I’ve discussed the Google Chrome extension Honey in the past. It helps you find and test promotion codes on web sites when you check out to make sure you’re getting a great deal. They recently released a new version that really enhances how it works and can tell you about deals when you visit a site before reaching checkout.
Promotion codes are great, but cash back is better. That’s where Ebates comes in. With Ebates, you earn cash back when you shop at a ton of different online stores. Their site can also help you find promotional codes that you can use to get a discount while you’re shopping.
Seems too good to be true, right? How can they give you cash back for shopping online? Most online stores have a referral program. When you refer someone to a site using a unique code and they make a purchase, the online store will give the referer a portion of the amount spent. This is generally called an affiliate or partner program. Assuming this is how it all works, then Ebates simply gives you back some what they get and everyone is happy. The trick is you that you have to start your shopping trip through the Ebates site or you won’t earn anything.
When it comes time to get your money, they can either mail you a check or deposit your money in your PayPal account. You can even refer friends and get a bonus for referring them when they’ve spent a certain amount.
Let me know your experience with Ebates in the comments below. Have you found ways to save or make money without changing your habits? Let me know that below too.