Ibotta: Save & Earn Cash Back

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Rated 4.76714 From 1,100,901 Votes
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  • Last Updated: 2020-11-26
  • New version: 6.62.2
  • File size: 128.12 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later. and Android 4.4. KitKat or later

Ibotta: Save & Earn Cash Back

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Ibotta: Save & Earn Cash Back is an iPhone and Android Shopping App, made by Ibotta, Inc.. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Ibotta, Inc., with the latest current version being 6.62.2 which was officially released on 2020-11-26. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 1,100,901 Reviews on the Apple App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4.76714 out of a possible 5 stars.

How does it Work?

With Ibotta, you can earn real cash back every time you shop online or in-store. Simply check Ibotta before you shop in-store or online, travel, dine out, or make a purchase in your favorite apps, and you can get rewarded with cash back. Ibotta works with leading brands and retailers, including Best Buy, Lowe’s, Safeway, eBay, and so many more, to help you save money without the hassle of traditional coupons, or promo codes. Our customers have earned over $550 Million in cash back, just for shopping at their favorite stores! Start your shopping with Ibotta to save money on every purchase. Download the free app now for your chance to earn a $20 welcome bonus. HOW IBOTTA WORKS: 1. Add cash back offers – Before you go shopping, find and add offers in the app for things you want to buy. 2. Go shopping – Shop at your favorite stores, retailers, restaurants, bars, and apps 3. Redeem offers – Upload your receipt or link your loyalty card for instant cash back. 4. Get cash back – Watch your savings grow! When you’re ready, Withdraw your cash earnings via PayPal or your choice of a variety of gift cards. Ibotta is the easiest way to save money every time you shop. EARN CASH EASILY - Earn cash back rewards simply by uploading a photo of your receipt - Get your money quickly and easily SAVE ON GROCERIES, TRAVEL, RETAIL, RESTAURANTS & MORE - Ibotta helps you earn cash back on purchases at more than 500,000 locations (and counting) - Our partners include: Walmart, Uber, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, Kroger, CVS, Rite Aid, Groupon, Jet.com, eBay, Boxed, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, JOANN Fabrics, Drizly, Hotels.com, Minibar, AMC, eBags, HotelTonight, Thrive Market, HotelStorm, Safeway, Walgreens, Costco, World Market, Petco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and many more. IBOTTA WORKS WITH YOUR FAVORITE APPS - Start with Ibotta to easily earn cash back when you make purchases on your favorite mobile apps like Uber, Jet.com, Groupon, Boxed, and eBay. EARN EVEN MORE CASH WITH BONUSES - Earn extra cash when you refer friends with your referral code! - Earn even more with extra cash bonuses on specific products or when you hit shopping milestones. - Ditch the promo codes and old paper coupons and shop with Ibotta to earn real cash back. - Download the Ibotta app now to start earning cash back on every purchase, and watch your savings grow! LOVE IBOTTA? 
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 Note: Ibotta may use your location to help find stores. Continued use of your phone’s GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Top Reviews

  • Was a fun way to earn cash to shop or emergency money.

    By Lorna lovely
    I’ve done ibotta for a years. Since I heard about the app on Good Morning America like 7-8 years ago. It was great and had a bunch of stuff I used and still use. Now there are places I don’t shop that aren’t even in my town. And stuff that isn’t carried in any store in my area. And it has become wicked bothersome. Because. It won’t let you redeem if I order for pickup. With covid you should get a super bonus. And their cash back is a joke. Yes I said a joke clarify this wait for that. You have to put in your info for that place and when you say hay I made a purchase they tell you oh on flexpays don’t count. With covid 19 how else are you to get clothes and gifts? No stores open or malls. Wal mart and Target. That’s it. I make more with no hassles on a different app. And it doesn’t have a lot of what I buy or even what ibotta got us to try. And you look through three stores for it and they look at you as if you are asking for space food. I have earned a nice bit of money. That was my shopping cash and emergency money fo gas and milk an if we needed something. But it has gotten weird and most aren’t carried in my area. And another app pays out better for online shop. And no hassles. Although I think every one using order pick up should be getting extra super bonuses not excluded and bonuses not apply. Standing masked inline outside and only 5 in at a time is insanity.
  • At a time was a great app and money saver, now not so much

    By Kepesky
    I’ve earned a lot of money using this app over the years and it has helped in tough times. Unfortunately I have only used it a handful of times in the last 6 months because it has become so inconvenient to use, as well as not having the items I’ve repeatedly purchased over the years available, as they once were. You have to watch a video for 70% of what you want to unlock. This takes a lot of time especially when you go through sooo many categories of items that are on there, multiple times, and separated by a variety of the product. (Size/flavor/etc). And if you’re listening to music to help pass the time, it won’t continue after the ad is over. And fat chance you’ll find it available for the store you purchased it from when it’s restricted to one store, the store you didn’t purchase it from. Also a major thing is that you STILL have to unlock every item. Other apps allow you to just scan your receipt and that’s it. It finds the offer if there’s one available. Ibotta has been around for long enough to have that technology available. Most of the bonus offers now are just to recruit people to join but I’ll be among my “teammates” in no time, non-existent because it’s just become so time consuming and not much to offer after you’ve spent 20+ minutes just looking for items on your recipient, hoping to get cash back for, but sadly don’t end up with anything!
  • Used to be great, now, it’s a waste.

