Appy Hour: ibotta

App: ibotta  ibotta icon
By: Ibotta, Inc.
Price: Free
Device: Reviewed on iPhone

The holidays are fast approaching and you’ll probably be shopping more. Why not save money on the items you already buy? ibotta is a rebate app that gives you cash back for name brand and generic items in hundreds of stores. It eliminates cutting coupons and mailing in rebates. The cash from your rebates can be delivered to your PayPal or Venmo account or be used to purchase gift cards from major retailers.

When you open ibotta for the first time, you need to create an account. You can also invite friends to join and get a referral bonus. If you and friends collect enough rebates, you could all earn an additional bonus.

The app helps you find potential rebates in several ways. You can search for specific items (e.g. toilet paper or Diet Coke) or even scan the barcode of a potential item. You can also browse items at different stores or in categories like grocery, pharmacy, and clothing. Once you find an item, simply select it and then verify your purchase by scanning the item’s barcode and your receipt. This all happens within the app using your smartphone’s camera.

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