Originally posted in 2015; updated June 2018 with more current tips and recommendations for the best grocery rebate app in 2018
I love a good bargain, and an easy area to save money is groceries. I buy a lot of items that people don’t typically think of as cheap, like fresh produce, organic items, etc. but I try to be smart with the way I shop to save whenever I can.
One way I save money is with grocery rebate apps. I’ve been using grocery rebate apps for the past 4 years or so, and I’ve tried out about five different apps. When I originally wrote this post in 2015, I talked about a few different apps, but now I just use one to save time and because I think it’s the best out there, so I wanted to update this post. The one I currently used and have used for about 4 years is called Ibotta!
Here’s how it works:
1. Download the Ibotta app on the App Store if you have an iPhone or Google Play Store if you have an Android phone. You’ll get $10 just for signing up if you use the code “zhxlbg,” which lets you join my team.
2. Glance at the available rebates before you go to the store and make note of any you want to buy. You can even “claim” them so all of the offers you want to use are saved together.
3. Take a picture of your receipt when you get home, and the money will be added to your account within 24 hours. You can then chose to be paid via Paypal or Venmo.
There’s a $20 cashout minimum, but you’ll get that $10 bonus just for signing up once you make your first purchase if you use the code “zhxlbg” so you’re already halfway there!
One common complaint about typical coupons is that they only exist for “junk food,” but Ibotta has a ton of healthy options, which I love. For instance, there are options right now for HOPE Hummus, Fage and Chobani Yogurt, RX bars, Dave’s Killer Bread, Organic Girl, any type of broccoli, and more.
Just by glancing at the available rebates before I hit the grocery store, I end up saving a decent amount of extra money on things I’m buying, anyway, and it’s really quick (the best part!).
I do sometimes print paper coupons but I don’t spend much time doing that at all. If I had to only pick one, I prefer using Ibotta.
The major benefits of using a grocery rebate app like Ibotta versus paper coupons are:
1) No wasted paper or ink from printing coupons, so it’s eco-friendly and cheaper
2)You don’t have to plan ahead like you do with clipping coupons
3) There are more healthy options on the Ibotta app. I regularly save on things like hummus, kombucha, and more
BUT, good news: no one is making you pick just one, so you can use both paper coupons AND a rebate app if you want! I’ve done that on several occasions and ended up getting an item for free or even making money. You can also still use a rebate if the item is on sale, so I’ve gotten some great deals that way, too, by taking advantage of both offers.
For example, GT’s Kombucha is typically $3.50 at Whole Foods, but it was on sale for $2.50 last week. I used a $.50 Ibotta offer, and each bottle became only $2, which is a steal for kombucha. The rebate allowed me to use this deal for 5 kombuchas! And then it reloaded a couple of days later, so I bought 5 more.
And Ibotta works at a ton of different grocery stores. It also has both brand-specific offers and offers that work for any type of apple or any type of broccoli, for example.
The big question is: is it worth the time to use the app? Since it’s easy to use and doesn’t take much time at all if you’re smartphone savvy, I’d say YES! It’s at least worth it to give it a shot, claim your $10, and see if there are offers for things you buy. I bet there are!
If you’re interested, here are two other posts I wrote about saving money with grocery shopping:
Any questions about Ibotta? Are there any ways you try to save money on groceries?
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