Shopping on Cyber Monday is my jam. I avoid the crowds, long lines and in-person shopping drama. And, even better, I save big! I look forward to Cyber Monday even more since I learned how to save more with Ebates.
Save More With Ebates
What is Ebates?
Ebates is a website that is free to join and offers users cash back on purchases they would normally make online anyway. Ebates partners with online retailers to offer specials, coupon codes and promotional discounts. Ebates receives money from those online retailers every time someone uses the Ebates website to make a purchase through a particular store. No gimmicks!
I joined Ebates way back in 2010 and over the last 6 years I have earned close to $500 in cash back on online purchases. In order to save more with Ebates, I am mindful to use Ebates every time I make a purchase online.
One thing I really like about Ebates is that the cash back be received as a check! The minimum threshold to receive a check is also reasonable at only $5.01. This way I can cash or deposit the check and use the cash back however and wherever I want. If you prefer, you can receive your cash back through PayPal.
The cash back amount from Ebates varies depending on the store and deal. I’ve seen anywhere from 1 percent to 40 percent cash back. When shopping this holiday season, here are my tips to save more with Ebates.
Save More With Ebates
- Use Ebates for Large Purchases: Are you looking to upgrade your clothes washer and dryer? About 18 months ago I was, and was able to save more with Ebates. When making these large purchases I do like to purchase from a “big box store” in my neighborhood, in case a return is needed. I earned about $60 in cash back when I made my appliance purchases through Ebates.
- Use the Ship to Store Feature: I don’t mind going into a store to pick an item up if it means I don’t pay a shipping fee. An example of a retailer you can do this at is Kohl’s. Make your purchase though Ebates and then select the ship to store option and pick up your order at the customer service desk. This way you are able to save more with Ebates than had you simply shopped in person at the store!
- Seek Out Free Shipping Deals: Alternately, if the retailers you shop from don’t offer in store pickup, make your purchases when there is a shipping special. Cyber Monday is great for this as most retailers will offer free shipping on all purchases with no minimum purchase required. During the rest of the year, some stores will offer periodic specials. For example, Babies”R”Us often offers free shipping with a minimum purchase of only $19.
- Shop on Black Friday & Cyber Monday: In addition to free shipping, many stores offer increased or double cash back on Black Friday and Cyber Monday through Ebates. If your purchase isn’t urgent, wait until one of these days to make your purchase to save more with Ebates.
- Download the Ebates Cash Back Button: I recently discovered the Ebates Cash Back Button, which is simply a widget for Google Chrome. Once installed, whenever you visit an online retailer that is an Ebates participant, this widget will pop up reminding you to use your Ebates account for cash back.
Sign up through my link for a free Ebates account and you will receive a $10 cash bonus from Ebates. This bonus will be on top of the cash back you receive for your purchases! All you have to do is sign up and then make a purchase of at least $25 over the next 90 days.