There are so many ways to earn extra money, but they are not all created equal.

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It is important to consider the return on your investment and in this case the investment is time.

If you are reading this, you are probably not a person with a lot of extra time on your hands. I bet you are a person with a little extra debt or a desire for a little extra income to make your budget a little less tight.

Given my limited free time and my desire to focus more on my family I carefully consider how I spend my time and the return on investment. While I have spent hours clipping coupons in years past, right now it’s not something where I spend much time. Be sure to check out Coupon Clipping for the Ordinary Mom.

One area I do earn extra money and without much investment of time is with Ebates.com. If you shop online – EVER – and you have not yet signed up with Ebates then you have lost out on a lot of money.

It is not worth dwelling over how much money you could have made – trust me. I went down that rabbit hole and it’s depressing. You need to look to the future and how much money you will make now.

So here’s the deal. You sign up for your account by doing the following:

  1. Click on this Ebates link
  2. Select your $10 gift card bonus (yes, that’s right you will get a $10 bonus for signing up)
  3. Enter your preferred email address and create a password
  4. On the Ebates homepage click on the drop down arrow in the top right corner next to your name. On this home screen in the middle of the page it states what date (it’s usually a few months) you must make a qualifying purchase of $25 or more to earn your $10 gift card bonus.
  5. From this home screen you will need to click on account settings to set up your mailing address, otherwise they won’t have a way to pay you!
  6. Every time you shop online you need to go to Ebates first and from there click the store where you are shopping.

You will not pay any extra when you purchase this way, but you will earn a percentage back. The percentages are different at all retailers and sometimes there are specials.  You better believe there are some good deals around the holidays. I was able to save considerably on my holiday cards because of deals Snapfish was running along with their very high percentage back through Ebates.

Another way to make money on Ebates is to refer your friends and family.

You earn extra money by encouraging others to join you in this money making venture. They have referral bonuses so the more people you refer in a certain time frame the more money you can make for yourself. Again, the people you get to sign up don’t pay anything, they are just going to earn money and the $10 gift card just like you.

I am not encouraging you to spend more money online, but if you are already shopping online you might as well get a percentage back on those purchases.

One note: At non-holiday times of the year Amazon doesn’t generally generate very much cash back, unless it is on certain items they designate.

Quarterly, Ebates will send you a check for what you have earned that month. (Don’t forget to  add your mailing address!) With all of the shopping I did online this past holiday season my check was very large.

I have yet to find a downfall to Ebates (well except that sometimes I forget to go to that website first before I purchase – but that’s a user error) and I’m not sure why everyone who shops online doesn’t have an account already set up.

To start earning money on purchases you are already making register for your account.

Do you have any other easy ways to make money online? Comment below and join the conversation.

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