January 3, 2013
I posted this over on I Heart Publix today, but I have gotten some questions from Kroger people about ibotta too…so here is a step by step guide to using the new ibotta app and savings program. Those of you who are new to ibotta can see exactly how it works.
First, download the ibotta app to your iPhone, iPad or Android phone and register your account.
When you’re registered, you can start choosing the offers you’re interested in. Just tap on the product pictures to see the various ways to earn money. You can read facts, take quizzes, post info to Facebook, watch videos, and more.
You can choose to do some or all of the earning options. I know some of you are concerned about posting on Facebook…if you prefer not to post to Facebook, you can just skip those earning opportunities. Just be aware the more you do… the more money you will make! There are typically three earning options per offer. Right now I have offers that range from 25¢ to $1.75 per product.
Once you have done all the activities that you want to do for a particular offer, it saves that offer in your ibotta app and you will earn that amount of money when you purchase the specific item and upload your receipt.
In order to earn your cash, just go shopping. You can buy your chosen products at a variety of stores (including Kroger). For those of you that have asked, you can absolutely use a coupon to make your purchase price for that item less expensive!
You do have to make sure you are purchasing the correct item for the offer…but this is no problem as you can just tap the barcode icon in the top right of the ibotta offer screen and scan the product barcode in the store before you purchase it. The app will tell you if the item you’re purchasing qualifies for the offer – easy breezy!
Ok…so you have completed the offers, shopped, and now you are home. The next step is uploading your receipt.
To do this just tap the “Redeem” button in the bottom right corner. Choose the store where you made your purchase, then touch the “Upload Receipt” button at the bottom of the screen to take a photo of your receipt and upload it. If your receipt is a long one, you can tap “Add Section” and take multiple pictures until you have captured the entire receipt. When you are done taking pictures, tap “Submit.” You will then select the items that you purchased with that receipt and scan the barcode of the products to confirm.
Once you’ve submitted your receipt, ibotta will verify your receipt and approve your earnings (usually within 24 hours). To check on your pending earnings, just tap the icon with three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the app, then select the “Account History.”
What I like most about ibotta is that you are earning real money. When you have earned $5 or more, you can choose to withdraw your cash securely via PayPal or donate to a school or the United Way. The first time you withdraw cash, you will need to verify your email and input your PayPal information. Then just tell ibotta how much of your cash you want to withdraw or donate, and that’s it!
You will need that Paypal account to get your earnings. Setting up a Paypal account is totally free and super easy. You can use Paypal as a method of payment when you shop online at various stores and even connect the account to an existing bank account and have the money transferred. I typically just leave the money in my Paypal account (what I call my Monopoly money). I use it for things like my Vistaprint orders, coupon clipping sites, and that kind of thing.
Keep in mind that every time you redeem an offer, ibotta will send you a new one. This way they will learn what you like and don’t like, and you’ll be able to get more personalized offers.
A few tidbits to keep in mind:
- You will only get cash back on one item purchased. So, if you buy 6 boxes of Cheez-its, you will only get cash back for one. NOTE: The exception to this is if you get an identical offer show back up in your offers. In this case you can redeem the offer again!
- You can use coupons when purchasing your items.
- The offers look like they are starting to vary a bit by user. Hopefully you guys can help me stay up to date in the matchups.
- ibotta works at 33 retailers – you can see the full list HERE.
- Some folks are not seeing Kroger as a listed store. First make sure that your device is supported. If that is not the issue, you might want to see if the app has an update. Ibotta currently supports the following devices:
-iPhone 3GS and newer
-iPod Touch fourth generation and newer
-iPad 2 and iPad 3
-Android devices running on platform 2.2 and newer (see minimum requirements below)
Please note: Ibotta does not support any device without a camera.
iPad 2 and iPod 4 users: iPad 2 and iPod 4 do not have the barcode scan function, therefore offers cannot be redeemed from retailers using text strings on their receipts instead of product codes. You will not see them load onto the list of available retailers.
Android users: Your device must meet the minimum requirements below to run the Ibotta app:
Camera with autofocus
Network access to location data
Portrait and landscape screen orientation
OS 2.2 or higher
I hope that helps to answer some of your questions. If you have more, leave them in the comments and maybe we can get those hammered out too. I will try to keep this post updated as a reference.