Whether a brand new teacher or a 20 year veteran...chances are if you are a teacher you have been spending money over the past few weeks and will continue to do so in the weeks ahead to prepare your classroom for learning. The whole idea of having to spend so much money out of my pocket to set up a classroom is philosophically wrong in my opinion....What other profession do you know where the professional has to spend their own money in order to do their job correctly? Anyways....guess that's another blog post. Teachers will do whatever it takes for their students to be successful even if that means spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
Since I know that I will be spending money for my classroom, I am always looking for ways to save money in other areas of the budget. Over Christmas break, my sister introduced me to an easy to use app. The app is called Ibotta (pronounced I-bought-a) and pays you for purchasing certain grocery items.
Once you have downloaded the app and signed up for a free account, it is easy to start earning money back on your purchases. Before shopping or at the grocery store, browse through the list of available offers in the product gallery.
Once you have located and selected a product that you will be purchasing, complete the "tasks" associated with the offer. The task could be answering a poll, learning a fact, looking at a recipe, watching a short video, etc. The thing I like is that the tasks are very short with the longest taking 30 seconds or so but most are even quicker than that.
The next step is to scan the UPC code on the product to make sure it matches.
The final step is to take a picture of the receipt and submit it. Some receipts have a QR code on them that make it even easier to submit the receipt through the app.
After completing the offers and submitting your receipt, simply wait for the money to appear in your account. The app says it could take up to 24 hours for the money to appear but it is usually quicker than that. Once you have earned $10 you can cash out with a direct deposit to your paypal account or purchase a gift card.
Disclaimers.....1) I am NOT being paid or compensated by Ibotta in any way (although if they want to send me a check I won't complain). This app has just been an easy way to earn a little extra money and I wanted to share with other teachers. 2) You will NOT get rich by downloading or using this app. I began using this app in January and cashed out in mid-June for enough money to pay for our family of four to go ziplining on our vacation. To get my balance that high, I just made a conscious effort to check the app every time I went shopping. I also used some of their Online Shopping Rebates for a little added boost. I am currently building my balance back up and plan to cash out at Christmas time to help purchase gifts :)
If you would like to give this app a try, simple download it from the App Store or Google Play.
If you enter the referral code above, you will get a little extra bonus when you redeem you first rebate. Once you have tested it out, leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you what you think! What are some of your favorite ways to save money?