51 since it launched and they will agree that it’s a great program. Many of them have received multiple cheques already (some have received more than $100 back!).

Right now, only those with an iPhone or iPad can sign up to the program (it also works on any camera-enabled iPod Touch). They are working on making it available on other phones, as well as for people who may not have a phone.

You can read more about Checkout 51 right here.

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  1. nickalie13 says:

    i just love Checkout51. I don’t own a IPad/Iphone so I must scan my receipt. I am very thankful that they still keep me with them. Eventually, I will buy an Ipad, so it’s nice to know that I can keep saving until then. Thank you very much Cassi for sharing with us that wonderful program.

  2. Jenn says:

    They are not working on making it avaliable to people who do not have smart phones. Please check your information before posting. I had previously contacted Checkout51 (about 4 days ago) and was informed that no, it will only be avaliable to apple users and eventually people with blackberrys but that if you don’t have either too bad so sad basically.

    A few days after that I posted my comments on their facebook page on how I wasn’t very pleased that they will only allow people to use their site who own a smart phone because smart phones are very expensive and not everyone can afford one (or needs one!) but I was told that it is because of software in the smartphones that can read the receipt and determine if you actually made the purchase whereas taking a picture of your receipt or scanning it an actual person (gosh forbid someone have a job) would need to look it over.

    • Christina says:

      I agree that this program would be especially helpful to those who can`t afford smart phones (I am one of them). They need to save money the most because they don`t have extra to spend on such luxuries. However, I do understand where checkout 51 is coming from – they are probably getting thousands of receipts daily, and the cost of employing enough people to manually check each receipt, plus the cost of all the rebates, would either make the company go broke or force them to lower the amount of each rebate.

      • Jacqueline says:

        I find the annoyance that this is only for smart phones kinda strange. I can totally appreciate not being able to afford one, it took me over a year to save up the money to buy my blackberry BUT the whole point of why a smart phone is more expensive is because you get these kids of perks, availability to apps etc.
        Also if Checkout hired enough people to look through every receipt this app would never even be possible. You’re getting money back for just buying your groceries FOR FREE. To hire staff would mean they would have to charge a fee to use the app. which is counter productive to my pocket book.
        Great app!!! Great savings!!!

  3. Donna says:

    I love Checkout 51. The girls there are very friendly and recently i requested a cheque (for $51.00) and they sent me 51 candy canes. I was skeptical in the beginning but now I am a true believer. Keep up the good work Checkout 51 !!!

  4. Virginia says:

    A quantity of one (1) of each offer is eligible for cash back per member.

    You can claim more than one product on a single receipt. You can submit multiple receipts for products bought at different times and/or at different stores.

    Does this mean we can only get cash back on one item, or you have to do multiple transactions to get cash back on multiple purchases of the same item?

  5. Sarah says:

    Just wondering if there’s a monthly subscription for Checkout 51? Just learning about it now!

  6. jessibellol says:

    I hope they make it available for android users! 😀

  7. A says:

    I have found checkout 51 to be a scam, they don’t approve all receipts even with clear uploads making it very hard to get to 20 dollars to cash out. Not worth the hassle in my option, go to or another coupon site and get them to mail you coupons for instant savings instead of wasting your time on checkout 51

    • Jacqueline says:

      I have only used Checkout 51 for 3 wks and am already over $10. I have submitted approx 5 receipts and never had a problem. My friend has over $27 and just requested her cheque.
      There was a problem with one of the receipts but it was my fault and they sent me an email telling me why it wasn’t processed (the date was wrong).
      Not only is it easier then carrying around coupons its better for the environment!!

  8. sydney says:

    It is available by taking a regular picture and uploading online from your computer. If you sign up online they will explain how to take them

  9. I love this app. You can even get items for free as well. I am a couponer so when i use my coupons then upload my receipt, savings on top of savings. I am currently in the process of receiving my second check. A little goes a long way so think of this as extra bucks in your pocket. Also they updated their app so you can redeem offers more than once! Thank goodness for checkout 51.

  10. Angela says:

    I think Checkout 51 is a SCAM! I was told when I signed up that I would be getting a .50 cent welcome bonus once I uploaded my first receipt. This never happened. Also they would tell me that my receipts didn’t go through so I would resubmit them and then they tell me that I’ve run out of time. I want to be a part of a company that doesn’t play games. Shame on you Checkout 51. We are your customers and we are promised to receive compensation for items that we purchase. Are you submitting these good receipts and keeping the money for yourself? It’s frustrating and their customer service team is poorly trained. Good luck on trying to make a go of it! Keep taking advantage of your customers and you will have a law suite against you in no time. IBotta is so much better.

  11. Jacqueline says:

    The trick is to find the items you usually buy, that are on Checkout 51 and on sale somewhere. Now that you can proce match stuff at most stores you shouldn’t even have to go to different stores just take the flyer. I have got pasta sauce and orange juice for .50 cents each!! Today I got a candle for free basically. And theKraft singles slices for 99 cents (normally $4.99!!). Im in heaven LOL

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