If you’re still wondering what Ibotta is and have been sitting on the fence, here are some things that’ll answer the question, “How does Ibotta work?” Ibotta is my second favorite app for saving on groceries (after the KCL app, obvs).
The Ibotta app is a free rebate system that consistently has tons of offers to help you save money on certain groceries, retail items, alcohol, and more.
Don’t forget to download the KCL app for more articles on how to save.
Take advantage of the $20 Ibotta bonus.
You get Ibotta bonus cash for your first month using the app. There’s three different welcome bonuses that add up to your $20 total:
- $10 for your first in-store offer redemption (not under “Any Item” or “Any Brand”)
- $5 for a Mobile Shopping offer redemption
- $5 for another Mobile Shopping or in-store offer redemption
Just make sure you’re using a device that hasn’t registered an Ibotta account before and do everything within the first month and you’ll be $20 richer!
How does the Ibotta app work?
First, obviously, you gotta download the Ibotta app. But wait, before you do, take advantage of this offer. Normally you get $10 for redeeming a deal in your first month once you download and sign up through the app. But, you’ll get an extra $1 if you use our KCL link to download the app and sign up! Activate your $11 bonus now!
Make an account and use your Ibotta sign-in, you can start adding offers to your account. If you’re doing a rebate that requires you to upload a receipt, you have exactly one week to redeem after you pay.
Get grocery rebates and more with in-store purchases.
Ibotta rebate offers are sometimes exclusively in-store, usually for grocery, liquor, and convenience stores. With these offers, you have three different ways to earn rebates:
- For certain stores, link your loyalty account to the Ibotta app to automatically earn cash back on relevant offers
- Select the store you’re shopping at, add the offers you wish to redeem, and upload a picture of your receipt
- The “Pay with Ibotta” feature by linking your credit card to your account. Scan the gift card code from your smartphone and get money back as you shop
Shop with the Ibotta app for online rebates.
While many people think of just taking a picture of their receipt when they think of Ibotta, the app has tons of online rebates. These store rebates range anywhere from eBay and Uber Eats to Drizly and Blue Apron. Here’s the best way to take advantage:
- With the app, scroll to the “Online shopping” category, choose your store, and click “Shop,” which will take you to the store’s website or app. Get shopping and the Ibotta app does the rest
- Add the Ibotta extension to your Google Chrome browser and shop online
Ibotta rebates make users around $20 a month.
Average earnings for Ibotta app users are about $20 a month, which can be transferred directly to you via PayPal or Venmo. One user on Reddit even said they’ve gotten over $13,000 in lifetime earnings.
Dudes. This is fantastic. Get Ibotta right now.
New Ibotta app offers go live every Wednesday.
While Ibotta’s digital rebates change from day to day, the best time to look for new offers is on Wednesday afternoon when the bulk of new rebates appear. Check the Ibotta app also on Thursdays, as new offers keep trickling down for the first 24 hours.
Best Buy and Walmart use QR codes to track your Ibotta app purchases.
To redeem Ibotta offers at Walmart or Best Buy, first unlock the rebates you intend to purchase, then pull up a QR code and scan your phone at checkout. With Best Buy, you can also create your own QR code after you unlock your rebates. Then just shop and show the cashier your QR code before payment. No receipt required!
Use Ibotta with your Walmart online grocery pickup.
Back in darker times, Walmart allowed certain items to only get Ibotta rebates in-store. Recently, they reversed course and allow you to receive those deals through Walmart online grocery pickup as well. This is all you need to do:
- Click the “Walmart Grocery” section
- Enter your Walmart Grocery account information
- Add any offers you want through the Ibotta app
- Shop through the Walmart app or Grocery.Walmart.com and the rebates will apply automatically – no receipt needed!
And get rebates from your grocery delivery service.
You can even do the same with your favorite grocery delivery service like Instacart and Shipt, and some grocery stores themselves, when you link your account through the Ibotta app. All you need to do is:
- Link your grocery delivery account
- Add the offers you want to your list
- Shop through the grocery delivery app or website
- Get your rebates within a day of your order
Receipt offers can be ‘unlocked’ for purchases up to a week old.
Ibotta app users shouldn’t throw away their receipts for at least one week. But it’s still definitely recommended to just scan your receipt on the way out of the grocery store. (Or go fully modern and use Pay with Ibotta.)
