Online shopping is fast becoming one of America’s favorite ways to make purchases. It is convenient and offers better deals and nearly infinite choices.

U.S. e-commerce sales reached more than $256 billion in 2011. That number is expected to rise in 2012. Online retail reaches its peak during the holiday season, as smart shoppers avoid crowded stores. Cyber Monday 2011, was the biggest online shopping day in history (obviously, the numbers aren’t in yet for 2012).

Still, there must be even more ways to take advantage of the deals and convenience of online. Right? One of the easiest ways to save even more is via cash back sites like

Just use Ebates like a search engine such as Google or Yahoo! during online shopping excursions. Most purchases made through Ebates result in a cash rebate back to the shopper. It accrues in an Ebates account until a threshold of $5.01 is reached. Then, at least four times a year, Ebates mails a check or transfers those funds into a PayPal account. A third choice is payments to charitable organizations.

Members can earn up to 25% cash back on online purchases without having to redeem points, mail in forms or pay any membership fee. Easy! Ebates charges consumers nothing. Instead, retailers pay a commission to Ebates when shoppers make a purchase at one of more than 1,500 partner stores.

Register, and choose a bonus $10 gift card. The card is shipped after the first $25 in cash back earnings. Refer friends and family to Ebates to earn even more cash back on their purchases.

Remember, go through Ebates for each online shopping purchase in order to get credit. One tip: returns and exchanges cancel out cash back earnings.

Click here to start using Ebates today.

The Giveaway

Sign up for Ebates on Dec. 10, also known as Cyber Monday 2, and enter a giveaway for $250! Then, take advantage of today’s special cash back increases!

Cyber Monday 2 Cash Back Increases

    • eBay – Now 2-6% Cash Back
    • Sears – Now 10.0% Cash Back
    • Snapfish – Now 20.0% Cash Back
    • Under Armour – Now 20.0% Cash Back
    • Walmart – Now 5.0% Cash Back
    • The Body Shop – Now 10.0% Cash Back
    • Kmart – Now 10.0% Cash Back
    • Toys R Us – Now 6.0% Cash Back
    • Toms – Now 10.0% Cash Back
    • – Now 12.0% Cash Back

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