I may have mentioned cash back shopping once or twice. Or just about incessantly.
But what’s not to love? You have to buy something — jeans, toiletries, pet food, home improvement supplies, etc. — anyway. Why not get some of your money back? Seriously, why not?
It’s not too much work
This means that you don’t actually have to visit a cash back site to cash back shop. Instead, the button will alert you whenever you visit an eligible store. A notification will appear and prompt you to click a link. Do that, and your rebate shopping is activated.
If you don’t want to add plugins, it’s still easy to streamline the process. All you need to do is add the cash back site either as your homepage or into your bookmarks toolbar.
When you’re ready to buy:
- Click the toolbar link (or home button)
- Type the store’s name into the search box (top of the cash back site’s page)
- Click the resulting link
Et voila: You get rebates on things you were already going to buy. And if you’re still not convinced cash back shopping is worth it…
Wherein I brag shamelessly
I generally get at least $10 back a month. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s $120+ back a year on things I already have to buy.
But maybe you need specifics.
We got $52.69 worth of pet food for $39.10 thanks to a combination of discounted gift cards, a coupon from the cash back site and 5% cash back.
Or how about the time I hit a 30% off sale at Rite Aid? It was during a bonus period, so I got 8% cash back. Thanks to the higher rate, the discount and a manufacturer’s coupon I paid $38.47 — on $57.14 of products.
Or maybe you, like me, have some shoes that need replacing. I used the product search on Mr. Rebates and found the ones I wanted on Overstock. (Never would’ve thought to look there!) Between a great price and 4% cash back, I paid $74.52 for both pairs. Did I mention they’re $65 shoes?
Still not convinced?
I know that some people say that rebates are too small to be worth the work. To that I say:
- If you’re a fast typer or follow this post’s directions, that “work” takes an 30 seconds.
- If you get even 50 cents back, that 30 seconds of work is equivalent to a $30 an hour.
- Not all rebates are that small. For example, we got $47.72 for a free hotel stay!
Intrigued about that last one? Well, we charged the hotel stay to a rewards card, then used the rewards to erase the hotel charge. But since we booked through Mr. Rebates, the trip generated $47.72.
So if you think rebates are too small to bother… Tell that to our $54 check last month!
Do you cash back shop? If not, have I convinced you to start? (And if you do cash back shop, take a moment to brag about a deal you got!)
* Only buy GCs for stores that you shop at a lot, in case you have to return items. You don’t want to be stuck with a credit for a company you barely, if ever, use.