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How to Make Money With Ebates

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Want to make money with Ebates? It’s so easy! Let me teach you how to earn money from Ebates by shopping online and taking advantage of cash back offers.

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What is Ebates?

Ebates is an online site that pays you for shopping online. Yes, for real.

After you sign up for Ebates, you just go to the site and choose the online store you want to shop through and then click over to that online store. Then, when you make a purchase, you’ll earn a small percentage of your purchase back in cold, hard cash.

Most of the percentages you’ll earn are somewhere around 3-10% in cash back. That might not seem like much, but it can really add up over time. And if you’re already going to be making the online purchase, you might as well get a little kickback, too, right?

After all, it’s essentially “free” money. I don’t think any of us are going to turn that down!

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Is Ebates legit?

Ebates is one of the oldest cash back sites on the internet. Ebates offers an easy-to-navigate website and, in my personal opinion, is the best cash back program out there.

They currently offer cash back at over 1800 stores including Walmart, Target, JCPenney, Staples, Lands’ End, Sephora, and many, many more. They also offer daily deals and coupon codes to help you save even more on your purchases.

I have personally earned a lot of money from Ebates over the years and can’t sing their praises highly enough. But don’t just listen to me!

Here are real unsolicited comments from my followers about their experience with Ebates:

a photo of a check from Ebates

Jennifer shared a picture of her check from Ebates on Twitter. I posted about it on my Facebook Page and the comments were brimming with people saying how much they had earned from Ebates.

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See more comments from readers on how much money they have made from Ebates.

How do you make money with Ebates?

Earning money with Ebates is simple. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for an Ebates account.
  2. Before you make a purchase online, check to see if the online store is listed on Ebates.
  3. If the online store is listed on Ebates.com, click on it on the Ebates site to be redirected to it. You’ll see a pop-up confirmation letting you know you’re ready to shop and earn cash back at that store. (it’s very important that you click through Ebates to the site. If you don’t do this, you won’t earn your cash back.)
  4. Make your purchase as usual.
  5. When you have earned at least $5.01 in approved cash back in one quarter, Ebates will send you a check (You can also choose to get paid via Paypal.) Make sure you have updated your account to include your address and chosen method of payment.

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Is Ebates worth the effort?

Well, that’s your decision! 🙂 Personally, I think that taking 30 seconds to login to Ebates and search for the online store you are going to be shopping from and to click over to it from Ebates is absolutely worth the extra step — especially if you are going to be earning a few dollars for doing so.

(I mean, think about it: making $3 in 30 seconds would add up to being REALLY good hourly wage!)

You can also download the Ebates Extension for Chrome and you’ll be notified anytime an online store you are shopping from offers cash back on Ebates. That way, you’ll never forget to shop through Ebates! Plus, you’ll be notified of online coupons that are available, too.

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How much money can you make?

If you do a lot of online shopping, you’ll make more money from Ebates. If you don’t do much online shopping, you won’t make as much money.

But if you do ANY online shopping, you should sign up for Ebates. Because even if you only make $10 per year, that’s still $10 for almost very little effort on your part!

If you regularly book flights or travel or make big online purchases, the cash back you earn from Ebates can add up really quickly!

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3 Tips for Making More Money With Ebates

  1. If you love Ebates, be sure to grab your Referral Link and tell your friends about Ebates so they can save money, too! Just post your link on Facebook, Instagram, or your blog or send it out to friends via email. If they sign up and spend $25 within the first quarter, you’ll earn a $25 cash bonus!
  2. Pay attention to the Double Cash Back offers! Ebates runs special Double Cash Back offers that will allow you to earn just that: double the amount of cash back. Be sure to keep tabs on these so you can earn even more!
  3. If you make a lot of in-store purchases, you can link your credit or debit card to earn cash back on in-store purchases, as well.

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How to sign up for Ebates

Ready to sign up and start earning cash back for your online shopping? Just go here and sign up.

