Save Money This Holiday Season With Ebates!

Make Money with Ebates

If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you have probably noticed a link to Ebates at some point or another.

Using Ebates, you can save money on your purchases made online, and receive those savings in cash.

It really does work. I have received many cheques from them myself and continue to receive them every few months. Ebates is a great way to earn cash back from stores that you were planning to make purchases at anyway.

What is Ebates?

Founded in 1998, Ebates is an online cash back shopping site. What this means is that every time you make an online purchase from any store in the Ebates directory, you receive cash back. It’s as simple as that!

Earnings are anywhere from 1% – all the way up to 10% (in Canada). When you make a purchase from a store on the Ebates website, you will earn a certain percentage back in cash. This cash is saved up until you have at least $5.01 in your account, and then you get paid.

How do I join Ebates?

You can easily join Ebates by visiting the Ebates website.

Simply fill out the very short form with your email and password and you are logged in. Click on your name in the top right-hand corner of the page and you can edit your address and payment information.

You will receive $5 for FREE, just for signing up (though, you do need to make a purchase of $25 or more in order for that bonus to be activated).

Pick a store that you’d like to shop at and follow the link through your Ebates account. When your purchase is complete, you will receive cash back for that purchase.

How and when am I paid?

You can choose to receive payments either by cheque or through your Paypal account. The choice is yours.

Ebates sends a payment to you every 3 months, as long as you have earned at least $5.01 in cash back (not including any bonuses, like the $5 you receive when you first sign up). If you have not yet earned the minimum amount, your balance will be carried forward to the next payment date.

Do I receive any bonuses for referring friends & family?

Yes! Ebates will pay you $5 for every single person that signs up to Ebates through your link. Just like you, though, they must make a purchase of $25 or more before you receive your $5 referral bonus.

The more friends you refer, the better the rewards:

  • Refer 3 friends, get an extra $30
  • Refer 10 friends, get an extra $100
  • Refer 25 friends, get an extra $250
  • Refer 50 friends, get an extra $500 or the new iPad

Here are some of the best cash back percentages on Ebates for Canadians:

  • up to 5% from Chapters/Indigo
  • 2% from The Source
  • 6.5% from Robeez
  • 5% from The Body Shop
  • 4% from Addition Elle & Penningtons
  • 2.5% from The Bay
  • Up to 2% from Walmart

Ebates has other great Canadian stores available to purchase from as well, including: Babies/Toys R Us, Old Navy, Sears, Victoria’s Secret and The Gap!

I know that 2, 4, and even 5% may not sound like much, but believe me, it really doesn’t take long to add up. I have earned over $70 this month without any referrals – just my own purchases!

If you do a lot of online shopping, I highly encourage you to sign up for Ebates. If you’re already going to be shopping online, you might as well earn some cash for doing so!

Do you use Ebates? If so, what do you think of it?

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  1. Elaine says:

    Is there an advantage to choosing over Is the only difference that you’ll receive cash back in Canadian dollars?


  2. GirlNamedJake says:

    Mrs. J, this is awesome! I thought I was super savvy & knew a ton. I don’t know how this escaped me! Question. I shop both Canadian & US Retailers. Should I have both. .ca & .com account?

  3. Manda says:

    Hello! Love your page! I have a question regarding Ebates and Airmiles. When you shop online at Old Navy Canada for example, you have the option to shop through Airmiles Shops and earn Airmiles on your purchase. You also can go through Ebates and earn that way as well. My question is, is there a way you can collect both Airmiles and Ebates, kind of like killing two birds with one stone on orders such as this?

    Thank you!

    • Cassie Howard says:

      Nope, it’s one or the other, unfortunately.

      • Carmen says:

        There is a way. Go though ebates and pay with an credit card that awards airmiles like the amex airmiles cc or the bmo airmiles mastercard or the bmo airmiles world mastercard. 😉 You can hit two birds with one stone then

  4. Deborah says:

    Just a bit of information for everyone who is using Ebates. I paid for my purchase with a gift card and Ebates will not give you the cash back when you use this form of payment.

  5. Alysia says:

    This is great. I would love to win a gift card for

  6. Simon says:

    Do you get a percentage of your referrals’ purchases?

  7. Sally says:

    Just curious how ebates makes money. Do they sell information about what people buy?

  8. Olivia says:

    I do use ebates, yet forget so many times. Only after checking out does it hit me! We must be sure we log onto the Canadian .ca account and not the American .com account.
    Thanks for keeping us informed.

  9. Ray says:

    With the, is it best to receive a cheque in the mail or to have the money to be deposited into my PayPal account? Since the payout will be in USD, will my bank or PayPal charge me for a conversion rate? Thanks!

  10. Whistles says:

    No, ebates receives a commission from each store that you purchase from through their link, and they give you a small percentage of it.

  11. Cassie Howard says:

    Sure (, thank you Bonnie! Ebates really is a fantastic site, I highly recommend using them if you are shopping online. 🙂

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