Monday, September 29, 2008

Make money whenever you shop online! Use CashBack Sites

Did you know that most online stores will give you anywhere from 1% to 30% cash back?

How do you get cash back?
A lot of online stores give commission to the site which referred you to them. So, when you see an ad or a link for Macy's on a website somewhere, and you click on the ad and then shop on Macy's, chances are that the owner of the site you clicked from is getting a percentage back from Macy's. What's really cool is that some sites give you back most of that money, in return for clicking through their site.

These websites all give cash back:
Update - MrRebates.com
Ebates.com
Bigcrumbs
Fatwallet
Bing

They don't all offer the same amount cashback for each store. They all have a list of stores and tell you what percentage cashback they will give you if you click through their site before shopping.

Before purchasing something online, if you often buy things from that website, it's worth it to check how much each of these sites will give.

Then:
1) Sign in to that cashback site (either ebates, bigcrumbs or fatwallet)
2) Right Click on the online retailer that you're using (eg: macy's, newegg, priceline etc). Make sure to RightClick the link BEFORE you enter the online store, or you WON'T get cashback the next time you use your link!
3) Add to Bookmarks (if you use Firefox) or Add to Favorites (if you use Internet Explorer)

Then, whenever you want to buy something from that online store, just go there from your list of Favorites/Bookmarks, and you will get cashback for that purchase. Do this for all of your favorite stores!
At first, it might not seem like a lot of money. But it doesn't take a lot of extra time to do it this way - and you'll see how quickly the money adds up!

So how do I get the money?
Ebates.com - They will send you a check every 3 months, as long as they owe you over $5.00. $5.00 signup bonus.
Fatwallet.com - They pay via Paypal. If they owe you over $10.00 then you can request a check as well.
BigCrumbs.com - They pay via Paypal

More details you should know:
Ebates and Fatwallet:If you're not already signed in when you click on the link from your bookmarks / favorites, it will prompt you to sign in. With fatwallet, you can install a bookmark that will tell you at any site, if there is cashback from fatwallet.
Bigcrumbs: you don't even need to be signed in to get the cashback. Just use the link you already created. This is useful if you want to send your friend a link - you can make money off their purchase.

Make Money - Support This Site! If you sign up for ebates or bigcrumbs through this site, you will be supporting this site as well.
PS: If you are not going to use cashback sites, or you are shopping on Amazon, please support this site by click through our site instead. You can bookmark or add to favorites the same way as written above.

Credit Card Cash Back
Many Credit Cards (Chase, Citi, Discover, Amex...) also have a list of stores that if you click through, you will get cashback as well.
E.G. 15% money back from Lands End if you click through Chase's website.
This is besides for the regular miles or cashback you get from your credit card...

Related post:

Get Cash Back Easily When Shopping Online: FatWallet Now Toolbar

2 comments:

Levi said...

whats the best option? ebates? fatwallet? what do you use shmuly?

Shmuly said...

I have accounts with Fatwallet, Ebates, Bigcrumbs and Microsoft Live Cashback.

Lately I have been using Fatwallet, as it is so simple with the Fatwallet Now toolbar.

When making a big purchase I usually check ebates and bigcrumbs as well.

I use Bigcrumbs for ebay. I used them for a Tmobile prepaid phone as well.

And Live Cashback had some real amazing offers in the past that I took advantage of.

So, basically, if you want it simple, then use fatwallet. If you you don't mind a little research, then before you buy something, take a look around.

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