The secret to saving money on travel and camera supplies


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Did you know that you can earn up to 40% in cash back bonuses when you make online purchases? Ebates is free and available for most of the places you already shop. The best part is, you can use it for discounts on travel or camera supplies.

If you don’t know about Ebates by now, you’ve probably been leaving money on the table without even knowing it. It’s an easy way to get top savings on flights, hotels, a new camera and just about anything else.

I’ve been using Ebates for years, but I never considered using it to save money on travel. When I finally realized that they have cash back offers for over 50 travel companies including Travelocity, Expedia,, Priceline, Orbitz, Hotwire, Virgin Airlines and more I wanted to kick myself for not realizing it sooner.

I already use Ebates for things like camping gear from REI or camera gear from Adorama, so why not travel too? Up to 40% cash back is a whole lot of money back in your wallet, and that means more of your travel budget left over.

When people first hear about Ebates, they think it’s too good to be true but I guarantee you it is not a scam. I’ve been using Ebates since 2008 and they’ve sent me checks totaling $897. If it had occurred to me to use it on travel sooner, that number would be even higher. Plus it’s pretty awesome to get a check in the mail, just for buying something you were going to purchase anyway.

Here’s the trick.

Ebates offers cash back because their partners pay them a referral fee when you shop through them, and they share some of that fee with you. It’s a win-win all the way around. Their partners are happy because Ebates is sending shoppers to their site. Ebates is happy because their partners are paying them a referral fee, and you’re happy because Ebates is sharing that referral fee with you as cash back.

Here’s just a few of the companies that give cash back bonuses on Notice anyone familiar?

So now you’re probably thinking, How exactly does Ebates work?

The best thing about Ebates is how easy it is to use. Just go through their portal to any participating website, and they will track the purchases you make automatically. Like Ebates says,

There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in and no fees. Stores pay Ebates a commission for sending you their way, and Ebates shares the commission with you as Cash Back.

Even better, you can get a $10 reward just by signing up here.

Saving money couldn’t be easier. Just click, shop and get cash back.

Again, there are no membership fees of rebate forms.  They just mail you a check or send you a payment through PayPal.  Most cash back in rewarded to your account after 48 hours and payments are sent out every 3 months.

For our international readers, I have good news for you too.  You can use Ebates outside the US and Canada, as long as the store you’re shopping at ships to your address.

So once you’ve signed up, the best way to earn top bonuses is to check Ebates every time you go to make an online purchase.

Here’s how to make sure you’re not missing any discounts!

  1. Shop online through the Ebates website every time you make an online purchase

  2. Install the Ebates Chrome app. This is my favorite because it will pop up automatically, every time you visit a participating website

  3. Download the Ebates mobile app if you shop on your phone

Ready to get started? All you need is an email address.

  1. Click this link to get started with a $10 gift card!

  2. Enter your email address and create a password

  3. Shop through Ebates at your favorite stores

  4. Earn cash back

Ebates savings don’t end with cash back, either.  They also hunt down coupon codes, special offers and exclusive deals.  This way you can layer multiple deals with cash back and discount codes on the same purchase to save even more.

Want even more ways to save money?  Here’s some more of my favorite tips.

Use this link for $40 towards an Airbnb vacation rental

Use this link for a free Uber ride

Install the Honey app for Google chrome and get coupon code notifications while you shop.

Install the Wikibuy Chrome app and smartphone app.  This app evaluates prices from other websites while you shop to make sure you find the lowest price.