Wanted to learn from the pros here that have already mastered best way to use this site to maximize rewards with minimal time. What not to bother with, what receipts are worth it, etc... Just had hip replacement surgery and trying to do as much as possible to save while unable to work. Those that don't mind teaching what they've learned or tips much appreciated.
Here is a post that has a bunch of do's and don'ts:
Check this community every day. We share a lot of info here. I have already found 4 free offers and 2 almost free offers this morning alone before I even checked under the Walmart tab on Ibotta.
also, at your favorite store, look at all of the offers even if you think you are not interested. I would have never looked for the Witch Hazel if it had not been FREE. Some people only look at néw offers and best deal- but sometimes great offers are hidden elsewhere.
if you coupon, check your coupons to match with Ibotta offers. Ibotta may say limit 2 and you have 2 coupons, use them both. Also, if your store has digital coupons on their own app, like Kroger & Publix.
Look at store apps for sale items that also have an Ibotta offer. Publix has B1G1F sales every week.
Make a list, check the Ibotta app again right before you go shopping, scan in store and submit your receipt as soon as possible. We have all experienced an offer expiring before we could submit the receipt. I personally submit my receipt while still in the store. I pull over out of people’s way and scan my receipt and get confirmation before I walk out the door. Most of the time, I get paid before I finish loading my car.
After I get home and check that all rebates and bonuses have been paid properly and my balance is above $20, I immediately transfer the money to PayPal. At least once a week, I check my PayPal balance (other rebate apps pay to that account also) and transfer that money to my bank account. When my credit card bill comes in, I pay the balance in full and also earn rewards for buying groceries/gas with the card.
I hope this helps
Don’t forget to check clearance section. Every store has one.
last week at Walmart while looking for poise pads, I passed the clearance and a bottle caught my eye. It was Jergens natural glow lotion. I NEVER buy Jergens (I don’t know why). Anyway, the bottle normally sells for $6. It was marked down to $2.25. There was lotion on the outside near the cap but it had not been opened. I assumed it was leaking. I pulled a tissue from my purse and discovered it was NOT leaking (apparently another bottle leaked on it). I checked Ibotta and they had $1 offer. I scanned it and it matched. I then remembered that I had a Jergens coupon in my purse from Sunday’s paper. (I rarely see Jergens coupons, so I clipped it) for $2.
when I scanned the coupon at SCO, it rejected it. So I read the coupon again and in fine print it said excludes natural glow. I put the coupon back in my purse and proceeded to pay.
anyway, $1.25 for a $6 bottle was a good deal and I was happy.
Before that at Kroger, I saw froot loops marked down to $1.49 per box. I assumed they were about to go out of date, but I checked the date and it was July 2022. So I looked over the box and the stocker had cut each box with their knife. I had a coupon for $1/2 Kellogg’s cereal - so I bought 2 boxes at .99 each instead of $3.89 each. (I always store my cereal in Tupperware as soon as I get home anyway).
@jennifermarionj I don't know if you are a newbie or a semi veteran but if you haven't already gotten into the habit rummage intently through your Ibotta app, do it daily and at least twice a day, then you might find at least 5 offers you want to complete in the next 3-4 days. The reason you should do it daily is because existing offers can get removed without notice, because too many people claimed and completed it too quickly, and new offers get added daily as well
Ultimately the more offers you complete every month the more money you make