What is Ibotta

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 (as well as many other deals using grocery rebates) 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 . Not all offers are available at all stores. Be sure to review the offers for the store you are shopping in. We do post quite a few deals using ibotta rebates.

How do I use Ibotta?

Ibotta is a very easy to use grocery rebate app.  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.

What is Ibotta

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.

What is IbottaOnce you’ve verified the items for the offers you are redeeming, take a picture of your receipt and submit. Within 24 hours you should be notified of the CASH added to your account balance.


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 .

Have you tried our BRAND NEW MOBILE FRIENDLY Coupon Database! With well over 5,500 coupons that are constantly updated you should be able to find any coupon you need (if there is one available)! If you are looking for Coupons or Deals for a specific Brand then make sure and give our NEW Brand Name Coupons page a try! It list’s all the coupons and cash back rebates available for a ton of Brand Name products and has all of the current deals for those brands listed! If you want to browse all of the available printable coupons then visit our Printable Coupons page where you will find links to Print from all of the Major Coupon sites!

  • Tina Louise

    I am new to ibotta. Thanks for the explanation. some of it was confusing me.

  • Do you have a referral code for this?

    • That’s our link in the post Stephanie.

  • patrickhenry

    Sure wish ibotta was available to desk top users. This economy doesn’t permit a move to a smart phone just yet.

    • Me too! I wish it had the desktop option like Checkout 51

  • jo9876

    how do u take a picture of the receipt it doesnt give you the option

    • If you are in the offers of a particular store, there is a green button at the bottom that says redeem. That takes you to step 1 (scan barcodes to verify) and step 2 (capture receipt). You can also get to redeem from the main menu (click on the 3 lines at the top of the app), click redeem and pick the store. As long as you have offers that you have unlocked you will get to that same screen for step one and two.Note that the capture receipt is greyed out until you verify your products

  • Stephanie Dunbar

    which barcode do you use for the dollar store for ibotta? It keeps telling does not match and even the same thing happens when I manually type it in. I don’t know what barcode they are asking for.