Review: Quidco – Money for nothing?

On the 2nd February 2009 I came across, and signed up to, a site called Quidco. From what I gathered anything you purchased online you were paid cashback on. I didn’t think it would amount to much but I thought it was worth a shot. What did I have to lose?

When telling Hubby about this new website his immediate reaction was “Free money? How can they do that? I don’t believe it.” This was a conversation we had regularly over the next few weeks and I had to agree – I had no idea how or why a company would give you free money, it didn’t make sense. It was not a concept I had ever heard of before.

Zoom forward 4 years and I have been paid £1265.49 by Quidco and still have £77.85 to be paid at some point. We are now in our fifth year of being signed up to Quidco and we no longer ask how or why they pay you free money, we only ask why we didn’t sign up sooner!

This table shows our Quidco cashback over the last few years:

Quidco Summary

Total
Paid
Outstanding
in confirmed
Outstanding
in tracked
Outstanding
claims
Premium
retention
fee
Total
Cashback
Total
declined
02 Feb 13 to date 109.64 2.99 49.57 4.06 5.00 171.26 8.63
02 Feb 12 ‐ 02 Feb 13 115.64 0.08 20.74 37.66 5.00 179.12 8.53
02 Feb 11 ‐ 02 Feb 12 362.80 0.00 2.54 0.00 5.00 370.34 140.55
02 Feb 10 ‐ 02 Feb 11 451.71 0.00 5.00 0.00 5.00 461.71 16.36
02 Feb 09 ‐ 02 Feb 10 225.70 0.00 0.00 0.00 5.00 230.70 2.96
Total (£) 1,265.49
+

3.07

+

77.85

+

41.72

+

25.00

=

1,413.13

177.03

Quidco has a huge catalogue of companies advertised on the website, many that we haven’t even heard of. The basic concept is that whenever you make a purchase online you click the relevant link on Quidco first, your purchase then shows up on Quidco and you are paid a percentage back as cashback.

Over the years we have had cashback on all manner of things – £150 back on a mobile phone contract, £166 back on a holiday to Las Vegas, £50 on car insurance, £35 on Pet Insurance and smaller amounts on our regular online purchases.

Most things you can now get cashback on – we have even had cashback when transferring our utilities over to a new company and when booking our MOT at a local Halfords.

There are a couple of things you should know. There are two levels of service, standard and Premium. To have the Premium service you pay £5 a year from the cashback you earn. Other than this, Quidco is free. When we signed up there was only the one level of service with the £5 fee and recently they introduced the standard free service. The Premium service offers you Faster Paying Retailers, Premium Quidcare Support, No Sponsored Advertising and Bespoke promotions & loyalty bonuses. It would say that it is more than worth the £5 a year and you won’t even notice you’re paying it.

With Quidco you are also able to register bank cards to take advantage of in store cashback on retailers such as Debenhams and Halfords. Add to this the Mobile App where you get to ‘check in’ at shops for 20p here and 15p there, Quidco has a whole multitude of ways to save.

There are terms and conditions with each retailer when you are getting cashback. These usually state the time it takes for the retailer to pay as well as the standard ‘cashback will not be paid when a voucher code has been used’. Quidco has voucher codes on it’s website, and you are able to use these but none from a third party source or your cashback may be declined. Also if your purchase doesn’t go through for any reason, you cancel an order or something, the cashback will be declined.

The one piece of advice I would give is you shouldn’t buy anything just to get the cashback – in all cases the cashback isn’t guaranteed, but more than likely it will be paid. We haven’t had any major instances where it hasn’t gone through. Also, keep an eye on everything you have bought and make sure it shows on the Quidco site as ‘tracked’, if not you can contact Quidco and they’ll investigate it for you. I have done this many times and it’s always a straight forward process.

We have only ever used Quidco to buy things that we were buying any way. This means that any cashback we have received really has been ‘free money’. Stick to that concept and you’ll never be disappointed by Quidco.

When you first sign up to Quidco, depending on how often you click through and make purchases, it will take a few weeks for you to start being paid cashback. My first payment was a couple of months after signing up and since then I have had payments regularly. For me, these payments drip feed into a savings account and it soon adds up – an example of the payments I have received is below:

Payment history

Payment date Payment (£) Status
  19 Jun 2013 2.28 paid by BACS
  05 Jun 2013 1.75 paid by BACS
  29 May 2013 51.69 paid by BACS
  22 May 2013 5.70 paid by BACS
  15 May 2013 8.72 paid by BACS
  08 May 2013 11.04 paid by BACS
  01 May 2013 4.30 paid by BACS
  24 Apr 2013 4.72 paid by BACS
  17 Apr 2013 40.72 paid by BACS
  26 Mar 2013 1.95 paid by BACS
  20 Mar 2013 32.07 paid by BACS

So, Quidco, Money for nothing? Yep, pretty much. Signing up to Quidco has given me £250 a year that I wouldn’t have had otherwise and it will keep giving me this small income indefinitely. I will always use it to buy any insurance policies, whenever my mobile contract is up for renewal and every time I buy something online. I just wish they could give me cashback on my weekly grocery shop!

If you haven’t signed up yet, do it now. There aren’t many times in life where you’re given something for nothing. Everyone loves free money!

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