With Black Friday just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about getting started on your holiday shopping. If you’re anything like me, most of that shopping is probably going to occur online. ;-) But what if I told you there’s a super simple way to earn cash back on nearly all of your online holiday shopping? You’d want to know about it ASAP, right?
Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you in today’s post! This post would not have been possible without our C.M.O. Chris, who must be some sort of cash back shopping wizard. He knows all the tips and tricks for saving and earning money when shopping online, and I’m very glad he was willing to share this method with me (so I can share it with you!)
Right now is the perfect time to set yourself up to earn cash back, because you’ll already be making online purchases leading up to the holidays. In just a few short minutes, you can start earning cash back on your holiday shopping all season long!
Need proof? Here’s a snapshot of one of Chris’ cash back accounts:
No, you’re not seeing things! Chris really has earned over $1,500 back on things he was already going to buy, using the tips I’ll be sharing with you today!
What Is ‘Cash Back’ Shopping?
You may or may not be familiar with the concept of cash back shopping, so I wanted to take a brief moment to explain what it is and how it works.
If someone refers you to a website and you make a purchase on that site, the person or company who referred you will typically earn a commission on that sale. The same is true for cash back sites. The main difference is that a cashback site will share a portion of that commission with you!
The commission you receive can be anywhere between 1% and 20% (or more) of your purchase price. (For example, if you earn 15% back on a $100 purchase, you would get $15 back.) So if you plan on doing a lot of online shopping this holiday season, those cash back earnings can add up fast!
It may seem too good to be true, but it really is that simple! It’s a safe, easy, and effective way to save money on purchases you’re already making.
Step 1 – Getting Set Up
There are plenty of different ways to earn cash back while shopping online, but one of the simplest ways is to use the website Ebates.com. Ebates is one of the biggest and most popular cashback sites out there, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to earn cash back on almost any site you visit.
Click here to create your FREE Ebates account.
Step 2 – Get The Ebates Button
This next step is the one that really makes getting cash back on every purchase easy. No extra thinking or planning required, just shop, and save.
Once you’ve created an Ebates account, you’ll add the Ebates extension (AKA the “Ebates Button”) to your browser. An extension is a tool that you add to your browser, similar to how you add apps to your phone. With the Ebates Button, you’ll be able to easily activate cash back offers while you shop! The Ebates button is available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, add it to your browser here.
Click here to add the Ebates button to your browser.
• Make sure you’ve created an Ebates account using this link before you install the button.
• Extensions only work on desktop and laptop browsers, so you’ll need to do this on a non-mobile device in order for it to work.
Here’s what happens when you add the button:
Once you’ll successfully installed the button, it’s time to shop!
Step 3 – Shop & Save!
Using Google Chrome, proceed with your online shopping as usual. When you go to a retail website, an Ebates notification will alert you of any cash back offers. To activate an offer, just click “activate,” then continue shopping. Here’s what it looks like:
When you’re ready to checkout, go to the shopping cart page. Then click on that little “E” in the upper right corner of your browser window. The “Store Deals” tab may have additional offers or coupon codes that can save you even more money, so it’s worth it to check what’s there! When you’re ready, make your purchase as usual.
Step 4 – Get Cash Back
Once you’ve made a purchase, you’ll receive an email from Ebates confirming that your purchase has been tracked. You can also head to your Ebates account page to double-check if you don’t see the email. Then all that’s left to do is wait! Ebates will send you a check with your cash back earnings every 3 months (or you can choose to have the money deposited to your PayPal account if you prefer). So while you won’t see the savings immediately with cash back shopping, you’ll be pleasantly surprised in just a few months when that check shows up in the mail!
The only thing that would make this better is if I knew about it years ago. Just think of all the money I would have saved! Oh well, you live and you learn. But you better believe I’m going to be using this method from now on!
Just to make sure this process is crystal clear, here are the steps one more time…
Step 1 – Create an Ebates account here.
Step 2 – Get the Ebates Button.
Step 3 – Shop & save.
Step 4 – Get cash back!
And that’s all there is to it! Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll be earning cash back on your holiday shopping before you know it. :-) (And if you have any questions, ask it in a comment below. Chris will be happy to tell you what he knows!)