Beta Testers Needed for New Shopping App


Generating an automatic shopping list based on your purchase history.
Optimizing your next grocery shopping trip to save you money and time.
Receiving insightful recommendations based on the products you buy.
Always having coupons and deals relevant specifically to you.

Sounds good, right? Well, that is the goal for a new company that is trying to help consumers save more, Meruni!  I had a chance to sit down with this new startup to better understand what this service was all about. My head started spinning with all that I know it can do for my own family (and how I can use it to help YOU).

Meruni is currently a mobile app where consumers scan products and receipts to gather data to help others save more. For example, you find a product is marked down with an unadvertised sale. You scan the product, scan your receipt after purchase and others needing that exact product will be notified that it's on sale.

Meruni also tracks your purchase history and recommends when you may need to grab a new item because you're low. Since others are scanning items and providing information, you will be notified that XYZ is marked down somewhere. There is WAY more involved in this aspect – it's amazing technology!

How many times would you have loved to know when you purchased that stockpile item or those toys were marked down? That data is invaluable and many people keep track of it manually so they can remember! I don't know how many times someone has asked me when I stocked up on a specific product. Now you can have that at your fingertips to know for yourself because you likely got the deal when it was a good price.

Oh, did I mention this app will be completely free? From what I have seen so far, I can say I would pay at least something for the app, but they intend to keep it free. As Meruni continues to refine the app and website, they need beta testers to help in the process.

Meruni is in need of people who are all about saving and will be able to scan their items at the store and receipts. This beta test opportunity is limited to those in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The locations are limited at this time so they can provide a good pool of data that is meaningful to the entire beta testing community. You can sign up here if you're interested.

Users must have a smartphone to participate in this beta since you will be using a mobile app. Spaces are limited so it's first come first serve :)

But, what's in it for you? Well, there are some nice rewards! Beta Testers will receive up to a 5% rebate on everyday purchases! This amount will likely change when the app is opened to the public so getting in on the ground floor is definitely a monetary advantage for you :)

To receive the rebate and rewards, you can do one of five things:

  1. Scan product bar codes for your purchases.
    This can be done literally as you pick it up to place it in the cart at the store so it's not a separate process = time savings!
  2. Scan receipts of those items you purchased.
  3. Refer your friends.
  4. Complete a monthly survey.
  5. Provide user specific feedback.
    They want the best possible product and service out there and need us to make it!

But, you are encouraged to do all of them so you can earn even more! Here's an example of earning points for a shopping week:

140 Points == $70 at Kroger, 30 unique items ($70 x 2 points for scanning)
200 Points == $100 Target Purchase, 20 unique items ($100 x 2 points for scanning)
70 Points == Scan Kroger Receipt ($70 x 1 point per $ item value)
100 Points == Scan Target Receipt ($100 x 1 point per $ item value)

These alone earns you 510 Points! Rinse and repeat each week and you have 2,040 Points at month's end. You can trade in 2,000 points for a $20 Gift Card or trade in 5,000 points for a $50 Gift Card (prizes are subject to change and will be listed in your account once you join).

As I mentioned, earning through scanning your items and receipts isn't the only way you can earn! You can also earn points by referring friends (I've shared before this is a great way to earn referral credits without being a blogger). When you complete a monthly survey you can earn 500 points! And if you are asked for specific feedback on the product or your experience you can earn between 50-250 points.

So, as you can see, in a given month you could easily have enough points to trade in for a Gift Card with little effort! After talking with the Meruni team, I could feel the excitement for being able to help others save more money. That is what this product is intended to do.

By participating and scanning your items and receipts, you are providing data that will help others save too! And best of all, you will be rewarded when you share the information. Wouldn't you like another way to find out about a great deal? Promise me you'll never leave us though, m'kay? :)

Again, the beta test opportunity is only open to those in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas at the time. If you are in these two surrounding areas (or North and in between like me), sign up for Meruni now.

I'm really excited to continue to work with Meruni. I personally believe this product will be amazing for the greater deal community. It's going to be cool to be a part of it in our own way!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for the company. Meruni did not review or edit any of my words – the excitement is all me because this will change how we track sales cycles people!! The post also contains a link to an affiliate. Sign up with Meruni and you'll get your own affiliate link :)  See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 03, 2011


  • Becky - August 03, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    The beta testing link seems to not be working…? Sounds awesome Andrea!

  • Kris G - August 03, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    I am also getting a 404 error when I click on the sign up here link… (IE user) I did try a different link and it worked though…

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