I made $1000 with Ibotta (with no referrals)

I didn’t earn it over night, or even in a year, but I did hit the $1000 milestone this week and wanted to share with you how I use it!

Ibotta is a really intuitive, user friendly, simple app that pays you cash back (think rebates), when you redeem offers (think coupons). The offers are available at a wide variety of stores, and range from grocery staples to cocktails, to clothing, to travel, and more.

If you are ready to sign up (it’s FREE), here is my link to get yourself started (with an added bonus)!

It’s very simple to use it, I promise! To cut straight to the chase, here’s how it works for in store retail shopping (I’ll get into the details below):

  1. Log in to the app and select the offers you want
  2. Go shopping
  3. Redeem the offers by snapping a pic of your receipt (and some stores can link your loyalty card)
  4. Get paid

Online shopping is a bit different, but super simple. You basically just launch your shopping trip from the Ibotta app or website, and you will automatically receive your rebate.

There are a few ways to give your earnings a huge boost as well. This is where the cash really starts to pile up.

  1. Complete bonus offers
  2. Use Ibotta Pay
  3. Refer Friends

Here are the details:

When you log in to the app, you will have the option to search for offers. You can search by retailer, or specific product, or you can just browse away. I usually start by selecting the store I’m going to – So when I’m planning a grocery trip, I’ll start by looking at Publix / Walmart offers.

Usually I just scroll through, and when I find an offer that I like (something I definitely buy, or would consider buying) I just click the “+” symbol. That’s literally all there is to it.

There are always “any brand” offers too – so these are a nice way to bump up your savings very easily. Plus, these can be stacked with the branded offers. For example, you might see “any cereal” and you might see “cheerios” – you would be able to redeem both of them – yay!

This one is pretty obvious 🙂 Go to the store and shop.

Now it’s time to redeem your offers. Don’t be intimidated, it’s really no big deal, I promise.

Some stores allow you to link your loyalty card directly to Ibotta (Publix, Winn-Dixie to name a few that I use). You need to make sure it’s linked in advance (which you can do right in the Ibotta app), and your rebates will automatically be redeemed for you! There will be nothing you have to do!

If you haven’t yet linked your card, or are shopping where this is not an option (or maybe you prefer to redeem manually), this is how you do it.

  • Go into your Ibotta app
  • Click on “Redeem Offers”
  • Select which store you shopped at
  • Upload your receipt (at Walmart all you have to do is use your camera to scan the code on your receipt; at other stores you take a picture of your receipt and “upload” the photo).

Depending on which retailer you used, you will likely get paid within a few hours of redemption. With Walmart, I almost always get paid in minutes (and sometimes instantly). It takes a bit longer if you are using a linked loyalty card. Once you have accumulated $20 (I usually hit this in a week or two) you can cash out to Paypal, or select a gift card.

If you really want to give your earnings a quick boost, you really should pay attention to the bonus offers. This is how I accumulate savings so quickly. These bonuses are a huge help!

Pay special attention around holidays or big events, because Ibotta will often give you extra opportunities to make money!

For example, the week leading up to the Super Bowl Ibotta had a “Go Whomever!” bonus. It was an extra $10 (yes – ten dollars) when you redeemed a certain number of offers. Then last week there was a surprise “Mid week money maker” for $3.00 when you redeemed a certain number of offers (and these tend to pop up a lot). So in addition to the rebate offers you are getting, you also get the bonus. I think I made like $30 in just that one week.

In addition to Ibotta bonus offers, some brands will offer bonuses too. For example, a common one I see is for an extra $1 if you redeem a certain offer on two different shopping trips (many of the offers re-appear shortly after you redeem them, then you can use them again).

This one is pretty new to me, but I’ve used it a few times this month and I actually like it. The gist is, you pay in store via the Ibotta app, and for doing so you earn a percentage of your total purchase PLUS it counts as a redemption (which is great if you need a certain number to earn a bonus).

In full disclosure, I was nervous about trying this the first time. I told the cashier in advance what I was doing so they wouldn’t think I was just standing there fumbling with my phone.

Ibotta explains it much more concisely than I can, so I’ll quote them: “To get started, connect a credit or debit card in the Ibotta app and head to a participating retailer. When you use Pay with Ibotta at checkout, you’ll earn instant cash back on your entire purchase. Plus, upload a receipt from your trip to earn even more cash back on individual offers and watch your earnings stack up.”

In simplified terms, at the register, you type in the amount of the transaction, and it’s just like you are buying a gift card for that store. It’s all seamless and instant. Don’t be scared to try it!

Yet another way to get a quick boost is to refer your friends. You will have your very own referral link, and when your Mom, cousin, co-worker, whoever signs up with your link you can earn a bonus too!

I hope this was a helpful overview! As you can probably tell, I’m a huge fan of Ibotta and I use it almost every time I shop. I have reached the $1000 milestone by taking advantage of bonus offers.

If you are ready to sign up (it’s FREE), here is my link to get yourself started (with an added bonus)!

Big Impact Retailers

I love learning about companies that are working hard to care for our precious Earth. It’s really inspiring to know there is good in the world, don’t you think?

