You can turn your receipts into free money with the help of smartphone apps. Here's how

Posted at 4:42 PM, Oct 16, 2019

If you’re not holding on to your receipts, you may be missing out on some easy money.

Receipt scanning apps are an easy way to make money. The next time you go shopping, instead of throwing away your receipts, take a few seconds, scan them and you could earn cash or gift cards.

Receipt-Pal and Fetch are easy to use and free to download. Once you submit your receipt, you’ll earn points you can use to redeem cash prizes and gift cards from places like Target, Amazon and Home Depot.

Makeena is a cash back app with a healthy twist. The app offers rebates for healthier grocery choices, like organic produce, gluten-free foods and all-natural drinks.

Before you fill up again, download TruNow. The app gives you cashback on every gas station purchase. When you scan your receipt, you will earn 1-3% back on each gas purchase. TruNow also shows you where the cheapest gas and the best convenience store deals are near you.

You never know what you’ll get with CoinOut. The app was featured on ABC’s "Shark Tank." Every time you upload your receipt, you will get a random reward between 15-50 cents. You’ll also earn rewards by shopping certain online merchants through the app. Then, you can deposit what you earn to your bank account or redeem them as an Amazon gift card.

This story was originally published by Terrence Lee on WEWS.