Ebates: An Awesome Choice for Earning While Shopping Online
I am so excited to tell you all about this website I stumbled on about a month ago called Ebates. Maybe you are already familiar with it, but if not, you should be! (Awkward pause for disclaimers: I have never done a website review before, but there is a first time for everything, right? *Also, this post contains paid referral links.)
Ebates is an online, cash-back rebate program that is so legit and works so well, I had to write a blog post about it. In less than one month after signing up in May (2014), I received a FREE $10 Walmart gift card (see my photographic evidence below) just for signing up, plus over $6 cash back from purchases made online with gift cards, no less.
Ebates is always offering different deals to increase your cash back amount, as well as one sweet referral system which can earn you up to $75 with just 3 referrals; plus $5 for every referral after those first 3 (be sure to read the legalese on the refer-a-friend page though)!
Ebates' site is very user-friendly and allows you to save your favorite stores on your "MyEbates" page. You can see at a glance all the current coupons and deals for different stores, as well as view the current cash back percentages for each. You can browse their list of stores, stick with your favorites, or search for a store by name or product. All Ebates stores also feature a prominent "shop now" button next to every store for your convenience, and they automatically add your cash back within 48 hours or less.
You can use Ebates even if you live outside of the U.S. or Canada (there are a few limitations, and they only pay in U.S. dollars. Please see the site for details), and they offer 3 ways to get your money to you: PayPal, a check in the mail, or you can forward your earnings to a charity, organization, or family member of your choice. As long as you have at least $5.01 in your account, they send you your cash, FEE FREE (meaning they pay the PayPal fee, the stamp, etc.) every 3 months on the 15th.
All you need to provide is an email address: No membership requirements, no annoying "offers" (I HATE those), no subscriptions, fees, or surveys. Ebates also offers an optional toolbar they call "The Ebates Cash Back Button" so you don't have to login to their site before you shop or if you forget.
Ebates features a very wide range of popular stores including Amazon, Walmart, Lowes, HomeDepot, Nordstrom, Legos, Groupon, Xbox, and many, many more, plus my hubby's favorite: NewEgg. They have deals with some stores for up to 25% cash back, although most are in the 1-3% range. Still, they often have double deals as well as extra coupon offers you can layer on, which is how I got my $6 so quickly.
If you shop online a lot, or even only once a year at say, Christmas time or Black Friday, it would definitely be worth your while to sign up!