If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you will have noticed that typically when I post an awesome online deal, I will mention that you should go through Ebates to earn cash back on your online purchases. So, today I thought I’d go into detail on what Ebates is, and how to use it to make money!

You can earn cash back at any of over 1,200 stores any time you start your shopping trip at Ebates.com. There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. Stores pay Ebates a sales commission for sending shoppers their way, and Ebates uses the commission to pay you cash back.

I am going to do my best to walk you through the process so you will have a better understanding as to how this site works.

  • First of all, you’ll need to Register with Ebates and create an account. (It’s completely FREE!)
  • Everytime you shop online, you’ll want to first login to your Ebates account.
  • Search for the online store you are shopping with. For example, if you want to shop at Kohls.com, you will first go to Ebates, then search “Kohls”. Your search results are shown below.
  • Click “Shop Now” and you will be linked to Kohls.com where you just shop as you normally would. You can even use coupon codes. The only difference is, Ebates is tracking your purchases so you can earn cash back.


If you notice, each store has a different cash back percentage. In this case, Kohls currently yeilds 4% cash back. It takes anywhere from 3-5 days to see your cash back deposited to your Ebates account after your purchases have been completed.

Here’s the awesome thing about Ebates…Providing you have at least $5.01 in your account, they send you a check every quarter! The next checks will be sent out May 15th! Plus, you receive a $5.00 cash bonus just for signing up! If you do not have at least $5.01 in your account, your balance just carries over to the next quarter.

I cannot say enough good things about Ebates. Let’s review: earn cash back for online purchases you were already going to make? That’s called easy money.

Any questions? Please feel free to ask!

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May 12, 201011:32 am

hmmm...this is news to me Carol! I signed up in December and received my $5 sign up bonus in my account immediately. Then on the same day I placed an order and received $8.39 in my account. On January 28, I received a check in the mail for $13.39. That's obviously under the $20 threshold they stated to you. I will have to check into this further and find out for you! Thanks for the feedback!


May 11, 201005:25 pm

Hi Katarina. Love your website. I opened an Ebates account yesterday but didn't receive the $5 sign up so I contacted them and they said I will receive it with my first order of $20. Is that right or did I do something wrong? Thanks. Carol