Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ebates - Get Cash Back for Shopping

Ebates Big Fat Checks are in the mail. I got mine over the weekend.

Don't know what Ebates is?  Think of Ebates as a local mall with over 1,200 different stores but with one huge difference--YOU receive cash back for purchasing through the Ebates website. Online stores pay Ebates a commission (think of it as a finders' fee) on every sale and they split this amount with the consumer. Each store pays a different commission so users will save different amounts at different stores; users just have to look at the percentage next to the store name to see how much they will save.

For example: Recently I shopped online at LL Bean for a gift. Instead of going directly to the LL Bean website. I logged on to my Ebates account first and typed LL Bean in the search box. A link to LL Bean's website appears on the screen and I clicked that link to go to LL Bean's website. I placed my order and within a couple of days I received an email from Ebates that I accrued 2% of my total order into my Ebates account. 2% doesn't seem like a lot, but over the course of a year, if you go through Ebates before you place any order, the money will add up. Checks are only cut in February, so you do have to wait all year before you receive a check.

I don't order too much online, but before I order anything, I always check Ebates website first to see if the retailer is available through Ebates.

Do you use Ebates? Did you receive your check this weekend? 

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