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Cashback app Ibotta giving away free school supplies for back to school at Walmart, Target and more
CDC gives updated school guidance for fallU.S. health officials say that when schools begin, vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new guidelines Friday. (July 9)APTarget, Walmart, H-E-B, Instacart, Shipt are participating in Ibotta’s Back to School Free for All.Get a free Five Star notebook, Ticonderoga pencils and other free school supplies with Ibotta.The free school supplies in Ibotta’s promotion are freebies after 100% rebates.A popular cashback app and rewards platform is offering free school supplies for millions of students.Ibotta announced Wednesday that it is partnering with brands including Five Star, Kleenex, Skippy and Nature’s Own to “give students a free bundle of backpack and lunchbox staples to help ease the financial burden for families heading into the 2021-2022 school year.”Like other Ibotta offers, the items in the “Back to School Free for All” program are free after rebates, while supplies last. They include a three-subject notebook, 12-pack of Ticonderoga pencils, box of tissues along with the ingredients for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.► Kohl’s teacher discount: Kohl’s to give teachers a 20% discount for three days. Here’s how educators and school staff can save.► Save better, spend better: Money tips and advice delivered right to your inbox. Sign up hereThe rebate items, which combined have a value of up to $20, are available to purchase in-store at Walmart and online at Target, Instacart, H-E-B or Shipt.Ibotta launched in late 2012 and has given away $1 billion in rebates and cash back to users, CEO and founder Bryan Leach said in an interview with USA TODAY. Last November, Ibotta did its biggest promotion and partnered with Walmart, Campbell’s, Butterball, Coca-Cola to give away free Thanksgiving dinners.”We fed 3.1 million Americans a free Thanksgiving, 1% of the population,” Leach said. “We were able to give away $21 of free food for nothing with 100% cash back so now we’ve decided to expand on that and we’re partnering with more brands.”Get free school supplies at Walmart, Target, Instacart, Shipt, H-E-BTo redeem the Ibotta’s free back-to-school bundle – or select items in it – shoppers need to download the free Ibotta app or browser extension and add the items to their shopping lists through either platform.Then, shop in-store at Walmart or purchase the items at participating online retailers to get 100% cash back deposited in your account.Here’s how it works:For Walmart: Add the offers to your account on the app by clicking on a plus sign and then buy the rebate items at Walmart stores. If you link your Walmart Pay account to Ibotta, you can earn the money back when you use Walmart Pay at checkout. You can also “redeem” the rebates in the app by scanning your receipt barcode. You’ll then earn cash back on qualifying purchases within 24 hours.For online orders: When shopping the promotion with grocery pickup and delivery, make sure your Ibotta account is linked with the online retailer. Then add offers to your account and checkout online. You’ll get cash back 24 hours after your order is picked up or delivered.Shopping tip: Check to confirm you are purchasing the rebate items. In the app, you can scan the barcodes of your items to check and when using the browser extension, you can check your items with the offer details. Once a user earns $20 in rebates through Ibotta they can withdraw earnings through PayPal, depositing into your bank account or selecting a digital gift card. Gift card options, most of which have a $20 minimum, include Amazon, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Starbucks, Walmart, Sephora, Panera Bread and Victoria’s Secret.School supply list of Ibotta free itemsAccording to Ibotta, the following items are free after 100% rebates, while supplies last, with a limit of one per user:Five Star three-subject notebook12-pack Ticonderoga pencils110-count box KleenexLoaf of Nature’s Own BreadJar Skippy Peanut ButterSmucker’s Fruit Spread Squeeze BottleThree-pack Paper Mate ErasersLearn more about the school supply promotion at Ibotta.com.Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko. For more shopping tips and deals, join us on our Shopping Ninjas Facebook group.