Happy Wednesday, Friends! I think we're all interested in saving money, especially when there is a convenient solution. Since I'm such a bargain hunter when it comes to thrifting, you might be surprised to know that I usually dread going to the grocery store. Today I'm sharing my recent change of heart...oh, and there's pasta, too!
I'm not sure when I started equating grocery shopping as a chore that was comparable to cleaning the potty. Both are necessary, but not enjoyable and let's face it--cleaning the potty can be accomplished much quicker! There are only so many coupons for the usual items on my list and it's a pretty mundane task. Unlike thrifting, the thrill of the hunt was missing, that is, until I discovered a new-to-me app, ibotta. Have you heard of it? I'll admit, I was skeptical at first because I've tried a few other apps in the past promising big savings that just didn't deliver. Well after earning $74 back from my regular grocery shopping in the first month, I'm a believer! There are no coupons
to forget in the car redeem at the store. Plus, ibotta will give you a $10 welcome bonus just for trying the app! Download the app here.
The savings I mentioned have been at grocery stores alone, but there are also rebates at restaurants, and a variety of specialty stores. Living in a small town, my options are often limited, but both of my local grocery stores and pharmacies are included and just in the short time since I've joined, Dollar Tree and Dollar General have also been added. So now I'm getting that thrill of the hunt rush without going to the thrift stores ;) Below you can see some of the stores that offer rebates plus the prompt you'll receive to scan the product's barcode and receipt. These are several screenshots from my phone's app because I wanted to share how easy it actually is. When you push that pink button, it takes a photo of the product barcode and then asks for a photo of the receipt on step 2.
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Also, if you prefer not to mess with it while you're at the store, you can just snap the codes and receipt once you get home as you put your groceries away. I started out doing it that way, but after a few trips realized it was just as easy to scan the codes as I put items in my cart. Then as soon as I have the receipt in my hand at the store, I take the photo and I'm done. Usually by the time I am home from the store, the money has been credited. When I'm ready to withdraw, it is deposited into my Paypal account. Simple and user-friendly--my kind of app. Okay, now who wants pasta?
Basil is the one herb I enjoy cooking with, that I don't have in the garden year round, so I was happy to see the Pop & Cook cubes as one of the ibotta rebates. There are several varieties including both garlic and basil--perfect for pesto. This quickie version couldn't be easier and the basil and garlic taste so fresh and flavorful, I didn't miss the pine nuts usually included. Just place 5 basil cubes and 1 garlic in a container that's deep enough to hold the oil that will be added and let them thaw. Once the cubes are thawed, mash them with a fork. Before adding olive oil, drain the small amount of excess liquid. I added it to the water for cooking the pasta.
Next add about a half a cup of olive oil and stir it gently. A little goes a long way, so for each serving of pasta, I stirred in about a tablespoon of pesto. This recipe will coat several servings of pasta and I had some leftover for a gourmet grilled cheese which was scrumptious! I also made it for the sauce for Carly's pizza and doubled the recipe.
One last tip, the $10 welcome bonus is awarded after your first rebate. At that time, you'll also receive a referral link, so you can receive $5 for each friend who joins!