Can you get paid for shopping? It sounds like a trick question, but the answer is actually yes! In this case, I’ll have to agree with Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “A penny saved is a penny earned. “
I’m starting a series of posts that detail how I am able to save money while shopping. I would love for you to follow along!
Today, I am featuring one of my favorite money savers/ money makers…..Ebates.
I have been a member of Ebates for about four years. I do quite a bit of shopping online but I never shop online without using this program.
If you have yet signed up, you can follow this link to get your account. Right now, there is a $10 bonus for signing up!
So, how does Ebates work? It is extremely simple.
Basically, advertisers pay Ebates and Ebates shares that profit with us.
How do you get your money?
When you get ready to shop, go to Ebates.com and log in to your account. In the search bar, type the name of the online store where you are shopping. There is nothing else to do. You will be directed to the site where you’d like to shop and business will continue as usual. However, a percentage of your purchase will be credited to your Ebates account! Once each quarter, you will get paid. You can choose your method of payment. I prefer to have a Big Fat Check mailed to me!
The one thing that I would caution you about is making sure that you go to Ebates FIRST, before adding any items to your cart at the online store that you are shopping from. When I was new to using ebates, I would remember it mid-purchase. If that happens, remove the items from your cart. Go to Ebates and then add them back in. It only takes a few minutes but it is painless if I just remember to go to Ebates before I start shopping.
If that sounds like something that you might forget, no problem. The easiest way to make sure that you don’t miss getting your cash back is to install the Ebates Cash Back Button through Google Chrome. You will find this button once you sign up. ANY site that you go to will alert you if there is a % to be earned or if there is a deal! You just click to activate and start shopping. So easy and cool!
Another huge perk is that the % that you can earn changes. For instance, on Black Friday most of the percentages increase. I shopped both Macy’s and J.C.Penney’s on Black Friday and got 10% of my purchase back last year. I was able to factor that into my decisions to add some gifts into my shopping list.
Don’t forget to use Ebates for your hotel reservations and car rentals. Those percentages can really add up quickly!
If you have questions about Ebates, I’d love to help you get started. I have found it to be a very easy way to make/save some of my hard earned cash.
I’ve made over $350 since I started using Ebates for my online purchases. Can you tell that I love it? 🙂