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Checkout 51: A new savings tool for shoppers

Get paid to shop with a new savings tool called Checkout 51.

Launched last month, the Canadian-based Checkout 51 offers weekly cash-back deals on food, cleaning supplies and health and beauty supplies.

Instead of seeing your savings up front -- as you do with paper coupons -- Checkout 51 mails you a check with your earnings.

Here’s how it works:

Download the Checkout 51 app, which is free for Apple and Android devices.

Check in weekly for new offers on products such as Red Baron frozen pizza, Ritz Bits crackers and Kellogg’s cereals.

New offers go up on Thursday mornings and are valid through the following Wednesday night.

Once you’ve done your shopping, use the app to take a picture of your receipts. Once your receipts are processed, your account will be credited. Click HERE for the company’s FAQ page.

The pluses:

The weekly offers can be used at any store -- even online merchants -- as long as the products listed on the receipt or packing slip match the Checkout 51 offers.

Cash in on Checkout 51 offers on top of paper coupons for extra savings. On top of that, you can use Checkout 51 in addition to digital savings offers by competitors Ibotta and SavingStar.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still take advantage of Checkout51 offers via computer at Checkout51.com.

Unlike some digital savings plans, which pay you with gift cards or Paypal, Checkout 51 pays you with real money. A check is mailed to your home.

The minuses:

You must reach $20 in savings before you’re eligible to cash out.

You must remember to upload your receipts within the one-week window that the offers are valid.

Each offer is only valid once. In other words, a $1 credit on Red Baron pizza may only be redeemed once -- no matter how many Red Baron pizzas you purchase.