What is about?

About two years ago I stumbled on a cash back website called Ebates.  Skeptical, I searched if it was a legit site or not, and decided that is was and that I wanted to try it. I have earned almost $300 using shopping online as I normally would, and so I am excited to share with you why you might as well sign up for Ebates to get cash back, even if you only buy things a few times a year online.


Cash back savings on things you already buy is easy with Ebates.
Cash back savings on things you already buy is easy with Ebates.


What is Ebates About?

Ebates is a free 3rd party website that pays you a percentage of the total sale when you shop at one of their 2,000 registered online businesses. They make money from online retailers for “referring” you to shop, and then pass part of that money back to you!  It is very similar to how you might receive cash back if you have a Costco card, or any kind of a credit card. And, just for signing up here, you will get $10 cash back after you make a $25 purchase.  By using my affiliate link, I will also receive a bonus from Ebates as a thank you for referring you. So thank you if you end up signing up and loving it like I do!

Big Fat Checks from Ebay make you smile!
Love getting my “Big Fat Checks” via PayPal. They will make you smile too!

How does it work?

Once you sign up and install the Ebates button on your computer, you will not need to sign in to Ebates really ever.  You will simply click the big “Activate Ebates Cash Back” button in the corner of your computer when shopping at say Macys or Priceline, which adds a tracking code that Ebates can trace proving you purchased something using their site as the 3rd party.  The Ebates button tells you what percent cash back that store offers as well as any coupons you can automatically apply.

How to get started earning free Cash Back?

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

  1. Sign up for an Ebates account  here.
  2. Install the Ebates button for your computer, which will allow a very small popup to remind you to click “Activate Ebates Cash Back” at any retailer you are using that they accept.
  3. When you shop, before purchasing, click that “Activate Ebates Cash Back” button and earn money! They will send you a money via PayPal or a check in the mail every  3 months will all your cash back.

Do they really pay?

My first check cashed was $1.53 from one online purchase, and my largest check was $87.89.  That is too awesome to me considering it’s FREE money and I would have purchased those things anyway! And, note that I do not buy that many things online. The only added step was making an Ebates account one time, and clicking the button in the corner of my computer before any purchase. It’s free, it’s not a scam, and they do pay!

Do they have the stores I shop at?

They boast over 2,000 stores, ranging anywhere from 1% cash back to 25% cash back, and you can see a list of eligible stores here.  And, they are always offering bonus double cash back at stores, which changes from week to week.  In my opinion, it is still worth having an account even just for a few stores you use, for the holidays, or for travel. My largest cash back purchases have been at Snapfish (always 10-20% cash back), JCPenny (usually between 6-15% cash back), Blendtech, Priceline, and Groupon.

Any downsides?

I think the saddest part of Ebates is that Amazon, which I use a LOT, only offers cash back on certain categories, so I rarely get cash back from Amazon. Amazon mostly just pays out for clothing, shoes, sports and fitness, and home services.

I would love to hear what your thoughts on Ebates are, and if you sign up, what your biggest check is!

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19 thoughts on “What is about?

  1. Hey Liz,

    Thanks for the review and all the information. Looks like a great idea and I couldn’t see a reason why not to sign up. Being free, there’s really nothing to lose. I used your link and signed up! Thanks again for the advice, hopefully I can make a little money back!

    1. Thanks Jamie! I hope you love it too, and in the future I’d love to hear what your biggest “Big Fat Check” comes in at! Feel free to ask if you have any questions in the future. And, if you ever know you have cash back coming your way from a purchase, and it does not pop up in your inbox saying you earned it, contact Ebates and they will add it to your account. I’ve had that happen a couple times for some reason but they always pay.

  2. Great article on Ebates! I am always online and do most my shopping online so this is awesome! I’ve actually never heard of Ebates before, and wish I had sooner!

    How are you able to look at the different % of cash back you can earn from each store you purchase from?

    1. Hi Erich,

      Thanks for reading! Thats a great q and I’ll consider editing my article to add the answer as well. At the very top of Ebates website, there is a search bar. You can type in any store you might typically shop at or ever would shop at to see if it is listed, and as you type the store name and cash back amount pops up. There is also a menu button at the top of their website that says “All Stores”, and you can go there to see an a-z list of every store. Now that I signed up, and have installed the Ebates button on my computer, its even easier because as I’m shopping (most the time forgetting to even check about ebates offering cash back) a very small pop up in the corner of my computer asks me if I want to activate the cash back on that page. Very handy!

