What is IBotta?
First of all, let’s find out what this is. IBotta is an application available for both Apple and Android phones. It allows you to find rebates (earn cash back) available for products sold at your favorite stores and websites. When you sign up, you will have the option of finding and adding your favorite stores. For example, I most often shop at Meijer. However, occasionally, you will find me at Kroger or Walmart. I’ve added all of these stores to my favorites, and more.
Once you find your favorite stores, you find the rebates within the IBotta app or on the website. Click on the store, and you will find an array of rebates. You can sort it by different item categories, “Hot”, or “New.” Hot is the category for the most popular rebates. New is what you will want to start checking after you do your initial prouse through all of the categories.
There are rebates for everything from your purchases on eBay and Amazon, to the grocery store, to wine and beer. Plus everything in between.
There are even these amazing rebates for “Any Brand.” For example, I got a rebate for $0.25 for any brand bananas. This means that if you bought any kind of bananas, from this particular store, you will get a $.25 rebate. I have seen these types of any brand rebates for staples including milk, bread, orange juice, bananas, etc.
Some rebates are available for multiple stores, while some rebates are for a specific store. It seems like places like Walmart and Target have more store specific rebates. While, there were some rebates that said “Multiple stores,” but were not available at Meijer.
Another amazing rebate available is the elusive “any item.” This means you will get cash back on literally – you guessed it – any item (at that particular store). These are usually $.25, and I’ve seen these twice! (Once per week I assume). But hey, free money right? (assuming you are buying something at all..)
Adding Rebates to your Account
Once you have found a rebate you are interested in, simply click the + sign. Sometimes they are added right away, and sometimes you have to answer a quick question. Two questions I was asked was how many children live in my household, and for my highest level of education. Once a rebate has been added to your account, it will display a teal check mark. In addition, you can find it in the “My Rebates” section of the Ibotta app.
You really don’t need to do anything else for rebates until you actually purchase the item.
My suggestion is to go to the IBotta website and add all the rebates you think you might use. It’s easier, in my opinion, to view them on the website. You can, of course, use the app as well.
The next step involves actually purchasing the item. Go to the store and buy your items!
They do have a really handy tool within the Ibotta app, if you have your phone with you while you shop. If you open the app and click on the rebate, you can actually scan the barcode of the item to make sure it’s eligible. This is HIGHLY suggested – especially if you are buying a brand/product you wouldn’t normally purchase.
I wish I would have done this more. I purchased Tone body wash, only because I needed body wash and there was a rebate, and bought the incorrect size. The rebate stated that it was for 16 oz. bottles. However, my body wash was 18 oz, so it didn’t qualify.
Although I lost out on $0.50 for my rebate, I do love the smell of my body wash. So kind of win?
After you have went to the store, you will want to save your receipt! This is very important, because otherwise, kiss those rebates goodbye!
The easiest way to do this is to simply start this process when you get home from the store.
Here’s a run-down of the process:
- Open up the Ibotta app
- Click Redeem
- Choose the store you went to
- Click Continue
- Take photo of your receipt
- Check items you purchased (You may have to scan the barcode)
In depth instructions:
Once you open the IBotta app, click the redeem button. You have the option of finding the store by using the two categories: Nearby or All. Find the store.
IBotta will then explain the steps for redeeming your rebates. Read through it, and then click continue. If you’ve read it before, it won’t change.
Take a Photo of the Receipt – this part is really super important. Make sure you get the ENTIRE receipt. Edges, and all. They want to see the entire thing. If for some reason you don’t scan the whole thing, you will have to resubmit. It’s best to hang on to your receipt until IBotta has actually deposited the rebates into your Ibotta account.
After you’ve taken a picture of the receipt and submitted it, you will see a list of all the rebates you have added for that store. Check all of the items you have bought. Some items will allow you to redeem more than one rebate per receipt (An example I recently had was for Pampers Easy Ups – $2.00 back – mom score!). Products that have barcodes generally require you to scan the barcode. Items like eggs and bananas will be verified with your receipt.
Once you have scanned all the things, click submit.
