If you ask me what my #1 recommendation for saving money on groceries is, my response is an obvious one: Printable Coupons! However, with the rising prices for many food staples like dairy, beef, pork and seafood products, shoppers are looking for savings anywhere they can.
Ibotta is a great tool to get cash back everywhere you shop and best of all – you can use it in conjunction with printable coupons to really maximize your grocery savings. In just the first month I have been using Ibotta personally, I’ve already earned over $10 in my account and I am just getting started! The following video explains just how Ibotta works –
Top 3 Reasons You MUST Try Ibotta
Variety of Rebates
Once you sign up for your FREE Ibotta account you will be able to view the different rebates that are available. Here is a small sampling from the site:
One of the first things I noticed was the amount of rebates there were for fresh produce and also the rebate for milk – both of which are items you will rarely, if ever, find manufacturer coupons for (did you know that milk coupons are prohibited in some states?!). The other thing I noticed was a lot of the rebates on Ibotta aren’t brand specific. This means that you can stick with the brands you are comfortable with and still earn money back!
But what does this mean for you, the shopper? Well, aside from the fact that you are earning cash back on your grocery trip, you are saving incrementally with these new rebates for fresh produce and milk, since there has not been coupons for these items in the past.
Versatility of Participating Stores
Upon visiting the Ibotta site, you may stumble upon their participating stores. For the grocery category alone, they have 130 participating stores. 130! Once you start going through the list to see if your favorite shopping spots are included (more likely than not, they are) you will see a couple stores that stood out to me: Costco & Sam’s Club. You may be asking yourself why these stood out and the answer is simple: they have a coupon policy in place where they don’t accept manufacturer coupons. So, by using Ibotta you can still manage to earn additional savings at some stores that may not accept coupons which means even more incremental savings for you!
Stacking Gets Double the Savings
After you become a bit more familiar with the Ibotta rebates, you may sometimes find that the rebates offered overlap with some of the printable coupons available on CouponSurfer. Here is an example of this overlap:
When you can take advantage of both a coupon at the point of sale and then a rebate after the fact, you can double up on or stack your savings! In the Persil Detergent example above, you would save a total $4 by doubling up ($2 at the point of sale and then a $2 rebate into your Ibotta account), instead of just $2 with the printable coupon alone.
So what are you waiting for?! Join Ibotta for free today and start maximizing your grocery savings. If you have already used Ibotta or another similar rebate-type app, I want to know what you think of it. Please leave me a reply in the comment section below and be sure to share this post with your friends and family, so they too can start maximizing their grocery savings.