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I admit… I was skeptical at first… Can you really earn cash back with Ebates just by shopping online? There has to be a catch.
But, there isn’t.
It really is so simple… Here’s how it works:
Ebates earns a commission from participating stores any time you go through your Ebates account first to make an online purchase. Then, Ebates shares their commission with you!
The best part? It’s free to sign up! You can use my referral link, and you will receive $10 in your Ebates account once you make qualifying purchases totaling $25 or more. Woohoo!
Time to go shopping!
Any time you are planning on making a purchase online, go to your Ebates account first and look to see if the store from which you want to make a purchase is listed. There are over 2,000 stores!
Once you find the store you would like to shop at in the list of stores, click “Shop Now,” and it will take you to the store’s website. Do your online shopping as you normally would. After you complete the purchase, take a look at your Ebates account a few days later to see the cash back in your Ebates account! That’s it!
Here’s how it worked for me recently on a big purchase at Lowe’s.
Our washer finally broke after months of issues, so we needed to buy a new washer. After searching online for the best washer at the cheapest price, we found one that we wanted to purchase at Home Depot. I first checked to see if Home Depot offered cash back through Ebates, and they did not at the time. So, I checked to see if Lowe’s did. Lowe’s offered 4.5% cash back! So, I checked to see if they had the same washer or similar for sale at the same price, and they did! So, I clicked “Shop Now” next to Lowe’s in my Ebates account, and it directed me to the Lowe’s website. I selected the washer, used a coupon and my cash back credit card, and completed my order online. At check out, I opted to pick it up in the store, and we had our new washer at our house and installed by the end of the day.
I earned over $22 cash back with Ebates since I went through Ebates to get to the Lowe’s website, got 10% off with a coupon I had, and got a percentage cash back using my cash back credit card. Yay!
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Can I use Ebates if I am shopping in-store instead of online?
Yes! Select stores allow you to earn cash back even if you shop in-store. To earn cash back by shopping in-store, click on the “In-Store Cash Back” tab on the menu bar. It will show a list of participating stores. Click “Link Offer” next to the store where you will be doing your shopping. You will enter the credit card information of the card that you plan on using in the store and click “Link to Card.” You’re all set!
For example, I recently needed to buy a wedding gift at Bed Bath & Beyond. I wanted to purchase the gift in-store because I needed it for the wedding the next day. Plus, you can wrap gifts there for free! So, to earn cash back with Ebates, I clicked “Link Offer” next to the Bed Bath & Beyond logo, put in my credit card info, and clicked “Link to Card.” Then, when I went to pay at Bed Bath & Beyond, I used my credit card that I had linked earlier in my Ebates account, and boom! I earned 2.0% cash back. It showed up in my Ebates account a few days later.
Ebates makes it convenient to link participating stores. Now that my credit card info is stored, I just go down the list and link any stores I may shop at in the future and link my card. So, right now, my credit card is linked to Old Navy, Gap, Dick’s Sporting Goods, World Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, and buybuy Baby. As long as I use my credit card that I have linked, I will earn cash back in my Ebates account even when I shop in-store.
Can I use discount codes, coupons or promo codes if I shop through Ebates?
Yes! Once you click “Shop Now,” you will be directed to the store’s website where you complete your shopping as you normally would. You can enter your applicable coupons or promo codes at check out, and you will receive your discount from the coupons or promo codes. After you complete your purchase, you will also get cash back in your Ebates account. If you use a credit card that has cash back rewards, you will earn cash back through your credit card, too!
Ebates is also a great way to check out current coupons and promo codes. Just click on the name of your store of choice in the list of stores, and it will give you all the current coupons, promo codes, and cash back terms.
How much cash back will I earn?
It depends on the store. All stores have different cash back percentage rates. All of the rates are listed, and sometimes stores will offer double cash back, which is awesome!
When will I get paid?
Ebates sends payments four times per year. Here is the calendar from their website:
|Purchases Posted Between||Big Fat Check Sent|
|Jan 1-Mar 31||May 15|
|Apr 1-June 30||Aug 15|
|July 1-Sept 30||Nov 15|
|Oct 1-Dec 31||Feb 15|
You can also opt for the money to be deposited into your PayPal account instead of receiving a check.
How do I sign up?
You can use my referral link to sign up, and you will receive $10 in your Ebates account after making qualifying purchases totaling $25 or more!
Here’s just a sample of some of the stores that are listed on Ebates’ website now that are offering cash back:
Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, A Pea in the Pod, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Amazon, Anthropologie, Apple Certified Refurbished, Babies R Us, Bass Pro Shops, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, buybuy Baby, Cabela’s, Carter’s, The Children’s Place, The Container Store, Crate and Barrel, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DISH Network, Etsy, Gap, Gymboree, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, iTunes, Janie and Jack, JCPenney, kate spade new york, Lowe’s, MAC Cosmetics, Michaels, Microsoft Store, Motherhood Maternity, Nike, The North Face, Old Navy, OshKosh B’gosh, Overstock.com, PetSmart, Priceline, ProFlowers, Samsung, Scrubs & Beyond, Snagajob, Spanx, Staples, Target, Toys R Us, Verizon, Walmart, and Weight Watchers.
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And that is just a snapshot of the participating stores… There are over 2,000!
Ebates is one of those things that I wish I would have known about sooner. It’s an easy way to earn cash back, and I’m all about easy ways to save money.
You can sign up for Ebates today! Happy shopping!