I do a lot of my shopping online these days...in fact, I do 90% of my shopping online because so many stores have free shipping now (and some free returns!), and the online codes usually save me anywhere from 10-50% depending on the site! However, I also use the site ebates.com to get rebates on shopping I'm doing online. You just sign up (it's free - and if you click HERE you will even get $10 in your account just for signing up - and yes, I'll get $10 too for referring you) and everytime you are buying something online, you bring up the ebates site, search for the store (say, Target) and then click the corresponding link (which will take you to the Target site). You shop as you normally would, and you get 4% (or whatever the particular store's rebate is) of your purchase credited to your Ebates account. They send out checks every few months (you have to have at least $5.01 in your account for them to send you a check) and you get paid to shop! So far I've made $120 off of shopping I was doing anyway (you can buy a lot of looks for less with that $!!).
More information directly from the Ebates site:
Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online Cash Back Shopping. The company was founded in 1998 by two Deputy District Attorneys in Silicon Valley who used to prosecute online fraud & identity theft before starting Ebates (so you can be sure we are very into secure online transactions!). So go ahead, sign up and start shopping now. Joining Ebates is always free - you'll never pay us anything. And four times a year or more, we'll mail you a Big Fat Check, or transfer the money to your PayPal account if you'd prefer. We can even send the money to your favorite charity. All 100% free.
People often ask: "This sounds too good to be true, how are you able to do it?" It really is quite simple. Just like almost every other online shopping center, we get a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money - like almost all other sites do - we share it with you!
So, as long as 900+ of the world's top online stores are happy to pay a bonus to attract the new, valuable customers we send their way, Ebates is going to continue to send Big Fat Checks to our satisfied customers across the globe.
Click here to see more FAQs.
From the Ebates FAQ section:
We want to make sure there is enough "Fat" in your Big Fat Check. Bonus Rewards do not count toward the $5.01 minimum. The term “Bonus Rewards” includes monies earned as a Sign-up Reward or Tell-A-Friend Bonus.
So definitely make sure you USE the service so you can get your $$!