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I have been using Ebates for just over 3 years now. This is probably the easiest site to use to earn cash back on your purchases.
They have a nifty button you can install onto your browser and every time you shop on an eligible site, it will notify you that you can get "5% back," or whatever the amount the site offers, by using Ebates.
Ebates just recently updated their button, so now it lets me know that there are coupons and will automatically apply them, if they are applicable, to my purchases! I don't have to go digging around for coupon codes anymore!
I don't shop online that often, but as you can see below, I have received over $70 back in cash via Paypal (They also have a check or donate to charity option).
|I have earned a total of $78.02, but have only redeemed $73.03 (screenshot taken by me)|
They send out your cash every 3 months and you have to reach the $5.01 threshold in order to receive your payment. Also, any referrals or bonus rewards don't count towards the threshold, so depending on how often you shop online, you might only get some pocket change every 6 months, but if you're like me, every penny counts! Plus, Ebates is super easy to use and free!
Another downside is that sometimes Ebates doesn't get your cash back and you have to submit a form to them with the order info. They are pretty quick to respond though and my cash back usually shows up the next day, just an extra hassle when for some reason the site doesn't register it. Also, it does take a few days before your savings show up since the store has to verify the purchase, which can lead to forgetting to see if it shows up. I swear I've forgot to check a few times, so I probably could have earned more, but oh well!
So is it worth it?
I think so; It's not that time consuming once you're all set up. It's kind of like a coupon, except you don't get the discount right away. Ebates great for anyone who loves coupons and are big into saving every cent they can! Plus, who couldn't use a little extra cash?
Ebates also has a sign up bonus where after you make your first $25 purchase, they'll send you a $10 gift card of your choice: Target, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, Magazines.com, or Ebates. However, you have to make your $25 purchase within 90 days of signing up.
Join here for free and start getting cash back from online purchases!
Another site similar to Ebates is Swagbucks. At Swagbucks you earn "swagbucks," so it's like a point system and you can use those points towards gift cards. I prefer Ebates because you get cash back, which can be used anywhere, and don't have to get a gift card to select stores. However, Swagbucks does have some stores that Ebates does not, so if you are big on saving, I would recommend using both. I still use Swagbucks from time to time, but I haven't gotten much back from it. Usually I just redeem the $5 Amazon gift cards.