I've been an avid online shopper for years - a habit that has recently gotten worse now that I'm on mat leave. After reading a few blog posts about Ebates, I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about and signed up for a free Ebates account earlier this year - best decision ever!
Ebates gives you a percentage of cash back on your online purchases made at participating online stores. No additional fees or gimmicks, just money back into your pocket!
How Does It Work?
Ebates* is super simple:
1 – create an account through the website (it’s free) with your email and password
2 – select the participating online store you want to shop from (you have to click the retailer link on the Ebates website first, you will then be routed to the online retailer’s site)
3 – shop and get the Ebates listed percentage for that store in cash back!
Ebates Retailers & Cash Back Amounts
Ebates has a HUGE listing of online retailers (750+) for you to shop from. Most retailers have a default percentage of cash back they provide, but every so often they increase the cash back amount or have special coupons or deals running to save you money. Cash back amounts range from 1-15% depending on the retailer and deals going on that day.
To see if an online retailer is linked to Ebates, simply search the store on the Ebates website and the percentage cash back for that retailer will be listed (it’s always changing, so keep checking!). For example, I like to shop online at Sephora, which normally offers 4% cash back, but they’ve gone up to 8% and 10% cash back periodically, while my last Vichy order gave me 15% cash back.
The website also has a 2X Cash Back link that will list all the retailers that have doubled their cash back percentage for the day, and some retailers will offer a higher percentage back if you shop through the Ebates mobile app versus the desktop site.
You can search participating Ebates retailers here, but some of my favourites are:
*Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique
*The Body Shop
*Hudson’s Bay Company
*Buy Buy Baby
There are hundreds of participating stores in all types of shopping categories, so I always try to look the store I want to order from on the Ebates site first, before I make my online purchase to see if they qualify for cash back. Currently, I’ve received $32 in cash back through Ebates this year and I’m hoping to get more back during my Christmas shopping!
Cash back payments are made at fixed dates throughout the year – February 15, May 15, August 15, November 15. You will be reimbursed a percentage of your purchase via a mailed cheque to you, your Paypal account or a family member or charity of your choice (I prefer to receive my cash back in my Paypal account).
I’m always using the Ebates app to check out current deals (it’s an addiction, I know). The only thing I wish I could change is that I’ve made some large purchases where I forgot to go through the Ebates site first or I didn’t realize that the retailer was available via the site, so I lost out on the cash back for those purchases – don’t make the same mistake!
Sign up for Ebates* and start saving now!
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