If you haven’t heard of Ebates, I am about to rock your world. Do you do any online shopping? Ever hear of a little online store called Amazon? Yeah. I’m sure you have. I love shopping online with Amazon and plenty of other stores. Well, did you know that you can earn cash back if you take one other little step? You can actually save money if you go through Ebates. In this tutorial, I am going to show you exactly how to use Ebates to save money on things you are already buying.
How to Save Money with Ebates:
Let me explain how Ebates works. Ebates works kind of a like an online referral site. Ebates gets paid when you use their site before you make purchases. In turn, they give you a percentage of what you spent back in cash. They have partnered with big stores like Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, JcPenney, Sears, Nordstrom and many more. You can also use coupons when you shop through Ebates which is a big bonus.
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So how does Ebates get paid? They are essentially an affiliate program. Whenever a customer shops at a certain store through Ebates, Ebates makes a small commission. They share that commission with you as part of their deal. So they make money, you make money.
Ebates is free to use and there are absolutely no fees when using Ebates. When you sign up now, you will automatically get $10 to start.
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How do I sign up for Ebates?
First, you need to set up an Ebates account by going to Ebates.com.
In the right upper corner, you will see a button that says “JOIN NOW.” Click on that and put in your information. You can sign up through Facebook, but I just used my email address.
Next, go to your account at the top and the menu will come up under your name. I suggest adding your favorite stores as this will save you time. I added the stores I love like Amazon, JcPenney, Kohls, but there are so many more to choose from. They run promotions where you can earn double cash back. They also have available coupon codes as a way to save. I love this!
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The picture above is of my favorite online stores. I love Amazon, JCPenney, Ulta, Target, Walmart to name a few. If you notice the image above, there is double cash back on those particular stores and Ebates updates the promotions for each store often so check back if your favorite stores are included. All you have to do is click the “Shop Now” button at the right and you are directed to the website to start shopping. There will be a popup letting you know if there are any exclusions per the stores guidelines. Sometimes the deals are only on particular items which is kind of a bummer, but in other stores, everything is fair game. The cash back is then added to your Ebates account the next day.
The above image is an example of what it will look like when you are being directed to an online store.
I also figure out another way to make sure you don’t miss out on deals from Ebates or forget to use the Ebates site to get cash back. I installed the Ebates Cash Back Button on my Google Chrome browser so whenever I go to a site that is associated with Ebates, a little sign flashes to let me know I can use them. In the picture below, I went to update my GoDaddy Domain using Google Chrome. The little Ebates sign flashed indicating there were savings available. I clicked on it and it directed me to shop through Ebates which I did. I then saved just under $5 for using Ebates to make a purchase I was going to make anyways.
I have been able to save just about $60 over the last 6 months from shopping through Ebates. Using the Google Chrome browser feature is the easiest thing you can do to save money using Ebates. I would always forget to use Ebates before installing the browser and I have noticed a significant increase in savings while using the Chrome button.
It is literally that easy. If you like to online shop, I definitely recommend using Ebates to save money on your everyday purchases. You can sign up for Ebates here and get $10 just for signing up.
Have you used Ebates before?