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Lowes Foods will soon be a participating Ibotta store!

Posted January 31, 2014
Updated February 1, 2014

Great news! Lowes Foods will soon be a participating Ibotta store! According to their Facebook page, they will be launching soon!

If you have not already signed up for the ibotta money saving e-coupon app, now is the time to do it! New members get a $2 Welcome Aboard sign-up bonus when you redeem your first offer within 10 days of registration!  You can sign up on their website HERE.

They are now offering a number of grocery, restaurant and retail e-coupons including various grocery and drug stores, Target, Walmart, Dollar General, Whole Foods and more!

Ibotta details

Here are the details from the app download page.

The first step is to sign up on their website HERE. Click Sign up with e-mail to register.

Then you will need to download the app on your smartphone or other mobile device as well. Just go to the app store on your phone and look for ibotta. Once you have signed up and have downloaded the app, you are ready to score the digital coupons!

Here's how it works:

1. Before shopping, choose your offers. The more you choose, the more cash back you'll earn. For each offer, you will need to complete 2 or more simple tasks to increase the amount of your digital coupons. Some of the tasks include taking a 1 question poll, looking at a recipe or watching a video.

2. Go Shopping. Buy your chosen products at any of the major retailers that Ibotta supports.

3. Take a photo of your receipt. They will verify your purchases and credit your account right away (you do not have to do this step at Food Lion. See below for details).

4. Cash in your earnings when they reach $5 or more.  The money is sent to your PayPal account or cashed in for a participating gift card.

Participating stores: Ibotta works at many local retailers, restaurants, grocery and drug stores including these stores in our area: Harris Teeter, Target, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Food Lion, and various restaurants and retail stores.

Food Lion shoppers: You don't actually have to scan your receipt at Food Lion. Once you have signed up and downloaded the app, go to the Food Lion section on the app and link your Food Lion MVP card to your ibotta account, Your qualified purchases will go right to ibotta and you won't have to download any receipts. Make sure you connect your MVP card BEFORE checkout.

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.

Once you redeem your first successful offer, you'll receive an extra $2 in your account as part of their referral program!

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 that doesn't take long at all.

You can find many more details about the program on their website in the Help Center.


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  • KLW Feb 3, 2014

    I just don't have time to mess with taking a picture of my receipt and sending it to them...even if I did have time I would forget. :-(

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 1, 2014

    smeroney - Actually, Lowes Foods will be partnering with ibotta in the very near future, according to their Facebook page. One of the announcements I had read from them indicated that they were now a participating store but it has not actually rolled out yet. BUT, according to their FB page - it is coming soon:


  • smeroney Feb 1, 2014

    Lowes Foods does not show up in Ibotta for me or any of my friends. Are you sure it was Lowes Foods and not Lowes Hardware?