Then, the next time you’re shopping online, be sure to go to Ebates.com first to see if the online store you are shopping at offers a cash back offer. If they do, click through Ebates before you make your purchases and you’ll be well on your way to getting your first check from Ebates!

Have you signed up with Ebates? If so, I’d love to hear how much cash back you’ve earned from them or any additional tips you have for earning more money!

How to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets

Looking for cheap Broadway tickets? In this post, I share some best tips and strategies for getting a discount on Broadway show tickets.

Interested in more ways to save in NYC? Read my post about our family’s trip to New York City. For more cheap vacation ideas, check out 4 Creative Ways to Fund Family Vacations, 9 Money-Saving Vacation Tips, and How to Save Money on Food While On Vacation.

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How to Find Cheap Broadway Show Tickets

If you have ever wondered if it’s possible to find cheap Broadway tickets, you don’t want to miss this post! I went with two of my sisters to New York City this past weekend and we were determined to have an amazing weekend on a really tight budget.

Since neither of my sisters had ever been to NYC, both of them really wanted to go to a Broadway show. But we didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it.

So I put on my researcher hat and began scouting the internet, asking around online, and digging up everything I could about how to find cheap Broadway tickets.

Y’all! I was shocked with my findings! And I’m going to let you in on all the secrets I discovered in this post — including how to get tickets for as low as $10!!

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Don’t Order Tickets Ahead of Time!

If there is one thing I discovered in all my research, it is this: You will spend a LOT more money if you order your tickets ahead of time! If you are willing to risk it and wait until the day before or the day of the show, that’s when you’ll find the best deals on Broadway tickets.

Be Flexible With What Shows You Want to See

Yes, I get it. You probably have a show or two that you have your heart set on seeing. But I would encourage you to pick a list of shows you want to see and work from that when looking for tickets. You’ll have a lot better chance of finding a deal on one of them then if you are dead set on only seeing one particular show.

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Enter the Ticket Lotteries

The very best deals I found were on the ticket lotteries. Many shows offer them and you can find crazy deals. For instance, one person told me they saw Hamilton for $10. Another person told me they saw The Lion King for $30!

While not all of the shows offer tickets for as low as $10 through the ticket lotteries, there are many that offer $20 tickets and $30 tickets.

Most of the lotteries work something like this (be sure to read the details really carefully):

  • You go to a special website starting at 7 p.m. the night before the performance until 8:30 a.m. the day of the performance. After the lottery closes, you will be notified within minutes if you won or not. (To find out which shows offer ticket lotteries, head over to BroadwayforBrokePeople.com.)
  • If you won, you’ll have 60 minutes to claim your seats and pay for your tickets online. You cannot choose your seats; they are assigned to you and may not be seats with a great view. There is usually a limit of two tickets at that price.
  • Once you’ve paid, you’ll need to use your ID to pick up the tickets between 30 to 90 minutes before show time.

Yes, it’s a little complicated and you don’t know for sure if you are going to get the deal, but for the price, you just about can’t beat that deal!

I think this option would work especially well if you have some flexibility in your schedule and are in NYC for more than one night (you could enter the ticket lottery the first night and, if you don’t win, enter again for the next night!)

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Check Out Rush Options

Many theaters offer a Rush option. These are extra tickets that haven’t sold, typically for seats that aren’t the best.

Theaters typically offer these on a first-come, first-served basis and they are available as soon as the box office opens for the show that day. There is usually a limit of two tickets per person.

Some shows also offer Student Rush tickets which are available 30 minutes before the curtain time. These tickets are often half price and are only available to current students and you can only get one ticket per student ID.

This is an option that is kind of risky, but if you have wiggle room in your itinerary and you enjoy adventure, it might be an option for you.

To see which shows are offering Student Rush and General Rush tickets, check out BroadwayforBrokePeople.com.

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Check a TKTS Booth

Many people recommended checking out the TKTS booths that are located around New York City. These booths offer discounted tickets for shows that are the same day.

