If you’ve been reading MrsJanuary.com for any length of time, you have probably noticed a link to Ebates at some point or another. I usually add this link to a post that is outlining a great online deal.
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 10% from Chapters/Indigo
- up to 10% from The Source
- 7% from Robeez
- 6% from The Body Shop
- 5% from Addition Elle & Penningtons
- 5% from The Bay
- 4.5% from Please Mum
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 5, 6, and even 7% may not sound like much, but believe me, it really doesn’t take long to add up. I have earned over $50 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?