Ebates-The Holiday Lifesaver!
If you have read any of my other holiday related posts, you already know that I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas (and most holidays in general).
I like to be able to get my kids and family stuff for Christmas, but I HATE spending money on all those gifts!
So in recent years I have done my best and have encouraged my family members who also shop online to use cash back apps.
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If you haven’t heard of Ebates, you have probably been living under a rock! J/K
These are great introductory ways to start making money online from the comfort of your own home without buying into the latest “business opportunity” your friend has been pushing.
We all have one of those friends, am I right?!
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Earn Cash Back While Doing Your Christmas Shopping (Without Any Extra Work!)
Ebates is awesome because you get cash back for something you are already doing, shopping online.
Considering it is currently Mid-November, I wanted to highlight ways to not only save but to make a few extra bucks when doing all of your holiday shopping.
I was even more excited to find out that Amazon is on the Ebates list of places to shop and you can earn up to 5+% cash back!
Say what?!?! You heard me right. If you don’t already shop on Amazon for gifts, you should probably start 😊.
My sister-in-law recently proclaimed at dinner that “if all goes as planned, she won’t have to leave the house to do any of her Christmas shopping!”
I promptly gave her a high-five and made sure she remembered to use her Ebates app while doing so.
Also, if you aren’t already a raving Amazon fan, this certainly will make you one. You can get your first 30 days of Amazon Prime for FREE and get your gift items shipped in 2 days, for free!
I’ll give you a second to absorb all of that awesomeness.
If you haven’t used Ebates yet, stop right now and sign up for it! Plus you get a $10 bonus when you sign up and spend $25 or more (which is super easy when you are using it in conjunction with your Christmas shopping).
There are TONS of stores that you can stop from and get cash back using Ebates.
Here a just a few of the 2000+ stores to choose from:
- Ebay (up to 2%)
- Amazon (up to 6%)
- Kohl’s (up to 3%)
- Target (up to 1%)
- Barnes & Noble (up to 2%)
- iTunes (up to 3.5%)
- Walmart (up to 1%)
Ebates is totally free to use. You just shop online as usual and you can make literally hundreds of dollars back!
Obviously dependent on how much you spend…
Just make sure you access the store you are shopping at through your Ebates app or Ebates website to get all that sweet, sweet cash back.
And in case you’re thinking, ok, this has got to be too good to be true…what’s the catch?
There isn’t one, I PROMISE!
Ebates has been featured by prominent sites such as CNN, The New York Times, and Good Housekeeping.
Sign Up and Start Earning Cashola!
Ok, so this is the obvious part! Click here to sign up for Ebates and get an extra $10 after making a $25 purchase, easy peasy.
Just check out this quick video below to see how easy it is!
After you sign up and do your usual shopping online, you will get a “Big Fat Check” every quarter (every 3 months) either sent right to your door or to your PayPal account-its up to you.
I prefer PayPal, just cuz then I don’t have to run to the bank to cash the check. But if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can always opt for a good, old-fashioned check.
Image via Ebates.com
Alright, now that you have signed up, how do you get the most, money and savings that is, out of your shopping experience?
Tip #1-Install the Google Chrome Extention
If you use Google Chrome, install the extension button. This just makes life a whole lot easier.
After you sign up you will get an email that will prompt you to install “the button.”
Rather than logging into your Ebates account and shopping from there, you can just go to the site as usual, as long as the site is an Ebates partner, and a little box will pop up in the right-hand corner asking you if you want to use the Ebates coupon on the site.
Another awesome feature is that before you even visit a shopping site you can see how much cash back you will earn. For example, just Google a store and right in the search results it will tell you how much you can expect to earn.
Pretty sweet huh?
So instead of sifting through an entire list of stores to see if the one you want to shop at qualifies, take a shortcut. Install “the button,” then simply enter the store name into Google or in your search bar to find out how much cash back you can get.
Tip #2: Refer your friends, family, and everyone you know to get an extra $25!
So when you catch a great deal, you want to share it with your friends right?
Well of course!
This is also super easy and you can do it without feeling icky about it. I know when I find a great deal my BFF is the first one I text and let her know!
So it’s a win-win!
You don’t even need to be a super cool blogger like me to make money from sharing your love of Ebates.
