How I use Ebates to Earn Free Money

I have had some friends ask about ways I earn money and gift cards.  I am going to start posting more on some of my favorite sites and programs I use.

In addition to Swagbucks, Ebates is one of the easiest ways I earn free money.  This is not something where you earn points for doing surveys or jumping through hoops.  It is simply a site you click through before you make any purchases online.  Ebates  gives you a percentage back of what you spend and then they mail you a check every 3 months.  There is no minimum to meet before they send you a check! Isn’t that awesome? Cash back for things you are already buying. You don’t even need to enter a code when you are shopping either. After clicking through Ebates there is nothing else to do.

Also, when you sign up you can choose a free $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble, Target, or Home Depot. Back when I signed up this was not offered.  You will earn the gift card with your first $25 purchase.


Here are the easy steps to getting started and using Ebates:

1) Go to Ebates to sign up.

(To shop with Ebates)

2) Visit the site before shopping to look for the store you know you want to shop from, OR search the categories to find a store that carries the item you want and click on the store. 

3) Shop just like normal! (I guess that is not even a step)


Another way to earn is by referring new customers to Ebates.  Normally this is $5 per person who spends $25 or more when shopping through Ebates.  Sometimes they have promotions where you can earn even more. (So far I think I have referred 2-3 people…don’t worry. I am not raking it in. I too earn most of my money through regular cash back transactions. 🙂 )

Also, frequently certain stores offer double points. 

Right now Nordstrom is offering 5% back! This is awesome because the Anniversary Sale starts tomorrow!  A few days ago when I was looking at a couple things I noticed it was at 2%.  I waited a bit and went back and it was at 5%. Score! I am hoping that it stays at 5% for a bit so that people can take advantage of both the sale and the 5% cash back.  (Side note-If you happen to have a Nordstrom card you can also get double points from the 20th-22nd on your card.)

Keep in mind that you save more by spending nothing at all.  This should only be used when you actually need to make a purchase.  Spend wisely! This is just another way to get some money back for what you are already doing.

Ebates partners with TONS of web sites! Here are some of our favorites

Groupon!!! -Currently at 3%

REI and REI Outlet-Currently at 2.5%

Gap-Currently at 2%

Nordstrom-Currently at 5%

Target- Currently at 2%

Disney Store-Currently at 3% up to 4% depending on category

Zulily- Currently at 3.5%

Toys R Us-Currently at 1%

6pm (Great place for shoes, bags, and clothes)-Currently at 3.5%


Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions and I can try to help you find the answer!