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Update: Ebates is now Rakuten, different name but same benefits.

Who doesn’t shop online nowadays? The answer is almost NONE. Shopping in stores is almost a thing of the past. Millennials are constantly on their phone browsing items to buy. Some even shop online for their grocery needs.

I, for one, love the convenience of shopping online. I can skip the line and be able to do other things.

That’s when I stumbled upon Ebates but I was skeptical at first. Who wouldn’t be? There are a lot of scams out there. So I carefully researched and decided to give them a try.

My First Payout

Once I was convinced with my research, I signed up and started shopping. I did not do a whole lot because I just wanted to try them out. After 4 months, I received my first pay out which was $19.96.

$5 came from signing up (yay!). After I got my first payout, I continued shopping with them more frequently. Now I earned $526.86 since I started with them.

What is Ebates?

Ebates is a cash back website founded in 1998 and based in San Francisco, California. It is a shopping portal where shoppers can get coupons and cash backs from their purchases.

Ebates earn commission through affiliate links.  And they share this to shoppers through cash backs. They offer up to 40% cash backs on 2,000+ stores. Most of my go-to stores are part of Ebates.

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How will I join Ebates?


You can join by creating an account. You can sign up here to earn $10 bonus.


Search for the store you want. Click “Shop Now” to activate your cash back percentage. You will be redirected to the store’s website. Shop and pay. That’s it.


Ebates will email you with your cash back update.

When will I get my Payout?

Ebates pay quarterly. You can request your payout to be a check or through Paypal.

What are other ways that to earn cash back with Ebates?

Download the app on your phone. The app is available on iPhone, Android and iPad.

Make sure to add the Ebates cash back button on you browser so you won’t forget. It alerts you of available cash back when you are browsing.

Ebates also added a new feature in 2016 in which shoppers can earn cash back while shopping in the store.

Shoppers will just add their credit card information on the wallet section of their account. I have yet to try this out.

You can also earn cash back by just referring your friends. You will get $25 and your friend will get $10. It’s a win-win situation.

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    Although this may not seem to be a lot, it is still a decent amount of money without the hard work. I just shop and get paid. And I do not let my earnings go to waste, I deposit it to our emergency fund. (yay!)

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    So, what are you waiting for, sign up and start earning!

    Have you used Ebates before? What was your experience?

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