As consumers, we all need to shop. It’s inevitable, we have to spend money on products, services, entertainment, and travel, etc. Many of us do it via online shopping. Wouldn’t it be nice to save money by getting cash back, up to 10%, on what you spent? (Yes, Please!) Also, you can make money, up to $25 per person, by just referring family and friends to use Ebates. Ebates can help you save money and make money at the same time with Percentage Cash Back and Cash Bonuses. You gotta love that!! #winwinonEbates
Note: Many of the links below are referral links to Ebates, which I use. There is no cost to you and you may also receive $10 from Ebates and I receive a commission if you choose to enroll. Thank you!
- 1 What is Ebates?
- 2 Popular Cash Back Stores
- 3 How Ebates Works
- 4 How to Use Ebates
- 5 When Do You Get Paid?
- 6 Hardest Thing About Ebates
- 7 Download the Ebates App onto your Phone
- 8 How to Get Double Cash Back and up to $75 Cash Bonus
- 9 How to Save on Travel & Vacations
- 10 How to Get Additional Savings on Travel Deals:
- 11 How do You Make Money with Ebates Referral?
- 12 What is the Best Way to Refer Friends?
- 13 Ebates History & Reviews
- 14 How Much Money Can I Make Referring Friends to Ebates.com?
What is Ebates?
Ebates is a website with thousands of name brand retailers listed. If you shop at any of the stores via the Ebates website, you will receive the advertised discount, promo coupons or both when you make a purchase. Think of Ebates as a shopping portal for name brand stores. Ebates should be the first website you pull up when you think of doing any online shopping!
Popular Cash Back Stores
Like I mentioned, Ebates has thousands of national name brand stores, such as Ebates Target, Ebates Amazon, and much more. Below are some of the popular stores:
How Ebates Works
In Essense, Ebates is a retail store where retailers/merchants are advertisers. The retailers pay Ebates commission for every customer Ebates brings to them and makes a qualified purchase. Instead of pocketing all of the commission, Ebates turns around and gives you, the customer, a majority of the commission.
For example, I began my first shopping experience on Ebates for a NuWave Airfryer. I see that Macy’s had Double Cash Back that Day. I also had a $50 Macy’s gift card and coupled with the 12% cash back from Macy’s via Ebates, I was sure to get a good deal.
How to Use Ebates
First things first, you need to create an account on Ebates.
- Create an Account – Receive a $10 credit on your first Ebates purchase with my special link.
- Once you Create an Account, pick a retailer to shop.
Simply click on the retailer’s logo to access their website. You will automatically be redirected to that store’s website. While you are redirected to your destination, you will see a page listing all the cash back options you are able to receive. Here is an example below:
Once on your retailer’s website, you can always ensure that Ebates is tracking your purchase history by the website URL. The URL will have affillinktype= with your affiliate code after it. Begin shopping and adding items to your shopping cart. Once you check-out, you will see your cash back balance of your account.
When Do You Get Paid?
Ebates sends Your Big Fat Check out every 3 months via postal mail or PayPal payment. Your cashback balance must be greater than $5.00 to receive your moola or the balance will be rolled over to the next payment cycle.
Hardest Thing About Ebates
The hardest thing about Ebates is that you forget to go to the Ebates website to shop. Instead, you go directly to the retailer’s website and begin shopping. It’s okay, I’ve done it several times until I rewired my brain to go to Ebates first. Ebates knows this debacle and has created ways to help us not miss cash back opportunities when you shop online.
The Ebates Cash Back Button is an extension to your web browser. It will appear as a tiny E on the top right-hand side for your screen and pop open a small red window when you navigate to a retailer that is part of Ebates. It will blink and asks you to activate Ebates to receive cash back and coupons at the store. Once activated, it will turn green.
Here is an example of the pop-up window for a NOT ACTIVATED Ebates retailer.
Download the Ebates App onto your Phone
If you’re like me, I do a lot of my web browsing at night on my phone. I know its a bad habit. But since I downloaded the Ebates App, I can browse for deals. The Ebates App has nice features such as the HOT DEALS section along with the Double Cash Back section as well. You can do a little bit of retail therapy while leisurely laying in bed.
