Is the Ibotta App a Scam – Here Is My Ibotta App Review

By Kyle / September 9, 2016
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I’ve been seeing a fair number of complaints about Ibotta recently so I wanted to write this Ibotta App review to clear a few things up. First off, Is the Ibotta App a scam? Heck No! I love the app. Its a great way to earn money that you otherwise wouldn’t by doing what you already do anyhow.

With Ibotta your weekly shopping trip could be putting $10 – $20 or more back in your pocket.

Sure there are complains about a number of things (which I’ll get into) but you will never find a company, no matter how credible and trustworthy they are, that doesn’t have complaints.

Anyways, let me jump right into this review.

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  • Price to Join: Free
  • Rating: 9.2/10 (Love it!, Great income supplementation doing what you already do, No reason for anyone not to try this)
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How To Make Money With The Ibotta App

Well of course the first thing you need to do is sign up at Ibotta and download the free app. This app is only available for iPhone and Android users, which hopefully is you.

After you are signed up and have the app on your smartphone, you are ready to roll. Next You choose what products you plan on buying, go shopping, confirm your purchases, & MAKE THAT EASY MONEY!

1) Choose Products You Plan On Buying

Ibotta is partnered with well over 50 different large retailers. After opening the Ibotta app you can select a store you plan on visiting. You then will be presented with a gallery of items that Ibotta is willing to pay you to buy. Then just add these items to your buying que.

*Tip: Complete tasks that relate to brands that you are looking to buy in the Ibotta app. This will increase your earnings when you buy them.

2) Go Shoppingis-the-ibotta-app-a-scam

Now you need to go out to the store(s) and actually buy the products that you were planning on getting. Double check to make sure you are buying the exact same product(s) that you have in the que on the app.

3) Confirm Your Purchases

Ibotta isn’t just going to pay you because you said you bought the items. They need proof. Here all you have to do is upload a picture of the receipt through the app. So make sure your receipt isn’t all wrinkled and destroyed. It usually takes less than 24 hours for them to verify your purchases.

4) Make Money!

Once your purchases are verified you will be given the specified cash back amount for each purchase. Now you can either have that cash sent to your Paypal account or you can choose to redeem it for select gift cards.

Cashing Out With Ibotta

Like I just mentioned above, you can cash out with Paypal or for select gift cards. The minimum cash out amount is $20. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to get to that amount. I mean, you are going to go shopping regardless.

Once you hit that $20 minimum you are able to cash out at any time.

Ibotta Payment Proof

Of course everyone wants to see payment proof so they know for sure its not a scam. So here you go. This is a cash out that I sent to my Paypal account for $22.40ibotta-payment-proof

Of course there is no real way of telling for sure if that transaction is real or not because I’m not going to provide the transaction ID or anything like that. But I still thought I would show it.

The fact of the matter is that Ibotta is legit, and they do pay you.

What I Really Love About Ibotta

Cashback shopping apps like this I love and Ibotta happens to be my favorite of all.

You are getting paid for what you already do. There is no hassle. You don’t have to go out of your way to make money. Just about everyone can benefit from it….

Why would you not use Ibotta? There is no reason not to (unless you don’t have a smartphone or go shopping).

Just think about it for a second. It takes maybe 5 minutes to scan through the product gallery and select products that you plan on buying. Then it takes just 30 seconds or so to upload the receipt when you are done. AND THATS IT! That is the only extra time you have to spend. You were going shopping regardless so that doesn’t count as time spent.

How To Make A Lot Of Money With Ibotta

Go out there and spend thousands on products each week.. JUST KIDDING!

I don’t want you to go out of your way to spend money in order to get cashback though Ibotta. Its not worth it.

However, there is one good way to make some pretty good money with Ibotta. And that is through their referral program.

Refer Others & Make Money

For every person you refer to Ibotta you will get $5 after they redeem one purchase through the app. Not bad at all.

And Ibotta is such a great and easy way to make some extra money for just about anyone, that its not difficult to get referrals. So if you do sign up to Ibotta and download the app, make sure you try out the referral program.

You could post referral links on Facebook, Twitter, forums, etc.

Ibotta Complaints

Like any big company, there will be complaints no matter how good they are. I don’t really have any personal complaints of my own, other than I wish they paid more for cashback amounts. But that’s nothing to complain about really.

The most common complaint that I have found includes:

Account Being Closed For “No Reason”

There are people complaining that their accounts have been closed for no reason and without warning and that the reason given to them from Ibotta is violation of their terms of service.

They do have terms of service and you must follow them. This is not “no reason” for closing someones account. Its a good reason and there must be terms of service in place when a company like Ibotta is giving people free money.

One of the common terms of service violations that I have found is creating more than one account. This is prohibited and your accounts will be closed without warning if you are caught. But there are various reasons for terms of service violations.

To avoid violating the terms of service, just read the terms of service on the website.

Final Thoughts – Is the Ibotta app a scam?

Heck NO! How would it be a scam. Its free to download and they pay you for what you are already buying to begin with.

Oh, ya. And Ibotta has recently been accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), which is a pretty big deal. And they also have a B+ rating which is also a big deal.ibotta-bbb-review

Should You Sign Up For Ibotta?

Do you go shopping? Do you like free money?

If you answered yes to the questions above then YES you should sign up. Its truly an awesome app and I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t love it myself.

Just don’t expect to make a lot of money of anything like that. Ibotta is awesome because you get money back for what you are going to do regardless, but don’t expect too much.

If you are looking for a way to make good money online then I suggest you take a peek at what I do and see if its something you would be interested in.

I make a living working online for myself and it sure as heck isn’t from getting cashback on grocery shopping. I have written a post on what I do to make money online, how it all works, and how others can do the same. You can click the link below to read about it.

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About the author


My name is Kyle and I am the owner of Earn Beast. I created this website to explore the various ways of earning and mainly focus on teaching others how they can make money online. To learn how I make a full-time income online, Click Here


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