With so many rewards and cash-back sites out there, it can be hard to tell which ones are worth your time.
Owned by the online rewards powerhouse Prodege, ShopAtHome joins the many other rewards sites the company operates, including Swagbucks and InboxDollars.
Most of Prodege’s sites offer similar earning opportunities and rewards programs, so what sets ShopAtHome apart from the others?
And most importantly, is there any reason to sign up?
To find out, we crunched the numbers on…
- How its cash-back rates compare to other sites.
- How its pay rate for surveys compare to other sites.
- How its money-makers compare to other sites.
In this ShopAtHome review, we’ll take an in-depth look at what types of rewards are available, how much you can expect to earn, and answer the big question: is ShopAtHome worth your time?
ShopAtHome is a legit cash-back and rewards site owned and operated by the biggest company in the online rewards industry. However, our research suggests that it consistently offers slightly below-average payout rates for cash-back, surveys and "money maker" offers.
- Offers a $10 sign-up bonus (when you meet certain criteria).
- Offers cash-back at nearly 3,000 stores, which is on the higher end.
- Has over 70 different gift cards to choose from, and allows cash-out via PayPal.
- Must spend $25 within 30 days to earn the sign-up bonus.
- Cash-back payout rates are consistently lower than alternatives like Swagbucks and Rakuten.
- Has a relatively high $20 minimum withdrawal amount.
ShopAtHome started out as a shop-by-catalog business way back in 1986, and eventually shifted gears to become a coupon and cash-back portal.
Why would Prodege acquire a site so similar to others it already owns?
Most people who leverage rewards sites do a little bit of research, signing up for a few different options to see which one works best for them. What these consumers might not realize is that often, the same company operates more than one platform in order to cast a wide net.
Additionally, Prodege purchased not only ShopAtHome’s website, but also its user base. Should it decide to merge ShopAtHome with Swagbucks or one of its other sites in the future, those are users who can be rolled into the other platform.
How It Works
ShopAtHome offers a $10 sign-up bonus, but you’ll have to spend at least $25 via the cash-back portal (travel purchases excluded) within 30 days of signing up — as well as receive a minimum of 25 cents cash-back for that purchase — in order to receive it.
Keep that in mind when signing up; although the site prompts you to choose either an Amazon or PayPal reward as your sign-up bonus, you will not have access to that reward until you spend at least $25.
ShopAtHome is a legitimate rewards website that offers a respectable cash-back rewards system. There are a variety of ways to earn cash-back, from shopping online and in-store to eating out, completing surveys, entering promo codes and clipping coupons.
Rewards are redeemable for a wide variety of free gift cards, so you’re not limited to certain retailers you may not shop at on a regular basis.
With all that said, it’s hard to justify choosing ShopAtHome over more popular — and more rewarding — options, including Prodge’s own sites like Swagbucks and MyPoints.
In our research (detailed throughout this review), we were only able to find a few instances where ShopAtHome trumped these sites.
These sites will offer you more for your time and money spent.
Ways to Earn
Since ShopAtHome operates mainly as a cash-back site, you’ll gain the most rewards from spending money at specific stores.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can maximize your earnings on ShopAtHome.
Cash-Back Online Shopping
Once you navigate to ShopAtHome, you can click on the “All Stores” button to see what cash-back offers you can take advantage of.
Stores are listed in alphabetical order, along with the number of coupons available. You’ll also see the amount of cash-back you can receive. Note that not all stores listed have a cash-back offer to claim.
You can also search for specific stores rather than navigating to the list.
Most cash-back offers stand at a few percentage points, but some offer anywhere from 10% to 15%.
The table below shows how ShopAtHome’s cash-back rewards compare to Prodege’s sites at a small group of retailers. Keep in mind that rates change all the time (this data was collected on February 1st, 2021).
As you can see, ShopAtHome only outperforms the competition when it comes to shopping at Sephora, and only by half of a percent. At other retailers, the site either meets the highest percentage or falls short.
As we mentioned above, this is a small sample from a single moment in time. However, it illustrates the general trend that ShopAtHome usually offers lower rates than its cousins.
How does ShopAtHome compare to other, non-Prodege sites?
The table below shows how it stacks up at the same set of retailers. (This data was also collected on February 1st, 2021.)
Among this group, ShopAtHome never had the highest cash-back rate.
Taking the two datasets together, ShopAtHome only had the best cash-back rate in 1 out 10 examples (and that was only by 0.5%).
Further, we would also note the significant difference between ShopAtHome’s rates and the best available rates: in 70% of the cases we examined, you could get at least twice as much cash-back by choosing a platform other than ShopAtHome.
In-Store Cash-Back Shopping
Following the lead of other cash-back rewards sites, ShopAtHome uses the same card registration system to identify when you’ve made a purchase at a specific retailer.
After you’ve registered your card, manually activated an offer and made an in-person purchase at a brick-and-mortar retailer, your cash-back rewards get added to your account.
When compared to the larger cash-back rewards sites, however, the numbers start to once again sway in favor of other sites.
