Shop & Scan

I must have been on the Nice List one year when Santa very kindly brought me a Supermarket play set – complete with basket, till and conveyer belt. I would spend hours and hours putting through “my customers” (harassed family members!) shopping, always making the ‘beep’ sound as I put each piece of fake food through the scanner. I took such good care of that toy, and my nieces and nephews still play with it today in my parents’ house.  

As I got older and started college, I got a part-time job in a supermarket and got to make the ‘beep’ noise for real – and get paid for it!! As my career changed over the years, I haven’t had much opportunity to beep, scan and play shopkeeper. Until now….! 

I’ve been using Shop and Scan for a few months now, but didn’t want to share anything with you all until I was fully familiar. I have to say, I’d recommend it to everyone – you receive points for scanning in your shopping each week, and those points can be exchanged for gift vouchers for places like Currys, Brown Thomas, Argos, Amazon and charity donations. It’s not exactly money for nothing, but scanning in shopping takes only a couple of minutes, so it’s next to nothing. 

You can find all the info on the Shop and Scan website, but basically you sign up for an account and they send you out a small scanner, a reference book and instructions on downloading their software to your laptop. Each week you then record your shopping; scanning each item, letting them know where it was from, how much you paid and sending a picture of the receipt. Each week I’ve been getting 200 points, and there are also bonus points to be earned also. 100 points is equivalent to €1 for the majority of their rewards, so you can look at it as at least €2 each week. The points do add up, I’ve been doing it for a few months and I have €36 available to redeem. It’s not going to allow me retire or jet off to The Maldives, but it’s better than nothing! 

It’s worth looking into if you’re looking for some ways to make a little extra money – this one definitely doesn’t require much effort and gets a thumbs up from me! 

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