I was recently introduced to Ebates through one of my favorite blogs, These are a few of Christina’s Favorite Things. I’m not sure how I missed out on this website for so long as it combines the two things I love best: Shopping and Saving Money.
The concept of ebates is simple: You go to ebates.com when you have some shopping you need to do, and search for your retailer of choice. You click on the retailer through ebates and you are connected to the retailers website and you complete your shopping like normal. A pre-determined percentage of your purchase is refunded to you a few days after your purchase is complete.
The retailers that use ebates are quite abundant and include such companies as: Marriott (I went through and redid all of my upcoming hotel reservations so that I will now be getting 1% back per stay), Orbitz ($3 back per transaction), Hertz, Best Buy, J. Crew, Kate Spade, Bluefly, Banana Republic… and so on and so forth. There are literally hundreds of stores to choose from.
You might question whether it’s worth it for 1% back, as I noted above for Marriott. Quite simply – yes! The work you have to do is minimal and involves just a couple of extra clicks to get to the store where you want to shop. 1% is the minimal amount you can receive back and most stores offer between 2-5% back! Some that I’ve seen even go as high as 12%! And really – at the end of the day – money back is money back. 1% of a purchase refunded to you is 1% more than you would get if you didn’t go through ebates. Make sense? And as an added incentive – just for signing up you get $5. Yep, that’s right. Five free dollars!
I’ve added a link to the side of this page so that you can easily access the ebates website. All I ask is that you check it out. I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed. This is hands down my new favorite website and I refuse to shop if I’m not shopping through ebates. What better way to be fantabulous and frugal than by using this website?
If you love cash back shopping, check out another fab site: ShopatHome.com!