This week I’m participating in a money saving collaboration with the YouTube Mommy Meetup community. My video is on Using Your Calendar to Grow Your Savings!
Saving money with very little extra work is always nice, right?
iBotta, Snap & the Wal-mart Receipt Catcher require you to submit photos of your receipt. Since they aren’t mail-in rebates, occasionally I’m able to use my receipt for more than one app. During the holidays, I was able to submit several non-brand specific items to all three! With iBotta, you have to unlock each rebate which usually means you watch a short sponsored video or read a short recipe or informational piece. iBotta also requires you to scan the barcode of each item in addition to photographing the receipt.
Of the apps I utilize, iBotta has the largest variety of items & stores. Military commissary shoppers—the commissary is on here, too! This app isn’t just for large grocery chains—smaller, regional chains also particpate. Stores like Dollar Tree, Aeropostale, Best Buy & Babies R Us (at the time of writing this) also show up. One caveat—not all offers are available at all stores. So be sure you’re purchasing the right items at the right store, if you shop multiple places. More than once I’ve purchased an item at the commissary only to discover that I needed to buy it at Publix instead! [Using my referral link earns you an additional $10 after verifying your first rebate within 30 days of signing up and I also receive $5.]
$.25 back on red bell peppers, bananas, carrots & broccoli (each, you don’t have to buy all of them)
$.25 back on one gallon of white milk
$.25 back on any brand of cookies
$1.00 back on Wright bacon
$1.00 back on Marzetti dressing
$.25 back on any brand of laundry detergent (minus pods)
The first receipt app I used was Snap (by Groupon). The weekly-changing selection is small but often includes produce and non-brand specific items (a loaf of bread, for example). I used it in its early days more often I do know because it has become more brand-specific over time. use One advantage of is the ability to purchase the items at any store. For stores not on iBotta, such as Aldi’s, Snap is a nice alternative. Another nice feature of Snap is the ability to select your items & upload to the website. While smartphones are rampant, not everyone has one. Or you spill water on your phone (ahem) and you need to upload while you’re waiting on your new one (that gets lost in the mail…ahem). A caveat on this one—there are limits on how many rebates they offer for each item, so be sure you confirm at the time of purchase and submit your receipt quickly! You may cash out your balance when you have $20 of savings accumulated. [If you sign up through my referral link, I will receive $1.]
$1.00 back on Smucker’s Ice Cream Topping
$4.00 back on 2 boxes of Clif Crunch bars
$1.00 back on Ciao Bella Gelato
$.50 back on 5 Gum
The Wal-mart Receipt Catcher is ridiculously easy. There are no items to verify or item barcodes to scan or savings to unlock. You do need a smartphone, though, to scan the barcode at the bottom of your receipt. The app will scan local competitors for lower prices and, if they find any, you will receive the difference back in the form of an electronic Wal-mart gift card which you can use online or in-store. Of the apps I mentioned, this one is defnitely the easiest. I don’t find any of them difficult to use but if I could have all of them switch to one method, it was be this method!
Additionally, a couple many money-saving apps I use that are coupon-oriented, rather than rebates are…
- RetailMeNot, by the website of the same name, allows you to look up in-store coupons for many big-named retailers. If you find one that works for your purchase, the store will scan the barcode directly from your phone.
- Target’s Cartwheel is another such app. You can browse offers or use your phone to scan the barcodes of the items you’re purchasing. If a coupon is available, you ‘add’ it to your offers and, at checkout, the cashier will scan your personnal barcode from the app. If you scan your item and an offer is available on a different brand, it will prompt that offer. If you aren’t brand loyal on food and toiletries, that is a nice feature. You can select items from their website (LINK) as well.
*iBotta & Snap links are referral links. I appreciate any support by using these links.