Money Making Apps for the SAHM, WAHM, or Anyone with a Pulse! Part One: ibotta

I am the queen of making passive income. When we went back to a single income household, we knew we'd have to tighten our belts around here. Part of that has always included me learning ways to create a small passive income stream to help out with things like Christmas, birthdays, or groceries. When I got around to research the apps and things that were out there, it was a little bit overwhelming, but I knew my requirements for using and sustaining an app, which made it a little easier.

1. I won't do surveys. Nobody has time for bullshit surveys while they are trying to chase kids and pick everyone up, take everyone where they need to go, etc. Surveys are bullshit and I've yet to find a single company that will actually pay any real money to speak of. (Besides MTurk, but that's for another post). 

2. I will only do ones that are going to reward me for shit I already do. I'm not going to go out of my way and buy a product that I won't ever use. This is key. Getting it so far? Only do easy shit, because why not? If you're going to pay me a penny for a receipt I'm gonna throw in the shit can, I'll take your money.

So, without further ado, here is post one in my series about my favorite passive money making apps (there are affiliate links in this post, I get shit when you sign up for things, but you're winning AND I'm winning, so let's just be winners together, okay?):

1. Ibotta - (Please use my referral code: nebmsnu and we can boost our Teamwork bonus) A lot of people have a love/hate relationship with ibotta. And honestly, I can see why. But, if you use ibotta properly, you can make a lot of money, and you can get money for something you already do. The lamest part of ibotta is that right now they don't accept pickup order receipts. I love Walmart Grocery and if I never have to step up in a store again in my life it would be too soon. But, with ibotta, you have to go in. ibotta is like Fight Club, it has rules to be able to use it effectively. Focus on big picture, you have to have $20.00 to cash out. Again, I only activate rebates on items I already use. That means my common kitchen staples. The other thing I look for are 100% free items, because honestly who doesn't love free shit? I know I do. Here is a good example of when I used ibotta the other day:

Dollar General - Suave Men's Shampoo/Bodywash - Dollar General had a buy $6.00 get $2.00 off coupon on Suave Men's Shampoo. The products were $2.00 a piece. I bought 3. $6-$2. Then ibotta had 50 cents off of each bottle. I uploaded my receipt and got $1.50 back PLUS a bonus 25 cents back for any item. That made my final purchase for 3 bottles of shampoo $2.25. BUT, it didn't stop there. I also had a $3.00 off $15.00 coupon. That discounted my purchase price even further. I would have bought those products anyway, but this was much easier on my pocketbook.

Strategically use ibotta for yourself. Bonus points if you can combine ibotta with a coupon. Bank the money you make and you have an emergency fund building for when you need it. I started using ibotta in June of this year and I have YTD made $116.00.

Again, use my referral nebmsnu and sign up for ibotta today so you can start building that emergency fund!

Comments

  1. I never heard of ibotta! I'll have to check that one out - I used to be an extreme couponer, but Canadian stores have REALLY cracked down on that. It used to be easy to find multiple coupons for various products, and one time, I picked up $500 worth of groceries and goods, and they gave ME a gift card for $10! I'm pretty sure that was what made Walmart change their policies in our town lol!

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  2. The review is good. Informative but won't it cheat. I mean is it applicable for only one particular country or in other countries too.

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  3. These are some fabulous apps! I do use Ibotta and love it. I'm always happy when I can save money.

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  4. I miss paper coupons. Sometimes my phone wont connect to the wifi or I plain forget to use the app.

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  5. I love Ibotta, it is so easy to use and can be a great money saver.

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  6. I've never heard of iBotta before. Is it available worldwide or only in the US? I use field agent a lot as it allows you to earn money while your at the shops.

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  7. Great tips! I just started using ibotta so I'm still getting the feel of things, but so far I'm liking it.

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  8. I hadn't heard about Ibotta. Will check it out. And you are right about picking only those which actually pay and are worth it.

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  9. Ibotta is like snapcart here in the Philippines. Hubby is a member there and he submits our receipts. He has earn some money from the app. At least it's good for gas. :D

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  10. Money saving tips are amazing! Love your pointers.

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  11. Hey I tried Ibotta.. will definitely use your referral code! Thank you for sharing this to us!

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  12. OMG I need to discover these apps! I need additional income to pay my assistant's salary, :D

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  13. What a wonderful post! iBotta sounds like an awesome tool to have, as money saving can be very important. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. Lol, I tried those surveys years ago, just now getting rid of all that spammy crap they send you. Good luck, let us know how successful your efforts are.

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