What is iBotta and How Does iBotta Work

Ibotta App - The CentsAble Shoppin

Some of you may have noticed us including iBotta coupons in the Fry’s, Safeway, Target, CVS and Walgreens posts on the blog. I have had a few questions this week on how iBotta works.

If you have an iPhone, Android or iPad and you haven’t yet joined iBotta, you can grab the iBotta app – it’s free and allows you to earn money for products you buy regularly – as you spend time on my site you may see me reference iBotta in the weekly store matchups and in different scenarios.

Here’s how it works:

Download the App – it is only compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3, 4 and 5th Gen), iPad & Android.

iBotta only works at participating stores as listed in the app (see below).

Ibotta App Screenshot - The CentsAble Shoppin

Pick Out your Offers

Once the app is downloaded, choose your offers – there are many ways to earn (taking polls, looking at recipes and more). Each action scores you money when you purchase that item.

Ibotta App ScreenShot 2 - The CentsAble Shoppin

Click the “Earn” Button under each item to determine how to score the savings.

Ibotta Earn Buttons - The CentsAble Shoppin

Purchase your product, you can use coupons as well – you can use the iBotta app to scan your product barcode as well (should you choose to).

Ibotta Bonus Screenshot - The CentsAble Shoppin

Bonus Offers

Some items have Bonus Offers – which come automatically when you purchase a combination of specific items.  You can see all of the bonus offers by clicking “MORE” in the lower RIGHT corner of the app. Once you redeem “those offers” to qualify, the bonus pays automatically.

Ibotta More Button - The CentsAble Shoppin

THEN, Take a photo of your receipt

Which you will do through the app. You CAN take multiple photos of the same receipt should your receipt be too long.

*Note: Not all iPad devices are able to use the barcode scanner function.

You’ll then score your money! 

Once you hit $5 in your account you can transfer your balance to PayPal or donate to a school within the United States.  Choose “Withdraw Cash” from the Main Menu of the screen and then “Get My Cash” to link iBotta to your PayPal account.

$5 Ibotta Referral - The CentsAble Shoppin

Earn $5 Referral Credit with iBotta

For a limited time, you will earn $5 Credit for each person who signs up for iBotta using your personal referral link and redeems their first offer. You can just invite friends from in the app or email them you referral link.

Then make sure you share your app with friends – you’ll earn referral credit once your referral and you have both redeemed a product and uploaded a receipt.    There is no limit to how much you can earn.

See more information on several other apps that you may find helpful, too!

  • Chassidy Hennessy-Allen

    Thanks for posting this…I’m off to see if there is an app for Android phones now!

  • justin

    Hi, everyone. I actually just started using this ibotta app and i love
    it! If you shop at all you will love it too! I ask that you please use
    my link to sign up… doesn’t hurt to ask right?

  • Christine Bowden

    I LOVE Ibotta!!! I started using it last summer when you posted it. I am sooooo grateful you taught us about this! It’s soooo easy to use!!!! Thank You!!!

    • sherylcuevas

      Likewise… I love it too. SUPER easy, love it more than any other app. I get excited to new offers. I know that’s geeky but I do. LOL

      • Christine Bowden

        I’m all geek with you! ;-) lol Completing the bonuses are like a puzzle sometimes; that makes it extra fun! That huge one last summer was AMAZING! I got something like $40-$60 worth for free from combining coupons, their standard rebates, and their bonuses! It was so much fun! Haha. I need a life!!! ;-)

  • Lori Singleton

    I also love ibotta! I am saving so much! And it’s easy. I do have a question though. Is there really any monetary gain for some of the bonused? ie, fat wallet, bookworm, social butterfly, etc? Or is that just a fun game-like aspect of it?

    • sherylcuevas

      I think it’s just a fun aspect. LOL – I haven’t gotten any special prize, I just feel special when they tell me I met a bonus requirement. :)