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Get Instant Cash Rebates from Ibotta

by Freebies4Mom on August 23, 2019 2:02 pm

IbottaSign-up for Ibotta to earn cash rebates on products you’re already buying at Target, Walmart, Kroger, and tons of other retailers. Ibotta is so easy to use, just snap a photo of your receipt with a qualifying purchase on it. You’ll receive your cash almost instantly via PayPal. I browse Ibotta during every grocery shopping trip to see which products on my list I can get an instant rebate for.


Here’s how Ibotta works to pay you cash when you buy participating products:

1. Sign-up for an Ibotta account with your email address or Facebook account. You’ll be asked for your name, email, birth date, zipcode, and gender. Watch for a confirmation email.

2. Download the free Ibotta iTunes or Android App

3. Look for participating products the next time you shop at the many participating retailers. Usually there are over 50 participating products in my Ibotta App so hopefully there is something for everyone to get a cash rebate on!

4. Click “Earn” under a product you are buying and complete the simple activities (like a poll, fact, trivia, or watch an ad)

5. Scan and submit your receipt and qualifying product UPC using the camera on your mobile (it’s easier to do than it sounds, they give you tips to get a good photo of your receipt). You’ll receive your $5.00 bonus after you submit your first receipt with one qualifying product on it.

6. Get paid within 24 hours (usually much faster than that!) and send your money to your Paypal account (when you’ve got at least $5.00) or Donate to any School ($1.00 minimum, every quarter a check is written directly to the school)


Ibotta has great customer service so if you have a question please visit the Help Center? on the Ibotta App, the Ibotta Facebook Page.

Ask me questions or share your tips on using Ibotta. I hope this program will be a new and easy way for you to get more cash rebates. This post contains my referral links, please visit my Disclosure Policy.

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Ebates $5 Sign-Up Bonus: 2 Steps to Ebates

by Freebies4Mom on July 18, 2010 9:56 am

New Ebates members get a $5 sign-up bonus at Ebates. If you do any online shopping, then I want you to be getting cash back through Ebates! Plus I’m encouraging my readers to sign-up for Ebates this week because I’m hosting a special giveaway starting Monday ($600 gift card) that only Ebates members can enter. Watch for this new giveaway to be announced on Monday!  All I’ll ask for is the email address that you used to register for Ebates to confirm your membership status – both new members and exisiting members are eligible to enter.

It takes less than a minute to make these 2 steps to get your Ebates – that’s cash you already spent that you get back! It’s like getting a rebate on most of your online purchases.

Step 1: Go to
The key is to remember to start your online shopping at Ebates, sign-in to your account and then you can start shopping.

Step 2: Find your store
I like to type the name of the store I’m looking for in the search field in the top right. Once you find your store you can view coupons and the cash back for that store. Now you can start shopping and your purchase will be tracked at Ebates so that you get credited cash back in your account.  Cash back is issued every 3 months – you can ask for a check mailed to your house or get your payment via PayPal.  It’s worth the wait, and a great way to fund something extra like gifts for holidays.

If you’ve recently signed-up remember that you don’t get that $5 bonus credited to your account until you make your first purchase through Ebates of $20 or more (within 90 days of signing-up).


Ebates = Coupons + Rebates

by Freebies4Mom on May 13, 2010 8:33 pm

You do get the best of both types of savings (coupons + rebates) withEbates. Jan emailed me and I found myself nodding my head along with her because guess what?  I heard about Ebates long before I joined – and then felt like kicking myself for not doing my online shopping through Ebates sooner (just like Jan).  I thought it would be good to point out that you can use both coupon codes and get cash back rebates when you use Ebates!

Jan said:  “I just wanted to tell you that your advice finally sunk in with me 🙂  I am big on online shopping, and I did sign up with Ebates, but never really bothered to “research” via Ebates every time I made an online purchase.  Honestly I thought that I could use coupon codes for discounts immediately, rather than waiting on an Ebates check…. didn’t think I could use both since most websites don’t let you stack ‘deals’ – but this is SO different!  With Ebates you CAN have it ALL!   I could kick myself for all the cash back I’ve missed out on over the years – virtually every single store I’ve shopped from qualifies for Ebates.”I don’t want you to kick yourself, but I do want you to be a smart shopper and learn how to use coupon codes and rebates (like Ebates).  I’m here to help you, and learn how you are saving money so please leave a comment!


Money 4 Mom: Paid Surveys

by Freebies4Mom on November 6, 2009 9:30 am

Want to get paid for taking surveys? I don’t personally take surveys for money just because of my own time constraints – but my fellow blogger Nicole’s Nickels does find that it’s worth her time and she wrote this guest post.

I have been doing online surveys for a year and a half now and enjoy the additional income it brings me. While you won’t get rich doing online surveys, it can supplement your income by $50-$100 per month depending on your demographic and how many surveys you try and qualify for. That’s pretty good gas money, I’d say!

I suggest signing up for a new email address just for surveys. I don’t get any spam in my surveys only email address so that’s not my rationale behind the new email address. It’s that I get A LOT of survey invitations each day and don’t want to clog up my inbox. This way, when I log on to the survey email account, I know just what will be waiting for me and can sort through and try to qualify for the ones I want.

