Is Ebates A Legit Cash Back App? (And How To Actually Make $10 For FREE!)

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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? 

It is! 

When you sign up for Ebates and spend $25 or more, you get an automatic $10 deposited in your account. (Free money, what what?!)

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

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

Happy shopping/earning! 

5 Free Apps That Will Pay You Get In Shape

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Can I be brutally honest with you for just a second?

Promise me you won’t judge?

Okay, good. (And thank you.)

I have never stepped foot in a gym.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m intimidated, cheap, or lazy, but I have never had a real desire to go work out with equipment. Nevertheless, I do still have a desire to be fit and healthy, so I try to get in as much walking, toddler chasing, planks, lunges, dancing, etc. as I can each day. To track my steps and movement, I had been using the Health feature of my iPhone, but felt I wasn’t getting an accurate reading (seeing as though I had to have my phone on me at all times, which hardly ever happens at home).

Enter my awesome husband gifting me a FitBit wristband (affiliate) for Christmas!

I love my FitBit. It tells me the time, tracks my footsteps (though I do feel it is a little off from time to time), and even monitors my sleep — it’s like my new BFF! Come to find out, not only does FitBit track my every movement, it also pays me to get active.


Here are just a few of ways it (literally) pays to get fit:

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1. Walgreens Balance Rewards: This one is a little in-depth, so I will share exactly what Walgreens says: Get 20 points per mile when you walk, run or cycle. Plus, get 20 points per weigh-in, blood pressure test, blood glucose test, and earn points while you quit smoking/tobacco with Balance Rewards for healthy choices. As a Balance Rewards member, earn 5,000 points and receive a $5 reward to redeem on your next purchase. The more points you earn, the bigger your reward.

2. HealthyWager: Losing weight and getting fit works so much better when you have someone both cheering you on and holding you accountable, which is exactly where HealthyWager comes into play! To play, simply determine your weight loss goal, whether you're participating in a group wide pot or with your friends/co-workers, and then make a bet on how much weight you'll lose and in what timeframe. Depending on your group and goals, you could make up to $10K. Cool, right?

3. Achievement: AchieveMint lets you earn rewards with the health and fitness apps you already own, use, and love. From sleeping well to eating healthier to taking the stairs vs. the elevator, you will earn rewards just by making better choices. The more you do, the more you earn (via Paypal, gift card, or Visa gift card). Cha-ching! 

4. Ebates: As if you didn't have enough reasons to love Ebates (remind me to tell you about the time I used their link for less than a MONTH on my regular Amazon, eBay, and Groupon purchases and received a check in the mail for $43), the FREE cash back app will also give you money back on purchases like Nike, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, GNC, and more. 

5. Commit: "Have a goal? Commit to it" with the new Commit app, which "eliminates all of your excuses and encourages you to follow through on commitments and become the best you." Whether you are looking to hit work goals or start living healthier, Commit will both hold you accountable and reward your favorite non-profit for your productivity! 

Do you use any of these apps? Let us know what you think in the comments!