Wednesday, January 23, 2008

BigCrumbs or Ebates?

Well, we are in the process of tightening our belts around here to try to pay cash for a nice used car for our tenth anniversary in 17 months. So far we are almost a month in, and with hubby's paycheck this Friday, we will have $1000 saved. Not bad! My goal is to save $1100 per month on average, but I think most months we will be a little under. Hopefully the months with 3 paychecks will make up for that, but then again, we will get what we can with the money we save up!

Some things about rural living are just so much cheaper than city living. We'd never have a house this nice (albeit, small) in a city or a suburb...you just can't buy a house for $75,000...at least not in a Colorado city! (Okay, technically we live in a "city", but I guess I mean an urban area by city...) But there is the downside that it is difficult to get good used stuff...Getting good used stuff in an urban or suburban area is much easier. Cities have thrift and consignment stores, suburbs have garage sales...rural areas have farm auctions...not exactly handy for good quality kids clothes or plus sized women's clothes. Other household things are hard to get, too. So, I do quite a bit of online shopping. I even sometimes buy groceries online.

Several months ago I found out about BigCrumbs (from someones blog...I don't remember whose) and signed up. Since I'm not exactly a refer-er, I just signed up for the basic plan. It worked pretty well, and I got my first payment from them ($3 and some change) a week or so ago. I still have to confirm my bank account with paypal to get it moved out of there, but that's no big deal. BigCrumbs has some pretty good deals, and I thought of it as a ton of stores (well, Ebates kinda blew it out of the water in terms of # of stores!). The $3 was from two purchases: a Christmas gift for my BIL, and new curtains (on clearance) for our living room.

Well, then another blog suggested Ebates, so I signed up there. They have so many stores it is just mindboggling! Another awesome thing there is they also have coupons listed with the stores, which is excellent! I started out by getting photo prints from Snapfish (40 free prints, plus the % back on the rest) and have a whopping .11 in my account there so far. They only pay out when you get to $5.

BigCrumbs has a better system (you can set up your own mall of favorites) than Ebates (you can set up favorites, but are only allowed 20 stores...a fact that they didn't make clear to me until after I marked every store out of there hundreds of stores that I might possibly someday want to shop at...)

So, I am trying to figure out which system works better for me, and in case someone stumbles across this post, Do you use BigCrumbs, Ebates, something else that gives cash back on online purchases? Which do you prefer? Why?

20 comments:

ptoland said...

I think it's fair to assume you should sign up for both since they do not charge to join. But I've found the actual cashback rates at www.savingswatch.com are much better. They also seem to have better coupon content.

Whimsy said...

you might want to find a carnival to put this post on.

savings said...

i use both, but i prefer bigcrumbs over ebates. ebates is good for a onetime purchase to get their $5 bonus. however, bigcrumbs is definitely a better choice.

proof of payment: http://biggercrumbs.blogspot.com

J Arthur said...

I absolutely love Big Crumbs! eBates is solid however, the new BigCrumbs 2.0 is really hard to beat and can't compare in many ways to other online cashback shopping portals. The greatest aspect of the BigCrumbs 2.0 that was released in 2008 is the social netorking component. It's easy to connect with your referrals and the Big Crumbs program allows you to get paid by paypal for shopping completed by FIVE generations of referrals. I have found that Big Crumbs has better conversions if your targeting the eBay market as well. Best of luck to you! If you're interested in reading more about saving and getting paid cashback for eBay shopping, there's more info listed - Big Crumbs Review:

http://collegecashchatter.blogspot.com/2008/02/get-ebay-paypal-coupons-get-20-cashback.html

Best of luck to you!

Cindy said...

Big Crumbs for sure. I find if you work at getting the referrals into your downline it makes it all worthwhile.

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MikeU said...

I think Bigcrumbs is the best considering the commission potential.

Ebay said...

http://www.cashbaq.com/?refer=446281 and http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=292644
I like those 2 even better and they both pay over $5 just to sign up. Do you do pretty good with Ebates and big crumbs?

Gina said...

If you want to make a business out of a CASH BACK site, it's safe to say BigCrumbs ALL THE WAY! It's free and if you refer, you get paid down 5 levels of referrals. I made $137 last month and it continues to rise every month! FREE MONEY! www.ShopCrumbs.com

Anton said...
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Tony said...

Bigcrumbs is a big scam. They steal cashback from some cashback savers and give it to others. Pretty much a typical pyramid scheme. BEWARE!!! Don't waste your valuable time and energy.

Lisa said...

I use both Ebates and Big Crumbs. I compare the two when I'm shopping online to see which gives me the biggest cash back for the retailer that I am buying from. I generally do more on Big Crumbs because I book air travel for my bosses and Big Crumbs gives a higher cash back on Expedia purchases. I tend to like Big Crumbs better though because you can refer people and get cash back on their purchases too. I have received 2 payments from Big Crumbs already but have not received anything from Ebates yet.

Casey said...

Ebay,

Thanks for mentioning Cashbaq, we really appreciate it when users help spread the word about our site. If you haven't been around lately, we've just launched a new version of Cashbaq with some changes we are very excited about. That and we're now working with over 3,000 stores...so there is no shortage of deals.

Casey (Cashbaq Team)

cashif.com said...

I actually use 3 sites. But recently giving up on Ebates sicne they pay very late. With BigCrumbs you get paid every month. One of my other favorite is Mrrebates, which also gives Bonus $5, and more cashback than Ebates. MrRebates pays faster than Ebates. You will also see the coupon codes and deals on the store page at MrRebates which makes it really easy to use. Go to MrRebates here:

MrRebates

Go to BigCrumbs here: BigCrumbs

Jay said...

I have been using Bigcrumbs for over 2 years now and every month for the past 4 months my commissions have been from over $200 to $300. Mr.Rebates is another program that I use. It is a combination of both Bigcrumbs and Ebates. Mr.Rebates starts you off with a $5 bonus and commissions can be made from your referrals. I recommend both Bigcrumbs and Mr.Rebates to anyone that wants to save or is looking for passive income.
For more info. on these sites try
Everyreward.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

BigCrumbs all the way! You can truly make money by referring members as well as getting cash back on your own shopping. I've made $15,000.00+ since I've been a member the last 4 years. Yes, that's $15,448.47 to be exact! www.ShopCrumbs.com

Anonymous said...

I personally use BigCrumbs, eBates, and MrRebates. I mostly use BigCrumbs but I'll use the other sites if a retailer I want is not available at BigCrumbs. If you want more info from me at all on cash back shopping, check out http://www.earnfreecashback.com

john4seo said...

Ebates Scam

I'm sure everyone has heard of the so called Ebates scam.
Is this thing really a scam? It sounds too good to be true,
let's find out in my full review!

john4seo said...

Ebates Scam
I use Big Crumbs, Ebates, Fat Wallet and Mr Rebates. I check www.evreward.com to see which is the best deal. I find Mr Rebates slow,

Ebates Scam said...

I'm sure everyone has heard of the so called Ebates scam. Is this thing really a scam? It sounds too good to be true, let's find out in my full review!