Just What Is Ibotta and How Does It Work?
The Ibotta app is one of our favorite cash back apps. It’s one that we use a great deal and we wanted to give you a little information to help you start earning too. In addition to the summary information on this page, you may want to check out info on upgrades they’ve made. There is also a page of FAQ’s and information on the Ibotta site itself.
What is ibotta?
Ibotta is a free mobile app that you can download to your smartphone or tablet. It pays you CASH for purchasing certain products at any participating stores. These offers change periodically giving you a range of different items to choose from. This is completely separate from coupons so you can still redeem the ibotta offer in additional to any other in-store discounts you received!
This is a cash back program as opposed to programs where you just earn points and/or rewards. There’s not much to it. It’s very easy to earn money on items that you purchase. The amount that you receive is completely separate from any sales, discounts, and coupons that are used in the original transaction so you can use this in addition to other savings methods or you can simply use the Ibotta app alone. We may refer to the Ibotta offers in some of our deals and matchups on our site and you’ll see us use the Ibotta offers listed in many of our shopping trips as additional savings.
Do I have to buy the items in the Ibotta offers at certain stores?
Ibotta works in most major retail chains nationwide and they’re adding new stores all the time. Currently, most major chains are supported including CVS, Target, Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and more. You can see a full list of retailers here or in the alphabetical list of nearby stores you see when you select a category in the app.
How do I use Ibotta?
Ibotta is very easy to use. Once you sign up for ibotta and download the app, you will see categories in the rebates section. Choose a category (grocery, apparel, restaurant etc) and then the store you plan to shop at. Select an offer and complete the two or three simple tasks to maximize your cash back offer amount. These are usually tasks such as sharing on Facebook, learning a fact, or taking a poll.
Then purchase the specified item(s) for the offer(s) you choose at any participating retailer and redeem!
To redeem your Ibotta offer, click the redeem option at the bottom of your app screen, verify your product(s) by selecting the verify option and the item, then scan the barcode on the item.
Once you reach $5, you can transfer the money to your existing PayPal account or you can create a new Paypal account with the app. It’s that easy!
Important Note: If you do not log into your ibotta account for 12 months, ibotta will consider you account inactive and deduct $1.99 per month from your accumulated rewards. You can get troubleshooting information on various topics at the ibotta support center .