Despite the fact that I live in one of the great shopping meccas of the world, I am a huge fan of online shopping. Part of it is a control issue, in that I won’t be quite as tempted to go and wander around Sephora and Intermix trying things I didn’t know I wanted, and another significant part of it is convenience. I order something, and 3 days later I have it, without having had to deal with crowds of people. There is obviously nothing nicer than wandering around a nice air-conditioned store (can you tell we’re baking here in the city?!), touching and trying things on, but for sheer convenience, online has it every time for me.
About 9 months ago, I was introduced to www.ebates.com which basically pays you to shop! Ebates gives you cashback for shopping at their affiliated partners, and their affiliated partners are just about everyone you would already be shopping with. I have earned between 4 and 8% back on my drugstore.com, beauty.com, sephora.com, and other major websites like shopbop.com, gap.com, and the like. Almost everybody who I was already going to shop with, I have found as a partner with Ebates. Every quarter, I get a nice check (for somewhere between $30 and $50) for shopping online – for basically making purchases that I was going to be making already. It’s like money for nothing! It even gives me money for things like Travelocity and Expedia where you can end up spending a lot, so it does really add up.
Clicking here will sign you up for ebates. I will be completely honest – for anyone I refer, I get rewarded from ebates, but even if I didn’t, you should still sign up. Money for nothing is no bad thing.