Are you always looking for cheap gas near you, but end up going to the same place every time? You can get cash back from gas stations and other participating businesses with GetUpside.
Everything You Need to Know About the GetUpside Cash Back App
GetUpside partners with businesses to give you cash back on everyday purchases. Most of the partner businesses are gas stations, but in some areas there are restaurant and grocery offers as well.
The program continues to expand its partnerships to give you more cash back options. During the few weeks I’ve used it, GetUpside has added and notified me of new gas station deals in my area.
In this article, learn the six steps you need to follow to get started with GetUpside:
- Download the App
- Find Participating Businesses
- Claim an Offer
- Complete Your Claimed Deal
- Upload the Receipt
- Cash Out
Step 1: Download the App
The GetUpside app is the only way to participate in this cash back program. Once you download it, create an account using your email, Google login or Facebook login information.
The app will also request location access so that it can identify relevant deals for you.
Step 2: Find Participating Businesses in Your Area
Once you enable location services in the app, GetUpside will show you the deals closest to you. You can view the offers on the map or in a list under the corresponding category.
The available categories are gas, groceries, food and free gas.
The first three will show you the participating businesses around you and the amount of cash back you will receive on your purchase. However, the free gas tab is a little different.
Free Gas is GetUpside’s referral program that provides additional rewards every time your friends buy gas.
Step 3: Claim an Offer
Now, pick an offer to claim. It’s best to claim offers just before you make your purchase because GetUpside puts a timer, which typically lasts several hours, on your claimed offer.
Before you claim an offer, make sure to comparison shop. If the deal is for gas, use an app like GasBuddy or take a look at local prices on Google Maps.
Comparison shopping for the lower overall price is always a better deal. Don’t just go somewhere because it has an incentive, especially if it is more expensive.
If you see a deal that looks good to you, click the claim button to activate the offer and start the timer.
Step 4: Complete Your Claimed Deal
To view active offers that you have claimed, go to the “Claimed Offers” section of the menu in the upper left-hand corner.
This list also tells you how long you have to finish each offer. To successfully complete the deal, you need to make your purchase in the set timeframe and use a credit card.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to complete the deal in the time you have left, click the unclaim button on the offer page.
Step 5: Upload the Receipt
One of the best things about GetUpside is that you don’t need to enter your credit card or banking information to get cash back. Instead, you just upload the receipt from your claimed deal.
To upload your receipt and complete the deal, go to an offer you’ve claimed and click “Upload Receipt.”
Take a picture of the entire receipt and wait for GetUpside to scan it. After it’s finished, a checklist pops up to tell you if the app was able to read the information it needed from your receipt.
GetUpside says it takes between a few hours and a day for the money to be available in your account.
Step 6: Cash Out!
You can take out your money by going to the menu in the app and clicking “Cash Out.”
GetUpside gives you the option to cash out via PayPal, check or digital gift card. You need a minimum of $1 in order to take any money out of your account.
If you would like to receive your cash via PayPal or check, there is a $1 service fee unless you meet the minimum withdrawal. The fee-free minimum is $15 for PayPal and $50 for a check. You can also eliminate this fee by referring a friend to GetUpside.
Digital gift cards are only available in set amounts, so you have to earn that amount of cash back in order to get one.
The cash back I earned for this test showed up in my GetUpside account in about five hours. They sent me an email to let me know my cash back has been credited.
The GetUpside app is a legitimate way to earn cash back on participating gas, food and grocery stores. My area does not have grocery and other food offers yet, but there are tons of gas deals available. Here are a few tips and perks I enjoyed while using the GetUpside app:
Easy claim and upload process: GetUpside provides clear instructions to help you along the way.
No credit card or bank information necessary: I like that I did not need to link a credit card to participate and that I didn’t need to link a bank account to get the money out of my GetUpside account.
Comparison shop: Remember that an offer on GetUpside might not always be the best deal for your wallet, so always comparison shop.
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