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$$ In YOUR Pocket: Ebates, Cashbaq, & Mr. Rebates

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 2/20/2009 05:00:00 AM | | 3 comments »

I'm highlighting some simple online methods that can help you keep some of your hard-earned $$ in YOUR pocket; see the $$ In YOUR Pocket portion of my right sidebar for more ideas and links.

I love shopping online; no crowds, no tired and cranky kids, and you can shop around for the best deal no matter what time of day it is.

But what makes shopping online even better is the chance to earn back some of the money you spend with sites like these:

Ebates, Cashbaq, and Mr. Rebates all work on the same basic idea: when you login to your account at any of these services and then do your normal shopping online, you'll receive a certain percentage of your purchase back as cash.

All of these sites also offer a $5.00 deposit into your account as a sign-up bonus; each site also requires a minimum of $10.00 in your account before paying you your rebate by check or via your PayPal account.

You can also earn more be referring friends; this is where the sites differ. Ebates offers a flat one-time $5.00 bonus for each referral.

Cashbaq doesn't offer you a cash bonus for referrals but does offer you the chance to earn a percentage of what your referrals earn to three levels, in the amounts of 10%, 5%, and 2%, respectively. This is a bit confusing but offers a great deal of potential for earning repeatedly over time, rather than just a one-time referral fee. Breaking it down, you'll earn 10% of your first direct referral's cash back(let's call them Your Referral One), and you'll earn 5% of their first direct referral's cash back (let's call them Your Referral One's Referral A), and finally, you'll earn 2% of that person's first direct referral's cash back (let's call them Your Referral One's Referral A's Referral 1). If you have several referrals, your chances of earning those bonus percentages increase greatly.

Mr. Rebates offers a similar referral program to Cashbaq, giving you 20% your referrals' cash back percentages. There are no "levels" of referrers in Mr. Rebates system; the 20% you earn is on direct referrers only.

You can refer friends and family using the handy email form at each site or by adding a handy button to your blog or other social media.

Even if earning cash by referrals doesn't seem like something that would work for you, it's still worth your time to investigate and sign up for one or all of these sites if you shop online. Each of these sites offers hundreds (thousands, even) of online retailers where you can earn cash on your purchase. And you can make your deal even sweeter by using an online coupon code to lower your total. Each of these sites offer active coupon codes for certain retailers; if you don't see one for the store where you need to shop, just check Retail Me Not to find a coupon code.

I've been a member of Ebates for a long time now; I've got a $35 check coming this week, mostly from Christmas shopping last November. I've signed up for Cashbaq and Mr. Rebates as well because it's a great idea to have different options to research where I can earn back the most bang for my bucks.

You won't get rich by using any of these sites, but you can definitely keep a few extra $$ in your pocket which is always a good thing.

And in the interest of full disclosure, the buttons and the links in this post go to my referral accounts at each of these sites; if you do decide to sign up through my links, I'd like to say thank you very much! I deeply appreciate it.

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  1. The Family CEO // August 19, 2009 3:57 PM  

    Great review. I love these sites as well.

  2. Anonymous // February 28, 2010 10:33 PM  

    Can you use all of them at the same time?

  3. Marianne Thomas // March 1, 2010 4:04 AM  

    Anon: No, you can only use one of these sites at a time.

    It's a good idea to have accounts with all three sites because then you can compare how much cash back each one is offering (ie: 3% vs 4%) and shop through the one that offers the greatest cash back.