Even though the Christmas season is past, shopping still takes a lot out of our wallets. Receipts pile up, and paychecks keep disappearing. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could be rewarded for shopping with more than just a loyalty program? You can! Cashback shopping helps you save money when shopping online, and we’ve found several popular sites that you can use to reap the rewards.
Ebates makes cashback shopping as easy as clicking “Checkout” on any of its 1,700 stores. Top brands like JcPenney, Kohl’s and Best Buy are just a few. Each store offers its own cashback percentage, which is listed in the store’s description when you’re browsing. Cashback paychecks are sent out every quarter (3 months) as long as you’ve earned more than $5.00. Any lesser amount will be carried over to the next quarter and subsequently placed in that quarter’s earnings. Ebates has paid out over $325 million to its members since its founding in 1998.
Although Mr. Rebates isn’t as widely known as Ebates, it sports an impressive track record that gives customers up to 30% cashback rebates. They also have over 2,000 stores compared to Ebates. The principle is the same: shop your favorite online stores, make a purchase, and receive a credit to your Mr. Rebates account according to the percentage listed on the website. Credits to your account take only 1-3 days to show up, and you can cash out as soon as you’ve earned at least $10. Despite the fact that you can’t get a rebate if you use a gift card, you can still purchase discounted gift cards and get cashback in the process using the site’s coupons.
TopCashback is relatively new to the United States since its release in 2011, but it made its mark in the UK in 2005. TopCashback is unique because of its standard policy of using coupons in conjunction with cashback rewards. Coupon codes are easily searchable on the site’s “Offers” page. With thousands of different retailers and a mobile app that allows for extra savings, TopCashback has quickly become a success with cashback shoppers. You can even earn an extra 2.5% cashback on top of your paycheck when you redeem through Amazon. You can also redeem through sites like PayPal and ACH, though no 2.5% bonus is given for those. Tell-a-Friend – help a friend save with TopCashback and earn $10 Tell-a friend bonus.
Buy/Sell Gift Cards
If you want to buy discounted gift cards or sell ones you don’t need, sites like GiftCardRescue or Raise are a godsend. We’ve all received a gift card at some point from a store we never shop at. Although it’s free money, we may want to spend it elsewhere. GiftCardRescue and Cardpool allow you to sell your unwanted gift cards for up to 92% cashback. You can then purchase heavily discounted gift cards (up to 35% off) from stores that you like. You get a check in the mail when you sell your gift card, so you can simply cash it if you don’t want to spend it on a gift card. It’s a win-win for cashback shoppers!