If you do any online shopping, you really should check out Ebates. It is a website that features many of the major retailers you are probably already shopping with. The cool part is, with Ebates, you get a percentage back of your total spend with said retailer! It is almost like how a cash-back credit card works.
The retailer’s website on Ebates is their ACTUAL website. If you are registered with that particular retailer, you can log on with your user id and password as you normally would. So if you get points from a particular retailer for shopping, you won’t lose out on that functionality. It’s not like you have to go through some “generic” online shopping mall to access your favorite retailers.
I will use Sephora as an example. Sephora gives you points for each dollar you spend that can be redeemed for certain featured beauty products. If I access Sephora.com via Ebates, I can log onto my Sephora account as usual, get my beauty points for shopping, and ALSO get a percentage back from Ebates on what I spend. Total double-dipping!
The percentage back varies by retailer – usually between 2%-8%. It may not sound like much, but it does really add up! And if you’re going to spend that money anyways, why not get a little something back? Also, occasionally retailers will double the cash back percentage during promotional periods, called a “Daily Double”.
Your cash back is dispersed quarterly. You can chose to get an actual check in the mail, or electronically through PayPal. I get a check, because I’m not really sure how the whole PayPal thing works on getting money back. I sure do know how to use it to pay for something though – haha!! You do have to have a minimum of $5.00 built up before they send you a check. And it will keep “rolling” until you hit the $5.00 mark.
They keep you updated on the Daily Doubles and coupons/sales/special offers from your favorite stores. It is a very user-friendly site.
I shop a lot on Amazon, as I’m sure most of you do as well. Currently, they only offer cash back on Amazon purchases for clothing, swim, denim, and personal care appliances. From what I understand, they are working to add more categories.
I joined in December of 2012. Here is what my payment history looks like:
This is the summary of what I have been paid so far, and how much I have pending for my next check.
This is the history the checks I’ve been paid so far.
The hardest part for me was remembering to go through Ebates when I made an online purchase. As you can see from my history, I have done much better, which equals more money back!
It is not a scam. It is free to join. No hidden fees or weirdo stuff. They make a commission for “directing” customers to websites, and they share that commission with we consumers, who in turn continue going to Ebates. Happy little circle!
If you’re interested in checking it out, it’s www.ebates.com!
Thanks for reading! kxoxo