I thought about making one of my funny videos about how many times PER WEEK I have to travel back and forth from Walmart. See, the problem is that I happen to forget at least one thing EVERY SINGLE TIME that I go to the store. Usually, it’s something I really need. You know, like toilet tissue.
Umm, girl, you do know that’s what grocery lists are for.
Well, I typically have a running grocery list on my phone. During the week, when I notice that we are low on a supply at the house, I’ll add it to the notes section of my phone. When I choose a day to make groceries, I pull up the list from my phone and go shopping. Sometimes I will go through the house and make sure I haven’t missed anything from the list before I go shopping, but alas I still miss things.
Let me tell you the reasons why this is so frustrating:
- I really needed that toilet tissue…like really.
- I have to battle the traffic and the crowds in no-cashier-having-and-no-I-don’t-want-self-check-out-Walmart for a repeat trip
- I have to spend MORE money
Call me super crazy, but I prefer to get all of my shopping done at once for the week AND I prefer not to pay sales tax over and over again for one or few items.
Oh, but my God provides because a few weeks ago I discovered an app that PAYS me every time I shop. Using this app has helped me feel a little less guilty about making repeat trips to the store, because I get PAID every single time I shop. I want to share with how you can make money every time you grocery shop too.
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If you haven’t heard of Ibotta, then you definitely need to keep reading. By the end of this blog post, you’ll discover how you can get PAID every time you grocery shop. I’m talking about real money in your hands that you can use…to do more shopping, ha! I’ll tell you briefly what Ibotta is all about, the pros and cons of using Ibotta, and a quick-start guide for using Ibotta.
What Is Ibotta?
Ibotta is an app that gives you cash back on purchases of groceries and more. There are many participating stores like Target, Walmart, and Kmart. I was surprised that my local grocery store was included too. All you have to do after signing up is to find rebates, go shopping, scan your receipts and/or product bar codes, and wait for your money.
Pros for Using Ibotta
Get Paid Every Time You Grocery Shop: I really don’t know what is better than actually earning money each time I shop. I know that I will SPEND money every grocery trip, but knowing I will EARN money each trip is pretty amazing too!
Several Participating Stores: Pretty much any grocery chain store you can think of is a partner of Ibotta, even your bulk grocery stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. In fact, according to the app, there are 338 supported stores. I really like that I can shop anywhere in town and still be able to earn money from the app. This is also really great if you live in a small town that only has one Walmart or other grocery chain. This app can be used by almost anyone in almost any location.
Any Brand Rebates: If you are never able to redeem rebates because you personally don’t purchase the featured products, you can still always earn money. First, you can earn 25 cents for any product that you purchase. I use this rebate when I have to go to the store for a few items. Second, you can always earn 25 cents each when you purchase bread, eggs, bananas, milk, and orange juice. That’s any brand of those 5 items, all the time!
Bonuses: This is what initially made me start using Ibotta. When I signed up, the first bonus that I pursued was the $10 Welcome Bonus. All I had to do was redeem my first rebate, and $10 was deposited in my account! Besides the Welcome Bonus, there are bonuses for certain brands like Covergirl, Gatorade, and Huggies. I think these might change every now and then, but I’m not 100 percent sure.
Earn More Money with Teams: This is something that I have not done yet, but it seems so promising to help you earn more money. After creating your Ibotta account, you have the option of connecting it to your Facebook account (if you didn’t do so when you initially signed up). This will allow you to invite your Facebook friends to your team. Yes, Ibotta is a team sport! Once you have a few team members, you can work together to complete teamwork bonuses. Completing teamwork bonuses equals more money for you and your friends!
Cons for Using Ibotta
Plentiful But Limited Product Rebates: When I used Ibotta for the first time, I was very surprised that there were a lot of things that I actually buy on a regular basis available for earning rebates. That being said, there are limitations. For example, I buy diapers all the time because I have a one-year-old. On Ibotta, though, there are rebates on specific kinds of diapers, like Pampers Splashers. So I miss out on earning for diapers, because I don’t buy that specific brand. You’ll find that there are a few scenarios like this, depending on what you shop for. Remember that you can always earn 25 cents for any item you buy.
You Won’t Get Rich Overnight: The cash back that you receive from purchasing items ranges from 25 cents to 4 dollars and a little bit more. Some people might think that the effort it takes to use the app is not worth the small amount of money you earn. No, you won’t be able to quit your day job with Ibotta, but earning money for doing something you have to do anyway, grocery shopping, is not too shabby.
$20 Withdrawal Threshold: You can’t withdraw the money you have earned until you have made at least $20. Depending on how often you shop and which rebates you complete, earning the required $20 might be easy or it might be hard to accomplish. As of the publishing of this post, I am 6 dollars away from meeting my threshold and I’ve been using Ibotta for about two weeks. I’m not sure what the typical time frame for achieving the threshold is, but just be aware that you won’t get your money instantly.
You Must use Paypal, Venmo, or Gift Cards to Withdraw Money: When you reach the $20 threshold requirement, you must use Paypal, Venmo (which is a similar service to PayPal), or gift cards to access your money. This could be a con for people who don’t have a PayPal or Venmo account. I am very familiar with PayPal. I’ve used it for quite some time. It is free to sign up for a PayPal account and you can link your account securely to your bank account. So even though it might take a few extra steps, you can still get your earnings right in your hands. There is also the option of putting your earned money towards gift cards to Amazon, Target, iTunes, and more. This might be a pro or a con depending on if you like that option.
Quick-Start Guide for Using the Ibotta App
Now that you know a little bit about Ibotta, here’s a basic guide for getting started. You can find a detailed guide in the help section on Ibotta.com if you need more assistance. When you’re ready to sign up for Ibotta for the first time, you can visit Ibotta.com; however, my instructions below or for signing up via the Ibotta app. I signed up using the app, but I would think the directions are probably the same if you sign up online.
1.Go to the App Store or Google Play store and download the free Ibotta app.
2. Sign up using an email address or your Facebook account. When signing up, I would love for you to sign up with our referral code: ivjywx
3. Set up your information like your favorite or preferred stores.
4. Find featured rebates or find rebates from your favorite stores and select what you plan on purchasing. When you select an item you’ll sometimes have to answer a survey question or complete some other quick task to unlock the rebate.
5. Once you add all of your rebates, go shopping at your favorite stores! Make sure that you save your receipt(s), and make sure that you don’t destroy the product bar codes (like ripping the box in half, oops!)
6. When you finish shopping, click “Redeem” in the Ibotta app. If your receipt has a QR code, scan it! Walmart typically always has one at the very bottom of the receipt. Once you scan the QR code, Ibotta will pick up on the rebates that you have selected and that’s it. If your receipt does not have a QR code, your will first need to scan your entire receipt and then scan the product bar codes.
7. After redeeming your rebates, you should get a message that your purchase is being reviewed. Ibotta typically transfers your money into your Ibotta account within 24 hours.
I’ve given you just a little insight as to what Ibotta is all about. Ibotta has many features that I have yet to really explore yet. There are options to link your store loyalty account and find rebates from online shopping on Amazon, Itunes, and more. For example, right now you can get a $20 Amazon gift card just for signing up for Amazon Prime through Ibotta.
If you decide to take the plunge and use Ibotta, I would love for you to sign up with our referral code ivjywx. Did you know that after you sign up, YOU can earn $5 for every person that signs up with your referral code? Let’s spread the love, y’all.
What are your thoughts about Ibotta? Do you think that you would use this app when you grocery shop? Share with me in the comments below. Then head over to the Tame the House Facebook Community page and share how much you are loving this app!