I have avoided coupon apps that can be used with a smartphone, mostly because I am highly likely to forget that I have a coupon in my phone. Nine times out of ten, I will go through the checkout without using a phone coupon.
I really just do better with a written list and coupons in my coupon envelope. If I use digital coupons connected to my shopping card, it works out fine, because I just put the item on my list, and everything automatically happens at the checkout.
My friend Jen convinced me to try the Ibotta app this week, so I thought I would give it a whirl. I figured I could try it for 2 weeks, see if it was a pain, and I could always uninstall it.
I did not change my menu planning or shopping, other than to take note of match-ups that had an extra boost from an Ibotta rebate. If it was something I needed this week or for my stockpile and was an acceptable price, I added it to my list.
I only thought I would have a couple things for the rebate, but when I came home and used the app, I saw several of the fruits, vegetables, milk, and bread were available for rebate, without any specific brand needed.
I had to first redeem each product by answering a question or watching a short video. I just let the video play while I did other things. They seem to last about 30 seconds. Hint: multitask on the computer while doing this. Then I had to scan the bar codes of the products with bar codes and take a picture of my receipt. This required two pictures due to the length of my receipt.
Everything was then submitted, and I have to wait a day or so for approval of my receipt. The fruits and veggies I submitted for rebate must show up on the store receipts to be eligible for rebates. My rebate was $3, and I got the OK that my rebate was approved within about 3 hours of uploading.
All in all, it took me about 15 minutes to scan everything, unlock the rebates, and photograph my receipt. It wasn’t that bad, and as long as my rebate shows up OK, I will keep using it.
If you want to try it yourself, my referral link is here. Disclosure: I wasn’t paid for this review, but if you choose to use my referral link, I might get referral credit, just so that you know. Don’t do anything you don’t want to do though! You do have to have a smartphone for this to work.
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