With the holidays quickly approaching, we’re all putting on our savings caps, looking to find the best way to stretch a dollar. But it can be hard to determine which apps are for you, and which apps won’t fit your needs. And with Christmas only nine weeks away, there isn’t a lot of time for trial and error.
One of the questions often fielded in the SavEars is, “What do you guys think of _____ app?” Or, its popular cousin, “What are your favorite apps for earning?” In the spirit of jolly Old Saint Nick, I’ll be giving my review on apps that are guaranteed to save you some dough this holiday season. I’ll be featuring apps that are known to have holiday promotions, offer cash back/ reward incentives on purchases, or feature high value coupons. Let us here at Couponing to Disney help make your holiday shopping a little more merry and lot more green.
This week’s app is….
What is it?: A cash back site for online shopping, where each store/site you shop offers a different percentage of cash back.
When you sign up for an Ebates account, you’ll choose to redeem your reward either through checks sent to your home or Paypal deposits. To earn your cash back, sign into your Ebates account. From there, search for the store you’d like to shop. Going to that store’s site through Ebates will then register as a “shopping trip.” That’s all you have to do. Shop on the store’s website as you normally would and wait for the money to come rolling in.
It’s an easy process that the site will walk you through once you begin.
Who is it for?: Online shoppers! This app is for anyone who does any shopping online. Ebates offers cash back at over 2,000 retailers. Chances are pretty good your favorite store is on that list. The cash back options range from 1% to 15% back, depending on the store. Occasionally throughout the year, Ebates will offer a “double” cash back, so a store offering 3% jumps to 6%. All you have to do is make your regular purchases online or through the app. Ebates will notify you of cash earned within a couple of days. You’ll get your payment after you hit a certain amount. Ebates does not process a payment for every 26 cents you earn. Instead, it lets a balance build and then processes your payment or sends you a check. Easy as pie.
Where do I use it?: On your computer or your smart phone.
When do I use it?: Whenever you purchase something online.
Why do I use it?: To earn cash back. Your earning size will depend on the type of products you buy. If you are an avid online shopper, you could see a quick return. With the holidays coming up, particularly Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this would be a great app to take advantage of. Earn money for your Disney Fund on all those holiday presents you’ll already be buying.
Final Verdict: Highly recommended. This site is user friendly and maybe one of the least labor intensive we’ve ever reviewed. The speed and amount of your cashback will vary based on online shopping frequency, but it couldn’t be simpler. Even if you only shop online ocasionally, you’ll earn yourself some cash back. Use Kristin’s referral and start off ahead of the game!
Think you’ll give Ebates a try? Have you already? What is your reaction so far? Tell me all about it in the comments.
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey three years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!