Shopmium is an app that you can download to your smartphone for free. It’s regularly updated with supermarket offers and coupons, but is Shopmium really worth it? I’ve tried to weigh up the pros and cons so you don’t have to.
How does it work?
You download the Sopmium app, register and then, when you open it, you’ll be presented with a list of offers. You make your purchase as you usually would and claim the money (or a portion of the money) back via the app.
Where can I use it?
The Shopmium app has offers for Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose and you can filter by supermarket. There’s also an ‘other section’ for deals that you can snap up in other stores, including Co-Op Food and Iceland.
1) You can try new products
Often you can try out a new product for free, or for less than usual. You’ll find offers on a range of items; including baby food, pet food, cheese, beer, coffee and yogurt.
I tried a Primula Cheese ‘n’ Jalapenos spread through a Shopmium offer. I didn’t think it sounded very appetising, but since trying it for free, I regularly buy it.
2) Free food and toiletries
Life is expensive, so it’s nice to make the odd saving on food and household items that you’d be buying anyway.
3) An easy way to help the food bank
I don’t always pick items up for myself. If there’s a cracking offer on coffee, or biscuits, then often I will buy them and pop them in my local food bank collection.
4) You get money back
Once you’ve checked the item using the scan function on the app and you’ve made your purchase, you can make your cash claim. To do this, you scan your receipt and the item(s) purchased. You’ll also be asked to rate your purchase, but this only takes around a minute to do. You can get the payment sent via PayPal or bank transfer and it usually takes a couple of days to process.
Of course Shopmium isn’t perfect (what is?) and you need to look at the cons when trying to assess if Shopmium is worth it for you. Here are the main drawbacks:
1) You can’t always find the item
The products listed on Shopmium tend to be quite niche and tricky to locate in store. You can check the Shopmium app to see where the item was bought from near you, but even then you won’t necessarily find it. In the past I’ve gone into a supermarket looking for an item and I’ve been forced to give up in frustration.
2) It’s easy to pick up the wrong thing
If a brand has a number of items in similar packaging, then it can be easy to pick up the wrong item. To try and eradicate this, I always check the item using the scanner on the app before I make a purchase.
3) Check the fine print
Some items you can buy in bulk, other brands allow you to try one of each flavour and with some deals you can only buy one product from a range. So make sure you check the fine print. That way, you won’t get caught out.
4) Is it really a deal?
Prices tend to vary in each supermarket. So whilst £2 off a £4.99 tub of ice cream might seem like a good offer, it’s not so appealing if another supermarket is selling that same tub of ice cream for £2.50. With this in mind, if I have a money-off coupon and the item is selling at full price, I question if I’m really saving before making the purchase.
5) You can add products to your online shop… but it isn’t straight forward
I didn’t think that Shopmium allowed you to add products to an online shop. However, ThriftyClair has done this successfully with a Sainsbury’s online shop (as they come with a till receipt) and I believe that others have manually uploaded e-receipts. I’m not sure this is something I’d try personally, because I’d be worried about the item being substituted or picked incorrectly. You also risk the Shopmium offer elapsing before you receive your shopping.
Is it worth it?
Is Shopmium worth it? This is a question I ask myself every time I load up the app! And the truth is, sometimes it’s worth it. When I’m getting something for free, or with a substantial discount, that I know I will enjoy and I can easily locate it, it’s worth it. But sometimes I’m not convinced the money-off coupons are that hot and it can feel like a bit of a wild goose chase when I’m searching the aisles for an obscure product.
But I’ve had Shopmium on my phone for over five years and the app is clean and easy to use. I haven’t had any issues claiming my money back either and I do enjoy having a nosy at the offers when I remember to check it. So overall, I’d say that Shopmium is worth trying. If you fancy giving it a go, you can get a special welcome offer by using my code s688d.