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Alright, everyone, I’m about to real-talk you for a second: Being an adult is expensive. There are bills to pay, furniture to buy, kittens to feed, and not to mention trying to feed yourself and your family (the human ones).
If you’ve been keeping up with me, here at Blonde Roast by the Coast, you know that I just moved out of my parent’s house into my own home. The idea was exciting and the planning was meticulous, but still, there were unforeseen expenses that have left me feeling EXTREMELY stressed about my financial situation.
I recently got into extreme couponing and the like, but found that it is time-consuming. The easier way to save money on food is through rebate apps. If you combine your meal planning with sales, couponing, and rebates, you are able to save a bunch of money!
My 9 Favorite Rebate Apps
Ibotta is the first cashback app I found and it is still my favorite. Not only do you get $10 for signing up but the cash back offers are much higher than other apps. While Ibotta is able to give me hundreds back on my groceries every year, the real reason I recommend it so highly is that they give you back $5 every time you spend $35 at Joann’s Fabrics. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m crafty AF. I just bought a Cricut Explore and I am constantly in Joann’s buying adhesive vinyl, jars to decorate, and everything else I can get my hands on. Once you make enough money in Ibotta, you can either deposit the money via PayPal or use it to buy e-gift cards! Honestly, this app is so helpful and so easy to use, I can’t believe I wasn’t using it in college to save money.
Also, by the way, Ibotta has an excellent referral bonus where you receive $5 for each friend that joins!! That means that when you have your friends sign up through your link you make $5 and your friend makes $10.
2. Checkout 51
Checkout 51 is similar to Ibotta, but the rebates aren’t quite as high value. The upside to checkout 51 however is that you can redeem some of the rebates more than once. For example, I stacked a manufacturers coupon for sponges, with a Target deal to get a $5 gift card for buying however many sponges, with the cash back from Ibotta and ended up MAKING MONEY on the sponges!! Now I have a healthy supply of sponges that will last me a long while. There are often manufacturer coupons, target deals, Checkout 51 rebates, and Ibotta rebates all available on the same item resulting in massive savings!!
MobiSave is essentially the same as Ibotta and Checkout 51, but it’s rebates are much lower and the variety isn’t quite as extensive. The real savings comes from the last page in the app where it offers you 75% off your prescriptions with a special code to give your pharmacy. Although this app isn’t quite as good for grocery shopping, if you are already uploading your receipts to Ibotta and Checkout 51, you might as well use MobiSave, too for even more savings!!
BevRage is awesome! It allows you to earn cash back on the purchase of alcohol. Again, it’s easy to stack cash back opportunities on alcohol with BevRage, Ibotta, and Checkout 51 around the holidays. I got a great deal on some Bailey’s around Christmas by combining all those offers. This is PERFECT for college students because if you’re the one making (completely legal) alcohol runs for your (legal drinking age) friends you can secretly get cash back AND collect money from them!! It is also great if you are the one hosting family parties!! It is such a great way to save money.
Shopmium is one step down from MobiSave. It really only offers a few rebates at a time, but if you monitor it until you find something that you planned on buying, it can definitely save you some money.
There is a referral program for Shopmium where you receive $2 for every friend that signs up and your friend receives a free Lindt Chocolate bar!! If you’re feeling kind, you should use my code: AKCYFYKH
SavingStar is an interesting rebate option, because instead of having to upload your receipts, it links with your shopper card! You also have the option to upload receipts if your grocery store of choice does not have shoppers cards (such as Target).
7. Berry Cart
The reason that Berry Cart is such a helpful app is that it gives you rebates on healthy foods as opposed to the prepackaged foods that most of the other apps offer! This app is especially helpful for the health-conscious or those with dietary restrictions such as a gluten allergy.
Ebates isn’t used so much for grocery shopping, its for online shopping, but the same premise applies. You receive a percentage of cash back based on what store your shop at. For example, Old Navy, Gap, and Khols almost always offers 6% cash back!! That’s a lot of money depending on how much you buy, especially if you shop strategically. Ebates will also search online for coupon codes and other ways to save you money from your online purchase. If you have a Visa credit card, you can also use Ebates in-store!! I’ve already saved a couple hundred dollars using Ebates and I’ve only been using it a couple months!!
If you sign up for Ebates right now, you get $10 just for registering!! They also have a referral program where you can receive $5 per friend who signs up!!
TopCashBack is comparable to Ebates. It offers you cash back on online purchases. The only difference is what percentage of cash back each of them are offering in any given day, so it’s definitely good to check both before making your purchase!!
As you can see, there are a ton of ways to receive cash back for your in-store and online purchases!! I do all my shopping at Target because their deals/sales occur often, the Cartwheel app allows for even more savings, and they allow you to stack coupons. Uploading the receipts to each of the rebate apps is a breeze and always results in savings if you do your planning!
Be sure to grab our Deal-Stacking Printable Spreadsheet for organizing coupons, sales, cartwheel offers, and rebate opportunities!!
How do you like saving money on your groceries?
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