New to Ibotta? We’re here to help (and get you cash back). Ibotta is a free mobile app that gives you real cash back on the things you buy every day, from groceries to restaurants to online shopping. This is your complete guide on how to use Ibotta and earn cash back:
- Learn how to earn cash back on groceries
- Learn how to earn cash back on online shopping
- Learn how to earn cask back on purchases with Pay with Ibotta
- Learn how to earn extra cash back with bonuses
- Learn how to earn friend referral bonuses
How to earn cash back on groceries
Make clipping coupons a thing of the past. Ibotta offers cash back on 100’s of offers on everyday essentials at over 500,000 in-store retailers — no coupons needed. That includes Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and more. To earn cash back on groceries, it’s as easy as uploading a receipt or scanning your loyalty card.
Step 1: Open the Ibotta app and tap Find Offers at the bottom of the app. Then, tap Grocery. From here, you can find your favorite local grocery stores and browse available offers.
Step 2: Each store will have a variety of offers, sorted by category. To add offers, tap the blue plus sign.
Step 3: After adding offers and completing your shopping trip, tap Redeem from the main menu. This will prompt you to select the retailer you shopped and allow you to scan a photo of your receipt. You may also need to scan the barcodes of the products you purchased. Once this is complete, your cash back will be credited to your Ibotta account within 24 hours!
At some locations, you’re even able to connect your store loyalty card to Ibotta! This saves you a step and makes earning cash back even more seamless! Learn How
How to earn cash back on Online Shopping
Whether you’re browsing on Amazon or ordering food from your favorite restaurant, you can start with Ibotta and earn cash back on your entire purchase.
Step 1: Open the Ibotta app and tap Find Offers at the bottom of the app. Then, tap Online Shopping. This will let you browse offers from more than 100 online retailers.
Step 2: Once you’ve found the retailer you’d like to shop at, tap the Shop button and Ibotta will take you straight to the retailer’s website. If you have that retailer’s mobile app downloaded on your phone, it will take you straight to the mobile app.
Step 3: Shop in the retailer’s app or website just like you normally would, and be sure to complete your purchase without leaving the app. Once you’ve made your purchase, you’ll soon receive an update confirming the amount of your pending earnings and when you can expect the cash will be deposited in your Ibotta account balance.
How to earn cash back with Pay with Ibotta
Forgot your wallet at home? No problem. When you use Pay with Ibotta, you can pay directly from the app and get instant cash back on your entire purchase at places like Chipotle, Home Depot, and Ulta Beauty.*
Step 1: First, securely connect a valid debit or credit card to the Ibotta app. Simply head to your Account in the app, tap Payments and then Payment methods, where you can add a valid card to the Ibotta app.
Step 2: Once a card is connected, you’re ready to use Pay with Ibotta! Visit an available retailer from the Pay with Ibotta section located on the Home Screen. Tap the retailer you’re shopping at and enter the total amount of the purchase. Then, you’ll review and tap Pay. Present your Pay with Ibotta gift card QR code to the cashier to scan as payment. That’s it!
You’ll earn a percentage of cash back from your entire purchase instantly!
*Don’t see Pay with Ibotta in your app yet? Don’t worry! It’s coming soon.
How to Earn Extra Cash
If you use Ibotta to shop in-store or online, you’re already saving money and earning cash back. But what if we told you that you could earn even more cash? It’s not too good to be true — it’s Ibotta bonuses! These shopping goals help you increase your cash back savings when you redeem specific offers, shop at certain retailers, or complete specific challenges within the app.
The main way to earn an Ibotta bonus is by redeeming specific offers in-store or online. You can find all of your current bonus offers in the Ibotta app under Earn More. Bonus offers change all the time, but examples might include redeeming offers from a specific brand, redeeming the same offer multiple times, redeeming offers from two or more different brands, or spending a certain amount of money on an online shopping purchase. You may also find offers related to specific features, like using Pay with Ibotta or the Ibotta browser extension.
Another way to earn bonuses is by referring your friends and family members to use Ibotta. Each person who uses your referral code earns you a $5 bonus once they make their first purchase through Ibotta. There’s also a referral bonus offer every month, which will earn you additional cash for referring more friends. Double bonus! You’ll find these bonuses in the Earn More section of the app as well.
Now that you’ve referred all your friends and family members to Ibotta, you can work together to earn monthly teamwork bonuses. With teamwork bonuses, you and your teammates can earn cash back when you collectively reach a monthly goal, such as redeeming a certain number of offers. Your team includes anyone who signs up for Ibotta using your referral code and, when you link your Facebook account, any Facebook friends who use Ibotta. Find your monthly teamwork goal in the Earn More section of the app, as well as in your Account under Teamwork.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How often are new Ibotta offers added?
A: Ibotta adds 100’s of new offers each week. Be sure to check the app often!
Q: Why is my Online Shopping offer pending?
A: While some Online Shopping offers credit your account instantly, it can take up to 90 days for some offers to credit. Be sure to check this detail in the offer details for clarification.
Q: How much money do I need to earn in order to cash out?
A: To cash out money from the Ibotta app, you’ll need a balance of $20 or more. There is no maximum, though, so keep on earning!
Q: I’m having trouble with my account, how can I get help?
A: You can always reach out to our Care team for assistance! Visit help.ibotta.com and fill out a quick support ticket. Our Care team will be in touch within a few days to help resolve any issues you may be experiencing.
Q: I made a purchase at a qualifying Online Shopping retailer. Why am I not seeing credit?
A: Please note, you must open the Ibotta app first prior to shopping in another retailer’s app or mobile website. If you leave the website without making purchases and come back, you won’t receive credit for the offer. This is also the case if you have a cart filled with items, so be sure to have an empty shopping cart before using an Online Shopping offer!
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