Use Ibotta to Get Cash Back for Buying Groceries

Ibotta is an application for your smartphone that you can use to submit receipts for offers that gets you cash back.

For a limited time (I don't know how long), Ibotta will give you $2 when you sign up and redeem your first offer within 10 days, plus the amount for the offer you redeem.

They'll also give you $5 for each friend who signs up from your referral link and they will get the $2 offer, too.

To sign up for Ibotta, please use my Ibotta referral link and join my team!

Unfortunately, I don't have any photos to show you how this works. I will explain how to redeem the offers as best as I can, though. It's confusing to explain it in writing but the app is really easy to use and I am confident you'll figure it out.

Basically, you buy the items, snap a photo of the receipt, scan the barcode, and upload it to Ibotta to get your money.

Here's a more in depth explanation.

1. Purchase the item.

The coupon matchups will often include Ibotta offers on their shopping lists, so keep an eye out for them. As you get better at couponing and spotting deals, you may even find deals that the couponers miss. It helps to flip through the offers each week. The app will usually let you know when there are new offers by placing a notification on your phone.

To make things easy on you when it comes time to submit your receipt, separate the items you’re submitting for Ibotta into a separate transaction.

If the item you’re purchasing for an Ibotta offer is also part of a mega sale or promotion where you have to group a number of items together, just keep one group of the items together in that transaction so you get the promotional savings.

When you get home and unpack your items, keep those items out and grab the receipt. I’ve found that it’s best to submit the receipt as soon as possible so you don’t forget to do it.

Also, circle or star the item you purchased on your receipt. I’ve found that on several times whoever is reviewing the receipt misses the item, especially if the receipt is very long.

If Ibotta can't find the offers on the receipt you'll have to go through the whole process again.

2. Redeem the Offers.

Open the app on your phone and open the Offers tab.

The Offers list is sorted by category: Grocery, Electronics, Restaurants, Movie, Babies, Home Improvement and Pets.

Let’s assume you purchased a grocery item. Touch on Grocery. You’ll see a list of stores.

For this example, we’ll assume you are redeeming a milk offer for milk you bought at Fry’s.

Touch on the Fry’s category and a gallery of items available to redeem from Fry’s will open up.

Touch on the milk offer. This offer is for .50 back on a gallon of milk. In order to “earn” your .50 for this offer, there are two “Take A Poll” tasks to do. Touch them each and take the polls to get your .50 cents.

There are a couple of things you may be asked to do besides take a poll: Share on FB, send a tweet, learn a fact, take a survey or leave a comment.

I don’t do any of these until I am ready to redeem the offers.

If you don’t want your FB wall cluttered with IB ads, change the settings to “Custom” and “Only Me” and no one else will be able to see them. If you want to make money from Ibotta (I’ll tell you how a little later) you might not want to hide them on your wall.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see “Checklist” and “Redeem.”

If you are submitting a receipt for more than one offer at Fry’s, make sure you have completed the tasks for all items before you submit the receipt. You cannot reuse a receipt a second time for Ibotta for a different item. If you forget to submit all items, you cannot submit the same receipt again.

That's another reason it's good to group all your Ibotta offers into a separate transaction.

For this example, we’ll assume you’re only redeeming the milk offer.

Touch Redeem. On the next screen, touch the dot next to the milk. Then touch “Redeem at Fry’s at the bottom of the screen.”

Another window will pop up to remind you to double check that your receipt is from Fry’s, that you bought the item during a certain time period as required by the offer, and to let you know that you have to submit the entire receipt.

Touch Continue to photograph the receipt.

Capture the entire receipt and add sections if you need to.

Go through the final steps to scan the item's bar code and then submit the receipt. Ibotta will confirm that the receipt was submitted, and it can take up to 24 hours to see your account credited.

Once you have $5 in your account, you can cash out via Paypal or purchase gift cards. Check the app for the redemption offers when you’re ready to cash out.

To sign up for Ibotta, please use my referral link: