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Rebate Apps: SavingStar Edition

When I tell a group of ladies (and sometimes the random gentleman) that I made money on a product during a couponing class, I usually get this sideways looks of “are you serious?”  The biggest disconnect is thinking couponing is only cutting out a coupon from the newspaper.  The truth is there are layers to purchasing a product.  This includes the use of rebate apps.

All rebate apps are slightly different, but the idea is you will purchase an item from the list given, usually use your phone to scan the barcode of that item, and then submit a picture of that receipt.  Then usually within 24 hours you will get that money back.  Once you build up a certain amount of money then you can get paid through gift cards or paypal.

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SavingStar is a rebate app that I have recently come to LOVE!  When I first started using rebate apps my old phone would not scan the products, so I had to enter the bar codes in manually.  Since SavingStar didn’t offer that option I didn’t get much use.  With my new phone, I’m enjoying the savings I’m earning now.




First, be sure you select the store you shop at.  Kroger, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and even dollar stores like Dollar General and Family Dollar are options!  Even better, some stores like CVS or Rite Aid will allow you to connect your store rewards card meaning you don’t even have to submit a receipt and your purchase will automatically add the money when you meet the product qualifications!

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Next, you will need to select offers.  Simply click on the orange circle with the plus sign to add.   The biggest mistake I’ve made is not selecting the offers before I purchase the product and then being denied the rebate.  Whenever I get a notification that new offers are available I jump on my app and add all available offers.  There is no limit on how many you can activate but if you wait too long, some offers reach their maximum activations and you will miss out.

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Once the items are on your “List” you can purchase the items as indicated and start collecting the savings!




SS7Besides getting a specified amount of money back on a product, SavingStar regularly has a “Healthy Offer” for a % back on a produce item, like the Tomatoes seen in the picture to the right.

There will also be opportunities for a freebie offer!  Just purchase the item offered, submit your receipt and get your money back in full!

You can also earn a larger amount of money back on a product that you purchase regularly.  For example the Ore-Ida Frozen Potato products seen below: You do not have to spend the full $25 in one transaction to get the $5 back.  You can submit receipts over a period of time and work up to the $25.

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Click on the items you wish to purchase and read the offer details.  Be sure you purchase the required product in correct size and quantity.

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To Submit:

  1. Click on the receipt sign on the right hand side of the upper blue strip.  SS8
  2. Select the store in which you purchased the product.
  3. Scan the bar codes of the products and the items will automatically be marked.
    • For healthy items click “Produce without a UPC?” below the scanner.  Type in the title of the item and click “Submit”.
  4. Click “Continue” in the lower right hand corner.
  5. Double check all of the  items you are claiming appear on the summary and when complete click “Take a Photo” on the bottom of the screen.
  6. Line up your receipt and take a picture of the receipt.   Be sure you capture the entire receipt including the name of the store and the date the products are purchased.
    • If the picture is clear click “Looks Good”.  If you can’t read the receipt click “Re-Take” and try again.
  7. Continue to take pictures of the receipt until the entire receipt is captured.  Once you have it all, click “Done”.
  8. Finally a message will appear- “Did you capture the entire receipt?”  Click “Yes, submit” and your request for a rebate will upload.

Most savings will take several days (up to 22 days) before they post into your account.  Check your email for notification that it has been processed.




To Cash Out:

You must have a minimum of $5.00 in your account before you can request payment.

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  1. Click “ACCOUNT” on the upper right hand side of your app and something similar to the picture above will appear.
  2. Click “Cash Out”
  3. Then select how you would like to receive the money- ex: Bank Account deposit, PayPal, or a number of different gift card options.
  4. Complete the directions for whichever choice your picked and click “Continue.”

For information on other rebate apps: “Rebate Apps: The Ibotta Edition” & “Rebate Apps: Checkout 51 Edition

Rebate Apps- Checkout 51 Edition

Couponing is not just cutting coupons to save money.  There is a ton to be earned back through rebate apps downloaded to your smart phone.

All rebate apps are slightly different, but the idea is you will purchase an item from the list given, usually use your phone to scan the barcode of that item, and then submit a picture of that receipt.  Then usually within 24 hours you will get that money back.  Once you build up a certain amount of money then you can cash out.

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I always say to start with Ibotta first but as you get comfortable, start earning even more back with other rebate apps like Checkout 51.

For more info on other rebate apps: “Rebate Apps: The Ibotta Edition” & “Rebate Apps: SavingStar Edition




Checkout 51 does not have the teamwork aspect like Ibotta or the ability to earn extra money by hitting bonuses, but it does have some awesome features!

  • The store from where you purchased the product doesn’t matter.  So as long as the product matches the rebates offered, you are good to go!
  • You can submit for more than one item on most products.  If you purchase 2 boxes of cereal then you can get money back for both!  Note: Check the fine print, there will be a limit per product.

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  • You usually don’t have to scan the barcode of the items.  Just submitting a picture of the receipt is enough.  Note: Some items do require barcode verification.
  • Pick Your Own Offer- every week you will get to pick a healthy item to redeem money back.  This is a great way to save money on produce.

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  • Enter to win a $500 grocery shopping trip with a receipt showing you’ve spent $60 or more.  The best part is, you can submit a receipt to enter even if you don’t have any rebate offers to claim.

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To submit:

  • Click the “Upload Receipt” Button at the bottom of the app.
  • Take a picture of the receipt, be sure to get the name of the store on top and line up the edges of your receipt.  Must be able to clearly read the products.  If the receipt is long, just click “Add Section” and take several pictures until the whole receipt is pictured.  Then click “Finish” when done.
  • Next, go through the list and click on each item you have purchased.  If you have multiple items it will prompt you to add the number with the + sign.  If the item requires barcode verification then a scanner will appear to scan the barcode.

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  • Finally click “Claim It” to submit.

Its as easy as that!  It may take a few hours to see the money added to your account.  Once you’ve reached $20 or more you can cash out.

Rebate Apps- The Ibotta Edition

One of my favorite things about couponing is using the rebate apps. Rebate apps are  easy ways to get money back for items you are purchasing already.

All rebate apps are slightly different, but the idea is you will purchase an item from the list given, usually use your phone to scan the barcode of that item, and then submit a picture of that receipt.  Then usually within 24 hours you will get that money back.  Once you build up a certain amount of money then you can get paid through gift cards or paypal.

If you are thinking this might be too difficult, I recommend you try out Ibotta which is my favorite rebate app!

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Why is Ibotta my favorite?




Now Ibotta is my favorite for many reasons, but the main reason is you work as a team with your Facebook friends who also have Ibotta to earn MORE money.  This is the only rebate app that I use that gives rewards for getting to a certain level of earnings.  So, you might need to earn $10 while your team needs to earn $15 and you will get an extra $1 added to your account.  The more friends you have, the easier it is to hit those goals.

Ibotta also has items called “Any Brands” that you can get money back for.  So if you are getting milk at the store anyway, then just submit for $.20 back.  Its awesome!

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To get started, please click my Ibotta link.  By using my link we will be on a team together, then sign-up by using your email account and my referral code (which will appear for you).  Once you are signed-up, then you can sign-in with your Facebook page and all of your Facebook friends that use Ibotta will be on your team as well.




For more info- please watch my video on how to use Ibotta. 

For more information on other rebate apps: “Rebate Apps: Checkout 51 Edition” & “Rebate Apps: SavingStar Edition