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I am a professional shopper. When I enter a store, I swear the heavens open up and rays of light beam upon the items that call to me. Online shopping is double rewarding because you get the thrill of placing your order AND having a package arrive to open. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. I'm a huge believer in sharing info on a great deal or sale and love telling my friends about what I refer to as “shopping miracles.” And I have recently found a shopping miracle that needs to be shouted from the rooftops!! I swear that I am genuinely excited to share this with you guys because I have been torturing all of my friends and family to sign up since I discovered it.
Can you imagine receiving money back for shopping that you are already doing online??? Sounds like a scam, right? I thought so, too. But I did a little research and it's completely legit. It's called Ebates. (I know I'm late to the party and some of you are totally judging me about calling myself a professional shopper and not knowing about Ebates sooner. I know, I know. I'm kicking myself because I could have been earning free money for YEARS. Sigh.)
Well, let me tell you all about it so you don't experience the same FOMO that I have gone through. Here's how it works and how it benefits YOU. And we can totally have a group therapy session for all of us who wish we had known about it sooner.
You start by signing up for an Ebates account. Once logged in, you simply click on whatever brand you are interested in shopping for (and there are over 2,000!) and shop like you normally do. THAT'S IT!!! Each brand offers a percentage of your purchase back in the form of cash and it's totally free. No monthly fee, no enrollment fee. Nada. And best of all? Once you are shopping at the desired brand, you can still apply coupon or discount codes. If you use this link, you will receive an additional $10 cash back bonus after you spend your first $25, which is automatically equivalent to a 40% off sale for that $25 item! (Heads up: I have a coupon site that I am going to share in the next few weeks that will change your online shopping experiences. You will LOVE it.)
So, how does Ebates make money and give you cash back? Here's the DL: they are an affiliate of the brands they partner with. The brands pay them a small percentage when people shop through their link and they pass a percentage on to you and keep a small fee for themselves. It's totally a win-win-win. The brands want more customers, Ebates brings the traffic and earns a fee and the shopper (YOU!) makes cash back. It's really SO simple and I'm beating myself up over all of the cash back I could have been earning for all the online shopping I did during LONG bus trips. You know EXACTLY which ones I am talking about.)
That's really all there is to it. The hardest part is remembering to use the site when you are shopping. The dashboard is really user-friendly and it's so fun to see how much cash back you are earning. And then, once a month, Ebates will send you a check or make a direct deposit to Paypal for your cash back. It's FREE MONEY that you can use to shop with again or save for something bigger and you will be shocked how fast it adds up. Ladies, it truly is a shopping miracle.
I know there are millions of little tips and tricks out there and I want to know ALLLLL the secrets. If you know of something better or something else that I must know about, please sound off in the comments and I will check it out and report back. I can't wait to hear! Don't forget to sign up for Ebates through this link to earn your $10 cash welcome bonus and be sure to share this post with a friend. She will thank you!