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Learn How to Make Money with Ibotta

Learn How to Make Money with Ibotta

Who doesn’t love saving money?  One of the most popular ways to make money with apps is through cash back shopping. Probably the most popular app out there is Ibotta. My daughter-in-law introduced it to me and I immediately started earning cash.  I’ve actually made over $30 with the app in just a few months.  It would have been a lot more, but I got lazy for a bit about using the app. Let’s talk more about it.

Signing Up/Getting Started

There’s two ways to get started with the Ibotta App. You can either visit and start the sign up process, or you can get the app on your phone (my personal preference). The app is available on iPhone and Android devices. Just download the app and enter the referral code: MGDAUHR, to earn $5 just for joining!

 Look for Products You Want to Buy

Once you’re signed up you can see all the stores near you. If you click on a store you can see all the items they pay cash back on and how much each rebate is.

The best way to get maximum return is to take a look at the list and see what items you’d like to purchase and get cash back on!  If there are items on the list that you’re not specifically brand-loyal to, you may want to consider swapping those items in just to get the cash reward.


Now, go to the store and shop normally.  Be sure to pick up the items that you were going to purchase that are available for cash back on the Ibotta App.

IMPORTANT: Make sure to get an itemized receipt, you’ll need it in the next step to get paid cash back.

Upload Receipt to Confirm Purchase

Once you’re done shopping you need to upload your receipt. You can scan the barcode on your receipt and Ibotta will automatically find the items you bought that they offer cash back on.  Or, your other option is to take a picture of the receipt and then manually add the items that Ibotta pays cash back on.

Either way Ibotta will process your entries and approve your receipt within 24 hours.  (I always get a confirmation a lot quicker than this, though.) Then your earnings will be added to your account.

Generic Rebates

These rebates pay the least, but it’s awesome that you can buy any brand. For example, you might see a $.25 rebate for a carton of milk. It doesn’t matter what type of milk you buy, as long as it’s on your receipt you’ll earn $.25 just for purchasing.

Brand Specific Rebates

These rebates are much more specific, but pay more than the generic rebates. Depending on how much the item costs these usually pay from $.25-$3, but some can pay more.

An example would be purchase 1 box of general mills cereal. You can still purchase any one of their cereals, but it must be a general mills brand to get the rebate!  Sometimes there are certain requirements such as buying two items, so be sure to look for any fine print.

 What Stores Are Available?

There is a huge list of stores that have partnered with Ibotta.  Most major grocery stores are available. You can also find stores like CVS, Dollar General, and and even box stores like Sam’s Club or Costco near you.

How Does Ibotta Pay?

The Ibotta App pays via PayPal or Venmo once your account reaches $20. You can cash out once you reach the $20 mark and your money will be in your account within 48 hours.  You may also choose gift cards as a form of payment. There’s a few options such as Amazon and Walmart that start at $25.

How to Earn More With Ibotta

Ibotta does offer a referral program that can help you earn more. Your referrals can also help you reach team bonuses for each month that gives you a few dollar bonus!  These bonuses can range from $5 to $15.  Just know that you will get paid to refer your friends and you’ll need to upload one receipt before you can cash out your referrals earnings!


Personally, I love this app.  I feel like they’re giving me free money with the click of a few buttons.  You should definitely try it out and worst case scenario, if you you don’t use it or like it, delete it!

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