Many people wonder if they can use the popular cashback app Ibotta with their EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards. EBT cards are used to distribute SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamp benefits. Ibotta provides cash back rewards on groceries and other purchases, so it would be great if EBT users could also earn these rewards.
The short answer is yes, you can use Ibotta with EBT! There are no rules prohibiting this. You can pay for eligible items with your EBT card and then scan your receipt into the Ibotta app to earn cash back rewards. The payment method does not matter – Ibotta will still provide the rebate. This can be a great way to stretch your SNAP benefits even further.
How to Use Ibotta with EBT
Using Ibotta with EBT is easy. Just follow these steps:
- Make a purchase with your EBT card that includes an item with an Ibotta offer.
- Save your receipt and make sure it includes the EBT transaction.
- Open the Ibotta app, select the offer, scan your receipt, and submit.
- Receive your cash back reward in your Ibotta account. You can cash out to PayPal or gift cards.
That’s it! As long as your receipt shows the item was purchased, Ibotta does not care if you used EBT, cash, credit, or any other payment. The rebates are based on the items, not the payment method.
Examples of Using Ibotta with EBT
Here are some examples of how to use Ibotta successfully with EBT:
- Buy a bottle of ketchup with EBT, then scan the receipt into Ibotta to get $0.25 back.
- Purchase bananas with EBT, then claim a $0.10 Ibotta rebate by scanning the receipt.
- Get a box of cereal on EBT, and redeem a $1.00 Ibotta offer by uploading the receipt.
As you can see, it does not matter that the items were purchased with EBT. You still earn the cash back as long as you have a receipt showing the item was purchased. This can be a great way for EBT users to save extra money!
People Also Ask
Is it illegal to use Ibotta with food stamps?
No, it is not illegal to use Ibotta with food stamps (EBT/SNAP benefits). Ibotta rebates and other coupon/discount programs are perfectly legal to use in conjunction with EBT. There are no laws or regulations prohibiting this.
Can you use paper coupons with EBT?
Yes, you can use paper coupons along with your EBT benefits. There are no restrictions on combining coupons with EBT. Using coupons is a great way to stretch your food stamp dollars further.
Is the cash back from Ibotta considered income?
Generally no, small amounts of cash back from Ibotta (less than $600 per year) do not need to be reported as income. But larger amounts may need to be reported, so check with your benefits office if you earn significant Ibotta rebates.