All about Ibotta: What it is and how to use it

Over the past month or so, people have been talking about Ibotta. What’s Ibotta?

Ibotta is a new coupon app for Apple and Android devices. It’s similar to an ecoupon, in that you load your offers before you go to the store, but there’s a twist. Each offer has several steps, and for each step you complete, you receive another discount. Steps include everything from watching a commercial, learning a fact about the product, completing a survey or posting on Facebook.

Once you’ve completed the steps for your offer (they’re surprisingly quick – the “learn a fact” consists of reading a short statement about the product, and the surveys are usually one question about the product) then head to the store. The app tells you which stores you can shop at to qualify for the discount. Ibotta works with many chains around the country, but in Chicagoland, you may see offers from CVS/pharmacy, Dominick’s, Kroger, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, or Meijer.

After you shop, take a photo of your receipt with the app and upload it. Your account is credited with the money you receive within 24 hours, and you can withdraw it to Paypal. You can also donate your earnings to a local school or to charity.

Another plus – you can use Ibotta in conjunction with other store and manufacturer discounts! So, you can use coupons to buy products, then receive money back from Ibotta too.

When you sign up for Ibotta through this link by 1/11, you’ll receive $5 once you complete your first Ibotta offer by 1/17! (You’ll also receive a personalized link to share with your friends too, and you’ll get $1 when they sign up for Ibotta as well.)

Want to learn more? Let’s walk through an offer…

In this screenshot, you’ll see a variety of products and coupon offers. Selecting the Simply Orange orange juice brings up the next screen:

The steps for this offer include Get a Recipe, Watch a Video, or Take a Poll. In order to receive the maximum discount of .75, you would need to do all three steps. If you chose only to do some of them, the discount over each step is what you’d receive. In the next step, we’ll choose “Get a Recipe.”

Once you’ve viewed the recipe, you can click “Learn and Earn,” and .25 is loaded to your account. Remember, you still need to BUY the product and upload a receipt to actually receive this discount.

If you like (or are not interested in) an offer, you can rate it via a thumbs-up or thumbs-down icon. Ibotta learns what kinds of products you like and don’t like, so that over time, it will show you the kinds of offers you’re likely to be interested in.

And that’s it! Are you using Ibotta? What are your thoughts? Get started by signing up at this link, and receive a $5 bonus when you redeem your first offer by 1/17.

Ibotta screenshots from Google Play Android App store.


  1. Outlander says

    How much time do you have to load or buy the items? And can the receipt be say from last week, but you got the offer today? Would it still work?

  2. Good Stewardess says

    After reading more than a dozen blog posts about Ibotta and not finding a single negative comment, I’m beginning to question whether I’m really a true couponer at heart! :) Apparently I’m in the minority of people who think Ibotta might be more trouble than it’s worth.

    I’d like to see them streamline the app so there aren’t so many steps involved and so that process is more automated. It’s up to me to scan all those barcodes and make sure they get applied to the correct receipt. If I forget an item, it’s my loss.

    I think Ibotta is very similar to SavingStar, which also received a lot of attention in the beginning, but now you don’t hear very much about it.

    I also wrote a more detailed review here:

  3. kbakaturski says

    I was wondering if I buy something today and tomorrow buy the same thing again, can I use it more than once? as soon as I redeem the items
    seem to disappear…..?!