What is Ibotta and How Does Ibotta Work: Earn Cash + $5 Just for Signing Up!

January 3, 2013 · 113 comments

by Jennie
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Some of you may have noticed us including Ibotta coupons in the Target and Rite Aid weekly posts. I've been getting a few questions on what Ibotta is and how the program works, so I thought I'd break it down for you!

First of all, I'll tell you that this new program is awesome since it actually lets you earn cash on your purchases.
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Now here are some more details on Ibotta:




What is Ibotta and How Does it Work?
Ibotta is an app for smartphones (Android and iPhone) that contains many different money saving offers for popular products. You can learn facts, watch videos and take one question surveys before purchasing a product to earn cash. Once you have purchased the product, you simply take a picture of your receipt showing your purchase of the item. Ibotta allows you to earn up to $40 cash per shopping trip.

How Do I Get Paid?
Once you’ve redeemed offers totaling $5 or more, Ibotta lets you transfer your earnings directly to your PayPal account.  Choose "Withdraw Cash" from the main menu of the app, then select "Get My Cash" to link Ibotta to your PayPal account.

What Stores are Ibotta Coupons Good At?
Ibotta recently added a bunch of new partners and they are adding more all of the time. Here is the currently list of stores participating in the Ibotta program:

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • RiteAid
  • Kroger
  • Safeway
  • Publix
  • Stop & Shop
  • Fred Meyer
  • King Soopers
  • Ralphs
  • H-E-B
  • Meijer
  • Vons
  • Duane Reade
  • Smith's
  • Fry's
  • Pick 'N Save
  • Dominicks
  • Pavilions
  • Tom Thumb
  • Dillons
  • ShopRite
  • Giant Eagle
  • QFC
  • Harris Teeter
  • Randalls
  • Food 4 Less
  • Hy-Vee
  • CityMarket
  • WinCo Foods
  • 7-Eleven
  • United States Armed Forces Commissary

Get $5 for Signing Up and Earn $1 When Friends Sign Up

Ibotta will pay you $1 for every friend who signs up using your personal referral link. It’s easy - just Invite Friends from within the app or email them your personal referral link, and we’ll do the rest. There’s no limit to how much you can earn!


How Do I Get Started and Make $5 Cash for FREE?

1. Get the Ibotta app on your tablet, iPad, iPhone or Android phone using this link: http://www.bargainblessings.com/ibotta
*Keep in mind that if you download it directly from the app store and do not use this link, you will miss out on your $5 New Member credit.

2. Register with the app on your phone.

3. Redeem one of the Ibotta offers. There are tons to choose from and you can find some great scenarios in the store deals on Bargain Blessings.

4. Once you redeem your first offer, your $5 will be credited to your account and you can then transfer it to your Paypal account!

Head on over here to sign-up for Ibotta and get your FREE $5 cash credit! I can't wait to hear what you all think about this new money saving option. Since they just added more participating stores, we will be including their offers in our King Soopers, Walgreens and Safeway match-ups starting next week!

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{ 113 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Terri August 15, 2014 at 7:41 AM

can I use ibotta if I don’t have a smart phone or ipad or tablet?


2 Jennie August 15, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Hi Terri~ No, unfortunately Ibotta does require you having a mobile device that is compatible with their app.


3 Brittany August 13, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Just downloaded the app. I know I can only scan 1 receipt per item but if I do multiple transactions and have let’s say 10 different receipts with that item can I scan each one & get the rebate for each receipt?


4 Jennie August 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Hi Brittany~ The offers are each limited to one total per item, so after you redeem one receipt the offer will no longer be available to redeem on a second receipt.


5 kim August 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I signed up through the link provided and I didnt get $5 , It only gave me $1:(


6 Jennie August 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Hi Kim~ The $5 promotion is over now. It’s noted in my post above. ;)


7 Antonio August 5, 2014 at 1:05 PM

My Ibotta app will not show cvs stores.


8 Sara July 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I just submitted my first receipt. We’ll see how it goes. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t list any of the local grocery stores (yes, they are on the list). All I get is the Commissary, WalMart and Target. How do I find the rest?


9 julie June 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Love this app! I got back $22 last month. Add that to coupons and sales and I can afford life again.


