If you’ve never used a “cash back” program for shopping online, here is how one of the largest cash back programs – Ebates – works. Joining only takes a few seconds. Click here and you will see this image below on your screen. Pick which bonus you’d like for joining and enter your email.
Next you will be taken to the Ebates home page. Each time you want to make a purchase and get cash back you will be taken right to this page. (If we post a deal that qualifies for cash back with ebates – we’ll tell you in the post and link you there.) Type in the store that you want to shop at in this white search box next to the green toolbar on the Ebates home page.
You can see here where I searched for Entertainment.com and was awarded 17.5% cash back! Most stores offer a smaller amount but it can really add up quickly with large purchases or special deals where these large percentages are offered.
Once you choose your retailer from the dropdown box a menu will show up – sometimes it includes coupon codes – but usually you will just click the “Shop Now” button.
Once you click “Shop Now” you will be taken back to the retailers website (such as Target, Entertainment.com or any other participating store) and continue to shop as normal. As long as you came through the Ebates link, the cash back % will be deposited into your account.
Once your purchase is complete, Ebates will send you an email confirmation. It can take as much as 2-6 weeks for your cash to be deposited to your account. Mine generally shows up within 2 days. Ebates will send you an email once a deposit is made.
You can get your cash back deposited to your paypal account or have a check sent to you once every 3 months (as long as your balance exceeds $5).
What about your bonus gift card you chose at sign up? You will need to make a $25 purchase within the first 3 months of opening your Ebates account to receive it. You can check your rewards and balance status in Ebates in “My Account”.
Get started with Ebates! This post is stored in the “Learning Center” (see menu on the left of Utah Sweet Savings site) under “Online shopping tips” if you need to refer back to it in the future.
*For additional Ebates questions please refer to the Ebates website or contact Ebates customer care for status information.
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