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    Have you heard of GetUpside? We’ve covered it before here on RSG, but many of you had questions about how GetUpside works in action. We had senior RSG contributor Paula Gibbins break down how GetUpside works below – let us know what questions you have in the comments!

    How does GetUpside work? GetUpside is an app I’ve talked about a few times. It’s a way to save money on gas at the pump. You build up cash back every time you use the app.


    Today, I’m going to go into an in-depth look at the app. I’ll share with you screenshots of different functions, find the fine print and describe fun features that I think you’ll enjoy.

    Let’s dive right into the good stuff. First, I’ll walk you through the tabs that are within the app, show you what each one does and then we’ll go from there!

    I encourage you to download the app so you can follow along with me.

    How Does the GetUpside App Work?

    As it turns out, a lot of the tabs in GetUpside don’t really differentiate from each other. Let’s look at each one individually.

    First, here’s a look at the home page that you’ll see when you open up GetUpside after you’ve signed up for it.

    Basically, how the GetUpside apps works is that on the map you’ll see is all of the nearby participating gas stations and what discount they are currently offering off per gallon of gas.

    You’ll see the map of where they are and down below is a list of each one showing the discounted per gallon price in green on the right. Download the app to see what offers are available in your local area, plus get an additional 15¢/gal signup bonus.

    As you can see from this shot, the first option is BP, and they are only offering 1 cent off per gallon discount currently. I likely would skip that option and see what else was nearby.

    If you look at the top of the map, there’s a Speedway offering 8 cents off per gallon. Obviously a better deal and still not too terribly far away. I kept searching a bit more and found another deal that I wanted instead. I’ll go over that one shortly.

    All of the offers extend for up to 50 gallons of gas (in a continuous fill-up) and up to two fill ups per day, so savings on a total of 100 gallons of gas a day. For now, let’s look at the options menu:

    I’m just going to go from top to bottom with you. So, when you click on the three horizontal bars in the upper left, this options menu pops over. The first thing you see is claimed offers.

    What are claimed offers?

    Basically, how it works in GetUpside is that a claimed offer is a deal that you’ve found within the app and you’ve “claimed” that’s the deal you want. When I first opened the app, I didn’t have any claimed offers because I didn’t need to fill up.

    Offers only last about 4 hours, so when you claim it, you’ll want to head there sooner rather than later.

    In my first screenshot posted, you can see a giant “Claim” button. This is what you’ll push once you decide which gas station (or restaurant or grocery store) you want to shop at and get the listed deals.

    Personally, I don’t see the point in having a Claimed Offers list, since the list will likely be short, especially since you only have 4 hours to get there and take care of business. But, it might be helpful if you’ve claimed something but forgot which station you needed to go to after running some other errands. Once you do have an offer claimed, it’s easy enough to go into that Claimed Offers tab, and it will show you where you need to go.

    You can click on your claimed offer and a screen will pop up that shows which offer you did claim and it’ll look a bit like this:

    It’ll show you the name and address of the gas station you’re going to. From there, click on it to get a map and double check the gas offers, along with a friendly reminder of how much time you have left to get your claimed deal:

    You can even click on the map and it will open up a map app on your phone and take you where you need to go!

    So, as you can see above, how GetUpside works is that the deal I claimed is for a Holiday gas station offering 12 cents off per gallon, which is $2.26 after cash back. Keep in mind, your card will be charged the regular rate of $2.38, before the discount, because the discount is given in the form of cash back within the GetUpside app. It’s not cash back on your card.

    If you get to the gas station and the prices are not what you’d expected, you can report within the app what the new gas prices are at that station. Unfortunately, you won’t get the difference if the price is higher than you’d expected, since, again, you’re being charged what is posted at the pump, not within the app.

    To update the gas prices, click on “Update” on the map page shown above. From there, it’ll take you to a screen that looks like this, where you can change the prices to help out fellow GetUpsiders.

    Click here to download GetUpside and get a 15¢/gal signup bonus.

    The Blue Lightning Badge

    In the app, you’ll notice a blue lightning badge next to some of the gas stations. What does this mean? How does this feature work in GetUpside?

    The blue lightning badge shows that a gas station supports the Check-In feature, which is supposed to make it faster and easier to use the app.

