Ibotta Review: How to Earn $12.65 By Buying Milk, Eggs and Vegetables
Anyone who has ever cut coupons knows how extremely rare it is to find a coupon on staples like milk, bread and eggs. It's sad, but most coupons are for processed foods that aren't good for your health -- or your budget.
Which is why we LOVE the smartphone app, Ibotta.
Ibotta is a rebate app that very cleverly allows you to take a picture of your grocery store receipt. In return, they give you cash rebates on your purchases.
Many of the rebates are for healthy foods and the best part is that in some cases, you don't even have to buy a specific brand. For example, this week they're offering a 20-cent rebate when you buy an onion. Any onion. Any brand. Any size.
How to Earn $12.65 from Ibotta This Week
To make it even better, this week Ibotta is offering a HUGE bonus for new users - an extra $10 when you scan your first receipt!
Check out some of the rebates that are available:
50-cent rebate if you buy green beans
50-cent rebate if you buy squash
25-cent rebate if you buy any brand of eggs
20-cent rebate if I buy frozen vegetables
20-cent rebate if you buy strawberries
20-cent rebate if you buy milk
20-cent rebate if you buy bananas
20-cent rebate if you buy a red bell pepper
20-cent rebate if you buy an onion
20-cent rebate if you buy broccoli
And there are a ton more! So here's the math: if you buy all 10 products, you'll earn $2.65. Plus, you'll get a $10 bonus, totaling $12.65 in free cash!
How does Ibotta work?
Step 1: First you need to download the Ibotta app here. It's totally free and it takes about 15 seconds to sign up.
Step 2: The app uses your smartphone GPS to locate the grocery stores around you. Pick your favorite and then browse through the rebates to find the ones you want to use.
Step 3: Before you go to the store, you'll need to "unlock" the rebate. Usually it's just a matter of reading a quick fact or watching a 15 second ad about the product. It's pretty easy and won't take you much time.
Step 4: After you get home from the store, click the redeem button on the Ibotta app and use your smartphone's camera to take a picture of your receipt. Within 24 hours, you'll see cash sitting in your Ibotta account which you can withdraw at anytime via Paypal or Venmo.
Want to make the deal even better? Take a few minutes and download the other rebate apps, SavingStar and Checkout51. They often have similar rebates, so if you download all of them, you can often score three rebates on the same item. :)
Your Turn: Have you tried Ibotta? How much have you saved so far?