Today's Thrifty Tip is something that I've blogged about before - EBATES! I absolutely LOVE Ebates because it is FREE MONEY - yes FREE MONEY. It's not exactly like they just send you a check each month, it does require a little work on your part but it's totally worth it. Since signing up at the end of January, I've gotten $143.77 CASH BACK! How did I do it? Online shopping! I do probably about 98% of my shopping online so this is PERFECT for me.
Here's how it works -
Sign up for an Ebates account (send me an email christinasfavoritethings AT gmail DOT com for an invite). You can decide if you want CASH or a GIFT CARD (not sure what stores they are offering now) then just start your online shopping. Search for the store you want to shop at and click on the link. This will link you to that store. Each store has a corresponding percentage of cash back. For example I just ordered if you order from the GAP, you get 2% cash back on your purchase (spend $100, get $2 back). It doesn't seem like much but trust me it adds up. And each purchase is secure. This is directly from the website -
The company was founded in 1998 by two Deputy District Attorneys in Silicon Valley who used to prosecute online fraud & identity theft before starting Ebates (so you can be sure we are very into secure online transactions!).I've been doing it for over six months and I've gotten almost $150 back. And this isn't just from my clothes shopping. I got almost all the wedding gifts this year via Ebates, my Snapfish purchases, and Sephora stuff. I can't wait to see how much money I get back with all my Christmas shopping.
If you want to sign up (and I highly recommend it) send me an email christinasfavoritethings AT gmail DOT com). Another perk is for every person that signs up and uses Ebates to make a purchase you get $5.