I know I've talked about Ebates on the blog before, but with the holiday buying season fast approaching, I thought it couldn't hurt to just remind everyone what a great tool Ebates is!
Basically, instead of going straight to the website of the store you want to shop at, you go through Ebates, which will route you to the store. Do your shopping as normal, check out as normal. The difference is that Ebates will then pay you back a percentage of what you spent. It can be as low as 1% and I've seen it as high as 50% when they are running a special.
Here is an example of what Ebates is paying for cash back at a few stores right now:
- Macy's = 6% cash back
- Lands End = 6% cash back
- American Eagle = 4% cash back
- Gap = 7% cash back
Once you have $5 in cash back, they send you a check at the end of the quarter. You don't have to request the check, it just comes to you! If you don't have $5 by the end of the quarter, it just keeps rolling in to the next quarter until you do. It's a very easy system.
Not every single store is supported through Ebates, but most are. It can't hurt to check Ebates first before you make any purchases online.
All you have to do is sign up here. Then next time you shop online, search for your store in this little search box in the upper right hand corner:
It will bring you to a screen that looks like this:
Select the correct store (if I was shopping at Gap, it would be the top one) by clicking on "shop now". And it will bring you to the website. Then you just shop as normal. Easy peasy!
I'll also put reminders at the bottom of posts with online deals, so you don't leave any money on the table! Let's keep a little more money in our pockets this holiday season!