I do a lot of my shopping online, because I loathe shopping in stores. One tiny thing has saved me several hundred dollars over the years: I start all my online purchases at the Ebates website. It is so simple, and it works!
How Ebates Works
Ebates provides cash-back bonuses on shopping done through participating retailers, for both online and in-person shopping. Ebates also helps you locate coupon codes to save the most on your shopping.
Ebates issues payments quarterly. You can be paid by Paypal or check – I choose Paypal so I don’t lose a check. If you have less than $5.00 in your rebate account, it will roll over to the next quarter.
How To Use Ebates
First, you have to sign up! Sign up through this link to get a $10 bonus after your first $25 purchase through Ebates.
Using Ebates is really easy!
They have a mobile app for your phone, which makes it easy to remember to use Ebates when you’re doing online shopping.
I also have the Ebates extension for my computer’s internet browser. When I am shopping at a store that has an affiliate relationship with Ebates, I get a little pop-up that reminds me to log-in through Ebates to earn my promotion. This has been super-helpful because I am very, very forgetful.
If you don’t like to use extensions for your browers, it is still easy. Log into the Ebates website, select the retailer, check out the coupons, and click through. Then shop as usual.
If you get to the end of the transaction, and realize that you haven’t gone through Ebates, just open it in a new window and then click through to the merchant’s site. You’ll have two merchant site windows open, both with the same shopping cart. Close the old window and complete the purchase on the page that is being tracked.
When you use the browser extension or go through the Ebates website, you can see all the current coupon codes being offered by the retailer. That’s another way to save money.
You can connect Ebates to your credit or debit card to get rebates when you shop at selected stores. It takes a minute to go through an “link” your card to each store, but after that there is nothing to do. Just use that debit or credit card to make your in-store purchases, and the rebate will be calculated automatically.
Bonus 1: When you sign up with Ebates and make $25 in eligible purchases during your first 90 days of membership, you can also earn an additional $10 in rewards. This promo varies from day to day, so keep your eyes open.
Bonus 2: You can also make extra money by referring friends. You can do this via email, Facebook, Twitter, or links like the ones in this post. You’re helping your friends save money – everyone loves that!
If you do any shopping at all, I highly recommend Ebates. It has saved me a lot of money, and it is so easy. There’s no reason NOT to use it.
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