Ebates really knows how to sucker me in...

By Lynn
United States
March 5, 2017 6:11pm CST
They sent me an email with a promo code for 30% off on Kohl's today. Of course it's one of those "if you use your Kohl's credit card to pay for the order" things. Their timing is diabolical... I just celebrated paying that card off last week. So I've got some necessities on order for the kids, a few things for myself, and a random Christmas ornament because I needed a low-priced item to qualify for the next Kohl's Cash coupon on the order. I spent just over $100, but I'll get $25 back in Kohl's Cash ($20 for the order, and $5 from my Yes2You rewards) and about $10 back in real cash for shopping through Ebates, too. And while Kohl's would probably love it if I carried this balance a while, I've already logged into my account and scheduled another payment for the full amount. Do you ever take advantage of promotional offers like that?
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7 responses
@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
6 Mar 17
Not really...but I never should have applied for PayPal credit...I keep ordering stuff now
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• United States
6 Mar 17
Yeeeeeah, that one's gonna get me in trouble, too. Gotta have a love/hate relationship with the no payments/no interest promotions they run.
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Mar 17
LOL
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@Morleyhunt (20269)
• Canada
6 Mar 17
I don't know where or how they got my email. I received a similar offer today. I don't shop at Kohls....I don't have, or intend to get a card....I live in Canada fir crying out loud. The last few weeks I have been inundated with spam emails. I swear, for every please unsubscribe me I send out I get three new spam emails.
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• United States
6 Mar 17
Something I've heard a lot is that replying to spam messages, even to unsubscribe, is a surefire way to get more of them. It really sucks that spammers do that and so much of the garbage they send gets through the filters. Then again, those same filters tend to catch things from my company's HR department and flag them as scams, so I never see the important stuff I'm supposed to respond to.
@moffittjc (44459)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Mar 17
I try to plan all my shopping in such a way to take advantage of sales, discounts, rebates and cash back offers. It's fun trying to see how much you can save off of your purchases. With just a little effort, you can save some big money!
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• United States
6 Mar 17
It really is fun. I've done some crazy promo stacking before, up to and including buying gift cards at a discount from Cardpool just to save a bit extra.
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@PatZAnthony (12863)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
12 Mar 17
We do take advantage of such offers, but only when we can make sense of their idea of savings. Some of the offers are so terrible, does not make me want to spend.
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• United States
6 Mar 17
You scored a lovely deal! Yesterday, I purchased on Sears with eBates - used all my points and got some free change to my eBates
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@minx267 (14580)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Mar 17
Yes, I have in the past. I love getting great deals and cash back!
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@shaggin (37294)
• United States
6 Mar 17
I wish Kmart had sent me a reminder as I forgot about buying something to use my surprise points. I haven't shopped at Kohl's in years. I signed up for Ebates for an Influenster thing I had to do but really have never used it after signing up.
• United States
6 Mar 17
Do you ever play the Shop Your Way sweeps to get more points? I just won 10,000 points on a game yesterday. Most I've won so far, too. Usually I average about $15 every 2 weeks. I've gotten all sorts of freebies so far this year. I hadn't done much with Ebates before the last couple of months. I usually use Swagbucks, or way back when I was using BigCrumbs, which had a lot of problems a few years ago and finally relaunched fairly recently. I started again after @infatuatedbby mentioned that they give cash back on point purchases from Sears/Kmart, which Swagbucks didn't do. It seems true, as long as the entire order isn't completely covered by points. I like their promotions, and some of their cash back offers are way higher than Swagbucks are... like the current 9% back at Kohl's. I'm not necessarily a loyal shopper with one cash back site... I'll switch back and forth depending on which one gives me the most back when I want to buy something.
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@shaggin (37294)
• United States
6 Mar 17
@owlandbutterfly I switch back and forth on the cash back sites as well. I use MyPoints for shopping online but I do not do much online shopping.
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• United States
6 Mar 17
@owlandbutterfly You can use all your points and still get cash back I just bought a sweater yesterday using all points and got back .19 cents! Free + made some change
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