  3. Hi,

    I am already a member of Ebates, and I love it! It is really easy to use it. Something I like is to have the app on my smartphone because that way I never miss any big sale and the special days when I can get more cash back.

    I totally recommend it

  4. You know I have seen commercials on Ebates, but never really thought anything of it. I do a lot of my shopping online, so why not get cash back! This is a great idea, and I am glad you shared this post. I am going to sign up and see how much I can earn back just from shopping, I love it!

    1. Hi there! Thanks for signing up and I really hope you love it! If you have stores that you regularly shop at be sure to click the heart shaped button by the store to let Ebates know its a favorite, and then you will get notified when they have double cash back days or better for those stores. I do that for Snapfish and wait to order till their cash back goes from 10%to sometimes 20% cash back.

  5. Great Article! I used ebates too and Its really great. I’m the same as you I use amazon a lot but most of the products I buy are not covered by ebates. One thing that I find annoying of myself is that sometimes I forget that I have ebates and miss opportunities to get cash back. Do you have any tricks or tips that could help me?

    1. Hi Dira and thanks for asking about tips to remember to use Ebates when it’s easy to forget! What I do is have the Ebates Cash Back Button installed on my computer, which you can get on their website. Try this link here. This does two things: It adds a brightly colored pop up in the corner of your computer that you comes up when you go to a website that allows cash back. If I’m shopping, say at Eddie Bauer, I’ll just press that button(which conveniently tells me the percent cash back too), and I keep shopping on the Eddie Bauer website…no need to ever again. Installing the button also makes it so that when you google a product, then any of the websites listed from your search will tell you if Ebates gives you cash back! It has a little “E” next to the URL in the search engine with cash back percent listed. I always buy from a place that gives cash back over one that does not! Hope that helps!

  6. Hi Liz, great post, thanks. I’ve been looking into Ebates for a while but I’m not sure if it will work for me in South Africa. Do you know whether any of these stores ship to South Africa or do any of the 2000 stores on Ebates specialise in digital downloads such as e-books or e-courses? It sounds like such a good idea if you live in the States, just not sure if Ebates has a global reach.

    1. Hi Lauren, 

      Sorry for the late reply! I don’t believe Ebates serves South Africa unfortunately.  I think this site it is just USA as I also saw there is an Ebates Canada, China, Korea, and Japan. I couldn’t find anything about Digital Downloads though, which I would think you could do.  Ebates has tons of audio books, digital downloads, music sites, ect that don’t require shipment, so it may be worth just signing up and trying your first digital download through them.  Best case, you get $10 towards it via Paypal, worst case…you spent money on something you were already going to buy. Hope this helps! 

  7. I’ve seen other people mentioning Ebates, but I’ve never tried it myself. I just couldn’t decide whether it was worth the effort and whether I’d actually get much from it in the end. And there are other similar sites that do this type of thing too, I believe. I just looked over the eligible stores you mentioned here though and that was helpful, as I didn’t realize there were so many. I think I may give Ebates a try. Thanks for the info.

    1. Hi Mary!

      Hope this helps you save some $ if you online shop already. Ya, once you sign up just be sure to get the beats button it lets you download.  That way, if you are ever just shopping normally it will pop up and tell you what percent you could save at that store.  The big thing to remember is to stay in the same tab because that’s the tab that will track your Ebates number and give you cash back. Good luck and thanks for reading!

  8. Hi Liz

    Interesting cashback site, I have heard of others but never this one, surprising because it seems really popular.$300 for just shopping is not bad at all, I think I may give it a go, there are some sites that are featured on ebates that I sometimes shop on. Do you have any other cashback sites that you would recommend?
    All the best

    1. Hi Minhaj, yes there are quite a few cash back sites and I am trying out a new one right now.  Its called BeFrugal, and its just like Ebates but I see it has 4,000 store, more than twice as many as Ebates.  I also see it will give you the same amount of cash back plus 25% more if you can find any other cash back site that offers more cash back, so essentially you can be guaranteed the best cash back if you are willing to search.  Here is my sign up link for that. You also earn $10 after your first purchase just for signing up, like Ebates!

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