All About Ebates8/06/2012
I have been using Ebates since 2011, and I updated this post in 2015, so I have been using Ebates for (by this time) four years. I have earned over $140 in "Big Fat Payments," which is impressive because I don't shop online all that much. I'm pretty old school (queue additional old lady insults) and prefer to go in-store for the experience... and because I need to touch/try on most of what I plan on buying... but that's just me. If you don't have the hang-ups I do and enjoy the convenience of shopping online, and do so often, then you'll enjoy many, many more Big Fat Payments using Ebates.
If you would like to (basically) get paid for buying stuff you already need, then you've come to the right place!
After you click on Target, you'll be directly transferred to Target's website with a tracking code. This tracking code allows Ebates to know when you've made your purchase, and how much you spent, so they can reward you with the correct amount of cash back. You don't have to do anything else other than browse through Target online as you normally would, and use their checkout as you normally would. Once your transaction is complete, the information is sent to Ebates, and Ebates will email you a confirmation.
Cash back amounts vary by store, and will often times change based on promotion. For example, occasionally Ebates will offer double cash back, which you'll see labeled where the store's regular cash back amount is listed. You can find the cash back listing directly aside the retailer's name.
Wondering when you'll get yo money? Ebates pays out every three months, and you can opt to be paid via Big Fat Check, PayPal, or you can choose to have your rewards paid out to a charity/organization or family member. (Christmas gift, anyone?) You can change your preferences at any time via your account settings. It's that simple!
Ebates offers a Tell-A-Friend referral program, where you can refer people to Ebates through a link or by your email address. (Psst. That's my referral code.) When a person signs up for Ebates and makes a qualifying purchase, you earn $5.00!
Now, hold on. I know you're like, "What exactly does 'a qualifying purchase' mean?" Everyone can settle down, because there's no fine print here. A "qualifying purchase" just means the person signed up, made a purchase through Ebates, and has successfully paid. (Also known as, their bank account has sufficient funds. You feel me?)
There are also added rewards for how many people you refer, for example:
- Currently, there's an increased payout for referring two people, which ups your reward from $5 to a total of $50 overall!
- Occasionally Ebates will offer prizes and/or trips. Right now they're offering a Hawaiian Getaway Giveaway!
I can't tell you how many times I went directly to a website out of habit and missed out on earning cash back. You can take the note down once you get into the habit. (As if you needed my permission...)
Click the heart next to your favorite stores. They will now show up under your "My Ebates page," and you'll be able to see each store's current cash back, as well as valuable coupon codes, which leads me to....
These pages are constantly updated to show current promotions and coupon codes. Your My Ebates page will also show your pending cash back, when you'll be paid next, and how many qualified referrals you have earned.
At first, I often timed out our tracking number while browsing, and had to start all over again. When that happens, and you revisit the store, a second tracking number is issued, and it makes for a headache as Ebates has to sort this out, resulting in longer-than-usual processing.
What I like to do is go to the store's website like those non-cash-back-earning people, take my time browsing, load up my cart, and then go to Ebates and click through. My items are still in my cart, and I can proceed to checkout with my handy tracking number, sipping on my latte, earning my cash back. Heyyy!
Now that you're more informed, potentially-cash-back-earning shoppers, will you be giving Ebates a try? Go ahead, sign up (shameless plug — here's my link), browse the stores, mark your favorites, and enjoy your savings!