You know how to earn cash back for purchasing items online (*insert shameless plug for Pocket Your Dollars Rewards, but what about purchasing groceries in-store?
Well, a new super easy way to get money back for items you purchase is by using Ibotta, an app that pays you for every designated item you purchase.
Here’s how to get started:
- Sign up for a free Ibotta account. You can either sign in with Facebook or use your email address.
- Check your email and confirm your account (if you signed up via email).
- Download the app for Apple or Android devices.
How It Works
Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it up and sign in with the account information that you gave above. The “Offers” tab should pop right up. From there, you can scroll through to see which items are currently available for cash back and the total value you can earn from each one.
If you find an offer you like, click the “Earn” button underneath each one to add the potential earnings to your account. Depending on the offer, you may be able to complete a product task – like learn a fact, take a poll, answer a trivia question – to earn even more when you make a qualifying purchase.
Shop and Verify Purchase
After purchasing the qualifying item(s) at a select retailer, click “Redeem” and then click the store where you made your purchase. Upload a photo of your receipt and scan the product’s UPC code, if required, then click “Done.” That’s it!
Ibotta works at select grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters and retailers. The list of participating retailers is always growing, but here’s a sampling of Ibotta-participating retailers (stores in bold are the stores for which we produce a free weekly shopping list here at Pocket Your Dollars):
- Best Buy
- CVS Pharmacy
- Dollar General
- Family Dollar
- Pick ‘n Save
- Toys R Us
- United States Armed Forces Commissary
- United Artists Movie Theaters
- Whole Foods
Where’s My Cash?
OK, so now what? Ibotta will verify your purchase(s) and notify you within 24 hours if your credit is available. They require a $5 minimum balance to start redeeming your earnings which you can cash out via PayPal or a gift card to popular retailers like Starbucks, iTunes or Redbox.
Users can also earn Bonuses to turbo charge their earnings. Bonuses are challenges or games that allow you to earn even more. Select “Bonuses” in the app’s main menu to check out instructions and earning levels for bonuses. We’ll let you know as new bonuses roll-out.
More Apps Like Ibotta?
Yes. There is another app, Checkout51, very similar to Ibotta. You earn money for purchasing qualifying items. Checkout51 is nice because it works at any retailer, you don’t need a smartphone and you don’t ever have to scan product barcodes. Read our Checkout51 review or create a free Checkout51 account.
If you have any more questions about Ibotta, either ask in the comment section here or browse Ibotta’s Help Center; Ibotta’s help section is pretty extensive Q&A section that should cover just about any question you have.
Your turn: What other questions do you have about Ibotta? Which Ibotta offers are you most excited about?