You have probably heard the saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure, but did you know that there is a whole money saving trend dedicated to scavenging discarded receipts? This trend, known as wombling, allows savvy consumers the chance to earn money off vouchers, get coupons, loyalty points or even earn cashback on shopping that they haven't had to do in the first place.
But is it one money saving trend that has gone too far?
Keep reading to find out my experience as well as my wombling tips. There are lots of ways that you can use a till receipt to make or save money, and these offers usually change often. Here are some examples:. You can use a wombled receipt to see if it is eligible for Asda's Price Guarantee. Tesco have a Clubcard loyalty scheme, but not every person shopping at Tesco will have a Clubcard or remember to use it. Receipts that show that a loyalty card hasn't been used can be used to claim Clubcard points. Sainsbury's receipts can be used to claim Nectar points in a similar way to the Tesco Clubcard points.
Receipt Hog is a smartphone app where you can earn points for uploading photographs of your receipts. These points can then be converted into rewards which include Amazon gift cards and cash via Paypal. Click here to read more about Receipt Hog.
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These apps offer you money back if you buy a specific item, and sometimes these items can appear on wombled receipts — so you can actually make money! It isn't just supermarket receipts that can be wombled — have you noticed some of the discounts and freebies offered on receipts? Burger King offer a free Whopper for completing a survey and presenting your receipt. It sounds crazy, but it is legal! There is one stipulation, and that is that you cannot take receipts from the store or bins on the store's ground.
Whether wombling is moral is another matter altogether, especially when it comes to claiming cashback on items that you didn't actually purchase. I spoke to some of the UK's best money bloggers to ask for this opinions on wombling. Here's what they had to say:.
It's not for me, I thought I could do it but when it came to it I just don't need to do it. But for people living on the breadline why not? I've also discussed doing it with a friend and donating the food we buy to a homeless shelter or food bank. I couldn't believe my luck, I found them by doing one round of looking in trolleys and receipts I found on my way out of the shop.
If you don't ask you don't get! I don't purposefully go out to womble but if I am outside then my eyes will scan the area for useful objects.
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People are literally throwing money away and if I can find it and make use of it I will. A couple of years ago coke zone did codes on cans and bottles that I collected and I was able to claim t-shirts with the points. Laura from Coupon Clippers. For me it is a step too far although I tried it once the other day because there were a bunch of receipts left at a self service checkout.
I was really nervous! Free money is always a bonus though. I have never been a wombler, but I decided to give it a go. I picked up every receipt I found over 2 days. Of 4 receipts, only one had more than the minimum of 8 items on it, but it still wasn't eligible for the price guarantee. This taught me that wombling is not for me! Worse, once you click fraudsters can also collect personal information from your device by installing cookies on your phone that track you, or add browser extensions that can be used to show you advertisements.
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The scam uses remarkably similar wording to a string of Facebook scams that offered people free flights and another for supermarket vouchers. To report a fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on or use its online fraud reporting tool.
If a phone call or voicemail offers you a deal, asks you to make a payment or log-in to an online account, be cautious. If you call back, try to use a different line as some scammers keep the line open on their side to trick you. Never call numbers or follow links provided in suspicious emails; find the official website or customer support number using a separate browser.
Get protected: Before you start shopping online, secure your device with anti-virus software or a firewall. This will help block out pop-ups and hackers. Is the deal too good to be true? Only shop with companies you know and trust: Watch out for fake websites. You can tell by checking the URL of the website, it may have a different spelling or a different domain name that ends in. Shop from home: Using public WiFi hotspots such as those offered by coffee shops and libraries could leave you vulnerable.
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