Who doesn’t love shopping online? You get to stay in your PJs, find the best deals, and then get happy mail! But what really made me an avid online shopper was discovering cash back sites. As I mention inÂ my post on about using cash back sites, you can get up to 10% back (and sometimes more!) on your purchases, just for using these sites. Pretty amazing if you ask me!
In today’s post, I’ll be sharing my experience withÂ Ebates.caÂ (Canada) and Ebates.comÂ (U.S.), both of which I use often. Between the two sites, I’ve earned over $650 in cash back. So it’s safe to say that I would recommend singing up for an Ebates account (or two, if you’re in Canada like me!) and starting to earn too. Plus, if you sign up for Ebates.com through my link, you can score a $10USD bonus once you’ve made your first purchase of $25USD or more!
What is Ebates?
LikeÂ Giving AssistantÂ (see my full review here!),Â Ebates.ca and Ebates.comÂ are shopping rewards platforms that offers shoppers cash back on many of their online purchases. As I explain in my post on how to save money on Christmas gifts, cash back sites receive a commission from the retailers you shop from, and then pass a portion of the commission back to you.
How Does it Work?
When you’re shopping online and ready to make a purchase, hop on to each site and search for your retailer. Cash back deals will be listed and you can compare them to offerings on other cash back sites that you’re a member of, likeÂ Giving Assistant.
What does the process of using an Ebates account look like?
Let’s say, for example, thatÂ we’re shopping online at Sephora and we have accounts withÂ Ebates.ca, Ebates.com, andÂ Giving Assistant. We’d search for Sephora on all 3 sites to see which is offering the best deal.
In this case,Â Ebates.caÂ is offering the most cash back at 8%. This is because they are offering double cash back on some sites.
Based on this, it makes more sense to go throughÂ Ebates.caÂ for the purchase. Click the retailer name and you’ll be taken to a page with more coupon codes, information on payment speed, and a link to shop. Click the red “Shop Now” button and you’ll be taken back to the Sephora website, but with a special code that tells Sephora thatÂ Ebates.caÂ sent you.
Make your payment as you normally would. YourÂ Ebates.caÂ account will record the cash back and you will receive an email with your cash back details.
You can also always check your Cash Back BalanceÂ to see what you’ve earned and when it’s been paid.
A Few Final Thoughts
Second, when you navigate to the store page onÂ either EbatesÂ site,Â you can see cash back amounts for various categories, where applicable. There are some stores that offer different cash back amounts of different categories of products.
Happy shopping and happy giving! Leave a comment below and let me know which stores you plan on shopping. And don’t forget to sign up here for your $10 bonus.Â (And check out my other favourite cash back sites here!)