Welcome to part four of my series devoted to the best grocery shopping apps. I’ve been highlighting six apps that will definitely save you money (and in some cases earn you some extra cash). BerryCart is the third app in this series. If you’re unfamiliar with how these apps work or you want to start from the beginning, read this first:
The BerryCart grocery app is for anyone who wants to save money on “natural foods” in categories such as organic, gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and vegetarian, that are also free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients and chemicals. No longer exclusive to small specialty stores or high end markets like Whole Foods, most grocery stores have a “natural foods” section, which is great because using BerryCart won’t be limited to a handful of stores. In fact, BerryCart, whose product rebates hovers around 50, can be used at any store that provides itemized receipts.
Getting Started and Saving Money with BerryCart
Once you use one grocery shopping app you basically know how to use all of them. BerryCart is no different.
1. Create an account with an email address. Accounts can be created using a computer or their mobile app.
2. Review the available rebates and select the ones you want to use. Rebates can be viewed from the BerryCart mobile app or laptop/desktop.
3. Verify your purchases and claim your rebate(s). This is done by taking a picture of the receipt that includes the item purchased and uploading it to the site. The verification process must be completed on the mobile app.
That’s it! Once approved the rebate will be deposited into your BerryCart account.
A Few Interesting Things about BerryCart
Everyone is a Reviewer
Each BerryCart rebate is divided into two parts, and each part is worth a specific amount. One part is a product fact that you read and click a button indicating that you’ve finished. The second part is writing a product review. So for instance, if there is a $1.00 rebate on a frozen meal you might have to read a short fact about the product to claim $0.50 of the rebate. To claim the second half of the rebate you have to write a short review in the box provided.
BerryCart is the only grocery app that makes you write a review to claim part of the rebate. Frankly I find this aspect to be a pain in the neck because sometimes I’m not ready to eat/use the item right away so how am I supposed to review it? Let’s just say that you can probably identify my reviews by their supremely truncated nature.
Don’t feel like doing the review? Fine. Submit your receipt without it and you’ll receive part of the rebate amount – the amount associated with reading the product factoid.
Cool Filter Feature
Don’t feel like scrolling through all of the offers? You can filter them by attributes such as organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, kosher, and more.
Stuff You’ve Never Heard Of
Perhaps it’s me, but I’m only familiar with about 25% of the products listed in the BerryCart app. I find that exciting because I love trying new stuff. Who knows? I might find a new fave because of it (and get it for cheap when combining with sales and coupons).
BerryCart’s cash out threshold is low, which is awesome, though I can’t find exactly what the minimum is! I know it used to be $5. Now the site states, “After you complete a few actions and the associated proof of purchase, you can cash out your rewards by transferring your cash reward to your PayPal account or by purchasing select gift cards available on the app.”
In checking the app, I see that I have just under $8 in redeemed rebates. I did a mock cash out to see if I could transfer it to my PayPal account. I could. In addition, when reviewing the (nice) stash of gift cards you can choose in lieu of cash, I saw an Amazon gift card available for $2, which makes me think you may be able to cash out as soon as your rebate redemption is approved and deposited in your account.
Cash Bonuses and Referrals
A couple of grocery apps (ibotta and Checkout 51) offer cash bonuses on top of rebates. For instance, ibotta might give members a $5 bonus when four rebates are redeemed. Checkout 51 may give members a $0.50 rebate plus a $0.50 bonus with the purchase of a specific item. This is awesome because the bonus is on top of any sale and manufacturer’s coupon used, which means there’s the potential for getting items for free and making a few bucks. Unfortunately BerryCart doesn’t offer cash bonuses.
BerryCart does have a referral program which provides a $2 bonus each time someone signs up using your referral code (that’s mine, just to be transparent. Thank you if you use it!) and redeems their first rebate. Unlike Ibotta, where the person who signs up ALSO receives a bonus – a nice $10 bonus, BerryCart doesn’t offer a new member sign up bonus at this time. I will update if something changes.
I think that’s about it for now. Let me know if you have any questions or additional points to add. The next app on the list is Shopmium.