I’ve tried the Green Jinn (Genie) supermarket cashback app as an alternative to Shopmium for a few weeks now.Can the two work together to save you money on your supermarket shop or are you better off with just the one, continue reading to find out?In March I reviewed the Shopmium cashback app and while I thought it was okay there were some things that I didn’t like about it. The stand out issue being that most of the products where things that I would probably try once and not again.My wife and I have already managed to cut our supermarket bill in half, though that doesn’t mean that we aren’t always looking for other ways to slash our bill.
How easy is Green Jinn to use?
Luckily for me, you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to use the app and it is simple enough.
- You choose the store
- Select their available offers, which in turn puts it in your shopping basket
- Buy the product and take a picture of your receipt
Payment should be made within 3 working days, so long as your receipt is not rejected. You must make sure that your picture has the store name, items, price, totals and date. If like me you shop online this information might not be available on one sheet so you will have to take more than one picture to make sure that all the information is provided.
- Its free
- The app user interface is clean and easy to navigate
- Actually has products that you might actually want to buy often
- Available on IOS and Android
- Has a healthy living bias
- new offers every week
- personalisation of coupons that you might want to receive
- includes online shopping
- get cash back when you have collected £1.50
- Able to get paid via your account or PayPal – I checked with Green Jinn and they informed me that all data that flows from their app is encrypted via SSL and bank account data is not stored as plain text but instead stored as mapped data using PHP’s Mcrypt AES 256 with conversions keys stored on a separate server
- At present, only has three supermarkets Tesco Sainsburys Waitrose
- Your receipt can be rejected (though this is more to do with it not meeting Green Jinn’s acceptance criteria)
- Currently unable to change your own email address on the app
- You have to contact Green Jinn directly if you want them to delete your account
So is it a worthwhile download?
I don’t see any reason you wouldn’t want to give it a go.I asked at the start whether you would want to have Green Jinn working along side Shopmium to save money on your supermarket shop, lets not forget that is their only function if they are to be useful for us end users and I have to say that for me Green Jinn wins out be a country mile.Why, if you’ve read my Shopmium review you’ll know my frustration with only having items that I might only try once and not bother about again while Green Jinn has everyday items that i’m likely to buyWhile it is now only limited to three supermarkets, I don’t see as more people get to know about it the people that run the app won’t be able to get more on boardAs a side, I have to say, I don’t particularly like their app icon, personal preference I know, but for me it I’d prefer to see the genie head on a white background, but you can’t please everyone all of the time. Let me know what you think.