Several months ago, a reader told me about Ebates, a site that gives you cash back for the things that you buy online. At first, I was incredibly skeptical. But yesterday, I got my first rebate check, and now, I’m sold.
The premise is simple, every time you intend to buy something at a participating online retailer (Sephora, Nordstrom, Best Buy, Target, etc.), you go to Ebates first. After you log in, you connect to the retailer using a secure link. Once you make your purchase, you’ll receive an email stating how much you earned in cash back.
It’s like having all the benefits of a rewards credit card without going into debt or paying an annual fee.
The amount of cash back you earn varies between retailers. I earn 3% at Nordstrom and 12% at Sephora, 12% at drugstore.com and 4% at J.CREW. But every now and again, retailers offer special one day increases like 20% back at GAP. You can also earn a flat fee of $5 for every grocery order you place at Safeway.
Last week, thanks to a one day sale at Nordstrom (15% cash back), I replaced a pair of broken sunglasses and earned $19 back. It’s like having a coupon every time you shop. And just about every retailer you can think of participates.
Rebate checks are sent every three months, which gives you a chance to earn quite a bit of cash back. I’ve shopped online probably a half dozen times since I opened my account in January, and I earned $109 back this cycle. I only wish I’d known about this company sooner.
To join Ebates, follow this link and sign up. There’s no fee to join.
If you shop online a lot, which I do, you need to sign up for Ebates. Think about it, you could be earning cash back on groceries, car rentals, magazine subscriptions, clothing, makeup and more. So sign up and give it a try. The hardest part is remembering to visit Ebates before you make a purchase.