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I experienced online shopping for the first time when I arrived here in the U.S. and I immediately fell in love with how convenient it is. I love everything about online shopping!!! I love how I don’t have to go through numerous racks of clothes to find what I want in my size. I love how I know right away how much I’d end up spending with the pieces I’ve added to my cart; and if it’s out of my budget, I can easily choose and remove which ones I don’t think I MUST have at the moment. I love the high I get every single time as I open a package that has just arrived and find out each piece fits me perfectly. Now that I am a mom of 2, I found myself loving online shopping even more because I don’t have to drag my kids with me every time I need to buy something; I can just simply browse and shop online while they’re peacefully sleeping and just wait for the items to arrive.
I thought things couldn’t get any better until a good friend of mine told me that I can earn money while shopping online a few years ago. And this is what I want to share with you today – you can earn cash back while shopping from the comfort of your own home through Ebates.
What is Ebates
Ebates is a company that gives cash back if you click through the links of stores listed on their site. This company is an affiliate to many online stores. Among the many stores that they are affiliated with are Amazon, Sephora, Macy’s, Travelocity, Carter’s, Best Buy, and Groupon. Each store has a different cash back percentage so what you’ll earn from each store will vary. For example: Ebates is currently offering 6% cash back for Nordstrom so let’s say you want to shop there. If you shop at Nordstrom through Ebates, Ebates will give you 6% of the amount you spent (less tax and shipping) back on your account.
How it works
- Simply login to your Ebates account or you can register here if you don’t have one yet.
- Search for the store that you want to shop at among the thousands of stores that they are affiliated with.
- Click the “Shop Now” button displayed on the store’s page. You will then see a page telling you that it’s taking you to the store you chose. This page creates a tracking code for your order.Helpful tip: On top of the cash back, Ebates also displays all the different coupons you could use for that store. So make sure to take advantage of that as well.
- Once on the store’s site, just do what you normally do when shopping online – choose the products you want, pay for it, and you’re done. You don’t need to do anything extra. The store and Ebates will take care of coordinating with each other so you can get the cash back for your order.
Helpful tip: The amount of an item you see at a store’s site is going to be the same regardless if you use Ebates or not. You are not going to be charged extra for shopping through Ebates even though they make a commission if you shop through them.
How you get paid
You will receive an email confirmation once your cash back has been credited for every purchase you make through Ebates. You can also see the list of your accrued cash backs by checking your Ebates account. A few years ago, it takes a few days before my account can get credited but these days, it’s only a matter of a few minutes to a day before the cash back shows up on my account. Once your account gets credited with the cash back, it will just stay there until it’s time for Ebates to process all the cash backs. You will get paid with your accumulated cash back every quarter – every 15th of February, May, August, and November. It’s up to you if you want to receive a check every quarter or if you want to get paid via PayPal.
If you look at the drop down on the right, you can see a history of what Ebates has paid me over the years I’ve been a member; and you’ll notice that for one quarter, they paid me almost $200. Yeah, you can pretty much tell I shop A LOT!
Helpful tip: They recently added a new feature that allows you to earn cash back in-store. To use this, you have to link your credit card (check the video). I haven’t tried this one though yet.
What if I don’t get my cash back
I’ve encountered not getting cash back for my order a few times before. Every time that happens, I just need to provide Ebates with my order details – store name, order date, order number, amount, and confirmation email text and they’ll immediately credit my account with the correct cash back without any issues.
Black Friday Shopping Tip
I’ve found that the Black Friday deals aren’t exclusive to in-store products anymore. Most retail stores offer GREAT Black Friday deals on their online shops too; sometimes they’re even better than the deals offered at the store (but please note that I don’t buy gadgets; I mostly get clothes, shoes, and handbags).
That, combined with the cash back from Ebates and the fact that you’re doing this in the comfort of your own home make it the perfect setup for me. I’ve been doing that for the past 4 years (and plan to do it again this year) and I have yet to be disappointed. After I experienced Black Friday during my first year here in the U.S., I swore to myself I won’t do that again. You can try it this year and see how you like it.
I LOVE Ebates and I am so thankful I learned about it when I did. I use it every time I need to get something online and I don’t see why you can’t too. Although it does take a while for you to get used to remember to go through an intermediate shop every time you shop but that’s really not a deal-breaker because you’ll end up getting something from it.
Why don’t you try Ebates and see for yourself
It’s FREE to sign up for an account and all you have to do to get cash back is to remember to login to your account and shop through Ebates every time you buy something online.
To make this even better, if you sign up through my link, Ebates will give you $10 after you make your first purchase through them; and of course, I’ll get a commission if you do. Try it and you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re like me who loves to shop, don’t hesitate to try this. We always hear the phrase “Get paid for doing what you love” and would always think that that would be amazing. Ebates is giving you the chance to do just that – shop and get some money back. Ebates didn’t pay or ask me to do this review; I don’t think a lot of people is aware about this company and I’ve been benefiting so much from it that I wanted to share it with all of you.
Have you tried shopping through Ebates before? How did you like it? If you decide to give Ebates a try after reading this, please let me know what you think of it. You know I always love to hear from you.
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