You probably know by now how much I love Rothys. They are more than great shoes. I love what they stand for and their mission to help the earth from suffocating in plastic.

#savethefishies Fact No. 101:

Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.

Another great company I recently found has a similar vision. They are passionate about marine conservation, rescue, and preserving our oceans.

This company is Sand Cloud.

Sand Cloud is a super cool, beachy, fun apparel company that creates beautiful (and affordable) products. Their tees are made from recycled plastic water bottles!! How cool is that? And, 10% of their profits are toward marine conservation ❤

As an added bonus – here is a 25% off coupon just for you!

Sharks are Awesome Eco Tee
Blue Steel Leggings

They also make reef safe sunscreen made in the USA!

Organic Reef Safe Sunscreen

They have hats, towels, recycled sunglasses, wineglasses, and more!

Whale Shark Towel

If you want to check them out – here is a 25% off coupon you can use!

Gorgeous and affordable sunglasses

I just recently discovered these smokin HOT (and polarized!!) shades. Living in Florida makes me very conscious of the dangers of sun exposure, as much as I adore the glorious sunshine almost every day. While we do a great job of slathering on SPF all over our skin, we don’t always care for our eyes as we should. I have a hard time finding sunglasses of decent quality, that look and feel great as well, so I used to default to my kohl’s or TJ Maxx cheapies (that provided zero protection).

Until now!

Recently I discovered Blenders eye-wear. They have so many great styles at a wallet-friendly price. I can’t even express how excited I was to discover quality (with UV protection), great looking sunglasses at this price – OMG! I am officially ob-sessed y’all!

My absolute favorite pair when I’m out on the boat or running errands is the blue angel polarized (aviator style). These functional and super stylish sunnies are under $50!!

Tip: You can get $20 off your first pair of Blenders with my link here.


If you have Rakuten (formerly ebates), you can also get 3% cash back and they regularly have exclusive deals (currently it’s a 20% off coupon code!). And, if you are new to Rakuten, you can get a $10 sign up bonus with my link here.

Sunglasses - BLUE ANGEL

My go-to for beach fun or pool time are the Pacific Grace (also Polarized, and under $40!):

Pacific Grace
Use my discount link to get these for under $20!

My husband LOVES this style (Black Tundra), which are very similar to his pricey Ray Bans:

Sunglasses - BLACK TUNDRA

They are having great deals now on their sale page as they get ready for new seasonal styles, so with the $20 discount you could actually get then for next to nothing!


The best swimsuits for every body!

Hello lovelies!

It’s February 7th – do you know what that means? Winter is half-way over! I don’t know about you, but I’m already dreaming of hot days on the lake (or pool, or beach!).

I’m definitely in need of a swimwear refresh for this summer, so I’ve been hunting down some of the best rated, affordably priced, and versatile suits out there. Here are my favorites that I think you will love too!

This post contains affiliate links – view full disclaimer here. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases, at no additional cost to you.

Keep in mind while you are shopping that most of these sites pay cash back through Rakuten! If you are new to Rakuten, you can score a $10 bonus when you sign up (for free) through my link. To learn even more, check out my post here.

Kona Sol

This brand is owned by Target, so it’s found exclusively in their stores or online at target.com. They pride themselves as size inclusive, and proudly feature models of all shapes, sizes, and colors (un-retouched or photoshopped!) in their ads. Well done, Target! Their swimwear is gorgeous, and of course affordable.



If affordability is important to you – then head over to cupshe.com. I don’t know where you could find a better selection at killer prices. Seriously, you can get a great looking suit for under $20 (some sale items are in the $15 range).

This one is on sale for $17.99!

They also have a wide range of sizes, with stunning options up to 4X.



We all know Amazon is a great place to find just about anything you could possibly want or need. Here are some beauties you should definitely consider!

Wavely Women Plus Size Swimwear One Piece Ruffled Pink
BeachQueen Women Plus Size One Sexy Piece Swimsuit Ruched Swimwear White Leaf, Large (US 12-14)

Swimsuits for All

The holy grail of fun-in-the-sun style and comfort. These suits are made for real people – all ages and sizes – and are so pretty! Plus they have some fantastic clearance sales. Check them out…

Meet Me in Mexico - Rio Plunge One Piece Swimsuit
alt view - Playa Classic Tankini Top - Detail
alt view - Technicolor Lightweight Blouson Tankini Top

Real Good.

1.2 million recycled plastic bottles never looked so good. 30+ new swimsuits made with REPREVE® recycled fibers from plastic bottles. These were made for real women, with real bodies. All tops and bottoms are currently $20, which is so great! You can shop Real Good swimwear at American Eagle here. I’m seriously crushing on these eco-friendly, Earth loving beauties!

real good swim

Aerie High Cut Cheeky Bikini Bottom
Aerie Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit
Aerie High Cut Cheeky Bikini Bottom

Happy swimsuit shopping! It doesn’t have to be painful and depressing with these versatile styles and sizes, and you won’t break the bank either! Enjoy!