My Favorite Money Saver – NaBloPoMo Day 5

A couple years ago I heard about the website Ebates. I can’t remember how I first heard about it, but I think I signed up because I got a free $10 Target gift card for entering my email address {which is still available when you register}. I’m a sucker for stuff like that. Regardless, I’ve been using it for 2 years now and have gotten back over $100….just from shopping online, buying stuff I’d normally buy. Christmas season is the best time to use Ebates, as you can find what you need for gifts, and still get $$$ back. It also gives you access to tons of coupon codes that you can use at check out to save money, and you get emails about sales happening at your favorite stores, and specials offering double {and even sometimes triple!} cash back. I’ve used it on tons of websites from Loft to Wal-Mart, car rentals and hotels.

Here’s how it works. You visit www.ebates.com and register your new account. {No, you don’t give them your credit card number or anything like that}. From the site, you can search by categories, store name, or even by the % of cash back you can get. {The top cash back offer right now on the site is for Proactiv, which is 30% cash back. So if you spend $30 on the Proactiv site, you’re going to get $9 back.} Once you choose a store, you can sort through any coupon codes they have, and then click to go directly to the site. From here, it takes you to the site as normal, and you can shop till you drop. After you place your order with the store, you receive an email from Ebates telling you how much cash you’re getting back from them. It banks your money and then they send you a check every 3 months. Free money!! Doesn’t get much better than that! If you choose, you can also get emails in your inbox telling you about sales and special offers, and they can be tailored to stores you like to shop at regularly.

I’ve tried websites like MyPoints.com and other rewards sites, but none have been as easy or have made me as much money as Ebates. Just tonight I bought Dory some dog food online, and got 4% cash back. It does take extra time if you REALLY want to save money, as you have to search through different sites to find the best price and the highest amount of cash back. But if I can save a few bucks here and there, it all adds up and I am happy to take the time to seek out the best deal. I definitely would recommend Ebates to anyone who likes getting a check in the mail every few months, just for shopping online!

Let me know–have you used Ebates or another money saving website? What is your favorite?

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