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Want a Big Fat Check? Try Ebates. For reals.

I’ve been telling my friends about Ebates since I first signed up in 2006, and having just received yet another cash back check from them in the mail, I thought I’d spread the word about them again!

my big fat ebates check

What is Ebates? Ebates is a website that helps you earn up to 25% (but usually more like 4-6%) cash back when you shop from any of their participating online retailers. All you have to do is sign up for an account (preferably through the link I keep providing so that you’ll oh-so-kindly help me earn a $5 referral fee if you do =), then begin your shopping session from their site.

So let’s say I decide I’m going to order some photo prints from Shutterfly.com, which I do every now and then. I know that Shutterfly is one of the companies that partners with Ebates and that I’ll get a whopping 10% in cash back if I just 1) go to Ebates.com, 2) sift through their drop-down menu of stores or go straight to my Favorite Stores list (below), and 3) click on the Shutterfly link from there.


Clicking on Shutterfly from Ebates simply opens a new window in which the Shutterfly site loads, and when I place my Shutterfly order from it as usual, my order is assigned an Ebates tracking ticket and my account gets credited for the appropriate amount of cash back. If I spend 20 bucks on my order, I get 2 bucks back! Okay so it’s not a HUGE amount of money, but in my opinion it’s a really small effort on my part to occasionally get a few bucks back here and there. And now that I’m a full-time small business owner, every penny counts!

Is it safe? I’ve been a member for a few years and have never had any problems with them. All I do is make sure I go through them when I shop, and every 3 months they send me a check. For me, it’s a no-brainer. But, they also have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Plus, according to their 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!)…Joining Ebates is always free – you’ll never pay us anything…

And this is how it works:

People often ask: “This sounds too good to be true, how are you able to do it?” It really is quite simple. Just like almost every other online shopping center, we get a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money – like almost all other sites do – we share it with you!

I showed an excerpt of the participating stores that I have marked as favorites, but here’s my full list. They don’t have EVERYONE I shop with, but they have enough to make it worth it.


So decide for yourself but me, I’m gonna go deposit my $26.19 check!

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  • klaird says:

    I love using both Ebates and Mr Rebates, both of which give coupon codes in addition to cash back rebates. I always get paid on time from both companies and have never had a problem with either. I use more than one cash back site because depending on the specials they are running, one may be offering more cash back than the other for the same store. So I always check both sites first and go with which ever one has the most cash back for the store I’m shopping at that day. They both also will pay you via Paypal or check, your choice. I love saving money!

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