10 Linda June 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I have downloaded the app but could you please explain how this works and how I use it. I don’t quit understand. Thank you Linda Pryor


11 Lori June 2, 2014 at 7:35 PM

My question is if there is milk at each store, can I get the rebate from each store?


12 Jennie June 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Hi Lori~ Each rebate is limited on being redeemed once, so no you could not use it at multiple stores. I hope that helps! :)


13 Jim Durham May 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Thanks for reply !!!!


14 Jim Durham May 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Well now I see they have to approve of what you say before being published. Wonder why, i thought this country had free speach ????? But not on this web site !!!!!


15 Jennie May 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Hi Jim~ Due to many spammers out there, yes, I do have comments set for me to approve them.


16 Jim Durham May 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Ibotta is the worst coupon app i have ever used. They dont pay for one reason or another
Coupon not clear, all of coupon not showing, can’t see date, can’t see store name, I could go on more but i don’t have the time. Customer service is offal (word correct, means refuse,waste material or decomposing animal flesh) which ibotta seems to be !!!!!!!!!!!!!
if ibotta would like to talk to me I will be glad to talk to them but so far the want even show
telephone number for anyone to talk to them!!!!!!!


17 Jennie May 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Jim~ My suggestion to you would be to contact Ibotta through their Facebook page. I’ve heard that a few readers have had good luck with that. I’ve personally been using Ibotta for quite a long time now and have not had a single issue.


18 mildred bean April 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I have no smart phone or I pad


19 Carmen March 20, 2014 at 7:48 AM

My friend and I both load this one from this site one straight from the App Store. Both of us got a $2 sign on bonus. They must not offer $5 for joining anymore. I do have a $5 for each friend who sins up under me though


20 Della February 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I would like to sign up for this but after reading some of the comments I am wondering if it is now available for the Windows8.1 Verizon phone? Please let me know if it is or when it will be available as I don’t want to go through the hassle of signing up if it won’t work for me.



21 jean February 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Hi Jennie
I am trying to buy a straight talk phone from wal-mart that will work with ibotta. Do you know which ones? I have looked all over.


22 Jennie February 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Hi Jean~ I wish I could help, but unfortunately I have no idea. Have you tried going into the store to ask them? You might also want to try asking on the Ibotta Facebook page. :)


23 tanea February 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

hi I started using ibotta and am having a problem. after I take a picture of the receipt its asking me to scan the receipt……………am I supposed to push a certain button to scan it or does it scan itself………………..Help!!!


24 Jennie February 8, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Hi Tanea~ I would recommend contacting Ibotta on their Facebook page with this issue….I’ve never heard of anyone having this problem so unfortunately I’m not sure how to fix it. Sorry that I could not be more help.


25 stephanie January 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Hi, I was wondering if the ibotta app charges you any taxes or fees other than reactivation $1.99. So do they charge any , monthly or yearlytaxes or fees of any kind?


26 Marylea Scott November 29, 2013 at 4:20 AM

When will you have an app for the Windows phone?


27 Andy November 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I used your link to sign up and download the app, and I did not receive a new member credit? Am I missing something here (besides the $5)


28 Patricia M Bassett November 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I recently connected Ibotta to my cell phone. Now I have a problem … how do I use it? What do I need to do and how do I cash in? I would love to recommend this to friends, but really would like to know what it is and how it works first. Please send instructions to my email address, listed above, and I will be a happy person. Thank you for your assistance.


29 yessy November 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

once you have your money transfer to your PayPal account, can you link a debit card and then use the money anywhere?


30 Jess November 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I know this might be silly but I’m trying to understand. You watch the videos, buy the product, then transfer it into pay pal, then you can spend it however you like? Or do you have to go to those specific stores? Do they give you real cash? Or a “credit” like thing. Can someone explain this to me?


31 Jennie November 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Hi Jess~ Once you have the money in your Paypal account it is just like cash…you can transfer it right to your bank account. :)


32 Meagan November 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

My phone (even though it’s an Android) says the app is not compatible with my type of phone. Can this work strictly through email?


33 Jennie November 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Unfortunately no Meagan. :( You do need to have the app.


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35 dandan October 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

can you use cash for ibotta or you have to use debit/credit card linked to your account. when you pay for your purchased in order to redeem them ?


36 Jennie October 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

You can pay with whatever you like. :)


37 Mariol October 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Hello Bargainblessings, I signed up using your link but I havent received any $5.00 you mentioned we will get? Please Help?


