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You've seen the commercials and have maybe noticed an ad or two for the cash back app Ebates... but is it real?
If you are reading this right now, you are either:
1. My mom (who reads all my articles... Hi/thanks, mom!).
2. A regular Side Hustle Mom reader.
3. A new reader who was searching the web for unbiased reviews for Ebates.
Whether you identify as 1, 2, or 3, you have come to the right place, as I am going to tell you about my experience with Side Hustle Mom and whether or not I -- in my experience hustling -- consider it to be the best cash back app.
Let's start with the basics: What the heck is Ebates?
Essentially, Ebates is a middle man/affiliate marketing site that scours the web for the best deals/cash back offers, notifies their users of these sales/cash back offers, and then gives the user 50% of the commission made for using their referral link.
"Since our founding in 1999, Ebates has helped its members — 10 million and counting — earn over $1 billion in Cash Back at their favorite stores," explains Ebates, adding that "By connecting these savvy shoppers with America’s best brands, we give them a hassle-free way to save money on the things they buy every day, while our retail partners find loyal new customers and drive record sales."
In the world of affiliate marketing, this is pretty ingenious.
Now that you know the basics of Ebates, just how does it work?
Basically, all you need to do is go to their site/app, find the online store you're planning to shop with by either scrolling through their list or typing it in the search bar, clicking the link (which will instantly re-direct you to the Amazon, Target, eBay, etc. homepage), and shopping like you normally would.
That is it.
As you can see from the screenshot above, each box tells you just how much cash back you can receive through Ebates, but keep in mind that it may be subject to certain categories (like with Amazon, whose cash back is -- as of this writing -- only valid for Prime Apparel, Amazon Devices, Dash Buttons, etc.).
Now for the Million Dollar Question: Is it legit? Do you really get cash back?
When you sign up for Ebates and spend $25 or more, you get an automatic $10 deposited in your account. (Free money, what what?!)
Then the next time you shop through your Ebates link, you get that allotted percentage added into your account.
As of this writing, I have made $50+ via two separate checks... and literally all I have done is added 5 more seconds to my shop time in order to access the website through the Ebates app.
How does Ebates pay you?
This part is cool: You can either be paid by a physical check (which is my preferred method of payment, as I can take it to the bank to be cashed) or by Paypal, which has a quicker turn-around time than the former. (As far as frequency, Ebates pays quarterly, with the posting period of January 1st through March 31st being paid May 15th, April 1st through June 30th on August 15th, July 1st to September 30th on November 15th, and October 1st through December 31st going out on February 15th.)
In conclusion, Ebates is a totally legit and totally free way to earn money back on stuff you were already planning to buy, which is why I recommend it to EVERYONE!
If you are ready to get started on making easy money, follow my link, which will not only get you set up, but will give you a FREE $10 after you spend $25 online.