It’s the most expensive time of the year for many families, including our family of six. Within a four month period, we celebrate four birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and purchase costumes for the church Fall Festival.
Since I don’t have a lot of time to shop in stores… because who really wants to browse a clearance rack with four kids running under your feet… I am constantly trying to find deals online. As I shop, I save even more by clicking through my Ebates account.
What is Ebates?
If you are familiar with rebate companies, you know exactly how this works. If not, here is a quick run-down.
Companies connect with Ebates to save you money while still making money. Through Ebates, they offer you a percentage back on your purchases. Some companies stipulate which items qualify but most companies pay on your product total.
All you have to do is have an account with Ebates and click through the tracking link before shopping at those companies.
Once a quarter, you receive a rebate for the shopping you have done online. You can choose to receive a gift card, Paypal deposit, or check. The choice is your’s and you do not need a credit card to sign up.
Sometimes when you sign up for a new account with Ebates, you can choose to receive a bonus gift card for $5 to $10, depending on the promotion. You are sent this gift card by mail when you make your first $20 purchase through your Ebates account. (I selected a gift card to Target and went shopping with no trouble at all.)
How to remember
During my first year as an Ebates user, I would completely forget to click through my account. It was very frustrating and I almost walked away from Ebates. But, I realized that my forgetfulness was not their fault and resolved to try harder to remember.
When our “shopping season” approached during the following year, I set Ebates as my homepage. Then, every time I came online, I was reminded to click through my Ebates account before shopping. The change was staggering.
Over the same six months, we made over $250 in cash back rebates. Legitimately. Without having to do anything extra. No surveys. No special rules. Just by clicking a link through my Ebates account.
How to join
So, if you are not an Ebates member, here is how to start:
- Join Ebates today.
- Set Ebates as your homepage or as a favorite… whatever you need to do to remember to go there first.
- Next time you need to make a purchase online, visit Ebates and check the list of stores.
- Click through the link to that store and get paid cash back for what you purchase.
Remember that you can choose to receive your cash back as a gift card, Paypal deposit, or check. Completely up to you! And this is the REAL deal.
Shop and save… I love it!