Do you love to save money? Or are you looking to make money? With the ibotta app for your smartphone, you can do BOTH just by buying items you normally use! How cool is that?
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What Is Ibotta?
But today I’m going to show you that making money from home is even more effortless than starting a blog thanks to Ibotta.
Ibotta is a money saving app that works with popular stores in your area. You earn extra cash by shopping where you normally shop and buying what you normally buy. But, you also have the option of adding offers to try new items and get money back on your purchase.
For example, on my Ibotta app, my recommended retailers are Wal-Mart, Kroger, Target, and Publix. Don’t worry if you don’t normally shop at any of these. YOU get to choose your recommended retailers. These are just my top four because they’re convenient for me and I’m always on the lookout for great deals at these stores.
But other choices include Harris Teeter, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Whole Foods (yum!- I wish we had one close by!), and The Fresh Market. Just to name a few. All told, Ibotta offers deals at over a HUNDRED stores nationwide. Pick where you want to shop. No hassle. And they even offer cash back at online retailers like Amazon, Boxed, and more!
What Do I Have to Buy with Ibotta?
One of the great things about Ibotta is that it works with all sorts of brands (and stores). Big label ones like Proctor and Gamble, Yoplait, Toms’s of Maine, Clif Bars, Mom’s Best, and literally THOUSANDS more.
There are also “any brand” offers. So you could buy, say, a gallon of organic milk, any brand, and get cash back.
You simply buy the items you normally would and then upload your receipt to get credit for your purchase. Which brings me to a great point.
How do I get the cash back?
How Do I Redeem My Offers with Ibotta?
After you’ve made a purchase at your local store, you’ll have the option to redeem it IMMEDIATELY or up to a week later. Your choice.
First, pick the store you shopped at. For example, Target. Of which I’m not only a HUGE fan but an affiliate,by the way. And if you use the Target app with Cartwheel you can save even MORE when shopping here. Boom!
On my Cartwheel alone, I’ve accrued a lifetime savings of $73.14 with only 80 offers! That’s almost a dollar per offer SAVED!
But back to Ibotta.
I choose Target from my recommended retailers and I scroll through the current offers. From there, I can go to Find Offers, or just start scrolling down. There are various categories like Buy It Again, What’s Hot, and New Offers. Personally, I check through ALL of them to find the best deals. Often I’ll come across a deal I’ve never used before and I’ll add it.
Today I see Larabar has .50 cents back and YQ by Yoplait has .25 cents back. I can click the add button for both of those. And also, PERFECT Kids is doing $4.99 back which makes it a steal! I LOVE the PERFECT Kids bars, by the way. And the $4.99 back makes these FREE.
For some offers, I can buy only one of that item, like with the PERFECT Kids bars. But with the Larabar, I can redeem it up to 5 times. That means I’d get up to $2.50 back. Wow!
I make my purchases, add the items bought to my specific retailer, then upload the receipt. But remember, it must be within a week of purchase to receive credit.
For most retailers, I have to take a picture, or pictures, of the receipt to prove I bought what I said I did. For Walmart, all I have to do is scan the QR code.
After I click upload, and take the pictures, Ibotta will ask me which items I bought and how many. So I go through and click.
Often times, Ibotta makes an educated guess from my receipt pictures and goes ahead and adds up my items. But just to be sure it got everything, I usually go back and check manually.
Then, depending on the clarity and which store I shopped at, I may need to scan each individual item’s barcode to confirm I bought it.
If there’s ever any question as to if it’s the right item, you can even scan the product’s barcode BEFORE purchase. This has helped a LOT. Believe me.
Getting Cash Back
Once you’ve redeemed your offers and submitted your receipt, it may take up to a day or so to have the money credited into your Ibotta account. But sometimes it is instant. Cha-ching!
From there, you can withdraw funds into a Venmo or PayPal account. (I use PayPal for the same reason I use SiteGround for my blog’s hosting by the way- GREAT customer service).
The only small catch here is that you do have to have at least $20 in your account to withdraw. But if you use the app as often as I do, that’s not a problem.
In fact, I made over $100 during the summer in one month alone just from Ibotta. That’s $100 back in my bank account just from buying groceries- which made a lot of those items FREE. Free food and money back? AWESOME!
Want to Make Even More Money?
Want to get even more money from using Ibotta? Of course you do! So share it!
EVERY Ibotta user gets a referral code they can send their friends. Often it comes with $10 for their friend, and then the user who referred gets cash back too! Normally it’s $5-$10, but Ibotta has been known to do a LOT more as incentive to share the app.
Plus, Ibotta offers crazy good incentives just for saving more and more money each month in the form of Bonuses. Check out the Bonuses section to see how you qualify. Most months you just have to redeem 10 offers and $10 dollars, more or less. And you’ll get a .50 cent credit, or more, just for meeting that milestone.
That, and as I’ve already mentioned, you can use other money saving apps ON TOP of using Ibotta. The Target app with Cartwheel is one of my favorites, but Wal-Mart has a savings catcher app, too. So if you’re shopping at these retailers and NOT using these apps together, you’re leaving money on the table.
A LOT of money.
Is Ibotta really Worth It?
Do I think Ibotta is worth it? Of course I do or I wouldn’t be using it!
My time is valuable, and so is yours. Which is why I’m picky about which apps I use to earn and save money and time. Ibotta works for my schedule, area, and family, so it makes the list.
So if you’re interested in downloading the app and making cash back, click here, or on one of the above links while on your smartphone. As I’ve already mentioned, if you use my link, you’ll get a $10 (or more!) credit just for signing up. And you don’t even have to USE the app to start earning money. You can simply send the referral link to YOUR friends and when they sign up, YOU’LL get paid!
Getting paid for opening an app and inviting friends? Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
Sign up today and comment below when you do. You’re also welcome to leave YOUR referral link in the comments, too. Share the wealth.
Be a blessing.
Plus, if you’d like to know how to make even more money as a blogger, check out my post here. I tell you why I started a blog and what a blessing it’s been to my family, as well as why I chose SiteGround for hosting. And you can follow that up with checking out this post about 10 inspirational bloggers making six figures a year from their blogs! Wow. It really is possible to make money from home. Who knew?
Comment below with your favorite take away. Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Be Blessed!