Yesterday afternoon, I made a quick trip to Walmart to pick up some groceries and medicine. After checking my rebate apps, I saw that most of them had a rebate for my over-the-counter allergy medication, and I wanted to buy it before the rebates expired. I walked into the pharmacy area, and a lady was already browsing the allergy meds so I patiently waited for her to finish. “This stuff is so expensive!” she said to me, as she left. I smiled and nodded. Yes, medication is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! I was about to buy a similar product for more than 75% off.
If you are like me, groceries and other household items are my largest variable monthly expense. Little things like hand soap, napkins, and paper plates add up quickly. Plus, my husband and I have multiple food allergies, which makes our food budget higher than normal. We also try to eat organic and stay away from hormone-enhanced beef, poultry, and eggs. That can get very expensive, very quickly.
About a year ago, I started looking for different ways to save money on groceries and other household goods. I found a link for Ibotta and quickly discovered the joys of rebate apps. To date, I have saved $499.21. Here are the 4 apps I use the most.
Ibotta has saved me almost $400 in the year that I’ve been using it, and is my favorite app by far. Its very easy to use and has rebates for everything from groceries to toilet paper to cleaning supplies. All you have to do is upload your receipt and scan the barcodes of the items you wish to claim. Sometimes they will pay you a quarter just for uploading a receipt.
Also, there are non-grocery store rebates like Joann Fabrics, etc, and even rebates for mobile apps like iTunes or Jet. Just launch iTunes from the Ibotta app, and you can get 5% off of your purchase. Once you reach the $20 limit, you can either buy a gift card or link to your Paypal account for cash. Click here to try it out and get $10!
Checkout51 is very similar to Ibotta. You unlock the rebates that you want and upload your receipt. It does not have the same quantity of rebates like Ibotta, but they do offer rebates on a lot of things I buy regularly. In the year I’ve been using Checkout51, I’ve saved about $50.
Checkout51 is similar to Ibotta with a couple of key differences. First, their rebates have a limited quantity. I have waited too long to upload a receipt before and found that they ran out of rebates. FAIL! The other difference is that they will only mail you a check. No Paypal hook-up. Still, an app worth paying attention to! Check it out here !
I have really enjoyed using this app. It doesn’t have the volume of rebates that the previous two have, but, what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. About 40% of Mobisave’s rebates are any item purchases. That means that if you buy any bar of soap, you get $.15 or if you bought any brand of mustard, you get $.25.
To make things even more awesome, there is no minimum payout. If you earn $.15, they immediately deposit that change into your Paypal account. I’ve been using this app for about 5 months and I have already saved about $34. Check it out here!
I just started using this app probably three months ago and have already saved $12. SavingStar doesn’t have the same quantity as the other apps, but the $5 payout limit is very beneficial. One of the key differences between it and the other apps is that some of SavingStar rebates can be redeemed if you make a minimum purchase towards a particular brand.
For example, SavingStar will offer $3 off a purchase of $10 worth of a popular brand of canned food. You redeem the rebate by buying one or many items of the canned food brand, as long as you buy $10 worth of qualifying items. They also offer rebates like $1.00 a purchase of my go-to brand of allergy meds with no minimum purchase required. Check it out here!
Using apps like these is an easy way to save some money at the grocery store. I typically try to stack these rebates to save as much as I can on a particular item. The allergy medication that I bought yesterday normally runs $18 a box. With all of the rebates and a coupon I had, I ended up paying about $3. SCORE!
Have you ever used these apps? Any recommendations for other apps that I can try?