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How to Earn Cash Back by Shopping Online!

How to Earn Cash Back by Shopping Online!


Did you know that you can get free cash back just by doing everyday shopping?

Shopping through eBates gives you cash back but the amount depends on the store selected. There are more than 2,000 stores including the popular Walmart, Macy’s, Amazon, Sephora, MAC, Nike, OfficeMax, ToysRUs, Bloomingdales, Kohl’s, Groupon, Orbitz, and many hotel chains.

Since being a member in 2013, I have earned almost $500. I could’ve earned more but have transitioned to American Airlines’ shopping portal to earn AA miles the past two years.

Earning cash back is a better option for non-frequent travelers. Also, eBates usually increase their cash back percentage during the holiday season so I find myself using the website more recently.

How does it work?

– You go to eBates.com or through their app

– Search for the store you want to shop at. Orbitz is my most used website on eBates so I’ll use it as an example.


– It pops up the store’s information and especially shows the percentage of cash back you will receive from your qualifying purchase.

Make sure you read all the special conditions and category restrictions. For example, you can earn only cash back on certain categories on Amazon such as clothing, furniture, shoes & handbags, and jewelry. You also won’t get cash back buying gift cards.

Click on the “shop now” button and it will redirect you to the store’s official website.

– Make your purchase.

After you finish shopping then you’ll get a percentage of cash back in your eBates account.

On Black Friday, eBates offered 10% cash back at MAC. My total purchase was $65.6 so I received $6.50 cash back. As for Orbitz, you’ll generally get $1.50 for each airline reservation, regardless of the total price. Occasionally, eBates do run promotions where you can earn more.

How long does it take for eBates to register a purchase?

It usually takes a few days for it to be reflected in your account. EBates will send you a confirmation email. Hotels and airline purchases can take weeks or months, depending on when you complete your travel.

Does it cost money to join?

No. It is absolutely free.

How often do you get paid?

You’ll get paid every three months in Feb, May, August, and November if your account has at least $5.01. You’ll either get a check or can request to be paid via PayPal. Previously, there was an option to earn Amazon gift cards.

If the balance is less than $5 then it will carry over to the next period. Make sure your address is added so you’ll get paid in a timely manner.

Who would benefit from joining?

In this day and age, I think it’s safe to say that most adults would benefit.

If you book airline tickets/hotels, purchase movie tickets on Fandango, buy clothes at department stores, or like to shop online then it’s a tremendous app to have. Why not earn extra money for buying things that you and your family need? This is one of the reasons why I stop shopping in stores.

I always go to Orbitz through eBates to book my flights. That way, I can get cash back AND Orbitz points that I can use to redeem for hotel stays. This is called double dipping!

How do I sign up?

If this is something that would benefit you then please click on my eBates link. You’ll get $10 and if make at least a $25 qualifying purchase within 90 days upon signing up then I would get $5 commission.

This is a great opportunity for you to earn cash back by shopping online during the holiday season. Thank you and happy shopping from us at Smart Money and Travel!

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