For the unprepared shopper, Valentine’s Day signals the start of the mid-winter paycheck migration. In a papery cloud, they rasp and flutter away to full-price retailers for jewelry and gadgets, flowers and fudge.

Like teary-eyed parents on the first day of school, we wave–heartbroken–and watch our checks depart. Well, rest easy this year because Ebates.com is here to keep your paycheck at home where it belongs.

With Ebates, simply search for the stores you need for Valentine’s Day shopping to see if they offer any deals. Purchases made through Ebates earn a cash back reward for shoppers that accrues in an account until a pre-set maximum is reached. That money is returned to consumers via check or Paypal account at least four times a year.

Ebates is free to use, and members earn up to 25% cash back on their online purchases without membership fees or pesky forms. Even better, new members are eligible for a $10.00 gift card. And by referring family and friends, members receive even more cash back on their future purchases!

Here are a couple of great deals available through Ebates this week–just in time for Valentine's Day savings!

  • Old Navy: 20% off all online orders with coupon code GAMEDAY. Get 4% cash back. Valid through Feb. 5.
  • Drugstore.com: Save up to 50% off Valentine Gifts. Get 6% cash back.
  • Estee Lauder: Free deluxe-size skincare gift box with any $45.00 purchase. Get 3% cash back. Ends Feb. 8.
  • Shoes.com: 20% off sale items with coupon code WINTER20. Get  8.5% cash back. Good through Feb. 5