Since new makeup artists / beauty artists might not be making as much money to start, it’s always best to try and save as much money as possible when making any purchases. I always feel it’s easier to save a dollar than to make a dollar.
Introduced through some of my beauty blogger friends, I decided to sign up for a money saving site called EBATES! This is a website that pays its members cash back every time they shop online, as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online. Founded in 1998, Ebates Inc.’s websites have paid over $250 million in cash to its members.Disclaimer : This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
To earn money back from EBATES stores, all you have to do is log into your EBATES account first and click on whatever brand/store you are interested in shopping at, which will then redirect you to that particular website. There are a TON of stores to choose from! Some of my favourites include : Sephora, Ebay, Amazon, AliExpress, Best Buy and Groupon to name a few. Then, all you do is shop just like you normally would and you will earn cash back. Yup, it’s that easy!
Oh yeah, and EBATES is FREE! There is no monthly fee, no fee that you have to pay to EBATES, or anything like that. It is absolutely free for you to use EBATES.
(For Canadian folks, try this link here and get $5 cash back when you spend $25 online!)
To find out what percentage you will be earning for the cash back, all you do is look at the percentage number next to the store name while you are on the EBATES website. Typically it can range from 1% and I’ve seen it as high as 16%! It really depends, as sometimes there are deals or 2X the Cash Back for certain stores throughout the year.
The most a-m-a-z-i-n-g thing is you can double dip on savings. So yes, you can still use coupon codes, promotional codes and discounts when you shop through EBATES. A lot of people think you cannot, and that is not true. The best example is when Sephora has their VIB Sales. I’ll get their 10-15% discount, PLUS the EBATES Cash Back! Does it get any better than that?!
Whenever I forget to use EBATES, I always have to give myself a “face palm” because once you’ve made your purchase, you can’t go back and apply the cash back anymore. If you’re the forgetful type, then just install the EBATES Cash Back Button (or sometimes it’s also referred to as EBATES Express) onto your browser. It will automatically activate Cash Back directly at participating store sites, as well as automatically apply promo codes at checkout.
A new thing that I’ve never tried is getting In-Store Cash Back Offers at participating local retail stores. It’s currently only available in the US (although they are looking to expand to Canada soon!) and you’ll need to link a valid credit or debit card to your EBATES profile. Once you make a purchase in-store with your linked card, you will automatically earn Cash Back on qualifying purchases. FYI – Cash Back will be added to your EBATES account up to 7 days after purchase. The process is a bit more complicated (as the Debit purchase must be made using a signature and not via your PIN code), so just read the FAQ section on their website to be sure you are linking the offers correctly!
So before I signed up for EBATES, I thought “Is this a scam?”. I just want to assure you, it’s 100% legit and is NOT A SCAM! I have made money through EBATES and have received cheques (just like the one in the photo) every quarter of the year! EBATES makes their money by being an affiliate, and that is how they are able to pay people like you and me. They make money whenever you shop through their link, therefore the participating store pays a percentage to EBATES for being an affiliate and for referring customers to them. EBATES then gives you a little bit of that percentage as well for using their website. In the end, everyone wins.
So do you use EBATES as your cash back website? Which are your favourite EBATES stores to shop at? Did my EBATES review help you out?
Please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts! When it comes to a cash back comparison, Ebates is so far the best one out there, in my opinion!
Be sure to sign up for a website like EBATES where you can earn CASH BACK for just spending like how you normally would online at one of the many EBATES stores. The service is free. Plus, when you sign up through my link and spend $25 online, you will then receive a $10 cash welcome bonus as well! And for Canadian folks, here is the link for a $5 cash welcome bonus when you also spend $25 online.
Happy Shopping (and Saving)!
Editor-In-Chief, Beauty PhD