If you haven't noticed, I'm doing an impromptu series this week on simple ways to earn extra money and gift cards. So far, we've talked about MyPoints and Swagbucks, today I wanted to introduce you to another of my favorite ways to earn a little extra money–Ebates.
Ebates is a little different than MyPoints or Swagbucks because it require you to spend money out of pocket in order to earn money. However, before you totally disregard this article because of that, consider whether you ever purchase anything online? Perhaps you don't but I'd say that the vast majority of us buy at least a few items of some sort or other online every year. Ebates is a great way to earn a kickback for those online purchases–even if they are rather infrequent.
Like MyPoints and Swagbucks, you won't get rich using Ebates, but it can generate a nice little bit of extra cash for you a few times per year. All you have to do is sign up here. Then, whenever you are getting ready to place an order online, go to Ebates first and search for the website you're ordering from. More often than not, it will be listed. Just click through the link to the website and place your order.
Within a few weeks of placing your order, you'll be credited with cash back for a percentage of your purchase. The cash back amount is normally only around 4% and while it might seem like a very miniscule amount, for me it is definitely worth a few dollars to go to the trouble of clicking through Ebates to place an order. And I've been amazed at how these little amounts add up over time.
When you first sign up with Ebates, you get a $5 bonus, just for signing up. Utilizing this sign-up bonus, here's how you can actually turn this into a great deal at Penneys right now (with thanks to Sheri for emailing me this idea!):
::Select JCPenney from the drop-down list of stores.
::Find something on the JCPenney's website which is a little over $10 and add it to your cart.
::Checkout with promo code GR8DAD to get $10 off your order.
::Checkout paying only for shipping and taxes (this will be around $5).
::Receive your $5 bonus as a new sign-up with Ebates and also receive 4% cash back for your order with Ebates.
All told, you will basically pay nothing out of pocket for $10 worth of merchandise from JCPenneys!
Ebates has a nice referral program too which pays you $5 for every new sign-up your referral link generates. If you try the program out and like it, you may as well pass the word along to your friends and help them earn a little cash back on their online purchases, too, right?
Right now, they are offering a special bonus: you can get $10 per sign-up if you refer three new people to Ebates. So if you have a blog or know a number of people who shop online, you'll definitely want to check Ebates out and consider passing the word along. Don't keep a good thing to yourself!