Ok, so you signed up for Ebates (and may have even done so with my tutorial and referral code for $10 free). Now what?
Apart from the basic concept of making online purchases through Ebates to get cash back, I wanted to share three ideas of how you can make the most out of your Ebates experience. The first two ideas have to do with convenience, and the last idea has to do with getting more cash back.
- FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: download the Ebates “Cash Back Button”.
While this is not at all necessary or required as an Ebates earner, it is a REALLY cool feature that Ebates offers that you can simply add to your browser toolbar.
The point of the Cash Back Button is to alert you when you are on sites that offer cash back, even if you haven’t originally gone through the Ebates site (again, please see my tutorial if you have no idea what I’m talking about). Thanks to this snazzy feature, you won’t miss out on any opportunities for cash back. Please allow for a quick run-down below (please note that the design of the Cash Back Button may vary from browser to browser).
Once downloading the button for your toolbar, you should immediately see the button show up, a capital, yellow “E”, next to the URL bar.
Let’s say theoretically I went to carters.com WITHOUT visiting the site through my Ebates account. Once I get to the Carter’s website, my Ebates Cash Back Button should turn red, as seen below (remember, it’s the small yellow “E” in the very right-hand corner). When I see that the box is red, it is my warning that there is cash back available at this site, so I better activate it in order to not miss out! When I click on that button, an “activate cash back” button pops up.
Just click this “activate cash back” button, and it will open up a new shopping trip for you via Ebates and redirect you to the Carter’s website, but through the Ebates site. You shouldn’t even lose your webpage placement! The button then turns green (or in my case, has a green border) to notify to you that the cash back has been turned on.
This is a great feature that makes it possible for you to do your online shopping and get cash back without having to browse for retailers on the actual Ebates site beforehand to check for rebates. It’s also great if you often forget to check Ebates before shopping online, but don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to get cash back!
2. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: Take advantage of the “pick up in store” option whenever possible.
Just because you purchase something online doesn’t mean that you have to have it shipped to you. Many stores have the option to place your order online, and then rather than making you pay for shipping, will hold the item at their store for you for pick-up. This is a great way to save a little money on shipping costs.
Additionally, items that you reserve for in-store pick-up are usually held at a customer service desk for easy pick-up. You could potentially order items online that you normally would buy in-store, get your cash-back through Ebates, and then walk right up to the customer service desk at that store and pick up your items (already paid for) without having to take the time to shop in-store for those items.
Money saver, time saver. Boom.
3. FOR MORE CASH BACK: Ebates has an AMAZING referral program!
When you refer your first friend (by sharing with them your own unique referral code link to sign up for Ebates) you get $25 and they get $10 (after they make their first purchase of $25 or more). Refer your 2nd friend, you get $50 and they get $10 (again, after they make their first purchase of $25 or more). Refer your 3rd friend, you get $75 and they get $10 (“after they make …”). Then get $5 after that for each friend referred, with additional bonuses. This is SUCH an easy way to get more cash back! I’m pretty sure almost EVERYONE knows 3 people that shop online. Start with your mom, sister, and friend. You’ll be at $75 in no time. And who doesn’t want to get cash back with their purchases?!
I hope that these tips will help you make the most out of your Ebates experience. Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear!
Thanks for taking the time to read and as always, happy saving!