Ibotta makes couponing easy, and Walmart makes using Ibotta easy. It’s a match made in heaven.
Since Walmart focuses more on “everyday low prices,” you won’t see as many items marked down to the point that get us excited. Sure, this isn’t ideal because we <heart> stacking coupons with deep-discount sales.
But nevermind that because when you coupon using Ibotta at Walmart, building a stockpile is still doable and pretty darn easy. Why? Because Ibotta is constantly adding new features and functionality to help shoppers save and earn.
Here are the best ways to get your savings on when you use Ibotta at Walmart:
1. Look for high-value offers you can only use at Walmart.
I’m not saying Ibotta likes Walmart the best. But Walmart does get offers other grocery stores don’t get. . .
These offers are usually available only at Walmart and won’t work with a Target receipt, for example. In fact, next runner-up is Target, but Walmart has roughly 30-50 more offers than Target at any given time. Kroger comes in third but has about 70 offers less than Walmart!
Also, brands often run bonuses that you can only earn when you redeem offers at Walmart.
This makes Walmart the primo place to work your Ibotta magic and earn all the money.
2. Earn more bonuses at Walmart because there are more offers.
A “bonus” is when you redeem certain offers within a designated time frame and Ibotta gives you free money.
And since so many of the bonus options need to be completed within a certain time frame, Walmart is your best bet for earning bonuses, because there are more offers overall.
For example, I was just doing my regular grocery shopping and didn’t even realize that I’d qualified for a bonus.
3. Check “New Offers” for Walmart in the Ibotta app and stack ’em with coupons.
Do any of the new Ibotta offers have coupons available? Because you can definitely use coupons at checkout and then submit for Ibotta rebates after you’re done in the store.
Finish this at home before you leave so you can print any coupons for Walmart you may need. And so you have time to plead with your family and friends to print coupons for you so you can stock up.
This is the best way to rack up savings at Walmart — especially if you’re not brand loyal and you’re willing to buy whatever brand coupons + Ibotta tell you to buy.
4. Go ahead and redeem some offers up to five times per receipt. (Think: Stockpile!)
This is the part where you clear out a shelf (or five) in your house to make room for your stockpile of canned food, sauces, body wash, shampoo and more.
Offers that allow multiple redemptions per receipt have the gray square and dollar sign icon on them. One example is when you buy five Newman’s Own frozen pizzas, you’ll get $1.00 off each pizza.
Important thing to note — don’t think you can buy three now and two tomorrow and redeem the offer twice, because once you scan your receipt with three of the five pizzas, the offer will disappear.
Moral of the story: Buy all five on one receipt!
5. Buy your produce at Walmart based on Ibotta offers.
Nothing gives me a high like getting dirt-cheap produce. And Ibotta frequently offers cash rewards on produce like pears, avocados, oranges, tomatoes, and other fresh items that are tough to find coupons for.
You can redeem some of these offers up to five times, and you totally should. But some of them are only available for a one-time redemption per receipt. These may reset after a week or so, and if that’s the case, you can redeem the offer again.
6. Or just scan your item’s barcodes to see if there’s an Ibotta offer.
If you’re not super extreme about couponing, wear it like a badge, girl! There’s a lazy way to save too.
You can quickly scan everything on your list as you put it into the cart. Just to see if there’s any money to be had.
Inside the Walmart section of the Ibotta app, tap the “Search” icon in the upper right-hand corner. Where you’d normally type a product name, you’ll see a barcode icon. Tap that and scan your product’s barcode to see if there’s an Ibotta offer.
Granted, this way isn’t going to save you as much money, but you might nab an extra couple dollars you didn’t expect to save that day.
7. Look for new Ibotta offers up to three times a day.
Okay, I admit that’s krazy. But Ibotta releases new offers at least every day and sometimes multiple times a day.
At the very least, be certain you’ve checked Ibotta right before you hit Walmart.
8. Add offers even if you’re not sure you’ll use them.
If you think there’s even a slight chance you’ll redeem that offer for Toaster Strudel (hey, we all have moments of weakness), tap the “+” icon to add it to “My Offers.” This way, you’ll have time to talk yourself off the ledge while also having access to the offer until it expires.
Also, you’ll notice that you can’t see when an offer expires until you tap to add it.
9. Redeem Ibotta offers for clearance items at Walmart.
As long as the item itself qualifies for the Ibotta offer, Ibotta doesn’t care if it’s on clearance at your local Walmart.
Is this a good enough reason to put your seven-year-old to work scanning every single freaking clearance item on a Walmart endcap, looking for Ibotta rebates? I think yes.
10. Say adios to scanning product barcodes to prove you bought items.
If you’re a veteran Ibotta user, you remember the days of scanning each item’s barcode after your purchase as a proof of purchase. Barcodes had to line up with items on your receipt.
At some stores (like Walmart), this is no more. As receipts are more readable, Ibotta doesn’t need barcode scans.
The only time Ibotta even asks you to verify something is when you need to enter the quantity of items you purchased for a multiple-offer redemption. For example, I had to indicate that I bought three bags of Cara Cara oranges in order to get my $1.00 off cash reward for each bag.
11. Don’t bother taking a picture of your receipt — just scan the QR code.
It’s so easy that you can do it as you leave the store, with one hand! Which is great if you’re wrangling a tired toddler with the other.
Walmart is the only major grocery store that doesn’t require you to snap a picture of your receipt. (Walmart, I love you.)
There are a few smaller, more regional grocery chains where you link your loyalty card to Ibotta in order to redeem offers. On this list are Giant Eagle, Food Lion, Ridley’s, Raley’s, Hannaford and Pick ‘n Save. Offers at other grocery stores still require you to take a picture of your receipt, although Ibotta is working hard to make it easier.
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