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Saving money during quarantine has been a little difficult. With stores having some shelves bare, it can be frustrating to shop. Online shopping with pick up and delivery services has become my regular method since we’ve been staying home. Even though our regular way of saving money may be gone, there are still ways to save money.

If you can use digital coupons and cash back with purchases, you may be able to save as much as you normally would. Flexibility is important when your life has changed. To save money, you may have to try new things. I’m on the look-out for ways to shop that I may have not tried until now.

Rakuten has been a favorite of mine for years. I am especially fond of it during the holidays, because I get a Big Fat check for cash back on all of my Christmas shopping. But, there are still ways to get cash back during the quarantine, too.

If you have meals delivered, check out the Grub Hub link on Rakuten. There are great deals for free delivery, discounted delivery, and cash off purchases. On top of that, Rakuten will also give cash back! Save, save, and save!

Ibotta has a wonderful app that helps you save on food, too. If you order meals to be delivered, the app allows you to shop through:

  • Grubhub – get 2% back
  • Groupon – get up to 6% back
  • UberEats – get 2% back
  • Seamless – get 2% back

If you shop in-store, there are tons of stores linked with Ibotta. You can upload your receipt in order to get cash back. The app covers a great selection of name-brand items that you’ll shop for.

TopCashBack offers cash back on hundreds of food stores. Instacart, GrubHub, Costco, and many more are available through this site. You can shop for almost anything that you’ll ever need at TopCashBack.

Amazon/Whole Foods offers free delivery from Whole Foods for Prime members. You’ll need to live in an area that has a Whole Foods store, but this would be great if you did. Amazon Prime Pantry is also available for delivery and is great for those hard-to-find items that you want to purchase.

Thrive Market is a membership service. You can save money on specialty foods, such as Organic, Vegan, GF, and more. There is a 30-day trial period. You have to sign up with a credit card, and if you want to cancel, must do it within the 30 days. If you sign up, you can get up to $10 in shopping credit with a $49. order. Shipping is free for orders over $25. Sign up through my link, and get a 25% discount on your first order. If you purchase a lot of specialty grocery items, this is a membership to consider.

Many local grocery stores are now offering online shopping with delivery services. Make sure to add all the loyalty features available to you. You can add digital coupons and even gas point bonuses at many stores. Shop around your area to find the best deals that you can. And stay safe!

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Categories: Frugal

Lisa Ehrman

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Sara Tarver · April 29, 2020 at 8:54 pm

Great article!

beth shepherd · April 30, 2020 at 11:15 am

Great information!

    Lisa Ehrman · April 30, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    I’m so glad that you found it helpful 🙂

KariLorr · May 1, 2020 at 11:12 am

I’ve been using Ibotta for groceries, but didn’t realize I could use it for delivery. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah L · May 2, 2020 at 12:01 am

Since I haven’t left home in 7 weeks, I’ve been having my groceries delivered from King Soopers. I am getting points for getting gas when ever I might be driving around again and using their digital coupons.

Jodi Hunter · May 3, 2020 at 11:42 am

Thanks so much for this post.

L. Emmaline · July 1, 2020 at 10:10 am

This is pretty cool. I wish there were more services like this for Canadians. D:

    Lisa Ehrman · July 1, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    I wish you had those, too. They can surely help.

Carolyn Daley · July 14, 2020 at 12:14 pm

Things are not as scarce this month, but the prices have sure gone up and stores like Publix have cut their weekly sale ad in half. I stock up on items I need/want when I find great deals and I have made a few swaps over the past few months. I buy whatever good produce I find during my trips to Aldi’s every other week. Definitely love your tips! It’s nice earning cashback through Ibotta. I need to start looking at the app before I go to the store though because sometimes I pass up on something I want and don’t take Ibotta into consideration until I get home and look over my receipt.

    Lisa Ehrman · July 14, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    It’s a shame that they cut their sales ad in half! Hope Ibotta helps. I forget sometimes and do exactly what you’ve done. It’s hard to remember everything, especially during this pandemic. I don’t think my brain is working as well as it used to. Lol 🙂

Tami Vollenweider · July 14, 2020 at 6:43 pm

You are right,at the beginning of the quarantine I seemed to spend more money than normal on groceries! I am all in for saving money! I am going to have to check out Ibotta,seems like something would be worth trying!

    Lisa Ehrman · July 15, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Ibotta is great to use for name brand foods.

gloria patterson · July 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Lot of good ideals and suggestions that I need to look into

TINA ALEXANDER · August 29, 2020 at 9:43 pm

I have become a lot more aware of prices and bargains since quarantining with my two younger kids and my twin two year old grandsons occasionally. I find everyone is snacking more than usual.While I’m limiting my visits to the grocery stores I am ordering Amazon Pantry several times a month.I utilize their coupons to save money.I also load Food Lion coupons to my MVP card.I plan to start printing coupons also. I do use cashback sites when I shop online. I love finding clearance online at Walmart etc.

    Lisa Ehrman · August 29, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Sounds like you’ve got your hands full, but you’re finding some great ways to save!

monique s · August 31, 2020 at 4:40 am

Thanks for the discount heads up. I have been buying in bulk to save and to keep safer

    Lisa Ehrman · August 31, 2020 at 10:31 am

    That sure saves you many trips to the store 🙂

Michael Coovert · October 23, 2020 at 3:42 pm

I think we all need help in this area these days. My biggest lesson has been to steer away from buying perishable items. Too many times, things are going unused and then they go bad and have to be thrown away. So if at all possible, I buy only things I absolutely know we are going to use immediately.

Megan Allen · January 15, 2021 at 1:01 pm

You are so smart! Thank you for your advice and tips!

Sarah L · March 2, 2021 at 12:44 am

Almost a year…. I have graduated to doing pick up rather than delivery. Since I just got my 2nd vaccine, I may get bolder and go INTO the store.

gloria patterson · July 4, 2021 at 5:24 pm

I never order grocerys on line but my sister in law does and she uses a couple of these and says it saves her a lot of money

Piroska · January 13, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for these tips. Almost 2 years later, and it still feels the same. I am going to make these
tips on saving a new life style.

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