    By Game dumper
    I used to love Ibotta. I would recommend it to friends all the time, even people who were asking me why I was scanning items with my phone as I shopped. Those days are gone. Offers are often not worth the effort of finding the nitpickily specific type and size of the featured product, and if you do find the right version at a store, the offer won’t be valid for that store, so you’re back to square one. Pay With Ibotta (PWI) used to be a great addition, but now is pointless because it doesn’t work. I have tried using it several times to no avail. The app will display a message saying it can’t connect with a button to “retry”, just to continue showing the same error. Today, an offer appeared via a notification for Dominos Pizza using PWI. I decided to use it today, and of course, Ibotta displayed the same error message as before. Updated my app, and the same thing happened. Ibotta is unreliable, and seems to be falling seriously behind in their attempts to maintain an app that functions properly and is user friendly. They’ve already removed Venmo as a payout option, and continue to reduce availability and value by minimizing/eliminating rebates (especially with PWI), making it pointless to bother even attempting to use the app on a regular basis. I’m a user who’s saved $700 since I started using Ibotta in summer 2014, with 2020 being my lowest-ranking year since all their changes ruined the app for me.
  • A lot of false advertising

    By Moomoo5792
    I gave it 3 stars because I only receive the cash back for my purchases about 3 out 5 times. This app used to be really great. But now they are really, really bad for falsely advertising cash back on items just to get you to purchase them. Many, many...many times now I have purchased the EXACT item shown. I always read the full details of each offer to make sure it doesn’t require you to purchase two, or only a certain size, etc. I will even scan the barcode for a match when I’m in the store! Then I get home, scan my receipt and uh oh...”item doesn’t match”. I check my receipt to make sure the cashier did indeed charge me for the item..yep, it’s there. Hmmmm convenient way for them to cash in on successfully pushing you the product without having to actually pay you the money. This past week they even went as far as to go back and take away the credit that I had earned on an item. I received an email stating that they couldn’t match it even though their app successfully matched it to my receipt! It was indeed the correct item. Don’t even bother with trying to contact their care team because you just get the generic “oh we’re sorry but you probably didn't purchase the correct item...please review details of all items before purchasing in the future” type of response...much like their responses to most of these reviews 😒. I hope they do better in the future.
  • Good with an Asterisk

    By jjustjjess
    I have earned quite a bit of cash back for items I purchase and have tried some new items and brands as a result of offers. The downsides are that linking your loyalty rewards card is supposed to make the process simpler, but it becomes WAY more of a hassle because it never detects all of the items I purchased. I always make sure I have the offers added before I shop, but somehow things are always missed, or multiple quantities are not registered. Reaching out to their customer service is a huge pain. The response is slow, sometimes you would have qualified for bonuses if the offers were recorded the day of your purchase, but if you don’t add the bonus into your customer service request, they won’t check for them. They also sometimes ask for pictures of receipt, items, and barcodes after not responding for a week (which means your food might already have been consumed) so take pictures immediately and hold onto them in case you need them as backup to your request. It’s honestly just easier to upload the receipts yourself instead of linking your loyalty card. In any case, these companies are collecting LOADS of valuable consumer data, the least they can do is make it simple to compensate you for your willingness to participate in that. So it’s incredibly frustrating when the consumer is the one having to jump through hoops for $0.50.
  • Not Perfect, Takes Time & Patience

    By BravaLauretta
    I’ve gotten back over $1,000 in the years since I started using this. BUT—and it’s a big but—often what you submit as purchased offers, even when they first verify all your offers, will be rejected, usually as an unreadable receipt (how can the system say & show images of exactly which offers you’ve bought and in what quantities, then say your receipt wasn’t readable? Hmm?!). Take screen shots of EVERYTHING BEFORE you shop, including every single offer and its details (make sure you’ve added it already, showing the green check, or they’ll say you hadn’t), don’t forget bonus progress, every receipt, and save them until your earnings are in your account, or better yet, after you transfer them into your PayPal account! Then for the stores that are supposed to be tracked automatically via your loyalty number, they often miss items or multiples of items you've purchased. This has happened to me MANY times. The system works but you often have to upload files of your saved screenshot & receipt photos when you submit a help center claim, which takes time. They know that, and I’m guessing they keep the money from the retailers used but don’t give shoppers their promised money. In my opinion and in my experience it allows only relatively small returns to users. If you have the time & patience for this, it does pay.
  • Used to be great...now not so much

