A Beginners Guide to Using the Ibotta App

Are you using Ibotta? If not, you should start! To date, since the Spring of 2016, I have earned $702.20. I have earned over 700 dollars by simply clipping virtual coupons, or completing my online shopping through an app for cashback. All you need to do is get started. 


How to Use The Ibotta App


1. GET STARTED. Download the Ibotta app, it’s free! Create a profile once it is downloaded.

2. SELECT A STORE. Select a store that you plan to do your next round of grocery shopping at. I mostly use Hannaford and Walmart. My loyalty card is attached to my account for when I shop at Hannaford and a photo of the receipt is all that’s necessary for Walmart. Each store is different, so make sure you check ahead of time. 

3. SEARCH REBATES. Search for rebates! You can search by category such as beverages, breakfast, dairy, and produce or you can look through ‘What’s Hot’, ‘Best Deals’, and ‘What’s New’. Sometimes, upon selecting an item you are asked to answer a quick question or watch a short video; it never takes more than a minute.

4. DOUBLE UP! Always double-check the ‘Any Item’ category. Sometimes there is .10 or .25 off any purchase. Other times you might be able to double up your savings! For example, if there is an ‘Any Cereal’ rebate for .25 cents and you already planned on buying a specific brand of cereal from a rebate for .50 cents back, you’ve now purchased a box of cereal with a .75 cent rebate!

 

5. REDEEM REBATES. After you’ve done your shopping and made your purchases it is time to redeem. If the store you’re purchasing from links to a loyalty card, your rebates will be redeemed automatically. If you need a photo of your receipt or to scan your receipts QR/bar code this is the time to do it. Always double-check to make sure the app has the right quantity of what you’ve purchased and that it hasn’t missed any rebates! If it has, you can simply add the item and then scan the barcode of the product to add it to the list.  

REMINDERS


Make sure you read each rebate. Sometimes, you are required to purchase multiples of a product in order to earn the rebate. For example, buy three Icelandic yogurts and earn one dollar back. Sometimes a rebate makes the item free after purchase; be sure to read carefully.

Also, keep in mind that sometimes you can earn a rebate on an item up to 5 times in one receipt!  Other times, the rebate is only valid once per receipt. Make sure you’re reading and utilizing your rebates to earn the most cash back.   

There are often monthly and seemingly random bonuses available for you to earn additional cashback. Be sure to check them out and see what extra savings you may make.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN SAVE

Online Shopping

Before you make an online purchase, check to see if they’re on Ibotta! Anytime I buy from American Eagle I buy through the app for 2.5% back. Lucky Brand, Forever 21, Adidas, Booking.com, Dicks Sporting Goods and many other brands offer cashback for purchases made through the app.  Generally, I will do my shopping via my laptop and add items to my bag. Upon logging into ibotta and opening the store through the app, I simply log into my account and my bag is saved! All I need to do now is make my purchase and wait for my cashback!

Pay with Ibotta

For restaurants (Olive Garden, Chilis, Chipotle, and Applebees) and certain retailers such as Walmart, Home Depot, Ulta, Old Navy and more, you can pay through the app and earn 5-7% cashback. This does require you to submit your debit card information to the app – which really isn’t much different than the information you provide in order to withdraw your funds.   

Withdrawing your Funds

When you press the withdraw funds button you are provided a few different options. Once you’ve saved a minimum of $25 you can transfer the chosen amount to a linked PayPal or Venmo account. From here, you can initiate a transfer to your bank account. 

 If you are not a PayPal or Venmo user, you may transfer the funds to a gift card. There are tons of different gift card options; Amazon, Applebee’s, Best Buy, DSW, iTunes, Lowes, Starbucks, TJX, and Walmart are just a few of the many options you choose from. Once transferred to a gift card, you may spend it as you please! 

Stop missing out on extra cash! Download Ibotta now!

Ibotta is a great tool for earning some extra cash. As someone who loves to travel, this extra cash goes a long way! Check out the other ways I make extra money to fund my travels.

Published by expeditioneducation

Hi there, I'm Kati! I'm an outdoor recreation loving public school teacher who plans epic adventures on her school breaks. If you like to explore and experience beautiful new places on a budget, then let me help you plan your next trip!

15 thoughts on “A Beginners Guide to Using the Ibotta App

  1. I just love Ibotta! Anything that can help me save is a plus. It’s so easy to use.

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      yes! it’s such a great tool.

  2. I am using Ibotta. I love it. I don’t use it as much as I should and to date have over $300. It is a great way to get cash back on your favorite groceries.

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      isn’t it an awesome little money saving bonus!?

  3. I’ve never heard of Ibotta! It sounds great though and yes to anything that will save some money. I will check it out. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      you’ve got it. no problem!

  4. Sounds like a good app. If can save money from groceries then it’s a must. Thank you for sharing. I hope it starts working in my country too.

  5. This sounds like such a great rewards program! Does it work outside of the United States as well? It would be great if I could use it in Europe too.

    1. expeditioneducation – Hello! My name is Kati. I am currently a Middle School Teacher and three season sports coach in upstate New York. If you take a look at my blog you will learn that I love being outside, exploring places near and far, and aspire to create this website into something that inspires others to connect with what's around them. My hope is that you read something here that inspires you to learn more and challenge yourself every day. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone for that is where true growth​ begins! Thank you so much for reading!
      expeditioneducation says:

      you know, I’m not sure! But let me know.

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    Paula Stewart says:

    I’ve been signed up with Ibotta for several years but just recently got a smartphone in which I could put the app on. I didn’t realize that I could add my debit card and get a gift card to pay and earn more cashback. I am excited to see how much I can earn.

  7. I’m going to download ibotta now so I can start using it to save money on things I use all the time. I keep hearing such good things about the app and I really need to make it a part of my shopping.

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