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Ebates*: This website really should be called “Easy Money on Things You Were Going to Buy Anyway,” but I guess that title was too long. I’m starting with this website because it is the easiest money maker ever and also, Christmas is only 91 days away (it always seems far away this time of year, but then it pops up as if from nowhere and I start to panic).
How it works: Ebates is a rebate website offering you a certain percentage cash back on items/vacations/airline tickets/anything else that you purchase online. It pays out each quarter with a “Big Fat Check.” You can either have the check mailed to your address or deposited into your PayPal account. The list of websites is extensive and includes almost every place on the World Wide Web that you could possibly want to shop. Certain sites are featured periodically in “double cash back” offers along with website sales which is the coupon-cutter’s equivalent of winning the jackpot. In order to get credit for your purchase, you must visit the Ebates site first and then search for your website of choice.
For example, here is how you would go through Ebates to get cash back at Shutterfly. First, search for the Shutterfly website.
This will take you to the details about that particular website’s cash back policy. Shutterfly (my favorite because they are always sending me stuff for FREE) is currently offering 6% cash back on all purchases.
Click the orange “shop now” button and you will be rerouted to the full website where Ebates will track your purchases and credit your account.
Make sure that the email you have registered with Ebates matches the email address you will use for the website. They must match to receive credit.
Referral bonuses: Use my link to sign up and you will automatically receive a $10 gift card or $10 cash back fo’ free after your first Ebates purchase (plus the cash back)! You will also receive your very own referral code and link to send to your spouse, friends, family members, coworkers, strangers, etc. When they use your referral code, they get the $10 gift card and you also get a cash bonus (amounts vary depending on current promotions, number of referrals, etc).
Sign up here* to get started on that Christmas list (or to buy diapers from Amazon because you’re still in pajamas that smell like spit up and you can probably make your current supply last two more days and that is why online shopping rocks)!