Checkout 51 – The Ultimate Guide

Get Cash Back with Checkout 51.

Checkout 51 Guide

Have you heard about Checkout 51? If not, here is a brief introduction to who they are and what they do:

Checkout 51 lets you save on the brands you love. Get new offers weekly, buy from any store in Canada or the US (excluding Quebec), snap a photo of the receipt and get cash back!

Checkout 51 is based out of Toronto and is looking to change the world of couponing in Canada and the US by offering consumers cash back, without them having to use a single coupon.

Here’s what Noah Godfrey, Checkout 51 co-founder, has to say about the service:

“Since the Coca-Cola Company issued the first coupon 125 years ago, coupons haven’t changed much. Shoppers have to do a lot of work to save money on groceries, clipping or printing, stuffing wallets, holding up checkout lines. Checkout 51 makes it easier to get discounts on peanut butter, toilet paper and everything else found in a grocery store.”

Checkout 51 Logo

How does Checkout 51 work?

  1. Buy items at any store in Canada or the US (excluding Quebec). Yes, that even includes stores such as Costco and The Bulk Barn.
  2. Send a photo of your receipt. Receipts must be very clear and readable. You must send a photo of your entire receipt, from the very top to the very bottom. If you have a long receipt, you can add “sections”.
  3. Get cash back. You can request a cheque once your account hits $20, or you can let it grow to a larger amount. The choice is yours. Cheques will be mailed to the address you have on file.

Yes, it really is that easy! And no, it is not a scam. It works!

Checkout 51 Submit Receipt

Checkout 51 Add Section

Who can be member?

Anyone can be a member of Checkout 51, as long as you live in Canada or the US. It’s free to sign up.

Each member is allowed one account per device.

Can I get cash back on multiple items?

There is a limit of 1 rebate per item, per account. If you wanted to buy, for example, 3 of any particular item, you would only receive cash back for 1 of those items, per account.

You can submit multiple receipts each week, but you can only use a receipt once. This means you can’t buy 2 of the same item and submit the receipt once for one account and again for another account.

Checkout 51 Rebate

When are new offers available to claim?

New Checkout 51 offers are released every Thursday (we post them on Mrs January every Tuesday so you can plan your shopping trip) and are valid until Wednesday of the following week.

There are usually around 10-15 offers available and you can claim 1 or all of them, but you must hurry, as quantities are limited (beta members – who are those that signed up before this app was available to everyone – never have to worry about limited quantities). New offers are announced through email, the Checkout 51 app, and the Checkout 51 Facebook page.

Note: Sometimes you will find exclusive offers when you view available offers via the app. These exclusive offers vary by account and are based on your previous rebates. Checkout 51 will evaluate what you have purchased in the past and give you these special, exclusive offers.

Can I use coupons and other discounts and still get my rebate?

Yes, you can use coupons and other discounts and you will still receive cash back for your purchase(s).

This is a great way to get free, or close to free, grocery items each week!

Checkout 51

When do I get my cash back?

You are able to cash out and receive a cheque once your account reaches $20 or more. You don’t have to cash out right away, but if you want to, you can.

Cheques are sent out via mail within 7 business days. From personal experience, I usually receive my rebate cheque about 1 week after I request it. They’re very fast!

I live in Quebec, can I use Checkout 51?

Eventually, yes. Right now, no. They are currently working on perfecting their technology so that it will be able to read French receipts, but currently they can only read English.

Once they are able to read French receipts, Quebec will be able to participate.

I don’t have an Apple or Android device, can I use Checkout 51?

Yes! You can now use Checkout 51, even without an Apple or Android device.

If you haven’t signed up to Checkout 51 yet – what are you waiting for? If you love saving money, but hate the hassle of carrying coupons around with you (or if you want to combine your coupon savings with your rebate savings), this is the app for you!

You can sign up to Checkout 51 right here. Happy saving!

Do you use Checkout 51? Do you like it?

  • Subscribe to our email list to receive a FREE video outlining my top 5 tips for saving money on groceries.
  • Your e-mail address
  1. Nicholas says:

    Hi. Yes i am looking to sign up with multiple Brands, i have only heard of Kellogs and Christie Corners. Is there other Brands out there??

  2. Erica Ashley says:

    those are the only current brands right now Nicholas.

  3. Cathy says:

    I have an iphone and am trying to take more than one photo, i.e., add sections, of my receipt; after I take the first photo and hit add section the app closes. Any ideas why?

  4. LostAngel says:

    If you’ve had trouble getting Checkout51 to honor a rebate, contact the manufacturer. I received free item coupons and $ off coupons from the manufacturers. They didn’t even ask me for proof! I was very, veyr happy.

  5. Anne says:

    I live in Quebec, but do the majority of my shopping in Ontario, can I use the app for Ontario bought products???

  6. Lauren says:

    If the same offer comes up two weeks in a row (with a stated limit of one per member), and I buy the item twice (once in the first week and once in the second week), can I claim the rebate both times? Thank you!

  7. Virginia says:

    I am starting to use Checkout 51 but I don’t understand it. How is it a deal if I have to buy two of something to get $2 off? And many of these products I never buy to begin with because they are more expensive than the genericbrand or they are unhealthy, like pizza pops and french fries. I will keep checking back to see if they come up with better products and deals. I guess it’s just a once in a while thing to use if you actually need or would be purchasing the product anyway.

    • Erica Ashley says:

      Think of it like a coupon. Some coupons you don’t use and some state that you must purchase 2 in order to receive the savings. Only purchase what you need. They offers do change every Thursday so hopefully the variety continues.

  8. Lisa says:

    How is it a bargain if you save a couple of dollars one month but don’t buy anything on the list the next month then they take an “inactive fee” out of your account?

  9. dan says:

    the inactivation fee only starts after a year of not using your account. not every month but every month after a full year of inactivity

  10. langleygirl says:

    How can some one get 2 accounts.
    Different household Member? Or
    same user different device? Can it be same address for more than one account? Thanks for any guidance

  11. Tammy Curtis says:

    Just be sure to look over the items good before you submit receipt. I missed $2.00 of community coffee. Found it after I submitted receipt but oh well. Wish it was like the walmart savings catcher app where it checks your items. Love that app.

Leave a Comment


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy (here).