The IBOTTA App (free!)
Rating: Trust It!
Like most families, we follow a budget and one of our biggest expenses every month is our groceries. If I’m not careful I can easily spend $500-700 in a month on food, and that doesn’t include eating out.
We eat a diet based on fresh fruits and veggies. We keep our processed foods to a minimum and I try to buy organic whenever possible. That can make it pretty difficult to stay in our little budget of $400 a month. And, did I mention we include cleaning supplies, diapers, and toiletries in that amount? Talk about a challenge!
So what’s the solution?
The Ibotta app.
I must admit I was skeptical. An app that pays you for the groceries you buy? There must be a catch, right?
Wrong. No catch. I promise.
Once you get signed up you simply browse the available offers, complete tasks like taking a quick survey or watching a quick video, then you submit your receipt and scan the barcodes on the products you purchased, then the money goes to your account. You can choose whether you want to transfer your balance to PayPal or you can purchase gift cards to a variety of stores, including Starbucks.
I used it for the first time last week and I made an extra $8.75, which ended up being an extra 10% saved on groceries that I regularly buy including organic granola, organic whole wheat bread, a gallon of organic whole milk, and more.
The interface is extremely easy to use and it took no time at all. As soon as I got home I scanned in my receipt and then as I was putting away the groceries I scanned the barcodes of the items I bought.
$8.75 doesn’t sound like a lot, but if I can save an extra $8.75 every week I will save an extra $400+ a year, and that’s like a whole month of groceries.
... in the experience of Emma Jane Hunt.