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How I Save On Groceries Every Week Using Checkout 51

Ken Carr / Checkout 51

My family will tell you I'm a little obsessive about saving money, and I'm never happy until I squeeze every last penny.

If you're already waiting for sales and clipping coupons, it can feel like there's no other possible way to shrink your grocery bill.

That's why I was so happy to discover Checkout 51: it combines with all my other money-saving habits for added value, and it's so easy.

Checkout 51
Checkout 51

What's Checkout 51?

Checkout 51 is the new kid on the block, but if you're already familiar with the incentive program ibotta, they're pretty close.

You sign up for free through Checkout 51's website or their app. All it takes is an email address or a Facebook account.

Next, you browse the program's special offers for cash back on items you already buy at the grocery store.

Grocery Cart
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You can get rebates on popular brands including Special K, Triscuit, Halls, Aveeno, Pledge, Knorr, Charmin, and Swiffer.

Once you claim your rebates, Checkout 51 will mail you a check for your savings.

Yes, it's really that easy.

So how does it work?

Each week, the service releases a new list of products that you can get cash back on.

For example, you might see "Ritz crackers, any variety, $2.00 cash back."

Sometimes there are even better deals on staple foods, like $1 off one gallon of milk in any variety.

Checkout 51
Browse and buy, upload your receipt, then claim your savings.Checkout 51

Once you buy an item from the store, just take a picture of your receipt and upload it to Checkout 51.

You simply tick off any items you're claiming and their rebate value is added to your account.

Once you reach $20, you can Cash Out and get a check with your savings mailed to you.

Checkout 51
Checkout 51

Checkout 51 makes money from brands that want you to try their product, but since you're probably buying them already, it's an easy way to save a few bucks each week.

And because the rebates are for specific products and not a store, you can save no matter where you shop.

Why I love this app

My favorite thing about Checkout 51 is stacking deals for extra savings.

You can combine the cash back on your items with a sale price, a store coupon, a manufacturer's coupon, and even other rebate sites for killer savings.

I "double dip" with coupons and Checkout 51 rebates.The Krazy Koupon Lady

And I save money on things I actually want because the offers are on great brands that I trust.

New offers are published every Thursday and last until Wednesday night, so it's easy to plan ahead for my weekend shopping trip and upload my receipt when I have time.

Checkout 51
Checkout 51

Plus, Checkout 51 also accepts packing slips from certain online stores like Amazon, which is even more convenient.

On top of everything else, the website is fast and easy (even I can use it).

Shop smart

I've already been using Checkout 51 for a few weeks, so let me share a few helpful tips with you:

Checkout 51
Checkout 51

Certain offers are limited, so it pays to check the app before you visit the store. Then upload your receipt quickly, to guarantee you'll get the rebate.

You also need to match the exact item in the offer.

If the rebate is for Head and Shoulders conditioner, shampoo does not apply.

Also, each member can only claim a rebate once.

And for bilingual customers, take note that receipts must be in English.

Compared to other rebate services, Checkout 51 is very quick to pay you back.

New rebates are added to your account in 48 hours or less, and it takes two to three weeks for your check to arrive.

If you want to start saving on your weekly groceries, visit Checkout 51's website today.

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