We love cash back websites such as Ebates and ShopatHome.com, but how do they earn you money?  Here we’ll discuss how they work and why they are so valuable to online shoppers.


Ebates offers cash back on purchases you make when you click through a store’s link from Ebates’s site.

  • The percent of your purchase that you will receive as cash back will vary by store and be listed on each page.
  • When you sign up for Ebates and then make a purchase of $25 or more within the first 30 days, you will recieve a $5 sign-up bonus.
  • Every 3 months, they send you a cash back payment for purchases posted during the previous quarter based on the schedule below, but if you’ve earned less than $5.01 cash back, they will carry over your money to the next check.

  • The two main ways to get paid is via a check that they mail or PayPal.
  • Most cash back rewards are credited within 48 hours of your purchase. Some stores, however, cannot confirm your purchase until the return period has elapsed and may take up to thirty days to confirm your cash back.


ShopAtHome.com works similarly to Ebates in that you earn a percent back on all of your purchases that you make through their links.

  • The amount of cash back you earn will also vary depending on store and any current promotions that are running.
  • In order to earn cash back, you must be logged into your account at the time of purchase.
  • Anyone who signs up and then make a a purchase within 30 days will earn a $5 sign-up bonus.
  • Checks are sent out once a month if your account has a $20 minimum balance.
  • ShopAtHome.com also offers Wild Deals as special promotions. These Wild Deals last for one day only, and you may only take advantage of each deal once per day, per account. These can be found on the ShopAtHome.com homepage.
  • To sign up, click “join now” in the top right-hand corner of any ShopAtHome.com page.