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Ebates, My Favorite Money Saving And Cash Back Deals
Everyone loves to save money and we have a great application/website we are going to discuss today that can save you a few dollars every time you shop. You can also get a reward for recommending this application and a signup bonus that’s the icing on the cake. So this type of application can be both a way to make a few dollars and save a few dollars, it doesn’t get much better than that. There are several companies that offer this type of service but none that compare with Ebates.
My favorite cash back application for several reason is Ebates. Ebates has been around for a long time, it started back in 1999 and was one of the first companies to figure out how to share commissions with their members. This was pretty radical at the time and very forward looking since the Internet was so new. Simple is always good and it doesn’t get much easier than getting cash back on a purchase you were planning on making anyway. I have never seen an Ebates Review that didn’t like Ebates.
The way Ebates works is you sign up and become a member for free. When you purchase something through Ebates, Ebates gets a commission from stores often as an affiliate or partner. So instead of keeping the commission for themselves, Ebates splits it with you. You can shop through Ebates.com at any listed retail store. Just click on the Shop Now button and shop like normal on the store site of your choice. When you make a purchase, you’ll earn Cash Back and get a check or PayPal payment every quarter. I think of Ebates like a savings account that grows slowly but steadily. It’s as simple as that. The amount is dependent on the agreement between Ebates and the store but usually runs between 3% and 8% although there are specials often so always look around when you log in to Ebates.
This is what it looks like on initial visit to the Ebates website:
Rakuten, a Japanese company, bought Ebates in 2014 for $1 Billion dollars. According to our friends at Wikipedia, Rakuten, Inc. is a Japanese electronic commerce and Internet company based in Tokyo and founded in 1997 by Hiroshi Mikitani. Its B2B2C e-commerce platform Rakuten Ichiba is the largest e-commerce site in Japan and among the world’s largest by sales. Sometime soon they are going to change the name but right now it’s called Rakuten Ebates but it will soon drop the Ebates name altogether. Rakuten has over a Trillion dollars in sales per year. Yea, Amazon sold around $232 billion last year to give you a perspective.
Now if you want, you can also install the Ebates Browser extension that will show you any deals available on your desktop system. This extension works with both Google Chrome and FireFox (BTW, if you are using any other browser, I recommend changing now for a much better experience and security). Once the browser extension is installed when you visit an eligible store, a message will pop up that says “Activate Up To __ % Cash Back”. Click on the button, and you’ve created the tracking ticket needed to track your order. You don’t even need to visit Ebates.com website. You can get the Google Chrome extension here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ebates-rakuten-get-cash-b/chhjbpecpncaggjpdakmflnfcopglcmi?hl=en-US
You Can Also Go Mobile With Ebates
If you want to go through an application on your smart phone you can also download the Ebates application for your Android or Apple devices too which makes it easy to shop on your phone, tablet, ipad, or whatever. So many people shop with their smart phone these days it makes it easy to use the application so you don’t miss any cash back or discounts.
Ebates also introduced offline cash back recently. You go to the Ebates offline cash back page and link your credit card. After you link your credit card to your Ebates account, find a store you want to shop at and click “link offer.” When you tie the offer to your card and buy something at the store, the cash back posts to your Ebates account. This feature makes it as easy as it can get to make sure you always get your percentage even if you shop in person at a retail store!
Now let me tell another reason why I like Ebates more than other similar websites. Here’s an email I got this week that shows some special deals available.
Pretty sweet, double your dollars on purchases from these stores. But wait, there’s more since Ebates also tracks all discount coupons on their partners so if there is an available discount coupon you automatically get credit for it too. Yea, so you often get both a discount and the cash back. Then there’s my favorite section on Travel. I like to travel and I have found some great deals on trips, airfare, hotels, even parking at the airport.
So How Many Stores Does Ebates Partner With For Cash Back?
I could go on and on but you can go take a look for yourself since there is no charge to join. I really don’t see a reason not to shop through Ebates. And when big events pop up like a wedding or special anniversary party you really can save a good chunk of money. When you buy something through Ebates the purchase shows up in a day or two on your account. And when the payout day comes it is deposited in your PayPal account or mailed to you as a check if you prefer. I have never had a problem with getting paid or really any problem at all. But if you have any problems or questions, Ebates customer service is great from what I’ve heard (never had to use them myself).
One of the most popular questions I often get is how many Ebates stores, companies, or partners are available to get cash back? The last count I had was over 2500. Just about any popular national retail store brand and many other local brands. As you can see from the opening page listings below you can find just about any type of purchase is available. Now some stores offer higher percentages on store brands, like Amazon. Amazon has a lot of third party sellers so they offer cash back on their sore brands but often not the third party sellers. Others might limit discounts and cash back on special or seasonal items too. In the image below you can see the listings from A to Z, we couldn’t list all but once again wen you go to Ebates website you can see more than 2500 to shop.
An Ebates often sends out specials that some stores offer around holidays. I’m writing this article around Mother’s Day and I got the email below on Mother Day Specials where the cash back is often doubled or more. And there often is specials on promotions like new product offerings or new services.
As I mentioned above, Ebates also gives you a $25 referral fee when anyone signs up under your link and they get a $10 Welcome Bonus. Now that’s not going to change your life but it is a pretty good thank you. We really don’t do much affiliate sales for a lot of reasons (you can read more here). But in companies we use and recommend anyway we’re happy to help promote them. And Ebates being the special company they are, we have a short booklet on how you can help out a lot of people and make a few extra bucks if you use this link to signup. Just send us an email here after you signup and we’ll send you our booklet.
The Bottom Line Is Ebates Is Easy
I’m not a coupon kind of person, and a lot of others share my attitude. If I have a coupon I would use it, but I don’t go looking for coupons although I should. But Ebates does that for me, it clearly lists any coupons available on a purchase to you can save even more using Ebates.
With Ebates you do need to make sure you are using the link or application when you buy something to get your cash back. It’s a lot easier now than it was in the past since they have the extension for your browser ans application that runs on your smart phone so all bases are covered. And depending on how much disposable income you have and spend dictates how much you save.
On a typical month, I may only save about $75 but over the course of the year that adds up to $900. And lately I’ve been able to find specials for up to 15% back which is huge. That’s free money so I can’t complain and every once in a while when I go on a big vacation, event, or big purchase I pick up an extra $1000 or more. I usually stick all my Ebates payments in a savings account and use it for fun money. One of my neighbors uses hers for Christmas presents, another for vacations. So it makes it well worth the effort and is definitely worth the time.