ibotta is one of the largest cash back apps available: since its launch in 2012 the app has been downloaded over 30 million times and it has saved people over $520 million. The app has a 4.5 star rating in the Google Play store and a 4.7 star rating in the Apple App Store, with nearly 900,000 reviews between the two.
With Ibotta, you can save money on groceries, online purchases, and more just by using your phone. To earn cash, you’ll need to download the Ibotta app from the Apple App Store (for Apple iOS phones) or Google Play (if you have an Android phone). If you sign up on a PC, you’ll have the option to text yourself a link to download the app. New members can earn up to $20 in bonuses in the first 14 days after joining by completing and redeeming offers.
One of the major advantages of this app is the ability to save money on a wide range of items which people purchase on a regular basis. It’s possible to save money on everything from groceries and clothing to electronics and furniture. The app provides the ability to save money online while shopping at home, or to get cash back for purchases made at a wide range of stores, restaurants or even theaters in your area. A full list of all supported locations and online retailers is available on the Ibotta website.
For in store purchases, search Ibotta for the retailer and items you need before you go shopping. Add items to the “My Offers” list by tapping the + icon in the offer description. Purchase those items and be sure to save your receipt. Use the camera on your phone to take a picture of your receipt and upload it. Ibotta will then add the cash back to your account within 48 hours. In a few cases, some offers may require you to take a picture of the product’s barcode as well in order to qualify for the discount.
It is also possible to link loyalty cards from support retailers to your Ibotta account in order to simplify this process. When a loyalty card is linked to your Ibotta account you can simply add offers in the Ibotta app as discussed above and go shopping. When the linked loyalty card is used at checkout it will not be necessary to take a picture of the receipt in order to get cash back. The savings will be processed and applied to your account by Ibotta within 48 hours.
You can also earn cash back from online purchases, including major online retailers like Amazon, Walmart and iTunes. Select the online retailer and view the available cash back option(s). Tap the shop button and complete your purchase. Cash back from online purchases can take up to 45 days to appear in your account.
The app will also provide opportunities from time to time for additional savings on featured products or at featured stores.
For those who want to invite friends and acquaintances, Ibotta has a referral program. Refer 4 new users who complete at least one qualifying offer in the current month and you’ll earn a one time $40 bonus. After referring friends you can setup a team in order to work toward additional teamwork savings. It’s also possible to connect a Facebook account to the Ibotta app in order to join a team with any friends or family who are already using the app to save money.
Payment options include PayPal, a variety of gift cards, or Venmo. The minimum payout is $20, but some gift cards do have a $25 minimum.