Earning Cash Back on Online Purchases

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Did you know that you can earn cash back when you shop online? There are several programs available but I tend to use Ebates and Shop at Home the most. Basically, if you initiate your shopping trip from either Ebates or Shop at Home you will earn a percentage of the sale back in cash.


Ebates is currently offering a $5 cash bonus or a $10 gift card offer for new sign ups. Plus, if you refer family and friends to Ebates, you will earn $5 when they make their first purchase. Since I signed up last year, Ebates has sent me $78.99. That is almost $79 that I have earned back from basically doing nothing! I ordered our rental car from Ebates as well as several shopping purchases. The checks are mailed on a quarterly basis.

My latest purchase was from ebay. I “won” an All American Pressure Canner on ebay. I went to Ebates, found ebay under the “select a store”. A new window opened and a tracking ticket was created. The window then directed me to Ebay where I could pay for my item via paypal. Ebates will give you 1-3% cash back on ebay purchases.

Shop at Home

Shop at Home is similar to Ebates. Each store offers a different percentage back on purchases. It is good to compare the percentage for a specific store between Ebates and Shop at Home. Sometimes the percentages will vary greatly between the two programs.

Shop at Home offers a $5 cash bonus for new sign ups. They also offer $5 when you refer a friend and they make a purchase. Shop at Home sends out the cash back checks when your account reaches $20 in cash back. I have earned $13.38 so far.

Currently Shop at Home is offering 7% cash back on Crab Tree & Evelyn purchases. There is also a coupon code out for $10 off a $10 purchase. Find out more about this deal HERE.


I wanted to bring these programs up now since online shopping is about to kick into high gear with the Holidays right around the corner! Cash back programs a great way to earn a little extra cash for the Holidays. There is potential to earn quite a bit of money back if you do a lot of online shopping. The key is to get into the habit of checking either Ebates or Shop at Home before you make an online purchase!

Now it’s your turn!

If you are a blogger, write a post about your idea for making dollars out of change. It can be on any topic as long as it has to do with saving money. Please link directly to your post and not your homepage.

If you do not have a blog, we still welcome and encourage your participation! Please leave your thoughts in the in a comment below!

This post is linked at My Coupon Teacher.


  1. Sandy says

    Shopping through cash back portals like Ebates, Bing, AAfter Search and FatWallet is a great option for saving while spending.


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