Earning Cash Back on Everyday Purchases With Ibotta

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Earning Cash Back on Everyday Purchases With Ibotta

January 21, 2016 - 08:39
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Ibotta is an app that gives you cash back on your everyday purchases. Ibotta uses rebates and cash back coupons to give you money back on staples from lots of different brands and stores. The largest selection of discounts are for grocery store items, but they do have deals on clothing, electronics, and more. They have also partnered with certain stores like Target and Walmart to offer exclusive discounts.

When you login you are presented with item categories. Once you select a category you can choose the store you are planning on shopping at to see the deals there. You can also use their search bar to search for specific products. Once you find something you want to redeem, simply click on the deal to unlock it. When you are back from the store you will redeem the deal by scanning the barcode of the item with your app. Then you will also take a picture of your receipt with the app to verify the purchase. Within 24 hours Ibotta lets you know if your purchases were verified and then the money becomes available in your account. You can cash out with actual cash or with gift cards from stores that you like. If you choose to get actual cash the money can be deposited to your personal Paypal or Venmo account.

The user interface is nice and easy to use. I was definitely impressed by the number of stores they have on the app including local grocery store chains. One thing that I was disappointed by was that to unlock the rebates you have to answer a market research question. For example, I clicked on a deal for Charmin toilet paper and it asked me to choose which Charmin product I liked best to unlock the deal. I understand that is part of how the app makes money, but it is a little for me having to answer those questions. Other than that I like the app, and I wouldn't mind to incorporate it into my shopping routine to earn some extra savings.

Ibotta is available for free for both iOS and Android.

Photo Credit: iTunes App Store