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Welcome to the world’s largest no-brainer!
How cool would it be to get cash back on all of your online purchases? I’m a firm believer of saving every possible penny that I can while online shopping. There are some absolutes: You have to pay taxes on your purchases and you will rarely be able to negotiate on sales prices.
The good news is that there are coupons that you can use to help offset the cost of your purchases but even better, there are programs like Rakuten.com that will actually rebate a portion of your purchase back to you via a check that they will mail to you or to your PayPal account. To sweeten the pot, you can also find coupon codes to your favorite stores on their website.
I like keeping most of my money. What about you?
Think about it! How fantastic would it be to receive cash back from purchases you would normally make anyway? At first glance, the site can be overwhelming, but don’t let that stop you. First, decide which vendor you would like to shop from via their shopping portal of over 2,000 stores. Once you find your store, you will see what percentage of your sale will be refunded to you.
Click on ‘Shop Now’ and a new window will open that will take you to the store’s website. Once I’d clicked, I saw a confirmation that I would receive up to 3% cash back from Amazon. Once there, proceed to shop as usual.
Each time you click on an Rakuten link, a shopping trip number is assigned. This is how Rakuten will be able to track your purchases once your order has been placed with the vendor. Within a day or two, you will receive an email from Ebates confirming that your rebate was applied to your account. Generally, it takes 3 months to receive your rebate. The good news is that any monies that you’ve accrued within those three months will be sent to you via PayPal or a check.
Make things easier by installing this Chrome Extension!
Naturally, it can be difficult to remember to log onto the Rakuten.com website each and every time you purchase online. I mean, who wants to miss any opportunity to earn cash back? I’ve solved that by installing an Rakuten extension on my Google Chrome browser. From the browser, click on More Tools/Extensions, then scroll down to the bottom and click on the hyperlink: Get More Extensions.
Type Rakuten in the dialog box and click the add to chrome blue button. Fairly soon, you will see a large, yellow ‘E’ next to the address bar. Whenever you access an online store that is an Rakuten participant, you will see a small dialog box in the top right corner of the browser like this:
Just be sure to click on the red activation button so that you will get credit for your purchases. This browser extension has sometimes helped me to make the decision to purchase based on the amount of cash back I would be awarded. So, don’t forget this important step because you never know which vendor is an Rakuten participant until you see the red activation button pop up on your screen!
Remember, if you are an avid online shopper like I am, do not leave money on the table. Spend just a few moments accessing Rakuten so that you can get cash back from all of your qualifying purchases. You will be glad that you did!
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