Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Shop and get money back too!

One recommendation that I make to anyone who enjoys online shopping is to find a good cash back rewards site. There are several such as ebates and fatwallet but the only one I can recommend from personal use is rebateshare.com. Rebateshare has hundreds of participating stores which offer a percentage rebate on your purchases. The site also offers lots of promotion codes or "coupons" to help you save money on these purchases. And it's free to join.

There are caveats of course. The rebate is not instant. If Store A offers a 2% rebate, you do not instantly get 2% off of your purchase. Instead, 2% of the purchase is put into your rebateshare account. After 90 days, the rebate is considered available for withdrawal. Here is caveat number two. You cannot withdraw the money until you have at least $25 in the account. So in order for the system to work for you, you will need to shop consistently enough to accumulate $25.

This deal probably isn't for the casual online shopper. But if you order a lot of items online, it's a good deal. My husband and I try to do as much Christmas shopping online as possible and we try to use rebateshare for those purchases. The past two years we've gotten around $40 back from rebateshare. It's a good deal because these are purchases that we'd be making anyway.

If you do a lot of online shopping, I encourage you to search "cash back from shopping" and browse some of the sites that offer cash back rewards. You can save money while shopping. How cool is that?

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