Raise your hand if you love Ebates as much as I do! Don’t know about this little gem of a money-saving website? Prepare to be amazed. Simply put, Ebates pays you to shop online. You read that correctly. You GET PAID to SHOP. Ebates has partnered with thousands of retailers to snag you cash back on your online purchases. Here is a longer description of how it all works in your favor:
- After you’ve created your Ebates account (which is totally free and they even send you a $10 gift card to your choice of a few major retailers, just for signing up), you can install the Ebates Cash Back button to your browser.
- When you’re shopping online, the button will alert you if that retailer has a cash back offer. Click the button and the offer is activated.
- If you complete your purchase, the cash back is added to your Ebates account and you get a big fat check or a big fat deposit to your PayPal account every quarter. It’s literally free money for doing nothing more than clicking a mouse.
If that doesn’t make sense, watch this video.
Each retailer offers a different cash back percentage, and Ebates offers double cash back on select retailers each week. Plus, they have a whole slew of coupon codes. The savings are virtually never-ending.
So what does this have to do with your wedding? There are a number of Ebates retailers that sell wedding essentials or items you could easily use on your big day. To name just a few:
Bed, Bath, and Beyond – 2%
Macy’s – 3%
Target – Up to 5%
Use those gift cards you received at your bridal shower to purchase some more items off your registry.
Sephora – 4%
Ulta – 4%
Purchase some pretty new makeup for your honeymoon or splurge on a new perfume to wear on your wedding day.
Ann Taylor – 2.5%
J.Crew – 3%
Extend the savings to your bridesmaids by selecting one of the many stylish and affordable dresses these stores sell.
Hotels.com – 3.25%
Orbitz – Up to 8.45%
Travelocity – Up to 4%
Hello cheaper honeymoon!
Candy Warehouse – 4%
Old Time Candy – 5%
Design a candy buffet that would make Willy Wonka proud and put a few dollars back in your pocket while you’re at it.
Blue Nile – 2.5%
Save on your guy’s wedding band or some pretty jewelry for your mom or future MIL.
Paper Source – 3.5%
Bridal shower invites, save the dates, thank you notes, place cards, favor boxes, guest books…you could probably purchase all of your wedding paper goods from this one store alone.
The Knot Wedding Shop – 6.5%
I think every bride makes at least one purchase from The Knot’s wedding shop. They have almost everything. Those few hundred custom printed cocktail napkins that you just have to have…might as well save a few bucks on them.
I could go on for pages and pages; there are literally thousands of retailers featured on Ebates and so many ways you can use this site to your wedding budget’s advantage. Two percent here and there may not seem like a lot but it adds up quickly. And if you purchase on double cash back day, you’ll score twice as big. Don’t forget to search Ebates or Retail Me Not for coupon codes for additional savings or free shipping. Your wedding budget and wallet can thank me later.