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This Hack Makes Saving Money On Your Holiday Shopping Effortless

I’ve been using this simple hack for years to save on all my Black Friday shopping—you won’t believe how much you can save!

I’ve been using this simple hack for years to save on all my Black Friday shopping—you won’t believe how much you can save!

With Black Friday just a few days away, you probably have holiday shopping on your mind, at least some of which is likely to happen online. So what if I told you there’s an easy way to save even more on nearly all of your online holiday shopping?

You’d want to know about it ASAP, right?

Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you in today’s post! I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about cash back shopping. I’ve simplified the process down into one quick and easy hack that will have you earning money on every purchase with just a click.

So don’t click that “Checkout” button until you’ve read this post and followed the simple steps below. I promise, both you and your wallet will be glad you did! 🙂

What Is Cash Back Shopping?

Cashback shopping is a way for you to save money every time you shop online. When you follow the simple steps outlined below you’ll be able to earn a certain percentage of your purchase back after the order is confirmed.

Think of it like a refund or bonus coupon you get on top of all your other discounts, paid back to you in the form of cash (or gift cards).

It might sound too good to be true, but it’s a completely legitimate service and the cashback you can earn is real, as you’ll see below.

How Much Can I Earn With Cash Back?

With the trick I’m going to share with you today, you can earn 10% or more back on almost every purchase you make online. And with all of the great deals that are already available on Black Friday, your overall savings could really add up!

Need proof? Here’s a screenshot of the cash back I’ve earned over the years:

No, you’re not seeing things—I’ve really earned over $2,000 back on things I was already going to buy!

I’ve earned cash back on purchases large and small, from appliance, to subscriptions, to entire vacations!

No matter where you plan on doing your Black Friday shopping, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to save even more on those purchases. Here’s a preview of 200+ stores offering 10% cash back right now:

You can view all the available cash back offers here.

Bonus: Get $40 Cash Back On Your First Purchase!

  • Not only will this tip save you money on every online purchase, OGT readers can also earn $40 back after you make your first $40 purchase through this link. (If you were planning to spend that $40 anyway, it’s basically free money!)
  • All you have to do is follow the steps outlined below on a purchase of $40 or more. Easy peasy.

How To Earn Cash Back On All Your Online Shopping

Step 1 – Getting Set Up

There are a lot of different routes you can take to earn cash back while shopping online, but my favorite is Rakuten.com. Rakuten is one of the biggest and most popular cash back sites out there, which means you’ll be able to earn cash back on almost any site you shop, which is why it’s the one I trust and recommend most!

The first thing you’ll need to do is create a Rakuten account.

Click Here To Create Your Cash Back Account

(And like I mentioned above, you’ll get an extra $40 after your first $40 purchase when you use this link or the button above to create your account!)

Step 2 – Add The Rakuten Cash Back Button To Your Browser

This next step is the one that really makes getting cash back on every purchase easy. No extra thinking or planning required—just shop and save!

Once you’ve created a Rakuten account, you’ll add the Rakuten extension (AKA the “Rakuten Button”) to your internet browser. With the Rakuten Button, you’ll be able to easily activate cash back offers while you shop!

(What is an extension? An extension is a tool you can add to your browser that offers additional functionality, similar to downloading an app onto your phone.)

The Rakuten Button is available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Add it to your browser here.

With the Rakuten Button installed, you’ll see how much cash back is available on each site you’re visiting.

After you’ve added the button it will appear in your browser bar, and it will automatically let you know when a cash back offer is available. Just click to activate, checkout, and you’re done!

Button Tips

  • Make sure you’ve created a Rakuten account using this link before you install the button.
  • Extensions like the Rakuten Button only work on desktop and laptop browsers, so you’ll need to do this on a non-mobile device in order for it to work.

Step 3 – Shop & Save!

When you go to a website that offers cash back, a Rakuten notification will alert you how much cash back is available. To activate an offer, just click “Activate” on the Rakuten button, and proceed with your online shopping as usual.

Here’s what it looks like after you’ve activated cash back:

Rakuten makes it really easy to apply coupon codes too, which can save you even more. During the checkout process, Rakuten will automatically find available coupons for that site, and you can apply them with just one click!

Rakuten will even find and apply coupons for you!

Step 4 – Get Cash Back

Once you’ve made a purchase, you’ll receive an email from Rakuten confirming that your purchase has been tracked. You can also check your Rakuten account if you don’t see the email. After that, all you have to do is wait.

Rakuten will send your cash back earnings to you every 3 months, either deposited into your Paypal account or as a check in the mail. So while you won’t see the savings immediately with cash back shopping, you’ll be pleasantly surprised in just a few months when your earnings arrive.

Here’s a quick video overview of how cash back shopping with Rakuten works:

That’s all there is to it. Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll be earning cash back on your holiday shopping in no time. (And if you have any questions, ask away in a comment below!)

The only thing that would make cash back shopping better is if I had learned about it sooner! While I can’t go back and change the past, you better believe I’m going to be using this trick to save even more from now on.

Do you have any tricks for saving or earning on your holiday shopping?

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