Each person’s experience with the various survey companies will be different since we each fit a different demographic. Many surveys end with a request from the manufacturer for you to test a new product. You won’t know when you start that there will be a product test though. I’ve tested high-end hair products, toilet paper and even frozen dinners that arrived on dry ice!

I’m going to briefly highlight the companies I have been most successful with and find the most easy to work with. If you want to check out the 15+ other companies I am signed up with and my experiences with them, please check out Nicole’s Nickels.

Here are my top 5 survey companies:

My Survey
My Survey sends me approximately 3-5 invitations per week. I like this company because you get points for taking the screener and then if you qualify they offer you additional points for continuing to take the survey. Points can be redeemed for cash, charity donations or merchandise.

American Consumer Opinion
American Consumer Opinion sends me fairly infrequent survey invitations but the ones they do I almost always qualify for. The payment is high for the industry and I have received several product tests from these surveys. They also have a sweepstakes where I once won a small check. Payment is via check.

Opinion Outpost
Opinion Outpost is the company I have earned the most with. I receive between 7-20 survey invitations per week from them. You are given a set amount of points per survey and points are then redeemed for cash via check. You can start surveys with Opinion Outpost and finish them later which is a nice feature.

Pinecone is an “invite-only” survey company. You’ll need to find a banner or google “pinecone banner” to find a site that routinely has a registration link. Pinecone sends me approximately 2-4 screeners per month and 2-4 surveys per month. The screener surveys are short and each survey pays $3 – via check or paypal. I always get paid within days and love not having to cash out or remember to check my points.

Ipsos-I-Say is another survey company that I receive approximately 5-7 surveys per week from. I qualify frequently for their surveys and find I have very few technical issues with their site. Most of my product tests come from this company and points are redeemed for cash.

For more information or to sign up for the survey companies mentioned here, you can visit Nicole’s Nickels.


Ebates for Rebates on Anything

by Freebies4Mom on June 17, 2009 7:58 am

Would you love to get cash rebates on most of your online purchases? Sign-up with Ebates for your $5 sign-up bonus and when you do your shopping through Ebates you can earn cash back from hundreds of online stores you already shop at. This is a great way to get rebates on online purchases you are normally making. You are simply getting to all the online stores you usually shop at by clicking on the link at Ebates – it’s a simple rebate program. And it’s putting money back in my wallet and yours!

A small bonus when you sign-up is that they will put a $5 sign-up bonus into your account. As soon as you make your first $20+ purchase through Ebates (from any store that offers cash back) then that $5 bonus is yours plus whatever cash-back percentage offered for that store. So, it’s like a $5 rebate on any purchase. You will get paid that $5 sign-up bonus if you make a $20+ purchase through Ebates within 90 days of signing up.

Did you know that not only can you get a $5 bonus for signing-up for Ebates, but that you also can get a $5 referral bonus for every friend you refer? If you know anyone who shops online, Ebates makes it easy for you to send them an email and get credit if they join (and make a first purchase). Just look for the “Tell-A-Friend” tab after you log in to Ebates. You are not limited to how many friends you can refer.

is a fabulous way to create your own cash rebate on almost every online purchase you make. Plus they give you easy access to some of the best coupon codes and promotions for your favorite stores.

How easy is Ebates to use? It’s really only 3 steps:
1. Visit Ebates and sign-up (or sign-in if you are already registered)
2. Type in the name of the store in the top left-hand corner (i.e. Target) then click “Search”
3. Click on the store to shop. You will see how much cash back you will earn (4% at Target) and what coupons are available to use at that store. Just click on the name of the store and you are on your way to earning that percentage cash back on your purchase.

See how easy it is? And you can still use coupon codes because Ebates helps you find those coupon codes! The best part is that Ebates gives you the option to receive a check in the mail every 3 months when you’ve earned at least $5.01 cash back in your account. Or you can have your cash deposited into your PayPal account. There is absolutely no paper work or follow-up for you to do to get your cash rebates, you simply find your online store on Ebates and then click on your store to start your shopping. You can also choose to not receive emails from Ebates by visiting “Communication Preferences” in “My Account”. This is honestly one of the easiest online rebate programs I’ve ever used. And my rebates are adding up fast even though I do not make many purchases online.

I do not use Ebates as a reason or an incentive to make online purchases. I use it as a way to get some cash back on purchases I would normally be making. And I will admit that I often forget to visit Ebates before I start shopping (and therefore miss out on cash back). But you’ll see a reminder up on the right side of my blog to help you get to Ebates faster. I’m even going to print out the Ebates logo and tape it on my computer monitor to help me remember.

Ebates is my favorite cash back site, read more about why I love it in these posts:
Shopping at eBay? Get 3% Cash Back!
So Spoiled at Sephora with Ebates
Workin’ in PJs, Guest Bloggin’ at Ebates
My Free Victoria’s Secret Sweater

Have questions about Ebates? I’m here to help give you some answers, so ask away!


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