So several months ago, I ran into this thing called eBates.
Oh, I’d heard of it off and on for a long time, but until a friend finally talked me into trying it, I was content to do all my online rewards shopping through Swagbucks (which is still one of my favorite websites ever!).
eBates works by having users shop through their affiliate links, then, they split the affiliate commission of your purchase with you in the form of a “big fat check”.
That makes it easy to use eBates to start a little savings account for Christmas, or even vacation with your cash back rewards.
Probably the biggest hurdle for me was remembering to actually use eBates when I made online purchases. It’s such a habit to just go straight to Target.com to make my order – but a rewards site doesn’t do much good if you don’t use it. 😛
Speaking of Target, I have to mention something really cool that I’ve been doing. So, you know how you use Swagbucks’ search tool, or use Swagbucks tv to earn points and cash them in for gift cards?
So here’s a rundown of how it works:
Go to EBates.com
Type the store you want to shop into the search bar, then hit “shop now”.
The button will redirect you to the online store you chose, and you conclude you shopping like normal.
After you’ve made your order, your cash back reward will show up in your account. That’s it!
Okay, so let’s be honest; while some of the stores that work with Ebates offer up to 8% cash back, the stores I shop typically offer 1-3%. And that’s not a lot.
Even so, if I buy as much online this year as I did last year, I should earn enough to pay for Christmas presents this year. Woop!
To be perfectly honest though, referring friends is where you earn the most.
I started telling people about eBates when I first used it, because I was so blown away that I was earning money off of things I was getting for free in the first place.
Then I was even more blown away when I found my “big fat checks” stacking up because my friends were signing up through my link in droves.
Within two weeks, I’d referred 6 friends for a total of $150. Whoah!
So is eBates worth it? I don’t stress about it if I forget to shop through eBates link, but I do try my best to remember, because yes, it’s totally worth it!