Checkout 51 App Review: Scam Or Legitimate Easy Cash?

Did you know you could be making money while shopping? The Checkout 51 Will Pay You Cash Back on your in-store purchases!Checkout 51 is a very popular app that pays you to upload receipts of your grocery shopping. A few of my readers have asked if this app is a scam, since they’ve seen me review a similar app called Ibotta.

Checkout 51 is not a scam, it’s a completely legitimate app that pays you for purchasing certain items at your local grocery store. Although it’s scam free, there’s some issues I have with the app, but don’t worry I’ll cover them all in this review.

In this Checkout 51 App Review I’ll cover how it works, how to get paid, my complaints, and if this app is legitimate.

Checkout 51 App Review

Checkout 51 App Review App: Checkout 51

Type: Shopping Cash Back

Score: 4/5

In this Checkout 51 Review I gave them a good score. I’ve used this app a bit and it’s really good. They have a bunch of offers available and I really like that there’s no store restrictions, meaning you can buy items at pretty much any store.

The major complaint I have with Checkout 51 is that they only pay via check at this time. Who wants to wait on a check when they could easily pay you via PayPal or Direct Deposit.

Overall, it’s a really good app to get paid cash back for your shopping, but I think I still prefer Ibotta because of the easy payments. If you don’t mind getting paid by check than Checkout 51 is perfect for you!

How Does Checkout 51 Work?

Checkout 51 App Offers What Items/Offers Are Available?

Most of the items available for cash back offers are grocery items. You’ll see some generic offers such as buy a carton of milk and brand specific offers. Although most offers are grocery items you’ll find some health/beauty products, and alcohol offers available.

Most offers pay from $.25-$5 depending on what you need to buy. The generic offers pay less and brand specific items usually pay more.

Uploading Receipts For Cash Back

Checkout 51 App Upload Receipts To Earn Cash For Your Shopping!Once you sign up you’ll see a full list of offers available, you’ll need to go to any store and purchase the product. The receipt must have:

  • Store Name
  • Store Address
  • Date
  • Itemized List
  • Price Paid

Make sure to keep your receipt after checkout! Once you have your receipt you can easily scan the receipt using the camera inside the app. Make sure to take a picture of the whole receipt, if the receipt is long it’s fine to take multiple pictures.

Once you have a clear picture of your receipt, click upload. Checkout 51 will review your receipt and credit your account for your cash back purchases within 24 hours, but usually much sooner.

What Stores Are Available?

The best part about Checkout 51 is that you can purchase products at any store that gives you an itemized receipt. For example you can purchase a listed product at Walmart, Target, or any other store and still get credit for purchasing the item.

*Some offers are store specific, but there’s very few of these.

How Does Checkout 51 Pay?

At this time the only way to get paid by Checkout 51 is by mailed check. You can request a check once you earn $20 inside the app. I can’t find exactly how long it takes to get your check, but I have been paid by them once before and I believe it was 7-14 days after cashing out.

*You’ll be prompted to enter your address once you cash out so don’t freak out if you haven’t given them your address yet.

Checkout 51 Complaints

Mailed Check Only

Really the only major complaint I have with Checkout 51 is that they only pay via mailed check. I really wish they offered PayPal or Direct Deposit as payments methods. Those usually pay within 24 hours, but with mailed check you will be waiting a bit for you check to arrive.

From what I remember it was just a few weeks, so it’s not as bad as some other online companies and apps!

No Referral Program

If you’re someone who likes to tell your friends about ways you’re making money and make some cash off them, you won’t be able to with Checkout 51. Checkout 51 does not have a referral program at this time. All of your earnings will need to come from your cash back shopping.

*Website owners can use ShareASale to access the CPA offer.

Is Checkout 51 A Scam?

The Checkout 51 App is not a scam, it’s a completely legitimate app that pays you cash back for shopping. As long as you don’t mind getting paid via check, Checkout 51 is a really good shopping app to get involved with.

