So I’m sure you’re probably wondering what the big fuss is about Ebates, right? Yes, you love finding new ways to save money, but is Ebates legit? Does it really work? And should you join, too?
I first heard about this money saving app a few years ago. I was doing some Black Friday shopping, and just like you, I was hesitant about signing up.
Today, I want to share my experience using Ebates and how I got my first paycheck because you can do it too!
What is Ebates, really?
Ebates is a free website that’s been around since 1999. According to their website, they’ve helped over 10 million members earn $1 billion in cash back at their favorite stores!
Their website connects you to top brands (think Amazon, Walmart, Macy’s, Target) to help you save money every day on purchases you’re already going to make. And when you shop from the app you can sometimes save even more!
How does Ebates work?
My favorite thing about Ebates is how simple it is. First, you go to Ebates.com. Type into the search bar for your favorite store (like Amazon or Target).
And from here click the “Shop Now” button.
You’ll immediately be redirected to the store’s homepage so you can start shopping! Once you place your order, you’ll soon see your earnings in your Ebates account.
Then you can choose to be paid via check or through PayPal. It’s completely up to you!
So Is Ebates Legit? Does it really work?
Of course! Ebates is 100% a legitimate company, plus they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau as one of the largest free-membership loyalty programs in the U.S.
Ebates.com is super-easy and safe to use, so if you’re someone that:
- HATES paying full price. (Ebates has a lot of deals, coupons, and promo codes so if you’re a cheapskate like me, then you’ll love shopping without feeling guilty about it later)
- Buys almost EVERYTHING online. (Shopping through Ebates.com and earning up to 40% Cash Back on the things you’re already buying will definitely be worth your time)
- Shops a lot and kissing your money goodbye is hard. (Because we’d all love to have a little more money, right?)
- Enjoys shopping on the go. (Yup, there is an Ebates App for that! It makes it super convenient to shop from your smartphone or tablet and catch those flash sales)
- Is excited to earn FREE money. (Seriously. No strings attached. You’ll get FREE Cash Back everywhere!)
…then Ebates is right for you! You can sign up for a FREE Ebates account here!
Other Ebates FAQs
“How does Ebates make money?”
I get a lot of people that ask how Ebates gets paid. In short, stores pay Ebates commission for sending members to their websites, and Ebates shares it with you! It’s that simple.
“Can I use coupons when I shop?”
Of course! If you typically use coupons for stores like Kohls and JCPenney for example, you still can to save even more!
“What if I forget to go through Ebates before I make my purchase?”
Well, I can tell you from experience it’s not a good feeling. Sometimes I may forget to shop through Ebates (like the time a booked a $200 hotel stay) and I kick myself in the foot for it because you can’t earn cash back for purchases you don’t make through Ebates. The only way to earn is to log into your Ebates account first, and then you can shop til’ you drop!
“But what if I shop in-store and not online?”
You can still earn Cash Back! All you have to do is link a valid credit card to your Ebates account profile and choose an available In-Store Cash Back offer. Once you make a qualifying purchase, you’ll automatically earn Cash Back and you won’t even need to upload your receipt!
“Is Ebates worth it?”
Absolutely! It doesn’t matter if you spend $200 or $2,000 a year shopping online…there’s just no point in turning down free money. But don’t take my word for it. Check out what these happy members have to say:
“It makes sense ( and DOLLARS !!! ) to use EBATES for purchases at 100’s of online stores. For me, it’s a “no-brainer.” – sam.
“It’s free money – what’s not to like?! While I am not a coupon clipper, this is by far the easiest way to make a little change – sometimes MORE than a little change...” – Griffith R.
“I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ebates!! I get paid to shop! I get a check sent to my home every 3 months. I have made almost $500 since I joined years ago. Plus, you get so many good deals. Their Customer service is outstanding!! If you have an issue they will resolve it immediately.” – Bianca.
You can sign up to join Ebates too here!
How I use Ebates
I joined Ebates back in November 2015 and I’ve been a happy member – like the people above – ever since. Because like I mentioned earlier, when I first found out about this cool way to earn FREE money, I was right in the middle of doing some Christmas shopping. So the timing couldn’t have been more perfect!
Below is a snapshot of my very first paycheck I received just weeks after making that Walmart purchase.
Plus I forgot to mention that I also got paid to sign up! Yup. Ebates gave me a $10 FREE bonus for joining – and you can get it too!
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