Recently, however, I discovered Checkout51.com, which is even easier than Ibotta to use. While it doesn't have as many offers as Ibotta, all you have to do to get credit is take a picture of the receipt, and you can use it at any store.
Where it gets interesting is when it overlaps. For example, this weekend, one app had a rebate of $.75 for Belvita breakfast biscuits, while the other had one for had a rebate for $1.00. Same thing for certain Nabisco cookies. Combine a manufacturer's coupon and you run into the situation where you are actually getting the product for free or better! Don't like the product? There's probably a shelter that would be grateful. Note also that the Ibotta/Checkout offers are normally timed to coincide with what you'll find on sale in your circulars.
- Look for products that are on both apps. This should take about two seconds.
- Do a quick search for manufacturer coupons for the product. Another two seconds.
- Check products for prices. I usually hit Walmart.com to check prices, but your local circular will also have deals.
- I have not yet discovered if two people with the app can use the same receipt, since my wife does not have a smart phone. But if you can, that doubles your earnings.
This is the type of thing that I love to do. You're not going to get rich from it, but I always enjoy the game.
Likewise, if anybody can find other apps similar to these two, please let me know and I'll post your referral link.
Full disclosure: Please note that I do get a $1 referral bonus if you use my link for Ibotta. Checkout51, which is the better of the two, does not offer a referral bonus and should be the one that you use if you only do one.