Before you click away, just hear me out. Or, technically, read me out. You get the point.
“But Abby,” you say (which is weird because you’re talking to a screen), “I already use a cash back site.”
And that’s the issue: Too many people use only one site. Each time you go to make a purchase, you need to check at least a couple of sites’ rates.
I know, I know. Who really wants to comparison shop rates after all ready comparison shopping prices?
Rates can vary greatly. I’ve gotten as much as 9% more back by doing a little homework before the purchase. And I do mean a little.
I’m a fast typer, so I can check the five sites I use (Mr. Rebates, Extrabux, Ebates, Fat Wallet and ShopAtHome) within seven minutes. If you’re worried about it taking too long, just bookmark the sites for faster navigation.
Seriously, you need to do this. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ve been using cash back shopping sites for about six years. In that time, I’ve made $2,286.
And that’s not from bad spending habits. You can make money from cash back sites without actually buying anything.
In fact, $1,236 of my total was just from referrals. (Thank you all, by the way!)
Mr. Rebates has, I think, the best referral program. You might say I’m biased because $1,024 of my referral bonuses were from this site. (Seriously, thank you!)
This blog isn’t exactly huge, so making over $1,000 is pretty significant. And only possible because Mr. Rebates gives you ongoing bonuses. To be exact, 20% of your referrals’ rebates. Uh, yes please.
Ebates offers $5 per referral but provides bonuses if you get multiple referrals in a three-month period. Currently, it’s $40 for two referrals. Other times, it’s been $35 for three.
But not everyone is able to get multiple people to join at once, though. In that case, Extrabux is better than Ebates. You get $5 when referrals join, but you also get 5% of their rebates for the first year.
FatWallet will give you $20 if you refer two friends in three months. And coming in last would be ShopAtHome, which offers you the equivalent of $4 in gift cards. You can only cash out in multiples of $5.
Point being, one way or another, cash back sites can net you a lot of money. Say, $298.
Do you use multiple sites? Which one(s) are you favorites?