If you’re already earning cash back on grocery purchases with Ibotta, you may have heard about the Ibotta Browser Extension.

It’s a new way to earn cash back instantly at participating online retailers.

Ibotta Browser Extension: Everything You Need to Know

In this article, I’ll explain everything you need to know about how the Ibotta Browser Extension works and my personal review.


IBOTTA BROWSER EXTENSION REVIEW SUMMARY: The Ibotta Browser Extension for Chrome features some valuable cash back offers at popular online retailers. It’s free and easy to use. Your earnings are immediately added to your Ibotta account and can be redeemed starting at $20. This browser extension is best for people who already know and love Ibotta because they’ll be able to reach that $20 minimum to get their cash quickly.


If you don’t already have Ibotta, sign up here. Then, follow the step-by-step guide below to use the Ibotta Browser Extension.

Let’s get started…

Table of Contents

  1. Add the Ibotta Browser Extension to Chrome
  2. Enter a Payment Method
  3. Shop at Participating Online Retailers
  4. Follow Prompts at Checkout
  5. Redeem Your Cash Back Instantly

1. Add the Ibotta Browser Extension to Chrome

The first step is to add the Ibotta Browser Extension to your computer. It’s only available on Chrome, so you need to use that browser.

Here’s a link to the Chrome Web Store where you can find the extension.

2. Enter a Payment Method

Next, go to https://app.ibotta.com/ and add a payment method that you’ll use for Ibotta Browser Extension purchases.

Enter payment method to use Ibotta Browser Extension

I entered my favorite rewards credit card that I pay off monthly.

Keep your cell phone nearby for this step. Before adding a payment method, Ibotta will ask to verify your phone number for security purposes.

Once you enter the code that’s delivered via text, you’ll be on your way.

Verify your phone number with the Ibotta Browser Extension

3. Shop at Participating Online Retailers

After you’ve added the Ibotta Browser Extension to Chrome and entered a payment method, it’s time to start shopping.

There are 50+ participating online retailers, as of December 2019. They include:

  • Adidas
  • Aerie
  • Aéropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Athleta
  • Atom Tickets
  • Autozone
  • Baby Depot
  • Baby Gap
  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Belk
  • Boscov’s
  • Bow Tie Cinemas
  • Burlington
  • Buy Buy Baby
  • Chico’s
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • DSW
  • Eastbay
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Express
  • Fanatics
  • Foot Locker
  • Forever 21
  • Gamestop
  • Gap
  • Home Depot
  • J Crew
  • JCPenney
  • Jersey Mike’s
  • Kirkland’s
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Lowes
  • Office Max
  • Old Navy
  • Peet’s Coffee
  • Petco
  • Regal Cinemas
  • REI
  • Sak’s Off Fifth
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Sephora
  • Shutterfly
  • Soma
  • Stubhub
  • Sunglass Hut
  • The Container Store
  • ThinkGeek
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Unleashed
  • Walmart
  • White House Black Market
  • Yankee Candle
  • See the updated list on Ibotta’s website!

Offers vary by retailer. When I used the Ibotta Browser Extension for the first time, I earned 10% cash back at Petco.

I simply went to Petco.com and activated the cash back offer.

The “Get 10% cash back” button from the Ibotta Browser Extension appeared in the lower right corner of the browser.

Ibotta Browser Extension buttons appear in lower right corner of your Chrome browser
‘Activate cash back’ button appears in the lower right corner of the browser

Before you start adding items to your cart, you’ll likely have to verify your phone number again as a security measure.

Follow the same instructions as before and continue shopping.

4. Follow Prompts at Checkout

To earn cash back with the Ibotta Browser Extension, you won’t enter your credit card information with the retailer as you normally would.

Instead, you’ll buy a gift card using the extension for the exact purchase amount.

When you have your order total (including taxes and shipping), click “Ready to pay” and enter the total amount.

For my Petco purchase, that was $92.

Enter the total amount with the Ibotta tool and click 'Buy gift card'
Enter total amount and click ‘Buy gift card’

After you click “Buy gift card,” Ibotta will charge your payment method on file for the amount you entered.

Then, you’ll enter the gift card code on the retailer’s website.

Remember to use the gift card code and not a credit card on file to complete your purchase with the retailer.
Enter gift card code as payment method, not your credit card

If you have payment information on file with the retailer, be very careful!

Remember to use the gift card code that the Ibotta Browser Extension provides and not your credit card.

5. Redeem Your Cash Back Instantly

Ibotta will reward you with the cash back instantly, so you can withdraw it from your Ibotta account if you’ve met the $20 threshold.

If you earned less than $20, keep using Ibotta until you can cash out.

To get to $20 faster, use the Ibotta mobile app to earn cash back on grocery purchases and at other participating retailers.

I joined Ibotta in May 2014 and have earned more than $3,000 since then.

Savings tip: To maximize your cash back, download and use Fetch Rewards in addition to Ibotta for grocery purchases.

My Ibotta Browser Extension Review

Pros

  • Free and easy to use
  • Some cash back offers up to 10%
  • Cash back instantly added to your Ibotta account

Cons

  • Only available at 50+ online retailers
  • Some offers are only in the 1% to 5% range
  • $20 payout minimum

Similar to the Pay with Ibotta feature on the mobile app, the Ibotta Browser Extension is a new way to save at online retailers.

Is it worth it or not? You have to decide on a retailer-by-retailer basis.

The 10% cash back at Petco is hard to beat and an easy way for me to save money on dog food that I would buy anyway.

But some cash back offers, including Walmart, were only 1% at last check.

Before using the Ibotta Browser Extension, compare the offers to any bonus cash back that you may receive from a credit card.

When you use the Ibotta Browser Extension, your transactions show up on your credit card as Ibotta, not the retailer.

That means some users would miss out on bonus credit card rewards.

Do you use the Ibotta Browser Extension for Chrome or Pay with Ibotta on the mobile app? Share your experience below!

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