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9+ Cheats for Shopkick to Earn More Kicks

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I have talked about Shopkick many times and even created an in-depth review as well as apps that work just like it.  Be sure to check it out after reading this if you’re a fan of the app.

If you’re unfamiliar with the app, it’s one that rewards you with gift cards to perform a variety of tasks, from simply walking into a store to scanning items on the store shelves.  It’s much different than the many survey apps I have reviewed in the past.  I found it to be a lot of fun.

In today’s guide, I wanted to talk about some ethical cheats/hacks you can take advantage of to maximize your time on the app.  Yes, these are legal, and I’m only using the term “cheat” as an honest way to make more money.  Don’t view this as being an illegal option.

If you love the app or want to find more ways to earn more money with your phone, let me show you how you can maximize your time on the app.

9 Cheats for Shopkick

Follow Shopkick on Social Media

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you’re following Shopkick on social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, since the company often makes some announcements that relate to earning more kicks.  Usually, you will find that they do so on Monday, but this can change.

For example, in the past, they have offered sweepstakes opportunities where you could earn 4,000 kicks, etc. as well as bonus ways to earn even more kicks.



Link a Debit/Credit Card

If you feel comfortable in doing so, link your credit or debit card to earn easy kicks.

For every purchase you make that qualifies, the app will add kicks to your account.  You can do this by clicking on the settings tab and then “kicks for purchases.”  There, tap “link eligible card” to get started.

Make Sure Location Settings Are On

This one sounds obvious, but there are a lot of people that don’t realize that they aren’t sharing their location with Shopkick.  While this isn’t mandatory, it will greatly increase your chances of earning kicks.  For example, walking into a local store can easily earn you a few kicks, but if the app doesn’t know where you are, they can’t offer you targeted offers.

Walk-ins are the easiest ways to earn money with the app, so always make it an effort to walk into any store to quickly earn those kicks.

Scan Items

Make it a habit to scan items with the app while shopping.  What I do is check out the app and see what needs to be scanned.  In some cases, it may be hundreds, maybe thousands of items.

Walmart tends to have the most items, and honestly, just start scanning everything you add to the cart.  You will be surprised as to how much earns you kicks.

Weekends = Higher Earnings

In my experience, the weekends tend to have higher earning opportunities.  If you’re out and about on a Saturday or Sunday, be sure to turn the app on to see what options are available.

For example, in the past during Black Friday, they doubled the kicks payout whenever you walked into a store.

Check in Frequently

Make it a habit to check out your app regularly as they almost always have periodic offers.  For example, if you log in daily, you watch videos and/or click on posts to earn quick kicks.  It’s not much, but they add up over time.

The thing about these offers, however, is that they expire quickly.  If you miss out, you’re out of luck.  So, for that reason, turn on your app every day just to see what’s available at the moment.

Don’t Forget to Invite Your Friends

If you like the app, I’m sure your friends will as well.  With that being said, be sure to invite your friends to earn even more.

For every person you refer, you get an easy 250 kicks after they sign up.  It’s not much, but it can add up if you’re able to share the link.  I feel it’s one a user often overlook.



Driving By May Work

What you may realize is that driving by a store may count as walking into a store.  As long as you’re close enough to a store, it may trigger the reward.

This can help if you’re in a busy area or maybe you don’t feel like getting out because it’s cold/crowded.  Make sure your Bluetooth is on when doing so.

Study the Shopping List

Before you go grocery shopping, check out the items on the app to see what you may be able to purchase to earn kicks.

For example, there may be a coffee or butter you could buy to earn the extra kicks.  Just make sure buying the item makes sense.  If after the kicks it’s still more than what you would have paid for the item you wanted, then skip it.

Take the time to write out a list to earn hundreds of kicks.

Final Thoughts

There you have it.

Again, all of these “cheats” are 100% ethical and won’t get you banned from the platform.  I just like to use the word “cheat” or “hack” as a way to earn money with the app.

If you make it a habit to follow these tips, there’s no reason you can’t increase your earnings while using the Shopkick app.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, if you want to add to what I have, you’re more than welcome to add your thoughts to the comment below.  Who knows?  Your tip could help someone reading this.  Let’s work as a team here.

In the meantime, check out the many apps that work like Shopkick as well as explore LushDollar to see the many ways you make, save and be smart with your money.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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