If you’d like to learn more or to join visit to get started.

If you’d rather get paid via PayPal for your cash back shopping, make sure to check out Ibotta.

If cash back shopping isn’t for you, here’s some other great Apps I Use To Make Money.

Thank you for reading my Checkout 51 Review. Do you think this app is a scam? Have you been paid by Checkout 51 Already? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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Cindy Cook - November 17, 2016 Reply

The checkout 51 app is ridiculous. I have submitted
many receipts and I get an email every time saying they can’t process my receipt. And on top of that I have received many junk emails. It’s not worth my time or effort.

    Brok - December 19, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for sharing your experiences Cindy and very sorry to hear you’re having issues with the app. I highly recommend trying Ibotta.


Charle - January 9, 2017 Reply

New to the app and I have to say it is frustrating. Offers are great but getting thru the process is time consuming. I just spent twenty minutes trying to take acceptable pictures of a very long receipt (new year stock up of household staples). Once I completed taking the pictures of my receipt, I was directed to scan photos of the bar codes on several of the item (paper towels, toilet paper, and coffee creamer). The problem is that I’m at work, on my lunch hour, and the items are at my house. The website doesn’t say anything about needing to scan bar codes of the items you purchase so this was super disappointing. In addition, the bar code for one of the paper towels is no longer available to scan because I opened the package yesterday. I’m afraid when I go home the app will not let me photographic the receipt again because I already previously tried to submit it. I spent three hours planning my shopping trip, clipping coupons and downloading apps and I’m not better off then where I was before I invested all the effort.

Carol - January 15, 2017 Reply

I have $8 in my account but can’t upload a clear receipt anymore. I have a Samsung s5. I want to cash out because it doesn’t work,but can’t.

KC - January 15, 2017 Reply

I have sent the same receipt 3 times and been denied. I am returning all the items I purchased under this weeks list. Each store will be notified, in writing, that checkout51 is using their name under false promotions. Each product manufacturer will also be notified and I will never purchase their product again. I don’t play games.

LC - February 2, 2017 Reply

I’m new to Checkout 51 . My complaint is that it takes too much time to figure out which items I purchased that qualify for money back! I love the Walmart app because I only have to scan the bar code, and they do the rest! I probably will not be using this app again.

    Brok - February 3, 2017 Reply

    That’s true LC. It does take some work not like the Walmart Savings Catcher, but all that app does is price match basically. With Checkout 51 you’re earning a rebate and not just a match if the price changes. I do recommend Ibotta over Checkout 51. You’ll still have to find the rebates, but it seems like a better app in my opinion.


SP - May 30, 2017 Reply

I am not happy that I can’t stack coupons on the rebates. I prefer Ibotta for this reason.

    Brok - May 30, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I agree I prefer Ibotta as well!


Tim - June 23, 2017 Reply

I started using checkout51 a short time ago and have finally reached a claim amount. My problem is when I select the claim button, it takes me to the offers page. In short i can’t submit my claim! Has anyone else encountered this issue?

Renee Pilgrim - June 29, 2017 Reply

Its been almost a mth. When i cashed out and still havent gotten a check.would not tell anyone to use 51.

Emily - September 21, 2017 Reply

I like this app. Usually no issues. I just got a check but now my bank says they cant cash it because it’s international. Anyone else dealt with this?

    Brok - October 3, 2017 Reply

    That’s very odd Emily. I receive affiliate commissions from other countries all the time and there’s never an issue.

Marilyn - December 13, 2017 Reply

Checkout 51 is a complete waste of your time and energy, I have been waiting on the one cheque 5 months and they have supposily sent it out twice , it I see errors in my address, so that will of course be my fault or their excuse to delay it further, either way I am not wasting my time with app anymore …..

    Brok - December 14, 2017 Reply

    Sorry to hear about your issues Marilyn.

    Have you tried Ibotta or Dosh?

    Dosh is a new app I highly recommend.


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