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Now everyone could use a little extra money, amirite? One way that I recommend you to save money is to take advantage of cash back when you shop. There are many different ways to do this. One of my favorite ways is to get cash back rebates on my weekly grocery shopping using Ibotta. Ibotta is an app you can download on your phone to earn cash back on your groceries.

What is this Ibotta you speak of?

Ibotta is a free app that gives you rebates on items that you purchase that are on Ibotta’s rebate list. When you think rebate, you’re probably thinking about the old fill out a form, waste a stamp, wait six weeks rebate. That’s not how Ibotta is at all. You sign up to Ibotta, choose the items you want to buy, buy the items on your list, scan them and your receipt, and get cash back into your Ibotta account that you can redeem for cash back or gift cards. You can get a $10 sign up bonus by using my link here.  To get the bonus, you need to redeem one rebate. Don’t forget, you need to use the referral link to get the credit or else you start out at zero, like I did when I first downloaded Ibotta.

Well, I didn’t discover Ibotta until this summer around July. It was July 4th to be exact. I downloaded it to my phone, not really knowing what to expect. Little did I know, I would be earning over $110 in just five months using Ibotta. Here’s a screen shot of my account. Sorry it’s blurry but it was the best that I could get.



Before you go grocery shopping, you check out the rebates available on your Ibotta app and then purchase the items you want at the store. Then, you scan the items along with your receipt, and get a cash back rebate to your Ibotta account. Once you reach the super low threshold of just $20, you can transfer your money into your Paypal account or receive it as a gift card of your choice. Some of the gift cards available are Amazon, Sephora, iTunes, Olive Garden, Target, and Gap, just to name a few. There are many more too. You are sure to find a gift card that you can use. If not, think about how these are great gifts. The minimum amount you have to have in your account is $20 t0 get a gift card, but you can probably put as much as you’d like on a gift card. I can’t say, because I always cash out with that cold, hard  cash to my Paypal.

Optimizing your shopping trip with Ibotta

Here are a few tips I can give you to help you make the most cash back: take your device that has Ibotta with you and scan the items that you are going to buy in the store. Make a list of what you’d like to buy ahead of time. Sure, you can wait until after you purchase items and then just scan them when you come home, but I recommend you scan at the store because this is the best way to ensure that you get the correct product. I like to scan the items in the store to ensure that I’m purchasing the right product, because if you’re not careful you might pick up a product that is the wrong size or something.

Buying in bulk with Ibotta

Did you know that you could use Ibotta to buy in bulk? Well, you can actually use Ibotta along with another app called Boxed, and you’ll save money as well as get an awesome rebate! Have you ever shopped at Boxed.com? Boxed is like Sam’s Club except there are no membership fees and your things are shipped right to your door. No need to leave the house to shop for everyday household items! They also often offer percentage or money off coupons to their subscribers to really make the costs go down. Sign up for Boxed here, and get a $15 off coupon for your first order of $60 or more.


Okay, so now, if you’re like me and I KNOW you are, you’re wondering how you can combine the awesomeness that is Boxed with Ibotta. Good news! Boxed has a rebate on Ibotta! I got 20% back on my purchase at Boxed by shopping with Ibotta! That means that I got $13.43 on my order. So now you need to see what I orderd.

You have to complete your transaction by clicking on Ibotta and then click on the Boxed app’s rebate to unlock it. After that, shop with your Boxed app and you’ll get the rebate applied to whatever you purchase from Boxed. Their 20% discount is amazing!

Here’s what I ordered from Boxed for a total of $67.16. That’s before coupons or Ibotta. I had a -$15 coupon so my total out of pocket was $52.16 and it’s free shipping for anything over $49. 

Prince & Spring Liquid Hand Soap
Multipack 4 x 7.5 oz $4.99
Save 59%
Qty: 1$4.99
  • TideHE Liquid Detergent
    Original150 oz
    $20.19Save 6%
    Qty: 1$20.19




ScottBathroom Tissue
Septic Safe36 Count
$23.99 Save 13%
Qty: 1$23.99
Reynolds WrapStandard Aluminum Foil
2 x 250 sq ft$17.99Save 37%
Qty: 1$17.99
Mrs. Meyer’sLiquid Hand Soap
Qty: 1FREE
Prince & SpringUltra Paper Towel
  • Flexible Sheet SizesSAMPLE
    Qty: 1
    So my cost was $52.16 minus the money that I earned for shopping Boxed on the Ibotta app which turned out to be $13.43. My total out of pocket for the items above was just $38.73! And that is with the items shipped to my door!

