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(My best kept secret... revealed.)


Yes, you read the headline right. Did you ever think you could get paid to shop? Ha, me neither. Well, it’s true. Do you suffer from oniochalasia (n.) the shopping or purchasing of objects as a form of mental relaxation and stress relief, like I do? Well, imagine getting paid to do so. There is a website called Ebates that actually pays you to shop. NO annoying surveys to take. NO gimmicks. Here’s how it works.

Instead of searching for popular websites straight from the address bar, first go to On this website, you then search for popular stores, in example: Sephora, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, Ebay, Expedia… I mean you name it, it’s probably there.

After you have found the store you want to shop at, you click ‘Shop Now’. This will open a new tab or window with that website. If you put a purchase in, you’ll receive the designated ‘cash back’ for that store. Some stores offer 3%, 4%, even 10% cash back on your purchase. Sometimes there's even Ebates exclusive coupon codes as seen below.

Of course to do this, you’ll need to create an account, which is absolutely FREE. *Please, do not forget to go to settings to put in your address so Ebates knows where to send your check to, otherwise your cash will be sitting in your account forever. They will mail you a check quarterly, also known as a ‘Big Fat Check’, so you’ll receive a check four times a year if you remember to go through their search engine before you start shopping!

It’s really as easy as that. There are NO scams and NO fees. You literally receive money for spending money. Who would believe you.

So go ahead, buy that shirt you really wanted. Because you're getting paid to buy it.

The best part is (I know, how can it get any better?). After signing up, you get a referral code, which you can send to friends and family. If they sign up through your code, you’ll receive $5 (for each person) after they make their first purchase (on any website, over $25, that is eligible for cash back)… How cool is that?!

But the cash back offers don't end there. Ebates recently just introduced 'In-Store Cash Back'. To receive cash back like this, simply:

- Add your credit or debit card to your account.

- Find an In-Store Cash Back offer you want to use and link it to your card.

- Pay with your linked card in stores and receive cash back!

Current In-Store offers aren't linked to as many online offers that Ebates has to offer but it's definitely nice to have the option to receive cash back in stores as well!

If you're not a big mall goer like me and like to stick to online shopping, sign up with my code today and then pay it forward once you get a code of your own:

If my explanation was a little confusing, watch this video and sign up today:


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