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Ibotta e-coupon site now works at Whole Foods

Posted July 11, 2013


The e-coupon site, Ibotta , is now working at Whole Foods.  They are even offering an extra $2.00 bonus if you redeem 4 offers from a single trip to Whole Foods. If you haven't signed up for Ibotta and you are looking for a new and unique way to save even more on your groceries, read on.

Basically, you earn cash back for redeeming e-coupon offers using your mobile device.

Here's how it works:

1. First you need to go to their website and sign up. Then you will need to download the ibotta app they will send you via e-mail, Google or Facebook. It's easy and free.

Once you download the app, look through the e-offers and decide which ones you want.  To add the offer to your account, you need to complete an easy task like watching a short video, read a recipe or post it to your Facebook account. It varies per offer.  The more you choose, the more cash back you'll earn.

2. Go Shopping. Buy your chosen products at any of the major retailers that Ibotta supports (including drug stores, Harris Teeter, Target and many more).

3. Take a photo of your receipt. They will then verify your purchases and credit your Paypal account right away.

4. Get your cash. Yes, real money, loaded onto your PayPal account or donated to any school in America.

Participating stores: Ibotta works at 14 retailers including these stores in our area: Harris Teeter, Target, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and Whole Foods.

You can increase the amount of your offer by doing different (easy) activities like taking a poll, liking the company on Facebook or reading a recipe.

Like Savingstar.com discounts, the money does not come off at the register. It is deposited into your Paypal account. You will need a Paypal account to get the money. If you prefer, you can also donate the money to a school of your choice.

Big benefit: You can use the ibotta savings in conjunction with manufacturers coupons and savingstar.com e-coupons so you can stack a number of different savings avenues.

This app does require a little extra work as far as taking pictures of the receipts but it doesn't take too long and they deposit the money into my ibotta account the next day.

You can find out even more details about the program on their website in the Help Center HERE.  


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 12, 2013

    Ummm,....I meant sWagbucks...not sagbucks. lol Sagbucks does sounds like a very appealing site.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 12, 2013

    Good to hear Ibotta is working well for you, Nanny. Thank for sharing your feedback. Now...let's get you up to speed on Sagbucks! :-)

  • Nanny113 Jul 12, 2013

    I love Ibotta and use them quite a bit. The extra bonuses can really add up if it is for items you typically purchase. Customer service has been a dream to work with on any issues I have had with redemption. I had a product that would not redeem so I just emailed a copy of my receipt and barcode to them and they found that the barcode was not in their system and loaded it to my account!

    I haven't done much with Swagbucks yet but really should.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 12, 2013

    RealStory - I have used ibotta for a while now and have had no issues. Some folks have posted about having issues scanning the bar code, but my phone scanner seems to work well.

    Like you, I have also had success with Swagbucks for relatively minimal work.

    I hope ibotta helps to save you some money!

  • wral suks bauls Jul 12, 2013

    I will check this out. Sounds pretty cool... don't really do much with a paypal account but I'm sure I can use it somehow. Im a swagbucks member and have gotten a few hundred dollars of amazon.com gift cards for very minimal work.

    Lots of things online are scams - but not everything. Will check this out based on your recommendation