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Ebates to save money and time and even make some too!

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Ebates online shopping made easy!!

Ebates is a FREE way to get cash back rewards with it being completely FREE and incredibly simple, I am still surprised how few of people are taking advantage of it.

Wow – its true, Ebates actually pays you to shop on the internet. There are relatively few gimmicks and they send a real check – no store coupons or paypal. What could be better?

WHAT IT IS Many people don’t realize that internet retailers pay a kickback to sites that send shoppers to their site. So, for example, if you click through yahoo shopping or a coupon site to get to an internet store, that site will get some kickback, usually 2-10% of whatever you purchase. Ebates gives you a way to get some of that money back.

HOW IT WORKS The first thing you have to do to even access the Ebates site is to sign up for the program by entering in all of your personal information. The sign up is relatively painless. Remember they pay YOU to sign up!!

After you sign up, you can shop through the site. The site itself is pretty well organized and it is usually pretty easy to find out if a store you are interested in participates in ebates. Hundreds of stores participate in ebates so there is a good chance you will find what you are looking for.

There are two ways to save money on ebates. One way is to earn a rebate on your internet purchases. Rebates from most participating stores are in the 2-6% range. A few stores pay back even more. For example, some magazine sites may rebate as much as 25%.

To get to the store, you have to first go to the ebates site. Find the store name on ebates. Then, click on the store name. You will get a new window allowing you to shop at that store.

If you make a purchase, your purchase will generate a rebate on ebates. The rebate is not instantaneous and can take a few days to much longer to appear in your account, depending on the store.

Ebates will send you an email when your account is credited. You can also check the ebates site to see how much you have earned. The thing to remember is that you have to click through the ebates site. If you leave the store site and come back later, they might not know you started through ebates.

So, if you close the store window and come back at a later time, remember to open the ebates site first and click back through to the store again. The other way ebates saves you money is to offer coupons. Some stores don’t have rebates but simply give you money off at the time of purchase. If a store listing on ebates has a little coupon tag next to the store name, click on the coupon to see what it offers.

Happily, some stores offer both coupons and rebates so you can maximize your savings. YOU DON’T HAVE TO JUST USE EBATES – OTHER WAYS TO SAVE MONEY Many internet stores offer coupons to customers on their email lists or repeat customers or other subsets of customers or potential customers.

These coupons often take the form of a “code” that can be entered on one of the checkout screens as you purchase items on a site. To see if a store offers a discount code, go to a search engine (such as yahoo or google) and type the store name plus the word “coupon” or you could try “coupon code.” There are many sites out there that offer codes you might not find on ebates.

If you find several codes, write them all down because many do not work. After you find some potential codes, go back to the ebates site. You still have to remember to click through the ebates site to do the actual shopping. If you click through another site, you will not earn any potential rebate.

WHAT IF THERE ARE NO COUPONS OR REBATES AVAILABLE ON EBATES? If a store is listed on ebates and there is no coupon code or rebate available, then you have nothing to gain by clicking through the site.

You could try another site such as Upromise that also offers rebates. Or you could go to the site where you want to shop directly. THE CATCH There are a couple of catches you should know about when using the ebates site. The first catch is that you have to accumulate $5 in your account before you are eligible for a check. If you are getting only 2% of a rebate on your purchases, you would have to spend $250 to get anything back at all. If you never earn over $5, you don’t get anything. The other catch is that you can only get a check quarterly so there can be a long wait between when you earn the rebate and the check actually arrives.

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS Like most internet shopping sites, ebates will send you out period emails identifying stores that are having sales. I found these emails to be too frequent, more than once a week, and they became annoying so I turned them off. I also noticed that they didn’t offer a ton of useful information. Generally, the sale ebates was advertising was easy to find just by going to your favorite site. The emails don’t really offer any inside track or information you couldn’t get elsewhere.

REFERRAL PROGRAM Ebates offers a referral program. If you get a friend to sign up to use ebates and they actually use it, you can get a $5 referral fee. I have used the refer a friend program and have actually earned $20 in the last year from this part of the program. If you use Ebates – I would appreciate it if you put down my email as the person who referred you – my email is http://www.modernmarvelmom@yahoo.com.

FINAL RECOMMENDATION I really like ebates and have used the site several times to save money. There is little effort and saving even a buck or two per purchase can add up – particularly for a diehard internet shopper like myself. I would recommend this site to anyone that spends over $200 per year internet shopping.

A few things worth mentioning about Ebates

  • The payout percentages vary from 1% to about 25%
  • They have a ton of merchants – many well known stores: Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, and really about anything you can imagine
  • Some merchants offer cash bonuses for signing up
  • Ebates also offers referral bonuses for friends that sign up
  • Payment options include paypal or a paper check
  • They also have a toolbar that will tell you if you are on a site that offers a cashback bonus

Go HERE and sign up for FREE!! You will also get $5 into your account!!  I have seen I might be having an issue with imbedded links so please use this link here when signing up! Thanks http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=YSCzt0gP3F0%3D

The Momma Guide Review & Giveaway

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By Angela on Mar 04, 2011 in By-AngelaContestsEndingfeaturedMarch 18thOpen To Canada,The Momma Guide

Traci Davis and Vicki Holleman-Perez have written a book that covers most of a mother’s questions. The Momma Guide covers assisting with health problems, depression, divorce, death, and a variety of things you should know about. Self- help for moms and dads!! Very educational, informational and inspirational! This book focuses in on what moms should do in virtually any situation. It is a must read that can be a big help in your day-to-day life. Use it as a reference when a subject comes up. Sort of like a Desk Reference for Moms.

I rarely do book reviews, if any. It’s because i am so particular on what catches my attention. (Exception- The Twilight Series LOL) I have to admit …. i like this book! The reason i liked it most was because Traci & Vicki did not stick to the “norm”. There are such great chapters for not only mommies like you and me, but also, Adoptive Moms, Single Moms, Distant Moms, Foster Moms. All Moms!

They go on to talk about head lice, the birds & bees, colds and what really causes them, etc. Its amazing how they put it into a readable format. By readable i mean, plain jane, look heres the problem heres your answer, duh type of talk. I enjoyed The Momma Guide, and sure wish i would have had this for my 1st baby. It would have stopped alot of my “1st time parent” anxiety. Heck i JUST went through the lice ordeal right before Christmas and i freaked out as if one of my children were in immediate danger. I hid in shame LOL !

Go out and buy The Momma Guide for your pregnant girlfriends and yourself. You will enjoy it!

It’s like the baby manual your kids SHOULD come with!

Buy it on Amazon – The Momma Guide

Or

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I will be provided a book for review for this post.

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