Seriously. If You EVER Shop Online, You Should Be Using Ebates (Now Rakuten).

(Check out Ebates/Rakuten here if you haven’t yet!)

I’ve told you guys about Ebates before, but it’s been a little while, and I think it’s time to bring it back up. I talk about it so much to my friends that it sounds like I work for Ebates. Just to be clear: I don’t (I’m not getting any compensation for this post), but I do feel like it’s advice worth sharing again. I love it that much.

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The reason I love Ebates is because it’s one of those “why not?” kind of behaviors to me. I added the Ebates widget to my browser, and so it automatically detects when I visit an Ebates-friendly site on Chrome, prompting me to activate Ebates any time I’m on a compatible website. SO EASY, and I highly recommend you do the same!

So what is Ebates, exactly? It’s a way to get cash back each quarter for the money you spend online. Sounds simple, right? It is.

Virtually every place I shop online is Ebates-friendly, including Target, Nordstrom, eBay, Ulta, TOMS, J. Crew, lots of travel sites, online florists, etc., and each retailer has a percentage you get back from your purchase. You just go about your typical online check-out process (once you’ve activated the Ebates connection to the site), and after you place your order you’ll get a notification telling you how much cash back from Ebates you just got. It’s typically just a dollar or two, but it’s a dollar or two you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Then, each quarter, Ebates cuts you a check with the total amount you’ve earned from them over the past three months. Easy peasy. Extra money in your pocket.

One important thing to call out about Ebates: The site looks borderline untrustworthy (I thought that when I first visited it, at least), but it’s totally safe to use.

If you want to sign up (please do if you don’t use this already, and be sure to install the widget to your browser so you’re alerted every time you’re on an Ebates-friendly retailer), please use my referral link to do so. I really appreciate it!

For those of you who already use Ebates, are you loving it as much as I am?

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