With the holiday season very quickly approaching I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to feel the allure of shopping. I don’t even like shopping, but there is something about Christmas that is different for me.
This year, I’m going to be doing a bit chunk of my holiday shopping online. Shopping with a toddler is torture and I’d rather save myself the stress.
The last few months I’ve been trying out an online discount program called Ebates to see if the claims are as good as I’ve been hearing.
Ebates is an online discount program that allows you to receive online money-saving discounts at over 2,000 stores.
I know, sounds kind of crazy, huh, but it works. If you shop online, Ebates can and will save you money.
How does Ebates work?
Ebates contracts with various retailers like Amazon, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Walmart & Sephora to drive traffic to these major online retailers. In return, these retailers provide an affiliate commission to Ebates.
Affiliate marketing is the number one way to make money online.
It is how I make money through this website. When I refer you to a product I often use an affiliate link. This means that I may receive a portion of whatever product you purchase.
You don’t pay anything extra for the products.
Companies are willing to pay an affiliate commission to bloggers like me since I direct readers to their site. As a consumer, you are more likely to purchase an item from a blogger you trust them some random person.
The large retailers are banking on your willingness to trust my recommendation. My readers know that I’m very careful about the products and services I promote.
Ebates uses the same methods, but on a much larger scale.
I don’t have the power to contact the larger companies and ask for larger commissions. I’m stuck with what they will give me.
Ebates, on the other hand, works with the big guys which means that their commission structure is high enough to be able to share the love with their clients – which is you.
This means that you can get some very nice cash back rewards for shopping through your favorite vendors through the Ebates website.
- Macy’s – 3% Cash Back
- Walmart – 1% Cash Back
- Amazon – Up to 3% Cash Back
- Disney Store – 3% Cash Back
Companies are constantly offering promotional deals for various things like back to school shopping, holiday shopping and pretty much any other major event they can find.
For consumers, Ebates is a great way to save money, since you get cash back for purchasing items you were already planning to buy.
Keep in mind you can still use coupons and other discount codes in conjunction with Ebates. If you pay attention and watch for sales, you can get some amazing deals.
Using Ebates isn’t going to make you rich.
I’m very selective about my online shopping, so I’m not the best example. However, even with my minimal online shopping, I’ve gotten cash back rewards of just under $25 in the last 2 months.
I must admit as I find more and more ways to save money shopping online, I’m beginning to enjoy shopping online a lot more.
I love Ebates and have been happy with their service. Just don’t fall into the trap of spending more money just because you are going to get a little bit of cash back.
Spending extra to get a cash rebate really isn’t a good deal. I sometimes have to reread my post on wants versus needs to keep my spending in check.
If you are interested in ebates here is a link to their page with their list of vendors. It is very extensive and I can guarantee that you will find stores you use regularly.
PS. You may want to check out these additional posts when preparing for the holiday season:
- 5 Ways to Control Your Holiday Spending
- The Perfect Gift This Holiday Season
- How to Host An Allergy Free Party
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