How does ibotta work?
This question is coming up a lot. I had a short explanation in my post about earning money with your smartphone, but here’s a more detailed look at ibotta for you.
Ibotta is a rewards program that is part social, part survey and part rebate and runs 100% through your compatible smart device. It is available for Android and iPhone/iPad/iPod if the systems are new enough to support the app. The offers change from time to time and can vary by user. Eventually, as you complete offers you get more offers and they are tailored to your purchasing history.
Update: 2/14/13: Ibotta now works at Dollar General and Family Dollar!
Update: 2/5/13 – Make sure you do the upgrade for ibotta on your smart device. The newly updated app now has clearer expiration dates, fresh offers, new offer alerts, faster store selection and ways to earn by tweeting!
Update 5/7/13 – They recently began a new and improved program. Now there are even more ways to earn money with bonuses and store extras! Plus new stores are being added all the time!
Where can you earn?
Currently at over 50 retailers! Here in Michigan that includes stores like Meijer, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club and Costco!
How do you earn?
It’s very simple really. You go to the offers page and start looking around for products you will buy.
After you have unlocked the rewards you want, you go shopping at a participating store to buy the items. You can buy the items on sale, with coupons and even receive other instant savings and on your next shopping order offers and still submit for the ibotta reward!
After you have completed your purchase, you go back into the app. Select “Redeem” from the menu in the upper left, choose your store and go through the process. You snap a picture of your receipt and select the items you are redeeming and scan the barcode. If you purchased the correct item, it will tell you the offer matched and you can go on to any other items you purchased.
After you have completed your submission, ibotta will review the submission and approve it within 24 hours if all is well. After they have approved it, you will get a notice in your email and the app.
Update 9/25/13: In certain stores, it’s even easier – just register your loyalty card or phone number, use your card or phone number at checkout, and they’ll handle the rest!
*New Improved Ibotta Program:
- Sign up HERE if you are new to Ibotta.
- Earn extra friend bonuses when you sign up your friends with your special link.
- New specific retailer offers: Your main menu will now contain special offers specific to certain stores – look under “Store Extras.”
- New bonuses: Your main menu will now contain time-sensitive bonus offers – earn extra cash for completing offers in the time designated – look under “Bonuses.”
How do you get your money?
You need a Paypal account to get your money and must have a minimum of $5.00 in your ibotta account before you can cash out. When you go to cash out you select “Get My Cash” or “Donate to Schools”. When cashing out to Paypal, you select Paypal, enter the amount up to your total, hit “Submit” and “Confirm” then enter your ibotta password and submit. You will get a message telling you if it went through or not. If it did, it should show in your Paypal account within minutes.
You can also take advantage of other Cash Out options, which include Gift Cards from iTunes, Redbox, Starbucks and more!
If you don’t like the offers you have available, view the individual offer and then tap the image. It will take you to an additional screen that allows you to rate the offer. A thumbs down will help you receive alternate offers faster per a reader.
Have you seen an offer noted somewhere but don’t have it in your app currently? Need/want to buy it anyway? Don’t throw away your receipt and package just yet. There are reports that you can submit receipts after the offer becomes available even if you purchased it prior to the offer being active on your app. At least one report was for a same day purchase where the item was on a receipt that was submitted for one item and the app updated with another item that was purchased on the same receipt, submitted when the app updated, approved and paid. I personally was able to go back and use a receipt from 5 days prior to claim a Digiorno offer I knew was there but didn’t have active in my app at the time of purchase but later showed up in my app.
How does ibotta work? Let me know if you have questions. I know a few people have had problems with the app not working and as far as that goes all I can have you do it email firstname.lastname@example.org so they can help you. I can only give feedback from a user’s perspective.