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I am a huge fan of of shopping portals. Ultimately, with almost every online purchase I make I receive cash back or points/miles towards a loyalty program. It literally takes an minute to make my purchase and allows me to save money on the way. There are a ton of different online shopping portals, and I know many of you do not take full advantage!
Just a few days ago I stumbled upon a concept at Ebates that will allow you to automatically receive cash back without having to actually remember to go to their site first. Ebates is one of the more popular sites. While it might not always have the best payouts, they are still pretty high and an easy way to earn some money on purchases you were already going to make.
Receiving Cash Back SIMPLY with Ebates
- Sign onto your Ebates account. If you are not already a member, you’ll receive a $10 bonus after you spend $25 within the first 90 days of signing up. You must sign up through a referral link (thank you in advance for using mine, but feel free to post yours in the comments section!)
- At the bottom of the screen you’ll see a popup appear allowing you to essentially save Ebates to your web browser. For example, this is what appeared on my computer when I added it to Chrome and Safari.
- Add Ebates to your respective browser. It takes only a few seconds.
- Now, when you go to many shopping or travel websites, you’ll see the Ebates bar immediately popup on the upper-right hand side of your screen.
- Click the red “Activate” button and you are all set. In the example above, you’ll see that you’ll receive 2.5% cash back on your reservation at Marriott!
This serves as a simple reminder of where you can receive cash back and the amount you’ll receive. And you won’t have to go to the Ebates site first. While I try to be extremely diligent of going to shopping portal first, there are times I forget (especially with small purchases) and this will help me maximize. Ebates will then send you a check to your address on file (or Paypal) once a quarter once your account balance reaches $5.01. It is always nice to receive an unexpected check in the mail!
Enjoy your extra cash back!