38 Hazel October 9, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Ibotta – I’m stuck. It asked me to do a review and I said yes, now I’m stuck on a screen with an “Open” button that doesn’t open a dangy dern thing. My main thing that shows my apps has the Ibotta button with a 1 but it just takes me back to that review page – is this a Halloween Ibotta maze? If so, how do I get out of this maze without the use of a sledgehammer?

Thanks much for any help you can offer :)


39 Hazel October 9, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Problem solved, courtesy of AWW Andrea. Thank you!

I’m seeing all my little offers standing at attention with signs that say “pick me, pick me.” AND … no animals or humans were hurt during the process. I call that a good day!

Such a helpful family we have here :)


40 Gigi October 4, 2013 at 8:49 PM

My current redeem balance is $97.50 however when I tried to transfer money to my paypal account it said on the top right corner that my current earning was $0.00 what does that mean? Help me!


41 ashley adam September 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

is there a way to print off a computer the list I have created to redeem?? so that way I don’t have to keep looking thru my phone when I am at the store?

and also, im a lil confused… each ibotta offer is good for ONE item purchase? so it wont give me say 50 cents on each Clorox green works trigger spray cleaner I buy if I bought 4… I will only get 50 cents, not $2.00?

and once I use an offer… I CANT use it again, ever?

thank you,
Ashley from Texas new to couponing!!!


42 Hazel September 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Mornin’ Ashley … I can’t help much on the ibotta questions but wanted to give you a big ole wave and welcome :)


43 Donna September 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Does the email that is on your paypal acct have to match the email on your ibotta acct? I have a paypal acct setup already that has a different email than what I have at work & I was wondering if that will be an issue when using ibotta.


44 Jennie September 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Hi Donna~ I’m not 100% sure since my e-mails are the same. I guess the best way to find out would be to test it! :)


45 Carol October 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Hi Donna,

If you look at the email portion of your profile in Paypal, you should be able to attach more than one email address to your account. That way you can add the email address you have on your Ibotta account and solve the problem.


46 Kendall September 5, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Good morning,

I’m curious, can you have a list and not buy everything on it then use the same offers at another store later?

Can you reuse the offers at different stores? What I’m trying to ask is if I have a list of things I’m buying at walmart then go buy a few things at CVS, do I get paid for each time I use the offer?


47 Jennie September 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Hi Kendall~ Most Ibotta offers have a limit of one use (at any store). I hope that helps! :)


48 Caroline August 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Are there any fees with PayPal when transferring money? And once money is the pay pal account what can I do with that?



49 Emily September 29, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Hey there! Paypal shouldn’t charge you for receiving the money unless you’re a seller like on ebay but it all depends on how Ibotta transfers the money into your paypal account. They definitely don’t charge you for transferring the money from your paypal account into your bank account or if you use your paypal funds to make internet purchases.

Hope that helped.


50 Addison July 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Hi, Jennie, I need help. I recently got the app and earned over $50 dollars yesterday from doing offers and store extras and I have yet to see my money. The help center and FAQ says it should of shown up with within 24 hours, but obviously that didn’t happen. I can’t redeem my PayPal money because all of it is still pending. I desperately need that money by tomorrow (I have to pay a fee on eBay) and I’m short! Please help ASAP!


51 Jennie July 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Hi Addison~ I would love to help you, but unfortunately I’m not able to. Your best bet would be to contact Ibotta directly. Have you tried their Facebook page? They are usually quite fast to respond there.


52 keysha July 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

signed up a friend, and it does not show up on my account …should have earned my fun in the sun2 bonus with the sign up, but not seeing anything


53 Jennie July 15, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Hi Keysha~ I would recommend contacting Ibotta directly and they should be able to look into it for you. :)


54 Brittany June 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Dos anyone know how to redeem the money you earn from the surveys and posts on Facebook?


55 vianey May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

im sorry for not being more clear. wat i ment was that when applying for paypal should i link my debit card or bank account to it?


56 Jennie May 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Oh gotcha. :) I personally have my bank account linked. :)


57 vianey May 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

i dont have a paypal account. whats the best option….should i link it to my bank account or debit card?


58 Jennie May 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Unfortunately you have to have Paypal in order to work with iBotta.


59 Shani August 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Vianey, it’s easy to open a paypal acct., and with that you simply register your debit card, credit card, or bank account and link it up that way thru paypal.


