Have you heard of Ibotta? I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it on Facebook, and probably Instagram because I love it so much!
It's an app that saves you money - but it's a little different from all of the others. This one is used at home, after you've shopped the sales and already used all of your coupons! And you still get - MORE - MONEY - BACK!!
I've been a member for a couple of years now, and I've received almost $90 cash back. That may not seem like a lot, but hey - that's almost $90 that I wouldn't have had otherwise. And I only buy stuff that I was going to buy anyway. When I first started using it, there weren't very many things on it that I used, but they've been working hard to add items that people want. They've recently added "generic" rebates for any brand of milk, bread, frozen veggies, eggs, yogurt, pasta, peanut butter, bacon, frozen pizza, fresh fruit & veggies, pop, ketchup, mustard - so there are a lot of staples that everyone uses. Those $.20 rebates per item add up when you buy 5-6 items weekly. Lately I've been using it several times per month, so I think my "cash back" is going to add up a lot more quickly.
Here's how it works:
You can look at the app to see which stores participate and which items have rebates. Then you tap on the item you want to get a rebate for - and there will be some sort of action you will need to do. It usually takes 20 seconds or less and will be something like answer a question, read a recipe, watch a short video, etc. Then once you have done that, the rebate is "claimed" or added to your list.
Let's say I shop at Kroger and I buy 10 items that are on the Ibotta app for Kroger and I've already claimed the rebates. Once I get home, I just open the app, go to Kroger, tap "redeem", and scan the UPC codes of all the items. The app will let me know if they are all matches. (Note: you can also open the app in the store and scan the UPC codes to be sure that you are purchasing the correct items.) Once I have scanned the codes, then I tap "capture receipt", and I take a photo of my Kroger receipt (you can take multiple photos if the receipt is long). Then I submit the receipt and within 24 hours, I have the rebate money deposited into my Ibotta account.
There are several options for cashing out, too. I usually just transfer the money to my Paypal account, which requires a $10 minimum. But you can also use Venmo or cash out for a gift card to Best Buy, Starbucks, Walmart, Express, Aeropostale, Regal Entertainment Group, or iTunes (all $10 minimum), or Amazon or Cabela's (for a $25 minimum).
They also have special deals if you buy online at certain stores through the app, but I've never done that. Mostly because I forget about it until after I've made my purchases (oops!) - and also because I rarely make purchases from my phone.
Another cool thing is that when you're friends with someone on Facebook and that person links their account to their Ibotta account, you will be on a "team" (you can opt out of this in your profile on Ibotta). You can also add people to your team in the app - the more people on your team, the faster your team earns rewards - and there are extra rewards when your teams reaches certain goals.
Right now, Ibotta is having a special sign-up bonus. If you sign up and redeem your first rebate within 14 days, you get an extra $1 - and if you sign up using my referral code, I get $2. But you have to create the account using this link, log in on your phone, and redeem your first offer within 14 days in order to get your extra $1.
But the best part is that you can save money by buying things that you normally buy anyway. Even if they're on sale, and even if you use a coupon. It's awesome! It's free! And if you don't like it, you don't have to use it - just delete your account. But I think you'll like it. Who doesn't like extra money?
And if you want to be on my team, just leave me a comment and I will add you!
Do you use Ibotta?
If not, are you ready to give it a try?
(Disclaimer: There are referral links in this post.)
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