Get shopping mall rebates without even leaving the house.
I get it, a trip to the mall has gone from a relaxing afternoon to a stressful outing. But you can still get Ibotta app rebates while shopping online at all the stores you’re used to. I saw 2% back at Coach, 2.5% back at Bloomingdales, and 4% back at Macy’s the last time I checked the app.
Take advantage of Ibotta deals when you’re dining out.
- $2 back on a Jose Cuervo cocktail
- $2 back on a Pendleton Whisky cocktail
- $10 back on a bottle of Tribute wine
- $10 back on a bottle of 13 Celsius Wine
Skip the receipt scan and use Pay with Ibotta.
If you want your cash back instantly, use the Ibotta app’s Pay with Ibotta feature, which works at most major retailers. Just go to “Account” and tap “Payment method” to add your credit or debit card. Then at checkout, enter your total, tap “Continue purchase” and “Charge.” Your card will be charged and you’ll get your cash back immediately. A gift card code will pop up, which you just have to show to the cashier.
Simple as that.
Use an Ibotta bonus or two to increase earnings.
The best way to speed up your savings is to take advantage of bonus rebates. One easy way is to refer a friend. If in the first week your friend makes a qualifying purchase, your account gets $5 richer.
Watch for bonus banners like the one shown above, or browse the bonus tab any time for a full list of bonuses such as: redeem any ten rebates and get an additional $10 credited to your account. Here’s some awesome referral bonuses I just saw:
- Sunny Day bonus – $20 when you refer two friends
- Fresh Air bonus – $30 when you refer five friends
- Blue Skies bonus – $50 when you refer 10 friends
Ibotta teamwork bonuses add even more to your account.
Each month, on top of regular offers and individual bonuses, Ibotta also has teamwork bonuses. You just add your Facebook account to Ibotta and link to friends. From there, you’ll have team and individual goals to level up your Teamwork.
Join the Krazy Coupon Lady Ibotta Team on Facebook to begin! When you’re part of a 2,700,000+ member team, you never have to worry that your team minimum won’t be met.
Scan products with the Ibotta app to find applicable rebates.
If you’re on the fence about that new organic almond butter and want to see if there’s a rebate available, check it easily through the app. I Just tap the barcode on the top of the Ibotta app and it will let you know if there’s a rebate. If there isn’t, the app will show you rebates on similar items.
Ibotta rebates can be ‘stacked’ with manufacturer coupons.
Ibotta rebates work on in-store purchases where manufacturer coupons are also redeemed. Use coupons at checkout, then upload your receipt after and get the full rebate value — even if it’s greater than the price you actually paid for the item! Make sure to check the Ibotta offer details to see if it says “May not be used with other coupons or promotions.” You also can’t stack Ibotta rebates with other offers while shopping online.
You can also stack Ibotta offers with other rebate apps.
Once you’ve scanned your receipt into Ibotta, you can scan the same receipt into other rebate apps like Fetch Rewards to save even more.
The Krazy Coupon Lady app enhances Ibotta app savings.
Saving $0.25 a week on milk from now until forever is reason enough to download Ibotta, but to really maximize the earnings-to-effort ratio by downloading The Krazy Coupon Lady app as well.
Each week, KCL’s team of super savers scours popular stores like Walmart, Target, and Kroger for the best sales. Then, we find coupons and Ibotta rebates to stack with already low sale prices.
In the end, instead of saving 10% here and 12% there, by following the step-by-step instructions from Krazy Coupon Lady, you’re saving 50-80% in minutes!
Check out our Ibotta deals page to find all the best offers.
Ibotta offers are still valid on sale items and clearance prices.
Stack Ibotta rebates with sales and clearance prices like this deal I found at Kohl’s:
Buy 2 Trimfit Tights two-packs (reg $10) $4, clearance price
Buy one, get one half-off sale
Pay: $6, submit two different $1 off Ibotta rebates
Final Price: $4, or $1 per pair of tights (80% savings)
Get traveling with a Hotels.com rebate and more.
An extra 6% Hotels.com rebate or 8% back from HotelStorm can add up quick. Here’s some Ibotta app deals to plan your much-needed vacation:
- 3% back on Choice Hotels
- 4% back at Booking.com
- $10 back with HomeAway
- 13% back with eBags
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