60 Sarah October 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

What if you need to return a product but already submitted to Ibotta? Do they penalize you?


61 Tabitha Ford March 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I tried to redeem my money and it just sends me to the list of stores. it says I have 10.00 pending and it wont let me redeem it. please help


62 Jennie March 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Hi Tabitha…have you tried contacting iBotta directly? I would suggest trying them on their Facebook page if you have an account. I’ve heard they are pretty responsive there. I’m not sure why it will not allow you to redeem. It sounds like a bug with their system or something.


63 Bani Bobb September 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I just started using ibotta and love it. In order to redeem money you need to click on withdraw, then follow the prompts to transfer your funds to your Pay Pal account.


64 paloma March 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

How long is it supposed to take for the money to enter your PayPal account?


65 Jennie March 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

It is usually immediate for me. :)


66 chandra February 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I notice I only have anywhere from 15-30 items at anytime to choose from. Does anyone ever hear of them adding more items?? So far it has been great, just want more added!!



67 Jennifer Smith January 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Hi all. I am just wondering what tablets will work for these Apps? I don’t have a smartphone, but I am looking to buy a tablet (knowing which tablets will work with this program might sway my final purchase decision). Also, I saw a couple comments that said you have to scan the bar-code in the store; does that mean I have to have internet to do that? I am not very tech savvy. Thanks!


68 Jennie January 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Hi Jennifer~ You will need your tablet to be able to connect to the internet and you’ll also want to make sure that you can take pictures with it so you can scan UPCs and take pictures of your receipts. I hope that helps. :)


69 Ann January 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Can you explain again how to do this with a 2nd generation ipad? I don’t understand how it works, because not very many retailers are showing up on my shopping list.


70 Ashli Schultz January 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Hi. I added two offers on Th. night, and went back last night to scan them and only one was there. Did anybody else’s Eggland’s Best offer disappear?


71 Dina January 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Ashli, yes my Eggland’s Best offer dissappeared Friday morning too. When I looked Thursday night I had 19 of my offers in my shopping list say the last day to redeem was Thursday. So Friday morning all of them were gone. I didn’t look to see which were supposed to be left but many folks say that even ones that were not supposed to expire that night did as well.


72 Ashley January 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

How come I don’t get all the offers that you mention on here (i.e. the Capri Suns in the Safeway ad this week)???

Thanks :)


73 Jennie January 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Ashley~ Offers will vary a little from person to person.


74 suzi January 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM

If I buy 4 items will that redeem as 4 items too? Say. $1 so it will be $4?


75 Jennie January 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Each offer can be redeemed only once. :)


76 suzi January 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

so if i bought 4 same item in 1 transaction that means i can only redeem 1 item?


77 Jennie January 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Yes that is correct.


78 Barb January 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Just to make sure Im not cukoo, I can buy three or four things and scan one receipt into the system, am I right? Im off to buy cold medicine so I want to be sure….


79 Jennie January 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Yes, that is my understanding Barb. I’ve actually only done one at a time, but I’m quite sure that if you have more than one item on your receipt you are fine…just as long as they are different items and not multiple of the same item.


80 sheila January 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

You’re right. I haven’t redeemed my first offer yet. I will on Friday. Sorry for being confused and thank you Jennie for all the work you do!


81 Jennie January 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

You bet! :) Glad we got it sorted out!


82 sheila January 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I didn’t get my $5 credit either, and I was very careful with going through the link and signing up. I have read a lot of comments about people not getting theirs and Customer Service not being any help.


83 Jennie January 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Sheila if you signed up through the link in this post AND have redeemed your first offer the $5 WILL show up on your account. If you are still having trouble, please contact me directly and I will check my sign-up records.


84 Anna January 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Did you redeem your first offer? My $5 showed up on my account as soon as I did.


85 Jennie January 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Sheila~ I just checked my records and show that you downloaded the app at 1:00pm this afternoon. If that is the case, I’m guessing you have not yet redeemed your first offer and had it approved…so your $5 will not yet show on your account.


86 Beth January 9, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Is the $5 offer still good? It seems like the links are all linked back to this post. Am I missing something?


87 Jennie January 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Yes it is Beth. If you click on any of the links in this post from your phone (or your computer) it will take you to the page you need to download the app (or register before you download) and get you and get you your $5.


