Food tastes better when it’s free. Perhaps knowing this, Walmart has teamed up with Ibotta and other companies to add some free key items to your Thanksgiving dinner. While many of the differences for the holiday in 2020 may require some resilience, a free turkey certainly helps. If you’re suspicious whenever you see the word “free”, you’re not alone. Let’s dive into the finer details of the offer so you know exactly what you’re getting and how to get it.
Walmart is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner with Ibotta, a cash-back company. You’ll need to know two important things off the bat. One is that the offer is only good “while supplies last.” As the pandemic picks up again, those words carry more weight than usual. Store shelves are emptying out of many items similar to when the pandemic started, so this is something to keep an eye on. The second thing to know is that you must purchase the exact items in order to take advantage of the cash-back offer.
There are nine Thanksgiving meal items included in the offer. The cost totals $20.27. They include a Butterball Turkey Breast Roast, McCormick Turkey Gravy, 0.87 oz Pouch, Great Value Stuffing Mix, 6 oz,
Idahoan Mashed Potatoes, 8 oz Pouch, Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, 10.5 oz Can, Great Value Cranberry Sauce, 14 oz, Great Value Green Beans, 12 oz, French’s Crispy Fried Onions, 2.8 oz, and a Coca-Cola, 2 Liter Bottle.
The holiday traditions this year require some switching up. The Macy’s Day Parade is still happening, but with many changes. Americans are having smaller gatherings, and so they’re buying smaller turkeys. While everyone’s Thanksgiving must-have items are different, this list covers a lot of the traditional essentials for many families.
As mentioned above, you’ll need to purchase the exact items to take advantage of the cash-back offer. You can buy them in person at the store or order your Thanksgiving groceries through Walmart.com. Once you’ve made your purchase, you’ll need to either download the Ibotta app or use their Chrome browser extension. There, you can either link your Walmart Grocery account to your Ibotta account or you can scan your receipt. You’ll then get your cashback.
Are you someone who likes to get the best deal, always? You’re not alone. This year more than most, Thanksgiving meal shopping is being done on a budget. People want to know which grocery chain offers the lowest prices for holiday necessities. And in 2020, they also want to know the cheapest grocery chain to order online groceries from. If you’re a deal shopper, you know there are always more terms and conditions to know.
While the main points above are the real keys to taking advantage of the cash-back offer, you should also be aware of the Ibotta terms and conditions. Your account at Ibotta has a “maintenance fee”. You can sign up for the account free. Ibotta makes their money from the companies you are redeeming offers from. However, if you do not redeem any offers during a 180 day period, your account will be charged. Their terms and conditions state, “Under no circumstances will you ever pay an Account Maintenance Fee with anything other than amounts in your Ibotta account – we will never ask you to make a payment for Account Maintenance Fees with credit or debit cards, checks or cash.”
So to be clear, you can take advantage of the Thanksgiving offer free and clear. If you don’t use your account again within six months, there is a maintenance fee. They will never charge your bank account or credit card. They will remove money from your Ibotta account itself as part of an account maintenance fee if your account goes unused for more than six months.
The solution to this is either to use your Ibotta account occasionally and continue taking advantage of cash-back offers or delete your account after you take advantage of the free Thanksgiving meal. Either way, you are clear to go get yourself some free items for your holiday table this year.