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Ibotta changes that popped up in their coupon stacking policy recently sent a shock wave through the couponing world. With just a tiny change made to their Help page, it seemed like our ability to combine other deals with Ibotta offers was no more.
But now, it looks like Ibotta has righted their wrongs and updated the policy yet again. And this time, the change is in our favor! The Ibotta coupon policy now states that your ability to coupon-stack depends on the fine print of the individual Ibotta offer. Almost all is well in the couponing world.
If you’re frustrated with all the Ibotta changes lately … you’re not alone. Ibotta’s automatic rebates at Target have been messed up for certain users for a few months now. And with that last Ibotta change, it felt like it was getting even harder to compete with the rising cost of groceries. And now Walmart Rewards makes us choose between getting their rewards and Ibotta rebates.
So what should you know about Ibotta’s coupon policy after the latest change? We’ll explain all the details.
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What changed about Ibotta’s coupon stacking policy?
Back on Sept. 14, 2022, Ibotta quietly updated their Help page under the question, “Can I use coupons or other promotions with Ibotta offers?” Their answer at the time was a resounding, “No.” But as of Sept. 20, 2022, they’ve updated their policy yet again as it relates to coupon stacking.
They’re no longer saying it’s against the rules to stack other coupons with your Ibotta rebates. Now, they just want you to look at the offer details to see if that specific Ibotta offer allows coupon stacking. Some Ibotta rebates may have restrictions that don’t allow you to pair them with other coupons. They specify that the “other” coupons include manufacturer coupons, paper coupons, digital coupon codes, and digital retailer rewards (like CVS ExtraBucks Rewards or Ulta rewards points).
We’ve been able to stack manufacturer coupons with Ibotta rebate offers for years, so I’m glad they reversed these latest Ibotta changes. I’ve gotten some of my best deals by pairing Ibotta offers with coupons. Just be sure to check the fine print for each offer.
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Can I still combine coupons and promotions with Ibotta offers?
Yes and no. Now you’ll need to look at each individual Ibotta offer to see if the fine print allows you to use coupons or other promotions with it. You may see new terms stating, “Offer not eligible for cash back when combined with other coupons and/or promo codes.”
So what happens if you try to use coupons anyway on an offer where it says it’s forbidden? If you submit a receipt where they see you used manufacturer coupons, paper coupons, digital coupon codes, or digital retailer rewards, pending offers may get reversed before any cash back is applied.
We’ve seen this type of restriction before with Checkout 51, but it was only on select offers.
Deals like this one will only work if there’s no fine print …
Does Walmart Rewards let me get around this Ibotta change?
Walmart and Ibotta have teamed up with the recent release of Walmart Rewards (available just for Walmart Plus members). But you can’t double-dip on the two rebates and rewards programs. This means that you have to choose whether you want your rebate to go to your Walmart account or to Ibotta.
You’ll see in the above screenshot that the Orbit gum rebate on Ibotta and Walmart Rewards is the same. If you want the cash back to go to your Ibotta earnings, you have to add the offer in Ibotta, not on Walmart. When you submit your receipt to Ibotta, that’s where your earnings will go. If you add an offer for the same product to your Walmart account and to Ibotta, the rebate will only go to your Walmart account.
You’ll only receive cash back for an offer once, even if it’s available on both Walmart and Ibotta.
Which rebate apps will allow coupon stacking?
If you’re looking to stack coupons with Fetch Rewards, bookmark The Krazy Coupon Lady’s Fetch Rewards deal page. You’ll see all the dedicated deals just for that app!