If you are not yet using Ibotta, I have a question for you – Why Not?! This is such an easy way to save money (well, actually earn money) when you shop. Now is the perfect time to join as they are offering all new customers a FREE $10 bonus when you submit your first receipt. Yes, they are going to pay you $10 for getting paid to shop. Isn’t that insane?
If you have not yet used this app, I’m here to help walk you through it all.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
First off, you need to head to Ibotta and get signed up (which is totally free). Make sure you fill out all of the sections of your account, so it is completely current.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The way Ibotta works is very simple. You browse the offers and decide which ones you would like to redeem. Click on the one you want to redeem. Each one will have activities you need to complete in order to increase the value. The more you do, the higher the rebate.
Once you are done, visit the store to shop. Just make sure that you purchase the correct item so that the rebate will work. It is also important that you check the stores where the offer is redeemable as not all offers work in all locations.
HOW DO THEY KNOW I BOUGHT THE ITEM?
There are actually two different ways that this will work and it depends upon if you have a rewards card with your account or not.
If you shop at a store where there is no loyalty card (such as Target and Walmart), you will need to submit your receipt in order to get the rebate paid out to your account.
You will use the app to scan the barcodes of the products you purchased and then submit a photo of your receipt. The money will be in your account within 48 hours.
The complete list of stores where this app will work can be found here.
If your store has a loyalty card which is connected through Ibotta, there is no need to submit the receipt. You will shop and purchase the items for the offers you claimed.
At checkout, use your phone or your loyalty card to checkout. The two are linked together. The money will be deposited into your account within 48 hours after your purchase is completed.
You can review all of the store loyalty cards which work with the app here.
HOW DO I GET THE CASH IN MY ACCOUNT?
Once you have at least $20 in your Ibotta account, you can request a cash transfer to PayPal or to Vimeo. They also offer gift cards, which can be purchased with your rewards as well.
So, that’s it! That is all there is to Ibotta. It really is one of the simplest ways to shop and save – without having to clip coupons!