We made some small gains in the couponing department this time. I say "we" because it took both Hubs and I to figure out how to use Ibotta.
This week we got a free bottle of all-purpose cleaner, and also 20 cents off our weekly 40 cent yogurt that I use for yogurt starter.
Problem #1: Missing the Deadline
I would have gotten the yogurt for free, but instead of shopping after the farmer's market on Saturday (traffic was HORRIBLE due to festival/parade stuff, plus the truck was making a funny noise), we went shopping on Sunday. Unfortunately by Sunday, Checkout 51 did not have the yogurt rebate still up, and so we only got one rebate from Ibotta.
Problem #2: Bethany Doesn't Have a Smartphone
Me trying to figure out Ibotta = disaster. Hubs had to talk me through it and show me how to work the app on his phone. Some of the Ibotta deals are only available on the phone app. Once we did it, it was pretty easy though. Basically you have to find what you want on the Ibotta (website) app, then scan both the item barcode and the QR code on your receipt. I still thought it was a lot of work for 20 cents. That being said, it will be much easier the next time I use Ibotta.
I like Ibotta and Checkout 51 because they have rebates on "any brand" items that commonly include milk, eggs and produce. These are good healthy things that many people buy anyway. I think the best way to use rebate sites is to do your shopping and THEN see what they have rebates for. Otherwise you'll find yourself saying, "Oh, Ibotta has a rebate for artichokes and Smirnoff this week. We should eat artichokes and Smirnoff!" instead of eating the free asparagus and drinking the free water that you have at home.
Hopster Free Cleaner
I didn't grow up using "all-purpose cleaner" aka colored scented water, but Hubs appreciates it when the house "smells clean" so I decided to get a bottle. This required that I go to Hopster.com and jump through some hoops... make an account on their site, sign up for an email thing and also like the Simple Green page on facebook. Then I was able to print out a $2 coupon to use on a $1.97 bottle, making it almost free (don't forget about taxes, Krazy Coupon Lady!). I believe this deal is still going on, so head over to Hopster if you'd like some nearly free all-purpose cleaner.