I thought this was a fantastic cost for these items. I compared the items to what it would cost at WalMart.com since I would usually shop at WalMart. It would be $19.96 for the aluminum foil, $26 for the toilet paper (would get four extra rolls this way), $17.99 for the Tide and $4 for comparable hand soap for a total of $67.95 with no discount unless you were able to save a couple of dollars with coupons. I got these products for a steal at just $38.73. That’s almost half price!

Sign up to Ibotta and Boxed and let me know what awesome deals you are able to come up with!

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Welcome new readers! Allow myself to introduce…myself. My name is Nirra, and I am a mystery shopping, nail polish-loving, money-saving teacher. I am taking part in the December to Remember giveaway hop from The Hopping Bloggers, which might be the reason that you’re here. I hope that you will become a reader, because I have a lot of great giveaways coming up in the future as well as great info on ways to save and make money that I know work personally because I use them myself. I also do reviews pretty regularly. I hope you’ll stick around beyond just this event. I have a lot planned for 2017, and I’d love to see you hanging around here more often.

About the December to remember event, many bloggers have come together to give away some awesome prizes. I am giving away a $100 value pair of cubic zirconia earrings from Anjolee.

Anjolee is a company that sells jewelry online. They specialize in diamond engagement rings, but also have a wide variety of other diamond jewelry to choose from. Not only do they have diamonds, though. They also have other gemstones jewelry. Check out their site. Right now they have a promotion for 5-15% off some of their jewelry. They also have free shipping!

Anjolee has been around since the 1960s. Obviously that was before their internet site opened. Anjolee’s founder designed his own jewelry, steadily growing in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in 1977. They opened their e-commerce division in 2007 which is for the public.

I got to try a pair of their garnet and cz earrings and they are stunning. Look!20161204_164655

Okay, so this is not the best picture, but this one is a little better. And it’s what you could win.


Oh! And look at this one!


What do you have to do to get your hand on some of these? It’s simple: use the rafflecopter widget below.

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Fall Gift - New Subscribers
This is the offer you have been waiting for! If you have never used Julep before, now is the time to sign up! You will get 12 FREE full sized polishes when you sign up here! You read that right. You will get a FREE 12-piece full-size polish set when you join their beauty box subscription today.

If you usually pay someone to paint your nails for you, you can save some major money in the new year by painting your own. I don’t pay for pedicures and manicures anymore. The last time I decided to go, I ended up regretting it because I knew I could do just as good of a job on my own and actually make my own feet pretty smooth. So here’s how it usually works. You go to your salon of choice and wait 20 minutes for a chair. Then, you get in the chair and they put smoking hot water in the basin which is supposed to be relaxing. They turn on those tired massage chairs. They rush through the pedicure and don’t even do your feet the way you like (Still some rough foot skin. Who wants to pay for that???)

Back to Julep: I have done a couple of review videos about Julep nail polishes. The first time I tried them, it was because they had this awesome 12 piece polish set. If you are a nail polish girl, this is a great way to try out some polish from Julep! It is also a great way to get some gifts to share with friends (Or not. I’m not judging).

Their beauty box is $24.99 a month. You can sign up to let it automatically curate products for you, or you can choose the products that you want monthly. There is not just nail polish, but all types of beauty products. Check out my review video here, where I show all the polishes that I got when I first signed up.

You can try it for a month and then skip as many months as you want AND you can cancel at any time. If you usually get a pedicure and manicure at a salon, you are looking at at least $50 if you go once a month and that’s on the cheap end.

It’s really a great deal to get this set from Julep right now while it lasts. Don’t wait, because the last time they offered these 12 full size polishes it was back in June! Get yours here. Let me know what you think!

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Do you have a little girl age five or older? She might like this cute little offer called Lil’ Lockitz. Lil’ Lockitz lets her express her creative side and make something nice for herself or her bestie. She can wear them as a necklace, bracelet or use the keychain clasps to make clip-ons!

They are cute, wearable collages. They tells a story, with gems, backgrounds and charms of all of your little girl’s favorite things and the kit can make 10 reusable Lockitz.

What all comes with it? The kit includes the Design Studio with locket tops and backs, storage compartments, display stand, lights and music, necklaces, bracelets, keychain clasps, custom charms, backgrounds, tweezers, Photo Stencil and all the instructions that your little girl will need to make something fantastic. It also needs 3 AA batteries, but you’ll have to get those yourself as they are not included.

Where can you get one of these super cute design studios? You can get them on their site.

Has your little girl tried these? What does she think of them? Leave me a comment!

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