Some of you who have been reading for a while may remember my philosophy on shopping. In a nutshell, stores are not a my happy place, but finding deals with my keyboard and netbook is all sunshine and butterflies in my world. So, when I stumbled upon Ebates I thought it was too good to be true: do my regular online shopping and get 1-20% of my money back (that's not a type-o: I got 20% back on an Old Navy promotion!). The way Ebates works is like this: when you're ready to shop, you go to their website. Find the merchant you wish to shop with and then click the link. A tracking ticket will be opened and you will be taken to the merchant site. Do your shopping as usual. Within 30 days you should see the credit on your account.
I recommend making notes of the tracking numbers for your click throughs (handily available with your account information) and the purchase you make for easier dispute resolution should the credit not make it to your account within the allotted time. I only had to do this for one purchase and come to find out, I didn't get the credit due to fine print on which categories from Ebay you can get credit for.
I signed up in January, did my normal online shopping and on Monday, I found the above check in my mailbox. What's not to like? I got $45 back from doing shopping I would have done anyway.
Today I found out after scouring the internet for the "best deal" that sometimes the merchants give them exclusive coupon codes that aren't available anywhere else! In this instance it brought my $140 appliance down to $98 after sale prices and coupons!
So, do you shop online? Yes? What are you waiting for? Go check it out!
Disclosure: The links embedded in this post are tied to my referral account and I will receive credits if you sign up.