Getting your Money
First, you will get a push notification basically saying that your receipt and rebates were accepted. Now you will just need to wait for the funds. It generally takes around 24 hours for the funds to show up in your IBotta account. They will send you a push notification to your phone when this happens.
Some bad news here – you have to have a minimum of $20.00 in your IBotta account to redeem for giftcards or to be deposited into your PayPal account. While this sounds like a lot – it really doesn’t take that long to reach this goal.
I’ve only been using IBotta for a week and I’ve already earned $18.25!
**UPDATE** I’ve earned over $30 in a month!
I’ve earned rebates for diapers, eggs, bread, any items, bananas, milk, etc. Things I already buy and would have bought anyway without IBotta in my life.
The most awesome part of this whole experience is I’ve actually gotten things for free. IBotta does not care if you have used coupons for your items – meaning this is a whole new way to stack “coupons.”
The best example of this was when I went to the grocery store to buy Pampers swim diapers, and a pool floaty for my daughter. My total was somewhere around $15.00 (before coupons). I had an $8.00 off your purchase coupon from MPerks, a $2.00 off coupon for the swim diapers, and a 10% off general merchandise coupon. This brought my total to something like $4.50?
On top of that, I had an IBotta for the swim diapers that gave me an extra $2.00 rebate. Swim diapers + Pool floaty = $2.50. Total mom win.
Extra Ways to Get More Money
There are a few more ways to earn money on IBotta, but I cannot say I have a great understanding of them just yet.
There are bonuses available within the app. Certain brands will pay out a bonus if you redeem a certain amount of their rebates within a month. There are also rebates for the app itself. Right now, I’m working my way toward a couple of the bonuses.
Each month has it’s own bonus. For June (level 1), you can get an extra $1.00 if you meet the following criteria:
You have redeemed 8 rebates
Your team has earned $10.00
It’s important to note that rebates for “any brand” do not count towards this bonus. I haven’t started on any brand rebates, yet. Once you have earned the June level 1 bonus, you can start working towards level 2. I haven’t gotten there yet though.
Some current examples of brand bonuses:
- Uber (3 rides in a month – get a $5.00 ride credit)
- Meow Mix (Redeem 2 rebates in a month – get a $1.00 bonus)
- Covergirl at Walmart (Redeem 2 rebates)
- Gillette (Redeem 2 rebates in a month)
- Gatorade (Redeem 2 specific rebates within one shopping trip – $.50)
- Groupon (Redeem rebate and get a bonus)
There are plenty more, but these are just some to give you an idea of the brands available. These could quickly add up if you buy the brands that have bonuses.
You can also earn extra cash for having people on your team.
They first will sign up, and this gives you a referral bonus. I was offered a bonus of $15 for having three people sign up and redeem one rebate ($5.00 each).
Once you have individuals on your team, you can start working toward teamwork bonuses. I only have one other person on my team right now, so I do not really have much insight into this. But apparently, this can be very lucrative as well.
Okay, I know. This amount of money is not any where near life-changing, nor are you going to be using this to quit your day job.
But, you guys. This is free money. You are literally going to buy this stuff anyway. I have not really went out of my way to buy extra stuff that I don’t normally buy. Totally cool if you want to do that, though.
The cash in your account is redeemable after you have $20.00, which actually is pretty easy to attain. IBotta has so many stores, apps, and online stores available, that you are almost certain to find yours.
This makes it so easy to redeem your rebates, and get cash back on those things you buy.
Once you hit the $20.00 mark, your funds can be deposited into your PayPal account, or you can redeem through a gift card.
Gift card options include:
- Best Buy
- Whole Foods
- Old Navy
- Papa Johns
- Sams Club
- And more….
Think about the possibilities… Redeeming a gift card to: Buy groceries, something for yourself, new clothes, your morning coffee, or even that Friday night pizza.
Win in my book!
If you’d like to sign up (and join my team – we can both earn bonuses this way), I’d love for you to use my referral code: jjdgq
Or sign up by clicking here: https://ibotta.com/r/jjdgq
What are your thoughts on IBotta? Have you tried it? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments!