When it comes to shopping, I hate paying full price. There are just too many deals out there. One of my favorite ways to save money is by using Ebates. Ebates has been around for sometime now, so it always surprises me when someone shops online and doesn’t use them.
It’s literally giving up “free money.”
By using Ebates over the years, I have saved and earned hundreds of dollars. It’s an effortless way to squeeze more out of your budget.
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Is Ebates a Scam?
When some offers to send you a check in the mail, it usually seems too good to be true. After working many years in the banking industry, I can tell you that’s often the case. Unexpected money does not just show up in a check in your mailbox.
So, what’s the deal with E-bates?
A few weeks back one of my Aunts was over and we got to talking about something she ordered online.
“Did you use Ebates?” I asked
“No, I always thought that was a scam,” she replied. Rightfully so.
I know growing up my dad always told me, “there’s no such thing as free lunch.” When somethings “free” it usually comes with strings attached.
However, this is not the case! Ebates does give you free lunch (figuratively). Which means yay for all of us that online shop!
Why does Ebates pay you to shop?
Ebates pays you to shop. How can they afford to do it? It’s very simple. Big retailers like Macy’s, Kohl’s, Proflowers, and hundreds of other retailers pay millions of dollars in marketing every year.
Ebates makes money from these retailers to create a unique piece of internet real estate where millions of people come to shop. For instance, maybe I need to buy a friend a birthday gift.
When I pull up my Ebates account I can see “Free Gift Offers with Cash Back.”
In this case, at Sephora I could “Get a Free Lashcraft Big Volume Mascara Trial Size with any $25 order.” + 3.0% Cash Back.
Maybe I wasn’t planning on getting my friend makeup, but with 3.0% cash back and a free mascara, I was swayed. Ebates just helped secure a sale for Sephora that might not of otherwise took place.
Ebates does this with all of its retailers. Creating a perfect relationship for consumers and marketers. Retailers can place their deals, coupons and discount codes in one spot. Consumers can go online to one spot to look for these deals.
How much can you earn on Ebates?
When you sign up through Ebates, you will get a $10 bonus. From there how much you earn will depend on how much you spend. Most of my earning comes from the holiday season or when I am buying birthday gifts, or couponing.
Since starting in September 2015, I earned lifetime cash back of $244.23. My check for shopping over the holiday season should becoming any day now for $37.10.
You can also install a plugin right in your internet browser, so when you visit a website that gives cash back, a pop-up allows you to activate it with one click.
How much you earn on Ebates has everything to do with how much you spend. But another reason I love using Ebates is because of the coupon codes.
Another Way Ebates can Save you Money: Household Items
It can even be used to purchase household products. Office Max and Jet.com will often have good specials on cleaning products that can be paired with coupon codes.
Just recently I scored some hot deals. Not only did I get to take advantage of the special offers Jet.com offered, but Ebates also had a coupon code, “JANSTOCKUP,” which saved me another $13.18, plus I got $1.25 cash back.
After discounts and cash back the price paid was cheaper per unit/ounce then it would be buying wholesale.
Cha-Ching! I look for good deals like this throughout the year like when stockpiling before our new baby arrived.
Sign up for Ebates and get a $10.00 bonus! Start saving and making some money!
Things I buy to save Money
You don’t have to be a big online shopper to reap the benefits. Most of my cash back comes from the Christmas season, gift giving, and stockpiling. Here’s what I use Ebates for:
- Christmas Gifts
- Birthday Gifts
- Household Items/Stockpiling
- Everyday Shopping
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