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How I Earned Over $40 by Shopping at Joann Fabrics

In the last 6 weeks I’ve earned two $20 Joann gift cards and I earned them simply by shopping. Yeah, I’m getting paid to shop at Joann Fabrics, and you can, too!

It’s Surprising What WE Can Learn from YOU!

One of the reasons we always ask you what you’re working on is because we want to help you find the best and easiest way to achieve your project goals. But sometimes you surprise us and YOU teach US a thing or two.

One day shortly after I started working at Joann a customer came through my line and wanted to use a $20 gift card. It was printed out on computer paper, like those printable coupons, and I didn’t know what it was.

“It’s from Ibotta,” he explained, “and I earned it by shopping here. Every time you shop at Joann Fabrics you can get cash back with this app.”

Still not sure, I entered the gift card number into the register and lo and behold, it worked. The guy got $20 off his total!

A Little App Called Ibotta

The Ibotta app is a simple app you add to your mobile phone or tablet, just like the Joann app. I’d used this app years ago when it first came out but I never really got into it because, at the time, it was too confusing. Probably because it was still so new.

The Ibotta app is a shopping app. It differs from the Joann app in that you don’t get coupons to use on your shopping trip – you get cash back after you shop.

Here’s How It Works

After you set up an account at Ibotta you have hundreds of shopping locations you can browse. For now, let’s just concentrate on Joann Fabrics. Click the “Find Offers” icon at the bottom of the screen and either browse or search for Joann.

When you arrive at the Joann offers you’ll find there’s always a list of specific items that, when purchased, will earn cash back. For example, right now when you purchase one of any variety, any size Big Twist Sincerely Yarn, you’ll earn $1.

Get 5% Cash Back Just For Shopping!

Most of the time, though – not always, but almost all the time – Joann also has a big offer right at the top: Earn 5% cash back on ALL in-store purchases. Sometimes this offer goes as high as 20%.

All you have to do to claim that 5% cash back offer is scan the barcode at the bottom of your receipt into the Ibotta app. Don’t worry – the app provides the little scanning window. You don’t need to know how to operate any fancy photo apps.

Sometimes it can take a few hours for your credit to show up but most of the time it’s just a couple of minutes and voila! You get an email from Ibotta telling you how much you just earned!

Once you’ve earned a minimum of $20 you can tell Ibotta you want to withdraw your cash. You have a choice of having the money sent to your Paypal account, your Venmo account, or you can get it on a gift card to any of the stores on their very extensive list. (Naturally, I always choose a Joann gift card!)

Yes, it really is that simple! It’s free money that you can claim every time you shop at Joann. I’d love to explain more but I have an email from Ibotta waiting for me. Time to go shopping!

Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson 'works' at Joann Fabrics at 4600 W. Broad St. in Columbus, OH. Just look for the crazy old lady behind the cutting counter. As a kid, she ran with scissors and ate paste. She's since found safer, more creative ways to use her Fiskars and Mod Podge. Next time you're at the store, stop by the cutting counter and have a chat! (Just please don't ask me about lightbulbs!)

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