However, you can earn even more so if you are a blogger or influencer. You can earn $5 cash back for every qualified referral. Just check out the payout chart and think of the possibilities! 🤑
Make sure you are checking any specials they are running for referrals also. At the time of this writing, you could be entered to win an additional $50,000! (Which they seem to run during every holiday season)
But even if you are not a blogger or social media influencer of any kind, you can share all the Ebates awesomeness with anyone and earn cash back! Just shoot them a simple message saying something like:
“Hey Morgan, I know you are planning on purchasing a lot of your Christmas gifts on Amazon and other online stores this year. You should check out Ebates before you do all of your shopping. You can actually earn cash back, up to 5% for Amazon, just by shopping through Ebates. Its super easy and free to sign up, plus you get an extra $10 when you sign up using the link I just sent you!”
Try to make it personal if you are sending things to your friends and family. Don’t sound weird and spammy.
Tip #3: Get The Ebates Cash Back Credit Card
Ok, so if you read my post on fixing your credit, taking out more credit cards isn’t something I suggest, UNLESS you need to build your credit AND can be responsible with the card.
HOWEVER, if it is going to make you some extra cash in the long run and you know what you are doing, then go for it!
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I love it when I can stack coupons and rack up my savings. You know what is even better? When you can stack up the cash back you are earning AND make even more back! One of the reasons I like store credit cards is because you can get some awesome deals. (Like when Kohl’s send their 30% off coupons to their VIP members!)
However, I always pay them off at the end of the month and try not to carry over a balance.
Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!
Tip #4: Download the Ebates App to Your Smartphone
We aren’t always in front of a computer to do our shopping.
Heck, my dad does most of his Christmas shopping from his smartphone (with a little help from me).
I can’t tell you how many times I have thought of something that I needed and jumped on my phone, either through an app or website, to purchase something I forgot about, or would forget about if I didn’t get it right then and there.
The app links directly to all your favorite stores so you are able to shop as usual and still earn cash back. Even better, link your new Ebates credit card to the app and earn that additional 3% back.
Easy to use AND extra cash back? YES PLEASE!
Tip #5: Create a Favorites List
If you already have the chrome extension, this may not be necessary as the Ebates information will pop up when you go to that store’s site. If you’re not on chrome, however, you can add the stores that you shop at most frequently to your favorites list. These will all show up on your account as well as in the app.
Tip #6: Don’t Forget About Travel!
Did you know you can use Ebates to earn cash back on travel arrangments and vacations also? So the next time you are looking to travel anywhere, make sure you check Ebates before booking a hotel, flight or rental car!
If you look on the Ebates site under “travel and vacations” you will see all the most popular travel sites. You can book airfare, car rentals, cruises, events and activities, hotels, spas, and vacation packages!
Orbitz (up to 7%)
Expedia (up to 10%)
Priceline (up to 7%)
City Sights (up to 7.5%)
I can tell you that the next time I travel, Ebates will be the FIRST thing I check!
Tip #7: Use In-Store Cash Back
Unfortunately, not all 2000+ retailers offer the in-store cash back. I would make my life a whole lot sweeter if Target did (hint, hint Ebates 😉).
However, there are a few that can make the in-store shopping worthwhile. For example, PetCo. You can earn 4% cash back when shopping in-store. All you have to do is link a credit or debit card to your Ebates account.
Tip #8: Stack Coupon Codes
It’s a no-brainer right?!
They even provide various coupon codes and info on deals so you can maximize your savings while earning cash back! Pretty cool! Just check under the “hot deals” tab to see the latest coupons for Ebates partners.
Just make sure you are applying the coupon codes at checkout because it doesn’t do it automatically.
There you have it, folks!
8 ways to maximize your earning on Ebates and how you can earn a boatload of cash back and save money at the same time!
So just to recap, cuz I know that was a lot of amazing info to take in…
- Sign up for Ebates here
- Install the cash back button on your browser
- Refer your besties and get some moola! Remember $25 per qualified referral and even more if you’re a blogger 😉.
- Get the Ebates credit card and get an additional 3% back-if it works with your financial goals of course!
- Download the app so you will never miss a cash back opportunity
- Create a favorites list
- Use Ebates when booking travel plans
- Use the in-store cash back when available
- Stack coupons for even more savings
I hope this post was helpful and inspired you to start using Ebates today to make a few extra bucks online for doing something you already do! Make sure you share the love, savings, and extra earnings with your all your besties and pin this for them to see!
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Are you already an Ebates pro? How much cash back have you earned so far?
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