GetUpside Review: Get the Best Local Deals and Cash Back

Get free money for the things you’d buy anyway with GetUpside.
Last updated Sep 23, 2020 | By Lindsay Frankel
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Do you compare gas prices before you fill up or check what offers are available at grocery stores before you decide where to shop because you're looking at how to save money? Maybe not. But what if it was really easy to find the best local deals and get cash back too? Enter GetUpside, the app that helps people save at gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores in select U.S. cities and states.

Although there are plenty of cashback, money-saving apps and budgeting apps out there, GetUpside is unique. It lets you look at retailers near you on a map, so you can see what’s close by and find out where to get the most bang for your buck in your plan for how to manage your money. There’s no clipping coupons; just claim the offer, shop, and snap a photo of your receipt when you’re done.

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What is GetUpside?

GetUpside is a startup dedicated to helping brick-and-mortar businesses attract more customers while helping people get more purchasing power in their local communities. Since the company was founded in 2016 in Washington D.C., more than 1 million users have earned more than $10 million cash back. GetUpside is a legitimate site that has been featured in many local news publications, in which individuals share their savings stories.

How does GetUpside work?

When you open the GetUpside app, you’ll see participating merchants featured on a map. For example, you’ll be able to see gas prices at nearby big-brand gas stations. You’ll also see the cashback amount available at each location. When you’ve selected a gas station, click “claim” to add the offer to your account. Keep in mind that you’ll only earn cash back on gas purchases made with a credit or debit card. When you’re done pumping gas, snap a photo of your receipt. Your offer will be processed in 24-48 hours, after which you’ll receive cash back in your GetUpside account.

The process works similarly for grocery stores and restaurants. Claim an offer at a grocery store near you, shop, and take a picture of your receipt when you’re done. (Remember to use your credit or debit card!) For restaurant purchases, you’ll need to take photos of your credit card receipts and itemized receipts. You’ll get cash back on your total before tax and tip.

For any purchase, make sure you complete the transaction within four hours of claiming the offer in GetUpside, and upload your receipt within 24 hours of making your purchase.

Some retailers also feature check-in, which is indicated with a blue badge in the app. This allows you to claim your offer, pay with a saved card, and skip uploading your receipt.

How much cash back can you earn with GetUpside?

In the D.C. area, you can earn up to 35% back at restaurants and 15% back on groceries with GetUpside. And anyone in a participating city can get up to 25 cents per gallon back on gas. The more you spend, the more you can earn.

You can cash out your GetUpside earnings any time via PayPal or check. However, there’s a $1 fee for cashing out via PayPal in an amount less than $15 or by check in an amount less than $50. The fee is waived if you wait to cash out until you have more money in your account, or if you refer a friend and they are actively using the app. There’s no fee for cashing out via digital gift card, but the minimum is $10 and you can cash out only in round amounts.

How to maximize your earnings with GetUpside

  • Refer your friends. GetUpside has a generous referral program. If a new user signs up with your referral code and spends $10 on gas, you and your friend will both get a bonus. You’ll also get a bonus for every gallon they purchase in the future, and for every gallon their referrals purchase in the future. That can add up to a lot of extra cash.
  • Check the app frequently. You never know what great offers might be available nearby. Even if your tank isn’t empty yet, you might see a great cashback offer and decide to purchase half a tank to earn the cash back.
  • Shop with a cashback card. You can double up on earnings if you use a rewards card to pay for your purchase.

Common questions about GetUpside

Is the GetUpside app legit?

Yes! GetUpside is available at thousands of merchants across the country.

How does GetUpside make money?

Like with most cashback apps, GetUpside makes money through referring users to the businesses it partners with. GetUpside then passes some of that commission onto you.

How long does GetUpside take to process payments?

You’ll get cash back in your GetUpside account within 24-48 hours of uploading your receipt. From there, it takes another 24-48 hours to receive your digital gift card or PayPal payment once you cash out. A check will take longer to mail. Unusually large cashback amounts may also take longer to process.

Do GetUpside credits expire?

GetUpside credits expire twice a year, on Jan. 1 and July 1. You’ll receive 30 days notice prior to expiration.

Where is GetUpside available?

GetUpside is available at thousands of merchants in more than 40 U.S. states. Some cities have more locations than others. You can easily search for GetUpside locations near you.

How to get started with GetUpside

You must be at least 18 years old (or at least 16 with the permission of an adult) to use GetUpside. To get started, you’ll need to download the app and create an account using your email, Google login, or Facebook login information. You should also allow the app to access your location so you can easily locate nearby deals.

Other money-making opportunities to consider

Although GetUpside is an excellent money-making app, it’s not the only tool you can use to earn extra cash. In fact, there are other apps that also allow you to snap a photo of your receipt and earn cash back.

One of these is Ibotta, which gives you several options to earn. You can link a store loyalty account, shop in-store and upload your receipt, or shop online and earn just by clicking on a qualifying retailer.

If you like the idea of earning rewards without spending a dime, check out Shopkick. You can earn points for doing things like walking into stores and scanning barcodes in addition to earning from your purchases. These points, called kicks, can be exchanged for gift cards to popular retailers.

You may find that having a few different cashback apps on your phone is valuable, but don’t try to use them all for the same purchase. You’ll receive cash back only from the last offer you claimed or the last link you clicked to a particular retailer. You can, however, use a cashback app in conjunction with a rewards credit card to earn even more. Enjoy shopping — and saving!

GetUpside Benefits

  • Earn Cash Back on Gas and Food
  • Save Up To 25¢/gal On Gas
  • Cash Out Via PayPal, Check or Gift Cards
  • No Limit On How Much You Can Earn