We all think of shopping as splurging. A new video game. A television. Some clothes. A puppy. But even buying groceries and needed toiletries constitute shopping.
Shopping can be a dangerous act: you go in with a well-crafted list of things to purchase, but as you walk around, you start grabbing fun “bonus items” dispersed throughout the store. At the end of your hour, you’ve spent far more than you intended thanks to impulse shopping, and you’ve likely forgotten a few key items along the way.
Shopping is a necessary evil, but as we near the second installment of the roaring 20s, new fun abilities are coming to light to make shopping a more pleasurable and less wallet-killing experience.
Enter eBates, the best cash-back service around. I’ve been using eBates for a few years now, and I absolutely love it. There are no gimmicks; simply shop with their browser extension installed and save money.
eBates works for popular sites like Target, Walmart, JC Penney, Home Depot, Etsy, Macy’s, and more. So, what does this mean for you?
Online shopping + in-store pickup = more moolah in your bank account.
Here’s how it works: let’s say you need to purchase some toothpaste, toilet paper, a pillow, Tylenol, and some bananas. For the sake of easy math, let’s say this totals $20.
Open target.com on your browser with the eBates extension installed. A notice will appear at the top of the screen asking if you want to “Activate x% Cash Back”. Make a note of this number.
Now, open walmart.com in another tab. See what % Cash Back that Walmart is offering today. Repeat this process until you determine which store near you has the highest Cash Back for the day. Activate the Cash Back on that website, and close the other tabs.
Now, search on the website and add your items to your shopping cart. Select “in-store pickup TODAY” for all of the items.
Once you are done, check out. Within the hour, your items will be held for you at the Guest Service desk of your selected store, meaning you can simply walk in the store, grab your pre-paid items, and leave. No impulse shopping. No hours spent looking for items. They are bagged and ready to go for you.
And the Cash Back? If eBates offered 5% Cash Back on your $20 Walmart purchase, you’ll receive $1 in your eBates account. Once you hit $10, your balance is immediately transferred to your linked PayPal account.
Keep in mind that most shoppers spend $50+ per visit, and this money adds up quickly. I got paid $13 last summer for buying a $130 lawn mower from Walmart. I hunted for the mower I liked while on my lunch break via computer, and I skipped into the store to grab the box as soon as I was off work, essentially only paying $117 for the device.
Keep in mind that many hotels and airlines also have deals with eBates, so that money adds up super quick when booking a travel destination.
In-store pickup is becoming incredibly popular, so why not take advantage of this and also earn some money back?
Sign up for eBates today FOR FREE (no gimmicks, I promise), and when you sign up with my link, you’ll earn $10 to your account after making your first eBates purchase.