The holidays are right around the corner – which means I can justify my shopping addiction. Over the past couple of years, I found myself doing a lot of my gift shopping online instead of waiting for Black Friday to get tackled. The excitement of lunging for the last dollhouse while a random old lady pulls my collar has never really been my thing. But shopping is #bae. Finding good deals and getting cash back, however, is LOVE.
That’s why I use Ebates to help me find last minute deals and get cash back.
Ebates is a free website that allows you to earn cash back on your online purchases (and some in-store purchases too!). You can earn cash back from over 2,000 online retailers including some of my favorites like H&M, Sephora, Hilton, Ebay, Walmart, Groupon, and more.
I post about Ebates often and people are always asking if it’s a legit website. So, I decided to make a blog post explaining the process. I’ve been a member since 2016 and I look forward to those Big Fat Checks on a quarterly basis. It’s one of my favorite ways to make extra cash and stash away money for holiday shopping. I hope you guys can learn to love it too!
How Does Ebates Work?
Ebates has created a system similar to affiliate marketing where they partner with retailers to refer customers via links. The stores pay them a commission for sending Ebates members to their websites, and then they share a portion of that commission with you.
It’s really that simple.
When you’re about to make an online purchase, just visit Ebates and click through their link to your preferred retailer. They will advertise up front how much cash back you will receive from your qualifying purchase. The cashback usually ranges between 3-6%, but I’ve scored deals at up to 25% back from my online shopping!
Your cash back balance accumulates on a quarterly basis and then Ebates sends you a Big Fat check via postal mail or Paypal. The quarterly pay dates are fixed dates in February, May, August, and November.
How Can I Make More Money on Ebates?
- Install the Ebates Cash Back Button. The extension is available for Google Chrome here and it makes getting cash back from online shopping super easy. If there’s cash back available at a store you’re shopping online, the Button will alert you with a notification. You don’t have to click back to Ebates or log in, the button finds and applies coupons for you then gets you your cash back. You can download it here. It’s definitely a must-have addition.
- Download the Ebates app. If you prefer to shop via your smartphone or in-store, then installing the Ebates app to your phone is my top tip for making money with Ebates. It alerts you when you’re in a location near a featured store to get cash back and discover last minute deals. Of course, you’ll have to add a credit card to your Ebates account (works with most major credit cards) and then use that card to shop in the featured stores. You can also get in-store coupons, scan barcodes to compare product prices and more.
- Refer Ebates to your friends. Once you realize how easy it is to get cash back from your shopping, you’ll want to share it with your friends too. Why not get paid to refer your friends? Ebates offers $25 for every friend you refer who makes a $25 qualified purchase. Tell me that isn’t amazing!
How Do I Join Ebates?
It’s super simple to get started. You just visit Ebates and get registered. And done.
Getting cash back from Ebates is one of the easiest ways to make money online. It’s free to join, and you’ll even get a $10 Welcome Bonus for signing up and making your first qualifying purchase!
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