I’ve never been a big fan of coupons. I always end up getting the wrong thing or just plumb forgetting to bring the coupon with me to store. When I found out about Ibotta awhile ago and how it was an alternative to using physical coupons, I decided to give it a try.
Once you download the Ibotta app, you are given the opportunity to unlock rebates for specific products by completing simple tasks (answer poll, look at recipe, etc.).
After you unlock the rebates you are interested in purchasing, the next step is heading to the store. Ibotta works with over 300 retail chains, restaurants, movie theaters, convenience stores, home improvement centers, pet stores, and pharmacies nationwide. You can find a full list of the store they work with here (including military commissaries). I’ve primarily used Ibotta for grocery shopping but I’m sure it would be great for all different kinds of purchases.
If you are unsure if the product you are about to purchases qualifies for the rebate, a nice feature you can use is the bar code scanner. Pull up your rebate within the app, then scan the bar code of the item you are looking at to verify that it will work.
After you have completed your purchases and checked out, the final step is to scan the bar codes of all of the items you have unlocked rebates for and submit a copy of your receipt. Verification is completed within 24 hours but, for me, I find it usually takes less than 1 hour.
Depending on the settings in your account, you will receive a notification and email that the cash back has been added to your account. Once you reach $20 cash back, you can transfer that amount into cash via PayPal or Venmo. There are also a variety of gift cards you can put you cash back into including Target, Starbucks and Amazon. Minimum requirements for gift cards range from $20-$25.
Want to try out Ibotta? Use referral code yiyzia when you sign up and get $10 added to your account after you redeem your first rebate.