Ibotta: New App to Earn Money While You Shop (Select Retailers)

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy for details.

I’ve had a few emails asking about this app and if is legit or not.  Thought I’d just post this again to explain what it is and how it works!  

Have you heard of Ibotta yet?  This is a new FREE app which will reward you for doing what you already do — shop!  This application can be downloaded both from iTunes or Google Play.    Let me explain how this app works.

1.  Before you head out to shop, select the offers you want to get.  The more offers you select the more cash you can earn.
2.  When you get to the store, purchase the items your selected products at stores such as Target, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart.
3.  When you are done shopping, take a photo of your receipt and upload it (make sure your image includes the entire receipt in the window).
4.  They send you cash right away via Paypal.
5.  Once you redeem an offer, Ibotta starts to learn which offers work for you and begins to personalize them.

Let me go through a quick practical way to use this:

1.  Create your account with Ibotta.

2. Before you head out to shop, review the offers for the products you wish to purchase.  If you find one you like, click on it.  You will then be able to tap tokens so you can start earning.  Your tokens include Learn a Fact, Take a Poll and Watch a Video.

3.  You then do whatever the token says to do.   You can select just one token or up to all 3 of them (which is how you will earn the most money).  Once you complete the token, it will say “Pending: $x.xx”.

4.  To redeem the offer, you click the Redeem button.  You will see a list of stores come up for you.  Select the store where you will redeem this offer.

5.  Go to the store and purchase the product listed (make sure you purchase the correct product size).

6.  When you are finished shopping, click on UPLOAD RECEIPT.  You will need to take a snapshot of your receipt (the entire thing so that all products and total purchase is listed).  This will be uploaded.

7.  You earn the amount of the reward you claimed.

It’s that simple!  I am having fun with Ibotta myself!!  Head over to Ibotta and get signed up and start earning money!!!



    • Tracie says

      I think it is really interesting. I am anxious to try it out and see if it really works or if it is too much effort to use. I just have not had a true shopping trip planned since I learned about it.

      I do know several friends who use it and love it, so it definitely works for them and is a legit site.

  1. Lauren Johnson says

    I am wondering if there might be a few scenarios where you could use Ibotta in conjunction with ebates. Like maybe an online purchase of site to store or store pick up through walmart then taking a picture of the receipt for Ibotta?

    • Tracie says

      I don’t know if I would even try that to be honest. You get only 1% back at Walmart and if you bought $10 worth of groceries that is $0.10 – for the hassle of it all.

      I guess it might work, but IMHO, it is not worth it for such a tiny payout. Not to mention that most items that you will find on Ibotta are not sold online for instore pick up anyhow.