After the suggestion from a friend, I had to check out the Ebates website. I don't shop online very often, but with my brother's birthday coming up, I needed to order some gifts to be sent in the mail. I was already shopping for savings by going to Kohl's, but the icing on the cake was when I clicked on the link for Kohl's on the Ebates website.  I got 6% back on what I spent! After further examination, I discovered that Ebates has links to nearly all of my favorite stores! I could kick myself for not using it sooner. It's easy to use, a great way to save money on your purchases, and you get REAL money back!

What is Ebates?

Ebates is a merchant referral program that sends cash back on purchases you make from stores on their website. There are literally hundreds of stores where you can shop for everything from your basic groceries and necessities, to home and high fashion in department stores. Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Macy's, Dillard's, and Staples are just a few of my favorites.

How do I get started?

To get started go to and enter your email address and password.  Just for signing up, you have a choice of a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble, Target, Home Depot, or a $5 gift from Ebates. I chose a $10 gift card to Target. These become available after you make your first purchase of $25 or more through Ebates.

On the left side of the site you can shop by category or search for your store. Next to each store Ebates lists the percentage you can get back on your purchases. This ranges from 1% to 25%.

When Will I Get My Money?

Ebates pays out every three months. So for the rest of 2012, checks or PayPal deposits will be made May 15, August 15, and November 15.  If you've earned less than $5.01, your balance will carry over into the next pay period.

The amount of money you can earn is based on what you spend, but don't let sales or cash-back offers lull you into spending more money than you planned.

This has been a guest post by Amanda from Montgomery, AL
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