With the impeding holiday season, you might be wondering how to make your current budget stretch just a little further. If your family is anything like mine those Christmas Wish Lists keep growing, and get more expensive year after year. While we set aside money throughout the year for major gift purchases, sometimes it is nice to add a little padding to that budget for splurges and random items that fall into your cart while shopping.
Using Ebates is one of the ways that I have been able to stretch our holiday gift budget just a little further each year. On average I can save a few hundred dollars per year, just by using the service for most all of my online shopping. If you aren’t using Ebates yet, you are definitely missing out on some money that could be padding your pockets or paying off debt.
Earn a Percentage Back Of Your Online Purchases
If you do any kind of shopping it is a safe bet that 90% of the retailers that you shop through are featured on Ebates. The way the service works is you head to Ebates and search the item or retailer you plan to shop. You will be able to see the percentage of cash back that you will earn on any purchases before heading to the retailer’s site. After that it is shopping as usual except you are actually earning cash back on your purchases.
Since I do most of my shopping online, I will sometimes find a product that I like in a brick and mortar store. If I know that I can earn cash back on it, I will wait until I get home and use Ebates to get a little bit better deal. Not using Ebates actually costs me more money. This also gives me the opportunity to search out other online coupons. Can you tell I like to save money?
Other Ways To Save
Ebates has recently added an In Store cash back program for some popular retailers. This is a great bonus because it allows you to earn cash back on everyday purchases such as pet food at Petco, or cash back on meals at certain dining establishments. This feature also comes in handy at places like World Market and Bed Bath and Beyond, where everything you want to buy isn’t always available in the online store.
If you are a chrome user, Ebates also has a chrome extension that sits quietly in your tool bar until you visit a website where you are able to activate cash back rewards. I don’t know how many times I have submitted an order on a website and kicked myself because I forgot to take the three seconds to go to Ebates first. The chrome extension pretty much guarantees that I will never miss out on saving money again. If you are already using the Google Chrome Browser you can easily install the Ebates extension once you sign up. This handy dandy extension will do all the hard work for you.
If you are interested in getting paid to buy items you already use it is simple to get started. Head over to Ebates and create your account. By using my referral link you will also earn $10 just by signing up. Once your account is activated, you can search for the item or merchant you wish you purchase from. You can also see which merchants are offering special cash back bonuses above the usual rate. Every quarter Ebates will send you a Big Fat Check or send your payment through Paypal.
Ebates isn’t a way to get rich quick, but it is definitely a way to save on the products that you already plan on buying. If you are not currently in debt and have a cash back rewards credit card then using this to purchase your items combined with Ebates can double your cash back. Using Ebates this holiday, and year round will help line your pocketbook and keep your budget in check.
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