Hey frugal friend, I have one question for you: Are you getting paid to shop online?
If so, congratulations! I hope you are maximizing your online savings. If not, then let me introduce you to some EXCELLENT and FREE ways to earn cash back every time you shop online! While each of these methods will take a little bit of your time I look at it this way — it equates to getting paid to shop! If you are careful to do what I outline below, you will start to find ways to earn money as if you just got yourself a nice little paying job! And remember, what every money you save, you can always put into something else: paying off debt, savings account, vacation fund, college fund, and the list goes on and on!
This is my favorite site to earn cash back. When you sign up to become an Ebates member, all you have to do is link through their website to earn a certain percentage (up to 25%) cash back on your online purchases. In 2013, we earned just over $1,500 through Ebates — purchasing things that we were going to purchase regardless. Sign up for Ebates and start earning cash back today!
Swagbucks are virtual dollars that I am always earning from a variety of tasks to redeem for gift cards to popular retailers. I am able to earn several gift cards to Amazon each month just for using the Swagbucks toolbar to do internet searches, redeem special offers, watch Swagbucks TV, take online surveys, and more! Sign up for Swagbucks and start earning today!
TopCashback is the cash back site that gives ALL of the store’s commission rate back to you and they don’t charge members any fees either; TopCashback is free to join, free to use and free to cash-out. They’re also the only cash back site that doesn’t have a minimum pay-out threshold, and you can cash-out as many times a year as you want. TopCashback also pays a generous referral commission! Sign up for your free TopCashback membership today!
4. Big Crumbs
Big Crumbs is another great site for earning cash back on your online purchases. Like Ebates, Big Crumbs offers cash back with many of your favorite online retailers. Sign up for Big Crumbs today.
5. Fat Wallet
This is another site that you can link to and earn cash back on your purchases – and you can get paid for referrals as well. Sign up for Fat Wallet.
Combine Your Cash Back Shopping With Coupons
THE GOLDEN RULE: Never forget to search for a coupon code before you make your online purchases. Prior to any of my online purchases, I always do a Google search for online coupon codes. One of my favorite sites for this is Retail Me Not. This site typically always has a great discount code for me!
Comparing Cash Back Sites
It is always wise to take a quick peek to see which site is offering the highest cash back incentive – particularly on high ticket items. I am a photographer and recently purchased a very high end camera – and Big Crumbs gave me 5% more cash back than Ebates was offering at the time. I was able to get a good amount of cash back for doing a comparison that took me less than 30 seconds to do!
What are your favorite ways to get paid to shop online? Leave us a comment below!