88 Kimberly September 19, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I followed the link on my iPad and I have redeemed 5 offers and have not received the $5 sign up credit.. Is it still a valid offer?


89 Jennie September 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Hi Kimberly~ This is their most recent new user bonus: http://www.bargainblessings.com/new-ibotta-offers-new-users-and-earn-up-to-10-in-free-money/ So, I think you would have received something. You may want to contact Ibotta through their contact page to see if they can look into what the issue is. Here is a link to that: https://ibotta.com/contact


90 Faith January 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I can’t wait to try this! Love that you can stack the refund with a paper coupon!


91 Leah January 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

For some reason it’s failing to post to Facebook when it had been working just fine. Any tips??


92 Karen January 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Mine is failing to post to Facebook also. Previously it had been fine.


93 Merili January 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

I have to say, this is kinda fun.


94 Merili January 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I’m excited for this!


95 Jennifer January 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I understand you have to go through PayPal but will PayPal charge you for receiving money from Ibotta? Thanks. I don’t use it either.


96 Jennie January 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Great question. :) Here is Ibotta’s answer: Once you’ve redeemed offers totaling $5 or more, Ibotta lets you transfer your earnings directly to your PayPal account. Choose “Withdraw Cash” from the main menu of the app, then select “Get My Cash” to link Ibotta to your PayPal account.

If you don’t already have a PayPal account, you can set one up for free at http://www.paypal.com. Money in your PayPal account can be transferred to any bank account, sent to other PayPal users, or loaded onto a debit card.

Please note that it is very important to verify your PayPal account by following the steps emailed to you from PayPal. Ibotta never collects a fee for transferring money into your account, but if the account remains unverified at the time of transfer, PayPal will collect a small fee for the transaction and you will not receive the entire amount owed to you. Because we always want you to receive the entire amount you worked to earn, please ensure your account is verified.


97 Kim January 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

I only have a few of these stores on my list! How do I get cvs and rite aid? I was trying to upload a receipt and those stores are not on my list on my app! Please help!


98 Jennie January 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Here is what Ibotta says about that issue Kim. Does this help you at all? “If you are using an iPod 4th generation or iPad 2, you won’t see all retailers. Some retailers use text strings for their receipts and the only way for us to know whether you have purchased the correct product is for you to scan the item in the store prior to your purchase. The iPod 4th generation and iPad 2 do not support this feature, but will still be able to upload receipts from all the retailers listed under the “Shopping List” section on that device.”


99 Jenn January 31, 2013 at 1:23 PM

So we can only use the stores that show up on our list? Bummer. I just bought several items from King Soopers, and I just discovered that’s not on my list.


100 Shannon January 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

This looks like a very cool app! One question… By the savings just being added to a PayPal account, does that mean you just have a credit there to spend online, or is there a way to get this money back as cash? I just don’t use PayPal very often ;) Thanks!!!


101 Jennie January 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Shannon~ Once the money is in your Paypal account you can transfer it into your bank account. :)


102 Amber January 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Can you use a manufacturer’s coupon with the offers?


103 Jennie January 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Yes, you can Amber! :)


104 regina January 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

i signed up the other day and have claimed a few purchases but i never got my $5 credit :(


105 Jennie January 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Regina~ Did you make sure to sign-up through the link in this post?


106 Dina January 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I noticed they are a Denver based company which is pretty cool!


107 Jennie January 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Yepp…I agree! :)


108 Julie M January 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Do you know if this works for Android tablets? My tablet is much “smarter” than my Android phone. I think my phone would go on strike if I tried to use this App on it. Thanks!


109 Jennie January 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I asked a friend to test it out on her tablet and she said it does Julie. :)


110 Julie M January 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Yeah! Thanks for checking. I can have the kids take care of this for me. I see a new homeschool subject in our future…. ;) Shall we call it consumer economics?


111 Jennie January 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Fantastic idea! :)


112 Julie M January 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Also, a couple of questions that I just can’t figure out. Do you have to actually scan the bar-code then purchase the product to get any credit at all? Also, how soon does the $5 bonus show up?


113 Jennie January 4, 2013 at 1:54 PM

You actually take a picture of your receipt once you’ve purchased the item. This video also helps explain in: http://vimeo.com/51179012 The $5 bonus will show up after you submit your first receipt.


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