    By Chelleeeszxo💗
    I have been using Ibotta for about two years now and it used to great! But lately I’m rarely ever able To redeem any offers. It went from always having gain or tide(the two primary detergent brands I use) being up here quite frequently to almost never. Also, it’s stupid that certain stores the offers are not valid at(i.e. offers at Walmart are not at Target or vice versa.). I haven’t even been able to reach the 20$ minimum for cash out in MONTHS. App has also been giving issues with loading while I’m shopping so I can’t even check product barcode to be sure it’s a match. Don’t really understand why if I’m constantly purchasing certain items they would be removed from redeemable offers for what seems like permanently. I can get you want to try to persuade users to continue to use the app but if I don’t normally buy a product I’m not going to just because it’s in Ibotta. That goes for the bonuses as well. A few of the people on my “team” and I notice some of us will have to redeem less or more items then one another to qualify for a bonus. Again, I can get it if some of us are using the app more often then others but it’s still pretty stupid. For me, I was using it pretty frequently, in order to qualify for some bonuses I needed to purchase 30+ items in an unrealistic amount of time. Very disappointed with the app at this point. Don’t really know if I will continue to TRY and utilize it at all as there is really no point anymore.
  • Losing steam

    By Heather71449
    This app was AWESOME at first!! I recommended it to literally anyone that would listen! Even complete strangers that I would see at the checkout. Now, you can’t get a response from the ‘Care’ Team. Even when you show detailed photo proof with the receipt, the UPC & the product front & back; by the time you actually get a response, the receipt is more than a week old & they deny you credit. Then when you bring it to their attention that you submitted it within the allotted timeframe, you get a response stating that you were given credit for the purchase. BUT there is a way to check!! In your ‘My Earnings’ option, you can see if you earned credit; which obviously shows that you NEVER received credit for the purchase!!! The ‘Care’ Team has lost its empathy! The response time used to be very short, now you’re LUCKY if you receive a response in 7 days!!! I’m positive that they will claim that they are bombarded with tons of claims & emails that they are trying to respond to each one. But if they had let us know that when they reached a certain number of users that they would be overwhelmed & not intend on expanding their team member staff; I would have stopped recommending this app when that number was reached! You beg us to share this app, however you apparently don’t care enough to expand your staff enough to handle all of the claims & new members??
  • Not as good as it used to be

    By Ande32715
    I was recommended this app a few years ago and it used to be great. They actually had items I would buy or wanted to try. Now..... I’m lucky if I can use it once every shopping trip (I used to be able to use it every time). That’s not the bad part because I do like that they have rebates for new products just hitting the market. The bad part is having to link a loyalty card. What!?!? So I started doing that. Well now one of the loyalty cards linked never posts my items and I have had to reach out to the care center and wait forever (3-7 days) to be credited and they don’t even know when you have multiple items for redemption. I had to reach back out and let them know after I already listed three items purchased along with the receipt that I was still missing money. I was credited. Fine! It’s getting worse because the app will scan the receipt for items and not recognize others. I like not having to scan all of the barcodes but I don’t mind it if I have to. I have two items pending now because the receipt was rejected and these two items weren’t recognized during the initial receipt scan. Now the receipt has been rejected for those two items I don’t want to have to wait for the care team AGAIN. I’m at the point where all of the hassle isn’t worth it and I will just complete the last $3.00 needed to cash out and delete the app. I’m not wasting my time anymore.
  • Ok when it reads the receipt

    By Ladybaby
    This app is very frustrating at times. I have made it to $20 once and got an old navy gift card which was great. The time frames for the bonus offers are very short and I am never able to reach the goals. I have one store in particular where Im able to choose and add offers and then When I go to redeem my receipt the store is not an option to choose from. So I wasted my time choosing offers that I can redeem. If want to upload a grocery receipt do it right away!! Im a busy working mom and most of the time time I can’t redeem my offers right away. Also half of the time when I try to open up the app it takes forever to load/open up causing me to leave it and come back to it later. So, I gather all my receipt and redeem them at once. Huge risk of missing out on your offers if you wait. I scan my receipt and the app doesn’t recognize/read the items on the receipt and find the applicable offer. So I manually select the offers and then it asks me to scan the freakin bar codes 😠 of the items. WHY WHHHYYY! It’s on my receipt, which I just took a pic of. ITS ON THE RECEIPT Uuhhhhh! Its prob been a few days and I don’t have that item anymore (eaten by my kids or hubby) so I don’t have the packaging to scan the barcode. Am I supposed to just keep all the packaging around until I redeem the offer, yeah that’s practical. It’s so frustrating I’m going to try a diff app maybe Ratuken.

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