Checkout 51

About a year ago I discovered an app called Checkout 51.  I didn’t know anything about it, but I installed it on my phone anyway.  When I opened the app I was even more curious as I was presented with a list of products, each with a deal attached to them.  If I bought rice krispies in the next week the app would give me $1, if I paid with Visa they would give me another $1 and if I bought any of the other things they would simply keep adding to my payout.  According to the app I would be able to request a cheque when I hit $20.  All you had to do was take photos of your receipt after you made the purchases and then your account would automatically be credited.

I admit, I was somewhat suspicious of it at first, though I began uploading receipts and saw my total growing.  I couldn’t help but wonder if when that magical $20 mark was hit the app would spontaneously combust or reset, citing a glitch, and leaving me with lots of receipt photos, but no cheque.  Well, the time came and went and my total sat at $25.25.  I decided I had to face the fear and timidly tapped the “Request Cheque” button.  Another window opened, I entered my address, I received a confirmation email, and then I waited.  I began to think it was all just a façade, that nothing would arrive in my mailbox, but then I received another email, this time telling me that my cheque had been put in the mail.  Could this be true?  A week later I held the cheque in my hand, took it to the bank, and became a huge fan of Checkout 51.

Every week there are new deals and if I plan to purchase those items anyway I gladly upload my receipt and watch my total climb.  My only caution with the app is, like with all coupons or deals, if you don’t need the product, don’t buy it!  Even though it’s a great deal, if  you won’t use the product it’s a pointless buy.  The best part about Checkout 51 is that you are still able to use your own coupons in combination with it.  For example, this past week I had a buy one get one free coupon for any Degree Deodorant.  I was planning to buy deodorant anyway, so it was great timing!  It got even better when Degree Deodorant appeared in this week’s list of products – buy two and get $2 back.  I grabbed my two deodorants, priced at $2.97 each, and went to the till with all my groceries.  As the coupon promised I got one of the two free (yay!!!), but I then uploaded my receipt and when the confirmation arrived I had $2 more of a discount!  To me, paying only 48.5 cents for a stick of deodorant is exciting, and it all worked out because of Checkout 51!

I can’t wait until I can hit that “Request Cheque” button again and add the payout to my fun money fund!

Nutrience Natural & Grain Free Pet Foods – Good Food for a Good Cause

Nutrience dog food.

A happy Nutrience Client

I recently tried feeding my dog Nutrience Natural dog food thanks to participation in a Bzz Agent campaign.  I received a coupon for a free bag of dog food, along with two smaller sample bags.  My black lab is older, with some joint and stomach issues, so I was eager to try her on a new food that had only natural ingredients that I knew were good for her.  Reading through the information on Nutrience and the label on the bag I felt certain that this was a good and healthy choice for my furball.

When the samples arrived she eagerly sniffed the small bags and I, almost as eagerly, opened one up and gave her some to try.  Much to my dismay she picked up a kibble, played with it a bit, then spat it out.  It turns out that her sensitive tummy didn’t want to try a new food.  I did; however, manage to give the samples to friends who raved over the food.  Apparently my colleague’s Boston Terrier couldn’t get enough of the Grain Free sample and ended up with his head shoved in the bag in search of more crumbs to lick up!

Either way, from the information I’ve seen and the reviews of the friends whose dogs did eat the food I can say with certainty that Nutrience is a brand that I trust and that I would consider buying in the future, though for a younger dog who is less set in her ways than my pup!

Despite my dog’s disinterest in the food I was still left with a coupon for a full size bag of Nutrience.  Given the quality of the food and the reactions from my friend’s pets I knew exactly what to do with that coupon.  I happily went to my local pet store, picked out a bag of great quality Nutrience food, paid only the taxes, and then drove to my local animal shelter.  They were shocked at the donation of such a quality food and said that they rarely receive food that is truly nutritious for their dogs, but when I explained they were even more amazed.  They could not believe that a company would still provide a free bag of food, even when the tester’s own dog wouldn’t eat it.  I told them that it simply spoke to the dedication of the company to the health of animals everywhere.

So, thanks Nutrience!  My Echo (my dog) may not have wanted to try a new food, but thanks to this BzzAgent campaign there are some very well fed dogs in my local shelter, and on behalf of all of their furry little hearts, I thank you and I look forward to trying this quality food with more dogs in the future.