Easy Coupon Tricks: Earn & Save Money with Ibotta

We all need to save money, but what if you got paid to do it? I love using coupons and earning cash back for things that I was already going to spend money on. It’s like getting paid for doing nothing! This simple app offers rebates on groceries and household items that you probably would have purchased anyway. As you may have read in previous posts, I love couponing adventures, especially at Publix.

What is Ibotta?

An absolutely FREE app that lets you earn CASH for purchasing certain items during your shopping trip to a number of different stores.

There are a number of small offers for generic items such as fruits, frozen items, milk, bread, etc. It’s my point of view that every penny adds up, and just buying these will save you a nice chunk of change in the long run! Along with these, there are offers for larger brands like Real Good Foods, Ragu, Ronzoni, Pepsi, Tyson, Clorox, Energizer and more!

In addition, Publix is only one of the many stores that you can choose from. Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Winn Dixie and Amazon are on the list, along with many others.

It gets better though! You can also earn money from team rebates. For example, this month, if your team earns $10 in a month, and you earn $5, you’ll get a bonus of $2. If your team continues to save, you can earn more and more. Which is why you want to be on my team!

I can help you earn these bonuses because I love using this app to save money. Make sure that you sign up under this link so that you can get the team bonuses!

So… How Do I Save Money?

It’s actually quite simple. Download the app, select the items you want to purchase and watch short little ads (I do this while I am making my shopping list). If you already clip coupons, you can match what you have with deals in store to really increase your savings!

When you are shopping, scan the barcode in the store as you pick up each item. Once your checkout and get back to your car, take a picture of your receipt and send it off!

Even better, several stores have the option to link your account for that store to bypass uploading your receipt altogether!

Plus, get a $10 Bonus JUST FOR SIGNING UP!

What excites you the most about this app? I just love saving money without clipping and organizing more coupons!

Coupons for Shopping at Kohl’s – March 2019!

Every month, Kohl’s offers sweet coupons and a deal for customers who use their Kohl’s credit card for purchases. These purchases get 30% off, $10 cash back for every $50 spent. This cash back program is called “Kohl’s cash”.

This month, Kohl’s cash can be earned from 3/22-2/31 and it can be redeemed 4/1-4/7. Kohl’s has their new monthly extra 30% off (online only) for their charge cardholders only – must have a Kohl’s Card At checkout.

Codes are valid through 3/31. If you haven’t applied for a Kohl’s credit card yet, you can click here to apply for one.


Being a work at home mom, I need to save money where ever I can. Kohl’s helps me get the things I need for my home and my family without paying an arm and a leg! Coupons are essential for maintaining our family budget and I love being able to share these deals with all of you!

Check out some of my favorite deals so far:

Lego DC Comics Kit for only $11.99

Bissell PowerClean Rewind Vacuum for only $89.99

Reversible Quilt Set for Twin/TwinXL, Queen or King for $49.99!

What deal did you end up finding?

I want to hear all about it!

Coupon Adventures at Publix in Venice

Coupon clipping is a necessity for families on a strict grocery budget!

This is how our “Crazy Coffee Drinking, Coupon Clipping Moms” club came to be. My local mom friends, including two of my best friends who live further away, meet at my home during the week and we share, clip and plan our coupons. Today’s meeting was very eventful and I felt compelled to share our experience with you all.

Photo grid depicting Alyssa and her two friends on their coupon shopping trip to Publix.

To start, let me say that couponing is not simple, it’s not easy and it can be downright frustrating. However, when you walk out of the store knowing you saved half off of your groceries to take care of your family, it feels really good.

We spent 5 hours this morning clipping coupons, matching the weekly ad at Publix and other stores to determine where the best deals were and what coupons we had to go along with it. We decided that Publix was going to be our maximum savings and went for it. With our lists and coupons in hand, we went off for our first big coupon adventure in Venice.

We searched the aisles, grabbed our coupon deals (which I will tell you all about below.) and made our way through the very crowded store. We were extremely disheartened to hear the comments being made around the three of us as we shopped.

Look how fat they are, must be why they are buying so many groceries!”

“That’s what’s wrong with this country, bet they are using food stamps too!”

Your comments linger longer than you think.

The stares, snickers and straight out rude comments made me cringe. First of all, between the three of us married women, there are 3 families with 6 children between us, that is a lot of mouths to feed!

Second of all, I have been fat my entire life, trust me, I know what my body shape is and what assumptions you make based off of that. My health issues are something I have dealt with for a long time and I do not need you or anyone else to remind me of that. My worth as a human being is not dictated by my body type.

Finally, what does it matter if someone is using benefits or not? We are three hard working parents. Regardless if all, one or none of us are receiving benefits, how much does that truly affect your life enough to make a backhanded remark in public about it? You don’t get to judge someone’s story based on the chapter you walked in on.

To the employees at the Venice Publix on Jacaranda and 41, those of you who were kind, respectful and even encouraging as we checked out today, I thank you. A manager, Kyle, went out of his way to address our concerns with how we were treated and I truly appreciated that.

Time to get off my soapbox and tell you about the coupon deals! I will be writing more about how to coupon to save more on your groceries. In addition, future posts will have various deals that I find while on our coupon adventures.

My Shopping Trip:

  • 2 bags of 50 ct Totino’s Pizza Rolls
  • 2 Atkins shrimp scampi meals
  • 2 packs ramen noodles
  • Small Slice of Brie Cheese
  • 4 large frozen pizzas
  • 4 boxes of Cheerios
  • 4 boxes Lucky Charms
  • 2 boxes Cascadian Farms Cereal
  • 2 bags Armour Meatballs
  • 2 bottles (2 Liter) of Pepsi Zero
  • 4 bags of Rana Raviolis
  • 4 containers Rana Alfredo sauce
  • 2 pints of Halo ice cream
  • 1 box honey buns
  • 4 cans of veggies
  • 4 bags of shredded cheese
  • 4 bags diced potatoes
  • 2 packs of hot dogs
  • 2 boxes animal crackers
  • 2 boxes beef broth
  • 8 cans chef boyardee
  • 2 boxes of little muffins
  • 4 jars of Bertolli pasta sauce
  • 1 box Kelloggs fruit snacks
  • 1 package of Italian deli meats
  • 3 – 12 packs of Pepsi cherry zero
  • 2 packages of Clairol Hair Color Root-Touchup

For a total out of pocket cost of $124!

As for my friends? They were able to get a 50% savings across the board on their trip which including diapers, pet food, groceries, cleaning supplies and household goods. After the five hours of work we put in planning, clipping, sorting and making coupon lists along with the 3 hours in the grocery store shopping saved us over half of our grocery bill.

If your family is on a budget, doesn’t it make sense to save as much as possible? I would say we did a great job!

Do you use coupons?
Why or Why Not?

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