Did you know that you can earn cash back from online shopping?  If you’re planning to buy some holiday gifts online this year, you need to check out Ebates.

Ebates is a free website that offers thousands of coupons (up to 40% cash back) for popular retailers such as Kohl’s, Toys R Us, Amazon, Macy’s, Barnes and Noble, Lululemon, and Sephora.

Ebates even includes coupons for websites such as Groupon and Travelocity so you can get cash back when you travel or go on fun outings.

If you’re planning to buy anything online, the first thing you should do is check out Ebates to see if they have a cash back deal for the retailer you’d like to purchase from.

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Signing Up

To use Ebates, you first need to sign up – which is free!  As a sign-up bonus, you’ll receive either a $10 Walmart gift card or a $10 Ebates cash bonus once you shop online at a qualifying store and make a purchase of at least $25.

Making a Purchase

After setting up your account, you can browse through the deals or search for a retailer.  Once you find what you’re looking for, you click on the link which will bring you to the retailer’s website where you can shop.

Because you clicked on the link through the Ebates website, Ebates is able to track this and they’ll credit your account once you make a purchase.  Typically, your account is credited within 48 hours.

Getting Paid

You must earn at least $5.01 before Ebates will pay you.  Payouts occur once every three months.  Under your account settings, you can choose your preferred payout method – a check, payment via PayPal, or a payment sent to the person of your choice or a charity.

I don’t do a lot of online shopping, but my husband and I love to travel, and we use Ebates to earn cash back whenever we stay in a hotel. We also used Ebates to earn cash back when we sent flowers to my husband’s grandma while she was in the hospital.

Here’s my current cash back balance from Ebates.

Pro Tip

After you set up your account, it’s easy to buy something online and forget to check Ebates for deals first.  To avoid forgetting, try downloading the browser extension.

With this, whenever you purchase something online, a pop-up from Ebates will appear that will show if there’s a cashback offer available.  If there is, you can get the deal without ever having to leave the retailer’s website.


Ebates is simple, free to use, and 100% legit and safe.  If you’re planning to buy something online anyway, why not check out Ebates to see if you can get a little cash back?  It’s particularly useful around the holiday season when you’re going to be doing some extra shopping.

Are you going to use Ebates to earn a little cash back when you shop online?

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