How to Get Double Cash Back and up to $75 Cash Bonus
Ebates will promote Double Cash Back on select retailers, which means more money for you! They may promote Double Cash Back for shoe retailers which in the past offered 3% and now offer 6%. To see a listing of what Double Cash Back stores are featured go to the Double Cash Back Stores Section or the 2x Cash Back Deals on the Ebates app.
Double Cash Back deals change regularly. Ebates usually sends an email notification with daily deals. You can also click on the E on the Ebates extension that you downloaded to your web browser to see MY DEALS section and additional coupon codes which are near expiring. This section will also tell you what stores are giving an additional dollar amount Cash Bonus on top of the Cash Back Bonus. Just make sure you keep scrolling down to view all the deals. I’ve seen Cash Bonuses up to $75 on top of the regular % Cash Back Bonus.
How to Save on Travel & Vacations
Do you love to travel and vaca? Ebates has that covered too. You can save on travel with Cash Back on Hotels and Vacation Rentals, Cruises, Cars, Flights and Vacation Packages. Popular Travel, Airlines and Vacation retailers on Ebates:
How to Get Additional Savings on Travel Deals:
If you are a member of a Rewards program for hotels or airlines such as IHG Rewards Club, you can increase your rewards and savings by using Ebates in conjunction with your own rewards program.
For example, IHG Rewards Club hotel brands include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Resorts, Staybridge and Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Indigo Hotels and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Go to IHG hotels on Ebates and it will take you to the IHG website where you can get back to 8% via Ebates plus your IHG Rewards price. So, you get double rewarded.
How do You Make Money with Ebates Referral?
Ebates referral program allows you to make $25 per qualified referral. Simply refer friends or family to use Ebates and they sign up and make a purchase of $25 or more.
Qualified purchases must be a $25 or more purchase. A qualified purchase is with any of the Ebates retailers and travel and package deals.
Everyone registered with Ebates is able to refer and earn $25 per referral. Simply click on the Refer & Earn $25+ Tab located on the top right of the website. Next, you are able to invite friends and family via email, facebook or twitter, you can also copy your affiliate code into your own personal text message or email.
You will also be able to track who you’ve sent Ebates Referral, whose signed up and made a qualified purchase. Simply scroll to the bottom of the Referral page to see your current stats. Also, this referral offer from Ebates expires on 9/30/2018. So, hurry and sign-up here to start referring friends and family.
The best way to refer family and friends to use Ebates is with a personalized email or text message. You know your friend’s and family’s shopping and spending habits best. Write a personalized message catering to how they would use Ebates. Always remember, y Your referral link must be in your messages and they must click on your referral link for you to receive the $25 credit.
Here is an example of a personalized text message about Ebates that I sent to some friends. Note: I previously spoke to them and they signed up but never made a qualified purchase until I reminded them about it via the text message.
Ebates History & Reviews
I admit I initially enrolled with Ebates in 2011 but never used them until recently. Why? In 2011, I didn’t really understand it and didn’t take time to understand it. Also, it didn’t seem legit. Now, after understanding how Ebates works, I can tell you that Ebates is a very legit company. It is one of the largest free loyalty programs with an A+ rating from the Better Business Burea.
According to TechCrunch, back in 2014 Ratuken acquired Ebates for $1 Billion dollars. You don’t spend that kind of money on a company if it’s not legit and doesn’t see promise in it. Also, Ebates has nearly 800 reviews on their website. You can click here to read glowing reviews.
How Much Money Can I Make Referring Friends to Ebates.com?
The answer is simple, as much as you can! And you can earn a good penny with Ebates. When I visit other bloggers income reports, they report having earned $500+ in sales with Ebates referrals. Here are a couple of bloggers who reported their Ebates Referral Income on their blogs Income Reports. They have earned a good chunk of change with Ebates Referrals.
- Making Sense of Cents – Michele Schorder Gardner
$500 (Average a month) up to $1,000
- Fitnancials – Alexis – $500 average monthly
Most bloggers do not publish their income reports. If you are a fellow blogger and would like to post how much you’ve made on Ebates referral, please do so in the comment section below.