My Ebates.com Review: I’ve Earned $2,200.00+ Cash Back

Whenever I make a purchase online, I like to spend a few extra minutes looking for coupon or promo codes. I just hate to buy something with that little code box left incomplete. Don't you?

If I don't find the code somewhere, I at least make sure and head over to Ebates.com to get some cash back.

Through the years I've tallied up more than $2,200.00 just by heading to Ebates first to make a purchase!

Ebates.com is an easy, safe way to save a little money when shopping online. It has certainly done well by me. Here's what you need to know about the program:

All About Ebates.com

Ebates.com is pretty much the best online shopping cashback website out there. They've been around since 1998, and I've used them on and off since 2006. As an affiliate re-seller of over 2,500 online retailers, Ebates passes part of their commission on your sale back to you in the form of a cash-back payment.

To get the cash back, all you have to do is start any online shopping you do at the Ebates website. You'll click through their site to your preferred online store, and then make your purchase as usual. Easy, right?

Once you have an account, just make sure you remember to start your purchases on the Ebates website. If you're the type to forget that first step when you make a purchase, you can install their browser extension to make sure you never miss an opportunity to earn cash back.

Sign Up for Ebates.com Using Refer a Friend $10

If you sign up today, you'll get $10 cash instantly added to your account. You just need to make purchases equaling $25 or more within 90 days of signing up to receive your $10 bonus.

Once you're signed up, you can start earning cash-back rewards for every purchase you make online.

Also, after you have your account set up, you can refer other friends of yours and get up to $25 for each successful qualifying referral.

Is Ebates Free?

Yes. Ebates is totally free for you to use. Since 2006 I've never paid them a cent. They make their money by referring you to other sites and earning a commission on that sale.

Here's the catch though: Ebates and the shopping sites that participate with them are counting on you using the Ebates portal to browse and buy things above and beyond what you need. They want you to see Ebates as your portal to the things you want. In that sense, Ebates could “cost” you a lot if you're not careful and buy things you wouldn't have otherwise bought. (Okay, enough preaching to the choir.)

My Ebates.com Cash Back Dashboard

My Ebates.com Cash Back Dashboard

Does Ebates Work with Amazon?

Lord knows we buy a bunch from Amazon around here. So having Ebates work with Amazon is a big, important question in our house. From my experience, Ebates does connect with Amazon, but it only works with Amazon on select categories–and they are changing all the time.

Additionally, Amazon Home Services is a different “store” for purposes of browsing Ebates offers.

It's important to note that items you place in your online cart before you visit Ebates won't be eligible for cash back. So don't add anything to your cart before you head to Ebates to grab the discount.

I've found that it makes sense to start your Amazon shopping trips from Ebates every time, just in case the category you're shopping is covered by Ebates. It's worth the quick extra step to potentially get some cash back for one of our many (many!) Amazon purchases.

Click here to get started with Ebates.

Does Ebates Work for In-Store Shopping?

It sure does! It's a little trickier than using Ebates for online shopping, but you can do it. To earn cash back from a brick-and-mortar store, you'll first add your credit card to your Ebates account.

Then, browse the stores (using the website or app) that offer in-store rebates. Connect your card to that store and then every time you shop there, you'll earn cash back with Ebates. The nice thing is that the Ebates app allows you to do this from your phone while you're standing in your preferred store.

How Does Ebates Pay You?

Ebates pays you with a “big fat check!” sent in the mail, or via PayPal. To receive your money, you must have your account properly filled out with your address and other payment setting complete, or you must have a valid PayPal account linked to your Ebates account. Ebates only sends out payments on accounts that have earned at least $5, so if your account balance is less than that, you'll have to wait until the next payment cycle to see your cash back.

Payments go out every three months on these dates: May 15th (for Q1), August 15th (for Q2), November 15th (for Q3), and the all-important Christmas season payout on February 15th (for Q4).

The Secret to Using Ebates.com

In my opinion, the secret to using Ebates.com is to treat it as just another tool in your frugality tool belt. Only take it out and use it when you are already planning on making a purchase.

By all means, if you need something, take the time to swing by Ebates.com and use their cash back discounts. If you don't you're simply passing up free money. Otherwise, just leave it alone. Don't go into Ebates.com without a plan already.

Happy frugal shopping!

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  1. I was a little skeptical when a friend shared this site with me but I have been using Ebates since Nov, 2011 and so far have gotten about $100 in checks from Ebates. I shopped at Sears, Walmart, Lowes, Advance Auto and Amazon. Places that I would normally shop anyway. It’s so easy, shop at home online, place your order and just drive to the store and pick it up. My husband recently needed a battery for his truck, I ordered it online, saved through Ebates plus got an extra savings for ordering through Advance Auto online, he drove to our local store and picked it up 30 minutes later. How much easier does it get? Ebates has my vote. Sylvia, Connelly Springs, NC