With Black Friday just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about getting started on your holiday shopping. If you’re anything like me, most of that shopping is probably going to occur online. ;-) But what if I told you there’s a super simple way to earn cash back on nearly all of your online holiday shopping? You’d want to know about it ASAP, right?
Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you in today’s post! This post would not have been possible without my friend Chris, who must be some kind of cash back shopping wizard. He knows all the tips and tricks for saving and earning money when shopping online, and I’m very glad he was willing to share this method with me (so I can share it with you!)
Right now is the perfect time to set yourself up to earn cash back, because you’ll already be making online purchases leading up to the holidays. In just a few short minutes, you can start earning cash back on your holiday shopping all season long!
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Need proof? Here’s a snapshot of one of Chris’ cash back accounts:
No, you’re not seeing things! Chris really has earned over $2,000 back on things he was already going to buy, just by using the simple method I’ll be sharing with you today!
Cash Back Shopping FAQs
If someone refers you to a website and you make a purchase on that site, the person or company who referred you will typically earn a commission on that sale. The same is true for cash back sites. The main difference is that a cash back site will share a portion of that commission with you!
The commission you receive can be anywhere between 1% and 30% of your purchase price. (For example, if you earn 15% back on a $100 purchase, you would get $15 back.) So if you plan on doing a lot of online shopping this holiday season, those cash back earnings can add up fast!
It may seem too good to be true, but it really is that simple! It’s a safe, easy, and effective way to save money on purchases you’re already making.
How To Earn Cash Back On All Your Holiday Shopping
Step 1 – Getting Set Up
There are plenty of different ways to earn cash back while shopping online, but one of the simplest ways is to use the website Rakuten.com. Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is one of the biggest and most popular cash back sites out there, which means there’s a good chance you’ll be able to earn cash back on almost any site you visit, and why it’s the one I use most.
Step 2 – Get The Rakuten Button
This next step is the one that really makes getting cash back on every purchase easy. No extra thinking or planning required, just shop, and save.
Once you’ve created a Rakuten account, you’ll add the Rakuten extension (AKA the “Rakuten Button”) to your browser. An extension is a tool that you add to your browser, similar to how you add apps to your phone. With the Rakuten Button, you’ll be able to easily activate cash back offers while you shop!
The Rakuten button is available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Add it to your browser here.
- Make sure you’ve created a Rakuten account using this link before you install the button.
- Extensions only work on desktop and laptop browsers, so you’ll need to do this on a non-mobile device in order for it to work.
After you’ve added the button it will appear in your browser bar, and automatically let you know when cash back is available!
Step 3 – Shop & Save!
When you go to a website that offers cash back, a Rakuten notification will alert you of any cash back offers. To activate an offer, just click “Activate” on the Rakuten button, and proceed with your online shopping as usual. Here’s what it looks like after you’ve activated cash back:
- You can also view ALL the available cash back offers and coupons at Rakuten.com.
Rakuten makes it really easy to apply coupon codes too, saving you even more! During the checkout process, Rakuten will automatically find available coupons for that site, and you can apply them with just one click!
Step 4 – Get Cash Back
Once you’ve made a purchase, you’ll receive an email from Rakuten confirming that your purchase has been tracked. You can also check your Rakuten account page if you don’t see the email. After that, all you have to do is wait!
Rakuten will send your cash back earnings to you every 3 months, either deposited in your Paypal account or in the mail as a check. So while you won’t see the savings immediately with cash back shopping, you’ll be pleasantly surprised in just a few months when your earnings show up in your account!
Personally, I think the only thing that would make cash back shopping better is if had learned about it sooner! While I can’t go back and change the past, you better believe I’m going to be using this method from now on! :-)
Just to make sure this process is crystal clear, here’s a handy summary of how to get started earning cash back on your holiday shopping!
- Step 1 – Create a Rakuten account here.
- Step 2 – Get the Rakuten Button here.
- Step 3 – Shop online and save.
- Step 4 – Get cash back!
Here’s a quick video overview of how cash back shopping with Rakuten works:
And that’s all there is to it! Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll be earning cash back on your holiday shopping in no time. (And if you have any questions, ask it in a comment below. Chris will be happy to tell you what he knows!)
Happy shopping (and saving)! :-)