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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Travel Cheaper with Ebates 8.29.12

Did I catch your attention? Everyone wants to travel for less, but sometimes it just seems so hard to figure out how to do it. Well, if one thing is easy, it is using Ebates to save money on everything from buying shoes to booking a hotel. It’s been a while since I hounded told you about the greatness that is Ebates, so I thought this would be the best time to get in another post on the benefits of using it, since prices are dropping on airfare and hotels, and online shops are starting their Labor Day and let’s-get-rid-of-last-season’s-stuff-to-make-room-for-new-stuff sales. What this means for you is DOUBLE discounts.
So, as I’ve said before, I don’t buy/book/reserve anything without checking the merchant lists on Ebates. Yes, I know that my favorites are there, like Clinique, Columbia, Sephora and Groupon, but there are tons more! I just the awesomeness of Asos.com and they are on the list, too! Seriously guys, if you aren’t using Ebates, you are throwing money out the window.
Okay, here’s how it works:
·         You sign up, for FREE!
·         You choose a FREE gift ($5 into your account or a $10 gift card to the store of your choice, either of which will be credited or sent to you as soon as you make your first qualifying purchase – anything from one of the participating merchants. Easy, right?!)
·         Start shopping! Ebates tracks your purchases by your clicks through their site. Say, I want to stock up on more sunscreen from Drugstore.com. I would go to Ebates, find Drugstore.com, click on it, wait for the new screen to pop up that takes me to their actual site and make my purchase. Super simple! Reminder: Make sure you use the same email address with the merchant that you used to sign up with Ebates.
·         Once your purchase has gone through – somewhere between 5 minutes and 3 days – you will get an email from Ebates saying “Congratulation on your cash back! Then it will tell you where you shopped and what amount of cash back they will deposit into your Ebates’ account.
·         You keep shopping, your account grows and every 3 months you get a Big Fat Payment. This can be by check or, if you’re fancy, instantly through PayPal. Now, you can use this free money to buy more stuff, or you can use it to pay for vacation things like I do. Heck, use it to triple your savings by buying Groupons or other daily deal certificates for your destination.
There are other pluses to using Ebates, too. You get $5 for every friend you get to sign up for it. This is unlimited! The more you refer, the more you can make! Ebates lists all available coupon and promo codes for sites that can be used when you go there and make a purchase. They will even list the sales going on at that particular time, which makes it even easier to decide to use certain merchants.

Right now, you can sign up for Ebates and get double cash back on participating merchants for Labor Day. There are 20 merchants on the list, including travel partners, and the promo lasts through Monday, September 3rd:
Banana Republic
at 4%
Dell Small Biz
at 4%
GAP
at 4%
Groupon
at 6%
Holiday Inn Express
at 13.5%
Home Depot
at 5%
Horchow
at 6%
HP Home
at 5%
JCP
at 8%
Kohls
at 6%
Lands' End
at 6%
Macys
at 6%
Marriott
at 6.5
Nordstrom
at 5%
Omaha Steaks
at 12%
Saks
at 6%
Sears
at 6%
Target.com
at 4%
Bloomingdale's
at 6%


And there are coupons! Here are the Top 5 you might want to get in on: 
·         Overstock - Shop the Labor Day Sale! Plus 3.0% Cash Back
·         ULTA - Save 20% off any order. Code: 73078 Plus 4.0% Cash Back
·         Clinique - Get a free best-selling Mini with any order. Plus free shipping! Code: EbatesMini. Plus 4.0% Cash Back
·         Diapers.com - Starts today - up to 40% off sitewide! Plus up to 4.0% Cash Back
·         Disney Store - Online preview: new markdowns up to 50% off. Plus 3.0% Cash Back

On vacation - So happy with all the money you saved!
Got questions? Don’t hesitate to ask. I’m always happy to help a fellow budget traveler/shopper save some extra dough! If you’re a current member of Ebates tell us how you like it!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Ebates does not pay me to write good things about them. I write about them because I think they are a great company, have used them for many years and think my readers can benefit from what they have to offer.
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