Nov 102012

Android-iPhoneThe FREE ibotta app is a fun & easy way to earn extra money while shopping and is available for both iPhone and Android users. Earning rewards with ibotta is super-easy. Think shopping, trivia, and quick cash all rolled into one! Ibotta gives you the opportunity to earn real money for buying products that most likely you were going to buy anyway. Plus, the Ibotta app offers lucrative Bonuses and more categories like Restaurants and Home Improvement which means even more ways to to earn cash!

Earning opportunities are on many common brandnames – like Dove, Cottonelle, Tide, Kleenex, Tyson, Healthy Choice, Coke and more! This app works in over 50 Retailers and Restaurants, including my favorite– Target! Plus, here’s another benefit – you can use coupons with ibotta for even more savings and it will not affect your earnings!

Here’s how ibotta works…

Download the FREE ibotta app HERE. When you go into the ibotta app the first time, the offers are separated into three categories: Grocery, Restaurant, and Home Improvement. Choose your category and retailer, then select and complete tasks for the offers you’re interested in.  The more offers you choose, the more cash back you’ll earn.

If you choose not to do any of these tasks, eventually the offer is removed from your product gallery and replaced with a new one. Ibotta frequently adds new offers and you can make sure you’re seeing them all by first going to offers, then pulling the screen down to refresh.

Next, its time to go shopping. It’s very important to read all the details on each ibotta offer to make sure you are buying the right product for that offer.

ibotta-howto2To do this, just tap on the offer in your ibotta app or click on Details in the top right corner. Be sure to scroll all the way down for complete Details. You can also tap on the red x – Not interested button if you don’t like an offer. If you repeat this as you go thru the offers, the app will learn your likes and dislikes and personalize it to your preferences.

Another helpful feature is the barcode scanner. You can use this feature to verify you have the right product before you buy. When you’re in the store, just bring up the ibotta offer you’re trying to match and go to the Details and click on Check Product. The camera will open so you can scan the product and find out whether it’s a match.

You can buy your chosen products at Target, Walgreens, or any retail store listed on the ibotta app. Once you’ve made your purchase, take a photo of your receipt and upload. This is easily done from within the ibotta app using the camera feature. There are even guides to help you. Make sure all receipts submitted are less than 7 days old.

Ibotta can also be linked to select loyalty club cards to bring you earnings without having to upload your receipts. Just link your ibotta app to your loyalty card account, activate your ibotta offers, then be sure and use your loyalty card at checkout. For more details and a complete list of available retailers, go HERE.

If you would like to see your favorite retailer link to ibotta so you don’t need to scan your receipts, you can reach out to them on their Facebook page and ask them to write to ibotta at to find out how.

ibotta-howto3bLook for Exclusive Offers from ibotta as well which can be spotted by the “Exclusive” tag on the Offer screen. These offers are only available at select retailers. You will find these offers listed with all the other product gallery offers, sorted by retailer and identified by the Exclusive tag.

There’s one more thing you should know about ibotta —watch for Bonuses! The more you use Ibotta, the more Bonuses you earn and unlock. Start with the Welcome Bonus and earn $2 when you redeem your first offer within 10 days of registration. You can also earn Friend Bonuses and add additional earnings to your account just for referring a friend to ibotta. Some bonuses simply unlock another bonus!

Once your receipt is uploaded, ibotta will verify your purchase(s) and notify you anywhere from 2 – 24 hours that your credit is available. For me, my first receipt was approved within a 1/2 hour! Ibotta only requires a $5 minimum balance to start redeeming your earnings, which I think is very reasonable. As you redeem offers, your shelves will be restocked with new offers. There is no limit to how many offers you can redeem. :-)

When you are ready to collect your earnings, they can be transferred securely to your Paypal account or select from the gift cards listed. Ibotta only needs your email address to deposit your earnings to your Paypal account. No personal, financial information is needed.

If you have questions or need assistance, I found ibotta’s Support Center to be very helpful with lots of instructional videos and easy to follow articles. From their home page HERE, just click on “Help Center” at the bottom of the page, right-hand side. You can also email their support team directly.

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3 Responses to “ibotta: Earn Extra Money Shopping with FREE App”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Am having serious probems with Ibotta- I need to speak with a real person & cant find a phone # anywhere for them- does anyone know of a customer service contact #???

  2. Ann E says:

    Do you know if the earnings are considered taxable income?

  3. Ibotta says:

    Hi Jennifer and Ann! Any questions can be answered 7 days a week by a customer support team at We answer all emails within 48 hours but are usually much faster than that. :-)

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