Coupon Apps For Fresh Produce
My husband and I spend a lot of money on groceries. This is primarily due to the fact that the bulk of what we buy is fresh produce. Unfortunately, we live in a country where you can buy an entire meal from McDonalds for less than it costs to buy a small container of blueberries, but that discussion is for another day.
I like the idea of coupons, but they usually tend to be for specific brand name items that I rarely buy. So I was very excited when I stumbled upon Ibotta, even more so when I realized they had so many generic and fresh produce options. For most all of these generic options, you earn twenty cents per item but are required to first "watch" a brief advertisement. For brand specific items, you earn much more (.50-$5.00) and do not typically have to watch an advertisement clip.
More Than Groceries
I was primarily excited about the groceries, but there are so many retailers that partner with Ibotta including restaurants, Sephora, Birchbox, Verizon, and Express, to name a few! There is also cleaning supplies, and even wine, beer and hard alcohol!
The really cool thing is that 100% of your Ibotta earnings can be transferred to PayPal or Venmo as soon as you’ve earned $10. I've used this at the grocery store only twice thus far and I've already earned $6 just by purchasing the fresh produce that I normally do. Additional items are added each week. You simply click the items and "watch" the brief advertisements (probably commensurate with the time it takes to clip an actual coupon), go shopping, scan the barcode of your purchased items, and then snap a quick picture with your cell phone of your receipt, and your money is quickly credited to you. It's that simple.
Check it out! I am not getting paid for speaking about this company, I just think it's a cool and convenient app. You can, however, use my referral code (just click the link) and you'll earn an additional $1 on your first purchase, and I'll earn $2 for referring you!
I'm a little less stoked about this app, just because it focuses more on brand name products. Also, Checkout 51 has far fewer fresh produce options, so it's less applicable to my personal needs. Also, rather than the convenience of Venmo or Paypal, they send you a check in the mail. I've only used it for two weeks and have earned far less money, but you can double dip using Checkout 51 with Ibotta. So if I buy bananas, I could get money back from both apps for my single purchase. It's not a ton of money, but groceries are expensive and every bit helps!