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The Bottom Line: Fetch Rewards is a free app that rewards you for shopping at any grocery, liquor, or convenience store through a simple point-based system. They work directly with popular brands to bring you savings on thousands of products every day.
I know, I know...
not another app.
But I couldn't help myself. I've reviewed other coupon and money-saving apps before—great ones. But this is so clean and easy to use. I wasn't about to just leave it out.
Sorry, not sorry.
Below is my honest opinion about Fetch Rewards and if it is even worth downloading the app.
Service: Free gift cards for grocery shopping
Promotion: Sign-up bonus
What is Fetch Rewards?
Fetch is a free app that rewards you for grocery shopping.
Founded in 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s now partnered with well over 200 national brands, all found at big chain grocery stores, mom and pops, and even the liquor store.
Yes, you can get rewarded for buying a bottle of wine.
No, it’s not too good to be true. Fetch is a totally legit app with a 4.7/5.0 rating on the App Store.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans use Fetch.
How does it work?
It’s as simple as:
Step 1. Go grocery shopping. Fetch will accept receipts from literally any American grocer.
Step 2. Get home and scan your grocery receipt with the Fetch app.
Based on how many partnered brands you’ve supported, Fetch will determine how many points you’ve accrued and funnel them into your account.
Worst case scenario, you get 25 points for scanning alone—even if you didn’t purchase a single thing from a partnered brand!
Be sure to scan within 14 days of purchase though! Otherwise your receipt will be deemed void.
Check out some of the brands Fetch supports. I bet some of those are in your pantry right now. You can also take a look at the sprawling list here.
Step 3. Once you’ve racked up a few thousand points, redeem them for a gift card at a number of retailers, including Sephora, Amazon, Best Buy, and Safeway.
There are a ton of restaurants on Fetch’s list of partnered brands too!
If you’re more interested in direct cash, you can also redeem points for Visa and Mastercard gift cards.
Here’s some more of Fetch’s reward partners.
You can also earn points by referring friends, or taking advantage of special offers.
Fetch even has a list of entirely free items! Just purchase as you regularly would, and the app will reimburse you the equivalent amount in points.
Fetch vs. Ibotta
The thing I love about Fetch is how easy it is to use. Competitors like Ibotta require users to search for and upload coupons before shopping.
Not to mention scanning barcodes throughout your shopping trip. That can be a pain!
But literally no planning is required to use Fetch. They take a lot of steps out of the process. Just quickly grab your phone and scan the receipt while putting things away at home.
I also find it easier not to get tempted by offers like you can with Ibotta.
Fetch does have a special offers section, but it’s not nearly as robust as Ibotta’s, and you don’t have to use it to accrue awards.
Where Ibotta may have Fetch beat is how much you can redeem, and how. I love how Ibotta literally gives you cash.
You have to choose a gift card with Fetch. Although since you can choose Visa and Mastercard gift cards, which essentially are cash, this isn’t a big disadvantage for Fetch.
If you’re serious about earning some money through these apps, my recommendation is just to use them both!
Easy savings at any grocery store, every time
What’s the catch?
No ads, no coupon browsing, no surveys. How does Fetch operate at a profit?
The app sells your data to it's brand partners, so that the latter can develop their marketing to, well, you.
This data isn’t specific to you as an individual, but includes information like ethnicity, marital status, income, etc.
Whether you mind sharing that data or not is up to you, but it is required to use the app.
You’re likely already doing it on pretty much every app you have. It’s just something to be aware of.
Should I Download the Fetch App?
If you like free gift cards in exchange for the 2 seconds it takes to scan a receipt, then heck yes! I think this is a great app.
Don’t depend on it to feed your whole family by next Friday, but a little bonus gift card here and there never hurt anyone!
Don't forget, the best way to use this type of app is to combine it with others. Take Ibotta with you to the grocery store, and scan your receipts with both apps when you get home.
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