We’re all looking for ways to earn a few extra dollars with very little effort, right?! And chances are that if you’re reading this post, then you have some working knowledge of technology and you’ve recently made an online purchase. Let me ask you this… Did you get cash back for that online purchase? If not, then you are missing out on one of my favorite (i.e. – NO EFFORT) ways to get cash back on online purchases. It’s all thanks to a company called Ebates, and it literally takes ONE CLICK of the mouse.
Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know to get cash back on online purchases…
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First Off, What is Ebates?
Ebates is a cash back rebate site that offers its members cash in exchange for them making a purchase through their affiliate links. Ebates earns a commission from thousands of different stores for sending customers their way, and they share that commission with you. In addition to cash back rebates, you can also find lots of great coupon codes on their site so that you can stack a coupon with a rebate to maximize your savings.
Show Me the Money! How Much Will I Make?
That depends on the retailer. You can earn different rebates, usually as a percentage of your purchase price. Currently, the highest rebate that I see available on their site is 12% Cash Back at Shoes.com. Not bad for one click of the mouse!
When and How Will I Get Paid?
Ebates will send you a check by mail or you will be paid through Paypal once each quarter, if your cash back balance is greater than $5.00. If your balance is less than $5.00 for that quarter, then your cash back will be rolled over to the next quarter.
Payments will be sent according to this schedule:
|Posting Period||Payment Sent|
|Jan 1 – March 31||May 15|
|April 1 – June 30||August 15|
|July 1 – Sept 30||Nov 15|
|Oct 1 – Dec 31||Feb 15|
How Do I Use Ebates to Get Cash Back on Online Purchases?
Step 1: Go HERE and Sign Up for an Account (It’s FREE!)
You’ll be redirected to the Ebates site where you will need to enter your email address and create a password. It looks like this:
Notice the $10 Welcome Bonus, too! You get that when you make your first qualifying purchases totaling $25 within 90 days. Sweet!
Step 2: Download the Browser Extension (for Google Chrome) and Activate Cash Back
What the heck is a browser extension? Who knows! But, Ebates officially calls it their Ebates Cash Back Button and, boy, is that little thing handy. What I do know is that I downloaded it and now I have a little “E” icon to the right of my web address bar. See what I mean…
My little Ebates “E” starts blinking when I am on a site that has a cash back offer (which is quite frequently!). Then a little pop-up box of cash back goodness appears telling me that I can get cash back on online purchases from that site.
I just simply click the “Activate Cash Back” button from the popup and if I choose to make a purchase the rebate will be automatically credited to my Ebates account. I told you… just one click of the mouse!
Note – this Chrome Browser Extension is my preferred method to get cash back on online purchases… but it only works in Google Chrome. If you use Safari/Firefox/Internet Explorer/etc then, don’t worry, you can still use Ebates to get cash back on online purchases. Just see the Alternate Step 2 below...
Step 2: (Alternate Method) Go to Ebates.com and Search for Your Store
Go to Ebates.com and search for the online store that you want. You can get cash back on online purchases at over 2,500 online stores. But don’t worry, you can search by name or category for the store you want to shop instead of scrolling through all of those. 🙂
Once you find your store, simply click “Shop Now”. You will be redirected to that store’s site and if you make a purchase, your rebate will automatically be applied to your Ebates cash back balance. Cha-Ching! It couldn’t be easier!
Step 3: Make a Purchase and Get Cash Back on Online Purchases Automatically!
After you make a purchase, and assuming that you clicked on the Ebates “E” in your browser OR activated the cash back offer from the Ebates website, then your cash back will automatically be applied to your balance.
It is literally the easiest way to get cash back on online purchases! No scanning in receipts or filling out forms. Just one click of the mouse and you can be getting cash back, too. And if someone is going to give me FREE money for buying something that I was going to already buy anyway, I’m not going to turn it down. 🙂
I’ve been using Ebates for less than a year to get cash back on online purchases, and I’ve already made over $56.00.
That’s FREE MONEY that they’ve given me for pretty much doing NOTHING. It’s a no-brainer if you shop online.
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