Now that we've described what Ebates is and the basics of how it works, let's get started earning cash back! This lesson will tell you pretty much everything you need to know in order to get started with an account, and then start shopping to earn cash back through Ebates.
To use Ebates, you first have to sign up for an account using your email address, Facebook account, or Google account. Then, you have to input your address so that Ebates knows where to send your money. Finally, you have to find a store or deal on Ebates, and begin shopping at the store by going through Ebates.
The set-up part is a bit tricky, but the rest is quite simple. Here it is, all spelled out for you.
Go to www.ebates.com in your web browser and click Join Now in the top-right corner.
You can sign up with your Facebook or Google account, if you have one or the other. To do so, click Join with Facebook or Join with Google and follow the directions for logging into your respective account.
If you'd rather sign up for Ebates using your email address, click in the box labelled "Email" and type in your email address. Then, click in the box labelled "Password" and type in a password that's between 6 and 12 characters long to protect your account with. After that, click in the box labelled "Type the Code" and enter the numbers/letters that you see in the semi-distorted picture above the box. When you're all finished, click Join Now.
There's one more thing that you need to do in order to sign up for Ebates, and that's provide your address. Ebates needs to know where it's supposed to send the cheque for your cash back, after all! To do so, start by moving your mouse cursor over your name in the top-right corner after logging in, and then clicking Account Settings.
Under the "Big Fat Check Settings" section, click Add Address.
In the box that pops up, click in each of the fields highlighted here and type in or select:
- Your first name
- Your last name
- Your street address
- Your unit address (if applicable)
- The city in which you live
- Your area mailing code
- The state, province, or territory in which you live
- The country in which you live
When you're all done, click Submit.
If you want, you can also set up your payment to go to your PayPal account. To do so, click the button that says "Send my Big Fat Payment via PayPal" next to "Payment Type", then click Set Your PayPal Email Address. Click in the box labelled "New PayPal Email Address" and type in your PayPal email address, then click Submit. Click Update when you're finished.
Once you're set up with your account, all you need to do is find a store and/or deal on Ebates, and then shop on the corresponding website. So, for example, let's say that I wanted to shop for some nice clothes.
Move your mouse cursor over All Stores to see all categories of stores that Ebates is affiliated with. Click on a category to see stores in that category that Ebates is affiliated with. Or, if you just move your mouse cursor over a category, you can see recommended stores in that category. Click on a store to see deals available for that store.
Once you are viewing the deals available for a store, you can click Shop Now below the store's name if you aren't interested in (or eligible for) any special discounts and just want cash back. Or, you can click Shop Now beside a special offer if you would like to take advantage of it.
Ebates will notify you that they are redirecting you to the store's website through their affiliate link. And voila! All that you have to do from here is shop on the store's website like you normally would. Just make sure not to close your web browser or the particular browser window or tab that you're taken to before you check out, or Ebates won't recognize that you've been referred to the website by them, and you won't get cash back!
When you make your purchase and check out, your account will be credited with a percentage of your total bill within a week or so. Then, when your pay day comes due, Ebates will send you a cheque worth all of the money that you've saved up!
That's about all there is to shopping with Ebates in order to earn cash back!
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