Are you looking for an easy way to save money on everyday purchases? The Ibotta app is perfect for you.
I just recently started using the Ibotta app and I must say I really like it. My only disappointment with it is that I downloaded it months ago and only got around to using it in the last month. I could have been saving so much more money–or earning really since Ibotta is a cash back app that pays you for using it.
How To Use The Ibotta App In-Store
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1. Sign Up
It doesn’t take long to sign up for an Ibotta account –go here and create one.
2. Find Offers
When you open the app, you will see a small symbol of a magnifying glass at the bottom with the words “Find Rebates” underneath it. Click on it and you will see a search bar at the top, a favorites section below (of course if you haven’t used Ibotta yet you won’t have a favorites section) and then below that a browse by category section.
I click on the icon for the store I want to shop at in the favorites section or if it isn’t listed there I enter the name of the store into the search bar.
When you click on the store of your choice, the offers available there will pop up. Scroll through them and pick the ones for items that you plan to buy.
Most offers will be for specific brands, but Ibotta does often offer Any Brand offers and these are so cool! An Any Brand offer means that you can claim the offer regardless of what brand of that item you intend to buy. So if the offer is for milk, you can buy the store brand and still claim the offer.
3. Go Shopping
Once you have picked your offers, you can then go shopping and pick up the items for the offers you claimed. Make sure you get your receipt and neatly store it away–crumbled receipts are harder to photograph.
To redeem your offers, you need to open your Ibotta app and press Redeem. Pick the right offers for the receipt you are claiming first and then follow the instructions.
5. Get Cash
When I have claimed an offer, I usually receive it in my account within a few hours, but it can take longer. To withdraw your cash, you need to have a minimum of $20.
When you reach $20, you then have several options for your cash out. You can have the money deposited in your Venmo or Paypal account or you can pick from several gift card options. These gift cards are sent to you electronically through email. You should receive your cash out within 24 hours.
You can also link your store loyalty cards to your Ibotta account and skip the uploading the receipt step. Just make sure to use your loyalty card at the checkout.
How To Use The Ibotta App For A Mobile In-App Purchase
1. Sign Up
If you prefer to shop online over in-store, Ibotta can still save you money. And the first step to doing that is to of course sign up for an account.
2. Launch Desired App From Inside The Ibotta App
Let’s say you want to buy a daily deal through Groupon. Open up your Ibotta app and click on the find rebates tab found at the bottom of the screen. Type Groupon into the search bar that appears at the top of your screen and all current offers for Groupon should pop up. Click on the one that matches your purchase and you will be taken directly to the Groupon app.
Of course, Ibotta offers many more in-app shopping options than Groupon so be sure to check before you start shopping through your favorite shopping app.
3. Go Shopping
Once you have gone from Ibotta to the shopping app of your choice using the direct link Ibotta provided, make your purchase and then Ibotta will take care of the rest.
4. Get Cash
How long it takes for you to receive your cash from mobile shopping will depend on the retailer. As stated above you must have $20 in your account before you can request a cash out.
A Few More Ways To Earn Money With The Ibotta App
Ibotta holds teamwork challenges. When you use my referral link to sign up for an Ibotta account, you will become a part of my team. When a team reaches certain goals bonuses are given.
When you buy featured products, redeem items at specific retailers, or complete certain tasks you can earn bonuses.
Ibotta offers a referral bonus for friends that sign up using your referral link or code.
These three additional ways to earn can add significantly to your monthly earnings through the Ibotta app.
Ready to start earning cash back with Ibotta? Go here to sign up.
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