How to Earn Money From Home With Ebates

Updated on July 7, 2019
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Wife, Oregonian, coffee lover, chronic illness warrior and entrepreneur.

Here's everything you need to know about making money shopping from comfort of your home!
Here's everything you need to know about making money shopping from comfort of your home!

Online shopping has become more and more popular in the last few years. As of 2016, 79% of US shoppers have made purchases online, and you are likely one of them, so wouldn't you like to get paid for something you're already doing? While hard core couponing was all the rage for in-store shopping a few years ago, shoppers are now using sites like Groupon, RetailMeNot and others to save online. These sites are great for saving money while making an online purchase, but they don’t actually pay you to shop. Ebates, however, offers several ways to accumulate cash for a quarterly “Big Fat Check” on purchases you'd already be making anyway.

Is Ebates Legitimate?

Ebates has proven itself to be a legitimate way to make a few extra bucks. Founded in 1998 in Silicon Valley by Alessandro Isolani and Paul Wasserman, Ebates has given out over $800 million in rebates! It has proven to be a safe and easy to use company, even receiving an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Currently, Ebates is undergoing a name change and will soon be known as “Rakuten” (Japanese for “optimism”), though the user experience should remain virtually identical to what it has always been.

How Ebates Works:

Ebates earns a commission for sending its members to various shopping websites and they in turn, offer you a portion of this commission. The commission varies from store-to-store and is usually a percentage of what you purchase (making Ebates a great option if you plan to make a large online purchases such as furniture or electronics). Some stores offer as little as 3% back from your total purchase, and some as much as 40%! Ebates also occasionally offers cash back coupons in addition to the percentage you would normally get back. In order to take advantage of these offers, however, you must click through the Ebates link when you go shopping online. This lets Ebates know that you want to use their service.

Here's my earnings so far for this quarter, in the top right of the Ebates main page.
Here's my earnings so far for this quarter, in the top right of the Ebates main page.

Where Can You Shop With Ebates:

When I first heard about Ebates I was leery because I assumed it would only offer cash back at stores I rarely shop at, however, this is not the case. Ebates offers cash back at over 2,500 online stores including everywhere from Amazon to Ebay to Macy’s to Walmart to Helzberg Diamonds to Old Navy! Living in a rural community with very few retailers, my family has turned to online shopping and found Ebates to be a great way to make some extra money while purchasing things we would normally buy anyway.

Here are some of my favorite Ebates approved store:

  • Old Navy
  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Zulily
  • Sephora
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Best Western
  • Priceline
  • Macy's
  • Kohl's
  • Ulta
  • Target

Ways to Earn With Ebates:

Online Cash Back

This is the most common way to earn money using Ebates. Once you’ve created an account, I recommend that you download the mobile app and the Ebates button for your preferred web browser. This way you won’t forget to click through the Ebates link. The Ebates app will alert you when you’ve made some cash back and the Ebates web browser button will allow you to earn cash back without going through the Ebates website first by alerting you when you’re about to make an eligible purchase. Both the app and the browser plug-in are safe to use.

In Store Cash Back

While Ebates is mainly for online shopping, you can also earn in-store cash back by downloading the app and adding your credit or debit card information. When you make an eligible purchase with this card at one of Ebate’s cash back locations in your area, the rebate will automatically be added to your account!

Referral Link

One of my favorite ways to earn money with Ebates is by sharing it with others. When you create an account with Ebates, you will be given a referral link. When someone signs up and makes a $25 dollar purchase through Ebates within one year using your referral link, you will earn $25 dollars! They will also get an extra $10 back after their first qualified purchase just for signing up! There is no limit to how many friends you can refer, and Ebates makes it easy to find and share your referral link.

How You Will Get Paid With Ebates:

The first time I got paid with Ebates, I’d actually forgotten I’d signed up and made a purchase through Ebates months earlier. The only reason I remembered was because Ebates sent me an email saying they had a check for me! At this point I still wasn’t sure about Ebates, so I was delighted both when the check actually arrived and was cashed.

Ebates offers two methods of payment: the “Big Fat Check” and Paypal. Both are deposited every three months as shown below:

These are the dates your Big Fat Check is sent
These are the dates your Big Fat Check is sent

Sold On Ebates? Here’s How To Get Started:

Excited to start earning money with Ebates? I’d so appreciate it if you signed up with my referral link to sign up. Then you can start shopping and sharing it with your friends!

Happy Earning!

Here's everything you need to know about making money shopping from comfort of your home!
Here's everything you need to know about making money shopping from comfort of your home!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • AHreha profile imageAUTHOR

        Abigail Hreha 

        3 months ago from Oregon

        Thank you, RTalloni! I appreciate it.

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        RTalloni 

        3 months ago from the short journey

        Thanks very much for this well-written information. Am checking out your referral link now.

      • AHreha profile imageAUTHOR

        Abigail Hreha 

        3 months ago from Oregon

        It probably took so long because they only send checks four times I year. It was long enough for me to forget I’d signed up the first time!

        But I love ebates. Especially if you do f mind waiting a while for your money.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 months ago from Sunny Florida

        I glad you wrote an article about Ebates as I have been leary about using it also. I saw someone on Facebook complaining about how long it took to receive her check, so I didn't know whether to try it. Thanks for the good information.

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