A few months ago, a student introduced me to Ebates.com. Basically, the program is set up to track online purchases and in return for the data that they collect on you, you receive a small cashback on your purchases (usually varies between 1-5% with increased incentives during holidays and long weekends). The company has been around for a long time and I recall hearing about it many years ago, but I never did much online shopping until I moved up north.
Out of curiosity, I used my student’s referral code, so that I could get a $5 bonus and she received $10. Since then, I’ve made a few purchases through Ebates. Mind you, I didn’t shop more than usual. I made purchases I would have done anyway – birthday present for mom, a few books for myself and some household goods from Well.ca. Yesterday, I got my first cashback through Paypal – $14.70! Not a lot, but hey, I have no problem getting free money!
If you’re curious, you can always start an account using my referral link.