I'm not crazy about how much online shopping we do, but living in such a rural area, it really has been a lifesaver.
That being said, Ebates has been equally awesome. This is basically a free online service that gives you cash back rewards, kind of like a credit card, for purchases that you make with participating online retailers.
The list of businesses that offer cash back rewards is huge, including giants like eBay, Target, Walmart, etc. (very few Amazon purchases qualify, bummer).
The cash back rewards you get vary from store to store, but it's such an easy way to make a little money back, even as you have to spend some.
I actually installed the browser extension after I signed up too, and it's been really handy. Whenever I'm on a site that participates, the little icon turns red, and displays a message with how much cash back I could get. I just hit the button to 'Activate Cash Back', and then I'm redirected back to the site through my Ebates account, so that any purchases I make give me a little kick back.
It's not much, but it does add up, and it's been a nice little way to earn some passive money as we buy things we need.
While legitimate, this seems to follow the same pattern as Nairobi millions waiting to be collected... If only you can send us money to pay for the wire transfer to your bank account.
I personally hate all the, just add us to your browser add ons. Browser bars get clunky enough the way they are.
I deliver loads occasionally to Amazon, all their buildings are big, I mean stick a stadium inside big. Why is it banks, insurance companies and Amazon have such big buildings?
Back to your topic, sorry for the rant.
I have a brother in law that is the maintenance man at an apartment complex. All of his purchased supplies for upkeep of the building and grounds are purchased from Menards. Menards, a lumber yard like Lowe's or Home Depot. I would bet nearly all purchased items had a rebate.
You can get rebates for cars and trucks too, if they give you a $5,000 dollar rebate, who's money is that?
I don't really mind browser add ons - I give 'em a whirl, and if they don't get used often enough to justify their presence, I get rid of them.
This one I've just kind of loved - I'm not spending any extra money, just buying things anyway, and getting a little kickback for it. I'm not a big fan of credit cards, so I don't typically use cards with points or cash back when I make purchases.
I use Ebates without the browser plugin, and that works too. You just have to remember to go check the Ebates site before you make a purchase to see if you're buying from a participating seller.
I have a couple of rental homes and usually have to buy some kind of appliance at least once a year. Home Depot and Lowes offer Ebates discounts, so I get a few bucks back. Not a ton, but better than a poke in the eye, y'know?
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