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If you’re planning to shop online for the holidays, you should check out Mr. Rebates, a referral site that gives you cash rebates for shopping online. When you shop online through Mr. Rebates, rebates are credited to your account. Then at the end of the month, quarter, or however often you redeem them, you get paid rebates in cash by Mr. Rebates. They can either send you a check in the mail or give you a credit in your PayPal account (your choice) so you can shop some more online!
It’s easy to get started. Go to mrrebates.com and sign up using your email address and home address so they can send you rebate checks. It costs nothing to join. In fact, they even give you $5 for joining.
Whenever you shop online, go to Mr. Rebates first to see if the online store you want to visit is on Mr. Rebates. The rebates range from a few dollars to 25%. To get a rebate added to your Mr. Rebates account, go to the site and search for the store you want. You can type the name of the store in the search box, search alphabetically and by category.
Select your store and you will see the amount of the rebate as well as any coupons available for the store. Click on the link to the store and you will go to the store’s website. Just be sure that when you actually make your purchase (just putting items in your shopping cart won’t give you the rebate) you have arrived at the site by clicking through a link at Mr. Rebates.
For example, if you’re planning on travelling for the holidays, go to Mr. Rebates to see which travel website (Expedia 2%, Orbitz 1%, Travelocity 2%, hotels.com 5%) is offering the better rebate that day. You can also compare hotels directly through Mr. Rebates (Staybridge Suites 5%, Holiday Inn 5%, Best Western 3%, Sheraton 2%), check the airlines (Virgin Atlantic 2%), and see rental car rebates (Avis 3%, Enterprise 2%). Don’t always go with which site has the better rebate, be sure look at the best deal/rebate combination.
Mr. Rebates isn’t just for travel. Mr. Rebates has over 2000 online stores, some favorites are:
Coldwater Creek 4%
Home Depot 4%
Mr. Rebates is currently offering a 15% off coupon for Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk phones: Virgin Mobile on Mr. Rebates. (See, Your Remedy for iPhone Envy! for more information on Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plans.)
Rebate amounts change frequently so make sure you check with Mr. Rebates before making your purchase decisions.
Your rebates become available for payment 90 days after you make a purchase through Mr. Rebates. You can request to be paid either by having a check mailed to your address or having the funds deposited directly into your PayPal account, your choice.
Mr. Rebates is featuring a store of the week in the right sidebar of their site. This week the featured store is hotels.com with a rebate of 5% instead of 4%. Next week Nordstrom will be the featured store.
During the holiday season, Mr. Rebates will be having special rebate promotions, with increased rebates and special coupons for hundreds of participating stores. The Cash-Back Christmas promotion runs from November 1 through December 31.
When your friends join Mr. Rebates through your email invitation, you will get a small rebate every time they use Mr. Rebates, 20% of their rebate. It’s not much, generally pennies a purchase, but every little bit adds up.
Check out this video explaining how to use Mr. Rebates:
Mr. Rebates doesn’t cover every store. Amazon and Zappos are not on Mr. Rebates. eBay rebates have been suspended since June but will hopefully return soon. But with over 2000 stores on Mr. Rebates, you may find just the store you’re looking for or discover some new ones.
Before you shop online next time, be sure to check out Mr. Rebates for rebates that might make your holiday shopping a bit jollier!
Have you tried Mr. Rebates? Do you enjoy saving online? Let us know in the Comments section below!