    This feature lets you earn your cash back without uploading a picture of the receipt. If a gas station you claim does not show this blue badge, you’ll need to go through the full process of submitting your receipt to get your cash back.

    What Does It Show Under History?

    How the history tab works in GetUpside is pretty simple and straightforward. However, I did actually find a surprise in mine. I haven’t used the app terribly frequently (as I have a horrible memory when it comes to being diligent about things like this) and discovered that one of my gas submissions was not approved due to lack of proof of purchase.

    Either I forgot to upload a receipt or it was too blurry, but for whatever reason, it was not approved, so I missed out on that savings without even realizing it. Here’s what my history looks like:

    And, apparently since the deal was happening back in December of 2019, I can’t resubmit the receipt now to get retroactive cash back. I wasn’t diligent and didn’t double check, so I missed out.

    If you use the app regularly, you’ll be more likely to notice these types of things and be able to handle them quickly and in the allotted time.

    Just be sure to keep your receipts until you’re certain they have gone through. You should actually keep all of your mileage/rideshare driving-related receipts just in case you need them come tax time or if you were to get audited.

    Now for the Fun Part: Cashing Out

    This is really what you’re here for. Cashing out. How does cashing out work in GetUpside? You saved money and now you want it back in your pocket.

    You’ve got a few options for cashing out. Here’s what my cashout screen looks like with all available options currently offered for me:

    Personally, I prefer the PayPal method. I have a PayPal card that I can use like a debit card, so I prefer that since I can use it basically anywhere.

    Cashing out does have its limits, however. Currently, I only have $4.51 available to cash out, so I won’t be able to unless I want to pay $1 fee, which, let’s face it, I wouldn’t bother paying $1 just so I can have $3.51 in hand. That’s ridiculous in my opinion.

    So, I’d want to wait until I reach $15, which is the minimum for the PayPal cash out option to avoid fees. The gift cards listed mostly have a $10 minimum, so I’m out of luck on those as well. But, they are more quickly achievable if I want to take that route instead.

    Free Gas, Invite Friends, and My Referrals Tabs

    These three tabs are basically all the same thing and don’t need to be separated out, except that it makes it easier to find specifically what you’re looking for. Depending on which one you click on, it’ll either open up on the Free Gas tab or the My Network tab and show you the following:

    Download the app to get your unique referral code that you can share with your friends and make money when they sign up.

    If you have any referrals, they will show up in this tab. I personally do not have any. I’m pretty sure when I first signed up, my husband did it first, so he might have my referral information under his profile.

    As you can see from the My Network tab, you can get earnings directly from your referrals as well as from people they refer to GetUpside. On the Free Gas tab, it shows what you can expect to earn for referrals, but not from those who are referred by them.

    Here’s what their FAQs section says about referral codes and promotions:

    Profile, My Wallet, and Help Tabs

    The remaining tabs are pretty self explanatory. Your profile shows your email address attached to the account as well as what your preferred gas type is and a spot for entering a promo code if you have one. If you don’t have one, this will remain blank.

    Your wallet will show you whatever cards you have entered into your account for use at the pump. This is a newer part of the process. You can use any card, but you need to enter it into the app before pumping and receiving your cash back.

    From there, the last tab you’ll need to know about is the Help section, which is where you’ll find answers to basically everything. It outlines general questions about how GetUpside works, what gas offers are, how to check-in, along with grocery offers and restaurant offers, and more.

    How Does GetUpside Make Money?

    On their website, GetUpside says that their revenue model is mutually beneficial. They don’t make money unless you (the customer) makes money. GetUpside works with both customers and businesses to make sure everyone is making money.

    Basically, GetUpside makes money off of the deals they get from the businesses they partner with. You’re earning part of the profits while they are promised a cut of the profits as well. The businesses are earning more business from you, so they give some of those profits to you the consumer and GetUpside for encouraging people to go to them instead of some other gas station.

    Ready to save up to 25¢/gal on gas? Click here to get the GetUpside app and get a 15¢/gal additional sign up bonus.

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    Readers, do you use GetUpside? What questions do you have about it that we could answer?

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    Paula Gibbins

    Paula Gibbins

    Paula Gibbins, a graduate of Augustana University, Sioux Falls, is a part-time rideshare driver and a full-time proofreader. She is based in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In her free time, Paula enjoys reading, playing board games and participating in trivia nights.

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