If your family is anything like mine, you will spend some time on Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping and ordering all the Christmas gifts on your list. None of us go out to fight the crowds, instead we curl up by a fireplace with a laptop or iPad, grateful for free shipping coupons that will bring brown paper packages to our doorstep.
So, this is my little secret.
Over the past two and a half years, I’ve made over $250 in cash back on my online purchases. It is really, really simple. I signed up on Ebates (you get a $5-$10 sign up bonus). Each time I’m ready to make an online purchase I click from Ebates over to the store I want to shop at, and Ebates will give me a percentage of cash back. Here’s an example:
If I want to buy a pair of shoes at J.Crew…. I start at Ebates and search for the store I’m interested in.
Click on the J.Crew “shop now” button. It takes me straight to the J.Crew website, nothing else you have to do other than shop for shoes! Once you order the shoes, Ebates will automatically credit you 6% cash back for your purchase. A check comes to your mailbox every 3 months. Simple.
So, your shopping is exactly the same, except for one extra click. And that click means cash back in your hand. If you do any online shopping, Ebates is a no-brainer. Often they run double cash-back promotions, and big online shopping days like Black Friday have higher percentages (Amazon is 7%, Nordstrom is 6%, J.Crew is 6%, Sephora is 8%, and Kohl’s is 6%). I’ve referred my mom and brothers to the site, and they’ve all had good experiences (and nice checks in the mail) too. Click HERE to sign up with my referral code. If you have questions, feel free to ask in the comments!
p.s. If you’re looking for gifts that won’t be returned, be sure to check out my collection of gift guides for tried and true classics.