My search for a side hustle has now led me to Shopkick. A number of the sites I’ve browsed have suggested Shopkick as an earnings option and I have to say, it works. Think of it as an iBotta with a bit of Field Agent scavenger hunt tossed in for good measure.
I feel like this is an old refrain now, but starting up with Shopkick is pretty easy.
Create a log-in.
Answer a few questions like zip code and birthday.
You’re ready to start.
How it Works
Making money on Shopkick is all about earning points. There are a number of ways you can earn points.
- Shopping. Some stores have little carts next to them. That means you get x number of points for every dollar you spend. This works with Shopkick’s online partners as well. Point range is 1 to 15 points.
- Shopping, Part II. You can also get points for purchasing specific items. For example, I can earn 175 points if I buy Sally Hansen base and top coat nail polish. I’ve seen as many as 700 points for a specific item purchase.
- Scanning. Some stores will get you points if you scan a specific product. Every store I went to I looked for Bailey’s Irish Cream to scan. Each scan earned me 25 points. You can scan at the same store once a day, but the cool thing is you can go back the next day and scan again. Plus, you can find it at two different places on the same day. Scans earn you anywhere from 15 to 50 points.
- Walk-in. Some stores will give you a small number of points simply for walking in. Have the app open and your phone will buzz when you go near/through the store’s entrance. The actual time it happens depends on the accuracy of your GPS signal. You get an average of 15 points for walking in.
- Watch videos. There’s a discover tab on Shopkick that has a few videos to watch, basically advertisements. Watching some of those ads earns you between 1 and 10 points depending on the ad.
- Invite. Asking friends to use Shopkick can also earn you points if they download the app and actually use it. Shameless plug here, if you need a referral code try mine! It’s GOAL351377. I get 250 points for each active user I recruit.
I did the math and each point is worth about half a penny. A little more math and I’ve determined each Bailey’s bottle I scanned made me a dime.
When you get enough points, you can redeem them for gift cards at places like Target, Amazon and TJ Maxx/Home Goods.
What I like about the redemption process is you can choose the size of the gift card. For Amazon, there are $2, $5, $10 and $25 increments.
The Bottom Line
Shopkick is a well thought out app that offers a variety of ways to earn money.
- You only spend money to make money if you want to.
- You can earn kicks just by walking into a store.
- The gift cards are to places I shop.
- It’s a slow slog to get points. Unless you buy something, you’re going to spend a lot of time scanning and walking into and out of stores.
Shopkick is doable with kids. My toddler started to get cranky, but I’m pretty sure that’s on her rather than the app. As for my six-year-old, I made it a game for him. I told him to help me find items in the store that I would then scan. It kept him busy and earned me points.
Shopkick is a fairly well thought out app. It won’t get you rich, but it will certainly earn you some spending money.