We checked these out and this would be a good option if you were looking for more than two tickets (the Lotteries and Rush options have a limit of two tickets). The prices were around $60 to $80 for most tickets and they had quite a few to choose from. One downside is that you may have to wait in a long line and it’s very first-come, first-served.

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Order From TodayTix.com

If you don’t want to stand in a line and you are willing to pay a little more, TodayTix.com offers last-minute ticket options that are cheaper. You can order up to six tickets together and you can choose the area where you will sit.

To find the best deals, check the Bang for Your Buck section where they offer tickets for around $49 each. They offer a wide variety of shows and you can order up to a few weeks in advance.

Do note that you will pay an additional $12.50 processing fee in addition to the advertised price. You’ll pick up your tickets from a representative outside the theater 30 minutes before the show.

What are YOUR best tips for getting cheap Broadway tickets? Tell us in the comments!

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Save money on your cell phone bill with Twigby

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Looking for easy ways to reduce your monthly expenses? With Twigby, lowering your cell phone bill may be easier than you thought!

Twigby Phone Plan

When examining your monthly expenses, it can sometimes be really tough figuring out where to cut costs. But I’ve got a suggestion for you today: what about looking into switching to another cell phone company?

Twigby — a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices — makes it super easy to switch cell phone service and lower your costs, without sacrificing any quality!

Affordability of Twigby

If you’re looking for a more affordable cell phone plan, Twigby has plans starting as low as $9 per month for just talk and text. And data plans start as low as $12 per month! Even a cell phone plan with unlimited talk and text and 10 GB of data costs you just $43 per month!

With these kinds of prices, it’s worth at least checking to see if Twigby might save you money each month on your cell phone bill — even if you’ve been on a family plan with a provider for a decade! The average family that switches to Twigby saves $60 on their cell phone bill, which equates to an annual savings of $720!

You can go HERE and use their calculator to see how much you could save by switching to Twigby.

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Flexibility of Twigby

I love that their plans are super affordable with a lot of flexibility. You can custom build your plan for each individual phone line — depending on how much each family member needs and if you want to put some restrictions or limits in place for kids.

They also offer a really great range of options for phones. They have everything from basic flip phones all the way up to iPhone 8 and other smart phones.

So if you’re not a smart phone person and really just want a basic phone with basic features, Twigby is a really, really great option at a super low price! But even if you want all the perks of a regular smart phone with data each month, it’s still a great option to save!

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, they give you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee.

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

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Coverage with Twigby

A lot of times budget phone plans like this don’t offer very good coverage, but Twigby’s coverage is actually really good!

In fact, their coverage is guaranteed because they utilize not just one, but two of the nation’s largest cellular networks (Sprint and Verizon)! That means if you’re out of reach on their primary network (Sprint), you will still be able to access talk and text on their secondary network (Verizon). The best part is that it’s completely free and your phone automatically switches networks when necessary.

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Testimonials from My Readers

We’ve talked about Twigby in the past a couple of times and they’ve been a sponsor of our podcast!

Because of that, many MoneySavingMom.com readers have signed up to try Twigby and have absolutely loved it! We’ve heard SO many rave reviews about the affordability and their amazing customer service.

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We have been THRILLED!!!!!  Love the service, the prices, the way things keep getting better and better (seriously, name another company that LOWERS your price or gives you more data????). We love Twigby!!!

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In addition to their affordability, flexibility, and great coverage, Twigby also offers:

  • Ease of getting started. You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.
  • Ability to keep your same phone number. When you switch to Twigby, you get to keep your current number that you’ve had for years. You don’t have to switch to a new number.
  • International calling and texting. With Twigby, you can use your minutes to call numbers in Canada, China, and Mexico at no additional charge. You also get Unlimited Global Texting to over 180 other countries. As long as you’re inside the U.S. when sending and receiving texts, you can send those texts to anyone in another country!
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