Like most living, breathing people, I love saving money. Finding something on sale genuinely gives me such a thrill, as does adding discount codes and watching the price drop in my cart. Even when I take the bus instead of an Uber, knowing that $5.50 or so will sit in my bank account instead of in Uber’s pockets, makes me feel so good about myself. And I’m not being sarcastic. It really, truly does.
Because I have a tendency to mull over purchases as small as $3, I love saving any amount of money — even a literal dollar. So when I re-discovered Ebates a few months ago, I was like “How is this real?” Basically, it’s a service that gives you cash back (rebates) for online purchases. They do this on pretty much every site under the sun, with a few exceptions (Nordstrom, for one). Sometimes, it’s just 1%, but other times, it’s as high as 10% — and the numbers fluctuate all the time. Sites like TripAdvisor and Hotels.com are also included, so you can earn a nice chunk back on a hotel stay, too! It’s not always a lot, but it adds up over time.
All you do is install the Google Chrome plugin, and when you’re shopping, you just click on it and choose to “activate” the shopping trip. Then make your purchase while the trip is active. BOOM. That’s it. The money will appear in your balance, and after a few weeks, it’ll either appear in your PayPal or you’ll get a check (you get to choose which option you’d prefer.)
For those of you that already use Ebates, you’re probably thinking, Diana, you idiot, how did you not know about this sooner? Believe me, I feel the same way. So on the chance you might not be using it yourself, I want to spread the wealth. The literal wealth, as I’ve already saved $20 with this in the past three months. That’s dinner! (Without the wine!)
If you sign up here, you should receive $10 to start (and I admit, I’ll get some sort of kickback too, I think!) But seriously, sign up with a link like this — you don’t get that $10 if you sign up on your own. (I know, I signed up on my own.)
I thought this was an opportune time for this post as there are TWO amazing sales going on right now. One is at Net-a-Porter (currently offering 5% cash back on Ebates!), the other is at Nordstrom (which, yes, doesn’t offer cash back on Ebates at the moment). I’m sharing my picks from both in the widgets below!
Happy shopping! And happy SAVING!