With rebate apps like Ibotta readily available on our smartphones, stacking deals for more savings is the easiest it’s ever been. I’m talking about simply opening an app, doing a quick task like watching a short video, purchasing an item, and then uploading the receipt. It’s so simple I sometimes ask my daughter to take an image of the receipt for me. I’ve been using Ibotta for a couple of years now and have earned hundreds of dollars back on products I already buy. Not particularly tech-savvy? Don't worry. The app is relatively easy to use, and it shouldn't take much longer than it does to sort and cut traditional paper coupons.

How it works

 

1. Register online for free

Registration is super easy—you can even sign up using your Facebook!

After you register online, download the app:

2. Choose a store where you want to save

After the download, open the Ibotta app. Pick the store, restaurant, or theater where you plan to shop. Currently there are over 80 retailers, movie theaters, restaurants, pet stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and home improvement centers to choose from. 

3. Select an offer

Review the offers for your selected store, and choose as many offers as you'd like, but keep in mind that some offers may expire. As such, check the product detail page to view the offer's expiration date, and make sure to redeem the offer before that date. 


4. Unlock offers

Earn money by first performing the tasks associated with each offer (these may include watching quick videos, viewing recipes, taking polls, learning a fact, or posting to your Facebook wall) and then go to the store and actually purchase the item in the offer. For example, earn $0.25 for learning a fact about CapriSun, $0.50 for taking a poll about CapriSun, and $1.00 for posting about the CapriSun offer on your Facebook wall and then going to the store and purchasing the CapriSun product shown in the offer. If you perform all three of these tasks and purchase the CapriSun, you can earn $1.75 ($.25 + $.50 + $1.00). 

 

5. Purchase the item

Purchase the item from the offer at the store and save your receipt. Be sure to verify that the item description matches the offer!

6. Upload your receipt

Upload your receipt to Ibotta. Be sure to capture the full receipt (including the total). Product codes should be clearly legible, the image should be focused and well lit, and the receipt should be legible and not wrinkled. After uploading your receipt, Ibotta will verify the transaction and then add the money you earned to your account within 24 hours (the money may be added to your account in as little as an hour).

7. Get your cash

Once you've earned at least $5, choose "Withdraw Cash" from the main menu to transfer money to your PayPal account and then select "Get My Cash" to link Ibotta to your PayPal account. If you're feeling charitable, donate earnings to any school in the country or to the United Way.

Tips and tricks

  • Teach your Ibotta what products you like: Every time you redeem an offer, Ibotta will send a new one. Be sure to tell Ibotta which offers you like and dislike by tapping the image of any product offered and choosing either the thumbs-up or thumbs-down symbol. Over time, Ibotta learns what kinds of products you prefer and will provide you with customized offers based on your preferences.
  • Stack the savings! Combine Ibotta savings in conjunction with manufacturer coupons, store coupons, and SavingStar.com e-coupons to stack up the savings from a variety of different sources.