Here’s how ShopAtHome compares to offers from other sites at a few popular stores. As with the examples in the previous section, this data was collected on February 1st, 2021.
In these five examples, ShopAtHome never offered the best in-store cash-back deal — although the spread between its offering and the best available wasn’t as wide as in the online shopping examples above.
ShopAtHome’s Dining Deals work very similarly to the rest of Prodege’s cash-back sites: you add a credit or debit card to your account and then choose from a number of offers from nearby restaurants, both chain and locally-based.
Interestingly, the majority of the offers you’ll find are from small, regional restaurants like local Mexican and Thai spots.
ShopAtHome’s Dining Deals section practically mirrors what you can find on MyPoints or Swagbucks; the restaurants list and cash-back rates are almost identical.
In addition to cash-back shopping, you can earn rewards by completing paid online surveys.
Before taking your first survey, you’ll need to enter personal information such as your gender, birth date, Zip code, race, annual income, employment status, highest level of education and similar data.
This information is used to match you with the surveys you’re most likely to qualify for.
ShopAtHome’s surveys section is one area where it differs significantly from Prodege’s other sites.
The platform’s surveys are exclusively powered by a third party called Peanut Labs, rather than from a wide range of market research firms. This means there are fewer surveys available.
Each survey indicates a payout amount, as well as the length of time it will take to complete that particular survey.
Most surveys fall into the 10-minute to 20-minute range, so they are on average shorter than surveys you’d find on other cash-back sites. At the same time, as you can see in the screenshot below (look at the surveys in the background, which pay 8 and 11 cents each), they tend to pay less.
Peanuts, you could say…
As we said above, there aren’t as many surveys as compared to Swagbucks and MyPoints. This limits your earning potential, even though the surveys are shorter in length.
Plus, we qualified for very few of those that were advertised as available. In fact, we only got through one short survey before the rest disappeared as we clicked on them. That left us with no surveys to answer and therefore no cash to earn.
Generally speaking, there’s no correlation between time-to-complete and the rewards offered. For example, the pair of 20-minute surveys listed in the screenshot below vary greatly in terms of payout.
In the table below, you can see an example of the payout rates for the first five surveys we were offered across three of the most popular survey sites.
|Survey #1||$1.15 for 12 minutes||$4.50 for 20 minutes||$1.95 for 50 minutes|
|Survey #2||$0.74 for 21 minutes||$3.75 for 40 minutes||$1.50 for 45 minutes|
|Survey #3||$0.38 for 10 minutes||$2.25 for 34 minutes||$1.00 for 32 minutes|
|Survey #4||$0.38 for 10 minutes||$1.88 for 23 minutes||$0.85 for 12 minutes|
|Survey #5||$0.38 for 20 minutes||$1.85 for 30 minutes||$0.75 for 20 minutes|
|Earnings per hour||~$2.50 per hour||~$5.80 per hour||~$2.28 per hour|
ShopAtHome’s pay rates were about equivalent to Survey Junkie, but less than half of what we were offered on Swagbucks.
The most lucrative earning opportunities on rewards sites are what we call “money makers” — deals where you pay some amount of money upfront, but get more back in rewards than you spend.
In this instance, the offers found on ShopAtHome embody the typical purchase and sign-up bonuses found on such sites as MyPoints, Swagbucks and InboxDollars — but those sites have a wider selection of deals.
One way to get the most out of the Offers section is to use it when you want to try out a new service. The whole marketing idea behind these offers is to get you to become a customer that spends more money beyond a single purchase.
For example, if you’ve wanted to try a food delivery service or a pet subscription box, ShopAtHome can offer you rewards beyond what the retailer already includes in the new customer packaging.
To give you an idea of what earning potential you have with the Offers section, take a look at a few of the deals available across Prodege’s suite of sites. This data was collected on February 1st, 2021.
|Aspiration Bank||$10 for depositing $10||$40 for depositing $10||~$40 for depositing $10||$40 for depositing $10|
|Bluehost||$60 for paid sign-up||Not available||Not available||$54 for paid sign-up|
|Chime Bank||Not available||$150 for first direct deposit||~$150 for first direct deposit||$150 for first direct deposit|
|Sierra Club||Not available||$50 for a $15 donation||~$60 for $15 donation||$60 for $15 donation|
|Stash||$45 for depositing $5||$30 for depositing $5||~$45 for depositing $5||$45 for depositing $5|
ShopAtHome has the best offer on just one out of these five examples.
On top of that, it bested Swagbucks by a measly $6 for signing up on Bluehost. On the other hand, 2/5 offers were not even available on the platform.
So once again, there’s a clear takeaway: ShopAtHome occasionally offers a better deal, but not consistently enough to warrant usage.
This section is fairly self-explanatory, with coupons grouped into “Coupon Codes” and “Grocery Coupons.”
The first uses promo codes to earn you rewards on a variety of products at a number of retailers. These bonuses come in the form of dollar amounts off, percentages off, free products and more. You can search coupon types at the left or search by category.
