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Ibotta Grocery Shopping App Rewards You
This is a great app to save money on groceries!
I would like to tell you about a great smartphone app I have been using for several months now. Ibotta is a new free smartphone app that pays me back a portion of my purchases when I shop in the grocery store. I wanted to make this Squidoo page about it so you can save money like I do! The app offers you a selection of offers. If you buy the product, you get an amount of cash deposited to your account based on the actions you completed regarding that product. For instance, I have received $1.50 back on a box of one of our family's favorite cereals by answering one survey question, answering a trivia question about the product, and clicking to share the offer on my Facebook account. Rather than being "a drag," I've actually found it fun and interesting. I've learned about new products. Every time I redeem an offer, a new offer pops up in its place. As I rate offers, the app learns more about what I like and will offer me more of what I like.
I like the app so much that today I was in the grocery store and saw a woman using her smartphone so I told her about the app. I pulled out my phone and showed her how it works. Her face just lit up, she was so excited about the app, and we agreed that this would probably be the future of coupons.
Not only will you get cash back rewards for buying items in your Ibotta list, you will also get $1 for each person you refer to Ibotta, and you should know that if you go through my referral links, I will receive a dollar for referring you. So I do appreciate it if you use my referral link, but that is not necessary.
Image: Ibotta app logo/Ibotta
How to start using Ibotta
If you have a smartphone, be sure to add the Ibotta app! It's free!
Create your free Ibotta account. Select a few products you think you will buy. Investigate new products...watch the short videos, etc. (It will all make sense as you use the app, I promise -- it's very user friendly).
At least at this time, you can use coupons when you purchase the products in the store AND redeem for Ibotta cash back. When your account gets to $5, you can start withdrawing the Ibotta funds to your PayPal account. You will also get $1 for EACH person you refer to sign up with Ibotta! This can really build your balance quickly.
I love that I can use my coupons AND Ibotta. Sometimes by combining a coupon and then using Ibotta, I've been able to get things free or almost free!
See Ibotta in action
I know I like to see a little bit of an app before I upload it, so I thought you would too! This is a pretty good little review of the app. Keep in mind some offers that are shown in the video or that she mentions may not be available now. When you're ready to start saving, grab the Ibotta app here.
How does Ibotta know I've bought the items?
Tips to speed up the process
First of all, when you are in the store, it's a good idea to use the scan function in the Ibotta app to make sure that the product you are considering adding to your grocery cart is THE item that is valid for the promotion. Products have to be the right type, size, etc. For instance, the Ibotta app offered me some cash back on Anytizers Wyngz. I bought a regular pack of Anytizers. They were both Anytizers, but the Anytizer I bought was not the right item for the promotion. So be careful of this. All's well that ends well, because let me tell you, they were delicious!
When you get home, use the app to choose the store you shopped, then follow the prompts to check a box next to each item you purchased from the list. Then follow the prompts to photograph your receipt with your smartphone. The directions are right on the screen and I was able to do it right the first time. If you have a long receipt, you will need to click "Add Section" as many times as necessary to get the entire receipt (yes even the stuff at the very very end!)
It occurred to me that the photographing can take some time when you shop for 6 people like I do and use a lot of coupons! So a solution might be to do a separate transaction for items that you are going to redeem on Ibotta. Shorter receipt means less photographing, also if you have privacy concerns about sharing your entire grocery receipt, this would also take care of that.
Besides uploading the receipt photos to Ibotta, you will also be prompted to take photos of the UPC codes on the products you purchased that are part of the promotion, so gather together all the items that are Ibotta eligible to speed up the process.
This book on saving money using coupons looks really good!
I haven't read this one (yet). There are many ways to use coupons to save money. There isn't just one way. It is good to read a lot about how other people use coupons, and you can modify their ideas to what works for you. I would advise you just start. If you aren't big on clipping and organizing coupons, then an app like Ibotta would be great for you. Just start with one thing to save money. Gradually you will be hooked on saving money. Like anything else, it gets easier as you go along and learn more and more gradually. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed. Just saving a dollar a week if you didn't use coupons at all before will mean $4 saved per month, $48 a year! And if you haven't been couponing at all, that's something isn't it?!? So lighten up on yourself and just do what you can do.
Let Ibotta Know What You Like
The more you use Ibotta, the more the app knows what you like and offers you more deals you can really use. Click the heart icon in the page of each item to favorite it, or long press on the photo of the item to get a new page to open up and tell Ibotta when you don't like an offer. Keep in mind you want to be sure before you tell Ibotta you are not interested in an offer, because once it's gone, it's gone.
I would love to hear your comments. Keep in mind that this is not an official Ibotta page, I am just another satisfied Ibotta user!