Sunday, June 28, 2015

How I'm not paying for school supplies - thanks to ibotta

School supply lists get longer each year. And the costs keep going up.

This year, between two students, we're being asked for three dozen folders, one box of specialty brand colored pencils for art and two sets of headphones for the computer room. And that's on top of the traditional school supply lists we've grown accustomed to.

I printed off my children's lists and groaned at the length, and wondered how I'd afford it all.

And then I relaxed, realizing I don't have to worry at all.

For the last year, I've used the ibotta app to submit receipts for everyday grocery items I buy. Granted, there are many, many name-brand groceries I don't purchase, but if I am buying it anyway, or even better partnering with a Cartwheel discount or paper coupon, I take advantage of this service.

Dollar by dollar, quarter by quarter, I've amassed more than $125 toward my school supplies, which I'll be cashing out soon for a Walmart gift card. And that's with doing very little effort. 

By submitting rebates on everyday items like milk, eggs and orange juice throughout the year, I've saved enough to pay for most of my school supply shopping this month!
Groceries and beauty/wellness products are the biggest categories on ibotta, but you can also score with discounts for baby supplies, specialty gifts, sports items, restaurant chains and clothing from major retailers like Macy's, Kohl's, Target and Cabela's. 

Online shoppers will love it come Christmas shopping season, when you can often get rebates of $5 to $15 off of $50 to $100 purchases.

But it doesn't take much effort to collect funds for this year's school supply shopping. You can scroll the item list, check out a task to unlock a rebate and then scan in your receipt after your purchase.
Ibotta recently launched cash back on any brand, which is a blessing. I can even get discounts on produce like bananas and lemons.
 If you'd like to check out ibotta, visit my referral link to get started:

What's the best deal you've scored through ibotta? 


  1. Hi, is this only for US-based stores, or does it apply internationally? It's very nice that you can have your school supplies fee covered by Ibotta

  2. I recently signed up for ibotta. It is really easy and I like watching the money add up.

  3. I have not heard of that before but what a boost for your school budget, well done. Thanks for sharing this info on #HomeMattersParty

  4. Great tips. I'm always looking for how to save money with my homeschooling. Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you come back and share again.