Amazon has added a new feature to the Alexa app where you can earn money back on your offline grocery shopping. The feature is integrated into the Alexa app’s shopping list capabilities and allows you to add cashback offers like you would a shopping list item. When you’re done shopping in the real world at any store, you simply scan the barcodes of the qualifying products and submit a photo of your receipt to receive the money as Amazon gift card credit.
If you go to your shopping list in the Alexa app, found under the “Lists & Notes” section of the main menu, you’ll see a new “Savings” tab at the top of the list. In that tab, you’ll find available savings offers that are similar to coupons on various products. At the top are offers that match the items on your shopping list, but below them is a list of all available offers categorized by product type. You’ll also see items on your shopping list marked with a green offer tag when a matching offer is available.
Tapping the plus symbol on an offer adds the product to your shopping list and is the first step to saving money. You must add an offer to your shopping list for it to be redeemable later. Once you’ve gone to the store of your choice and purchased the items with available money back offers, you can then redeem your offers. This is done under the “Get Paid” tab in the “Savings” section of the shopping list.
To redeem your offers, you use your phone’s camera to scan the barcodes of the products that you purchased with available offers. Then you take and submit a picture of your receipt. If it’s a particularly long receipt, you can submit multiple pictures to ensure the entire receipt is captured and legible.
Once your submitted rebate offer is processed, you’ll receive the money as credit in your Amazon gift card balance. Amazon says it typically takes about 24 to 48 hours to process a rebate request, but it can take up to a week.
This savings method is essentially just a new spin on the mail-in-rebate system. It’s the product manufacturers that are ultimately providing you the money back. Amazon has just created a new way to integrate things into Alexa’s shopping list and streamlined the rebate submission process.