Grocery Coupons are powered by Coupons.com, and are identical to the coupons you’ll find on other sites around the web.
In our view, neither of these sections offers users much real value. The offers are similar or identical to what you’ll find elsewhere, and they don’t always represent the best discounts you can find.
For making sure you’re using the best promo code or coupon available at any given time, we recommend installing the Capital One Shopping browser extension.
It’s free, you don’t need to be a Capital One account holder, and it has a number of valuable features that help ensure you’re getting a best-in-class deal when shopping online. You can learn more about how it works in our Capital One Shopping review.
Related: How to save money at the grocery store.
Plenty of cash-back sites offer some sort of plugin or extension that looks over your shoulder as you shop online. With ShopAtHome, that’s called the Savings Button.
The extension is free on Google’s Chrome Store and ShopAtHome boasts a count of over 1 million users.
We suggest staying cautious with plugins because not all of them are created equal.
Given ShopAtHome’s track record when it comes to rewards, we’re not sure the Savings Button will actually give you the best savings available. And with no bonus for installing it, there’s little motivation to even mess with adding it to your browser.
In fact, if you have it installed with other similar extensions, you may find your earnings can be affected. Tracking is the main way you receive cash-back for using these extensions, and using more than one can interfere with that process (resulting in no-cash back at all).
As noted above, we think Capital One Shopping is a better option. In addition to promo codes and coupons, it will even compare prices on Amazon (and some other sites), letting you know if a better deal is available elsewhere.
Plus, some users of the Savings Button have experienced a lot of difficulty trying to remove the browser app. While ShopAtHome guides you to simply right-click on the icon in your browser and choose the “Remove” button, one user said that wasn’t enough; the Savings Button kept popping up and it required the user to block the pop-up completely, even after uninstallation was complete.
Savings are great when they work for you, but when they get to be annoying, the drawbacks start to outweigh the positives.
Rewards come in the form of gift cards, many of which are from major retailers. ShopAtHome states the gift cards will be mailed or emailed to you within 60 days after you redeem your cash-back.
As far as gift card selection goes, ShopAtHome does offer options from a wide range of retailers. There were 76 gift cards listed on the Rewards page when we visited it.
You can redeem your cash-back for gift cards from Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Olive Garden, Panera and many more.
For those with a PayPal account, you can also redeem cash back through PayPal rewards. Beyond having an account with PayPal, you’ll also need to make sure your email address matches the one you used to sign up on ShopAtHome, and the first and last name should match as well.
See also: Ways to get free PayPal money.
Like most rewards sites, ShopAtHome has its fair share of good and bad reviews. Using sites like Trustpilot can be a good way to sift out the angry customers from those who actually experienced bad customer service.
ShopAtHome enjoys a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Trustpilot. Of the 884 reviews of the site, about 83% of them were positive.
ViewPoints is another website that hosts reviews of ShopAtHome. One reviewer noted they received over $200 in cash-back and have always had a hassle-free experience.
Next to that review is one that lists the downsides to the Savings Button, such as not being able to break away from it even after uninstalling it. That user noted: “I would rather deal with the crazed Black Friday crowd at the mall than to use this website again!”
We also found reviews of ShopAtHome on SiteJabber. Of the 183 reviews, the average rating was just above 3/5 stars. Again, the reviews were mixed between those who cried “Scam!” and those who found some value from the site.
Shop At Home FAQ
Yes, there is a referral bonus. To take advantage of it, your friend will have to sign up for ShopAtHome from the emailed link and make a verified purchase within 30 days. This will earn you $5 cash-back.
Users of Shop At Home must be 13 years of age or older; if 18 years old or under, they must create an account under parental supervision.
The ShopAtHome toolbar was the precursor to the platform’s browser app, the Saving Button. The toolbar has been discontinued.
No. ShopAtHome is a legitimate platform operated by the biggest player in the online rewards space, and it has a solid reputation overall. However, some users have noted that uninstalling the Saving Button is more difficult than it should be, which can be frustrating to say the least. But this does not make it malware.
At the same time, you should be aware that browser extensions of this nature tend to collect a significant amount of data and send it back to the company.
As a general rule, no. That’s not particularly surprising, because Amazon typically does not partner with cash-back sites, except for purchases of Amazon-branded items (like Echo and Kindle devices). Here’s a rundown of some other ways to save money on Amazon, and a list of the best ways to get free Amazon gift cards.
ShopAtHome Review Summary: Is There Any Reason to Use This Site?
ShopAtHome provides legitimate value to those looking for cashback opportunities.
However, the data we collected shows that ShopAtHome pales in comparison to the other cashback sites that Prodege also runs, as well as other competitors in the marketplace.
Given that, we think there’s little benefit to choosing ShopAtHome over a site like Swagbucks (which offers a wide range of ways to earn) or TopCashback (which consistently offers the best return for online shopping).
If you’re looking for a cashback portal, it’s because you want to keep as much extra money in your bank account as possible. And it’s that’s the case, you’re better off with a different platform.