App Highlight: Ibotta

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What is Ibotta?

Ibotta is an app that rewards you for shopping at particular retailers and buying specific products. Simply shop, scan your receipt, and get cash back.

Why Choose Ibotta?

While there are a TON of cash back apps to choose from, I have tried most and found that Ibotta worked best for me for the following reasons..

User friendly: I hate figuring out new things, so trust me when I say it doesn’t get much simpler than shopping and scanning! In the few instances when reaching customer service was necessary, it was a simple email and seamless experience.

fullsizeoutput_12Store Availability: Nothing was more frustrating than going on other apps and the stores or products were not available in my area. Ibotta has a wide network of large retailers that make redeeming rebates easy!

Money, Money, Money: You can earn money with rebates, bonuses, and by referring friends and family! Also, most apps only offer money back in the form of gift cards. While Ibotta does allow you to redeem your rebates for discounted gift cards, you can also deposit your earnings into your PayPal or VenMo account! That’s awesome cause the last I checked, I can’t pay my utility bills with coffee gift cards.

Ways To Use Ibotta

Ibotta After the Fact: One method of using Ibotta is to write your shopping list and THEN search the app to see if anything you need has a rebate offer. This strategy helps prevent unnecessary spending! Remember, just because it is on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good deal if you didn’t need it to begin with.

Ibotta Motivated: Strategic shopper? Ibotta can be a great tool to stack with store sales and coupons on items that you need and use. For example, I scroll Ibotta on Sunday morning and compare their offers with Target’s sales ad, cartwheels, and coupons available to print on the internet. If a rebate is offered on an item that my family likes and uses, I will stock up as long as the offer keeps resetting.. meaning the rebate comes back after I have already submitted a receipt.

How to Maximize Ibotta

Complete Bonuses: Ibotta offers additional ways to earn cash through bonus incentives. A few examples would be “redeem (x) rebates in (x) days and get $,” “get $ when you redeem (x) rebate and (y) rebate in the same shopping trip,” or “earn $ invite (x) amount of friends this month.” These cash back offers are in addition to the money earned on the individual rebate!

Build a Strong Team: Meaning other individuals who also use Ibotta. One of the requirements for completing some bonuses is that your team redeems a set amount of rebates, so if you have non active members, you’re losing out on money! Build a strong team by inviting your friends and family to join Ibotta.. and then send them texts to either remind them to use the app or to share a rebate you think might interest them.

That’s Ibotta in a nutshell! I hope you found this post informative, and if you ever want to see how I use Ibotta, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I post my match ups weekly. Want to join my Ibotta team? Click here to get started! Once you redeem your first rebate, you’ll also get a $5 bonus. Enjoy!