I do the vast majority of my shopping online. The reasons are simple: I can almost always find my size, I don’t have to wait in line and if I find a promo code, I can usually save a few bucks or at least, earn free shipping. But the best thing about shopping online is the rewards.
Ebates is the rewards program for people who like cash back. Imagine if you could earn between one and 10 percent cash back on each of your online purchases. Sure, it’s not a lot of money per purchase, but over the course of a quarter, avid shoppers can earn a nice chunk of change.
I’ve earned as much as $174 back per quarter and as little as $32. (I earn the most during the spring thanks to weddings, baptisms, graduation, etc.) It all depends on how much you shop online, and how diligent you are about using the Ebates website to connect to the store’s sites. But since it’s money that you would be spending anyway, even getting a little cash back is better than nothing.
Want to try Ebates? Here’s the invite. (Full disclosure: if you use my invite, I earn $5 when you make your first purchase.)
Skymiles Shopping. Do you fly Delta? Would you like to earn frequent flier miles every time you shop online? Then, you need Skymiles Shopping.
This weekend, I bought books at Barnes & Noble and earned six miles per dollar. Last week, I sent my Nana flowers for her 80th birthday. Thanks to Teleflora’s double miles special, I earned 16 miles for every dollar that I spent. I’ve been using the site diligently since June, and I’ve earned almost 25,000 frequent flier miles just by making my purchases online.
I now buy everything from dish soap to toilet paper, contact lenses to pillowcases online (drugstore.com 5 miles/$1). And when I do have to go to the brick and mortar store for something, I get upset when I think about all the miles that I just missed. So whether you’re buying small items or large ones, if you like earning frequent flier miles for everything from magazine subscriptions to hiking boots, this is the program for you.
Upromise. Like many twentysomethings, I have student loans. Lots of student loans. To help pay them off, I signed up for Upromise. Like Ebates and Skymiles Shopping, you earn rewards for the things you buy online and these rewards can be used either to a) save for college or b) pay down student loans.
Unlike the other programs mentioned above, Upromise is just as valuable offline as it is online. Do you drive a car? You could be earning money for your federal student loans each time you fill your tank.
If you eat out at participating restaurants, you can also earn money. And if you register your store loyalty cards, you can earn money on groceries, pharmaceuticals and other products.
And the best part? Your family can sign up and designate the money to go toward your loans or future educational savings. So get your parents and grandparents in the game, every little bit helps.
I am dedicated to the proposition that if you’re going to shop, you should take advantage of every deal out there. So whether you want to earn cash, miles or money towards your education, savvy shoppers shouldn’t miss out on these perks. I never do.