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Rakuten Review 2024: A Waste Of Time Or Worth It?

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I hate going to the store to shop and I can’t even remember the last time I did it.

Online shopping is the new normal and with fast delivery and easy return, it’s a no-brainer for busy working adults.

Plus, there are so many ways to save with online shopping.  So not only you can save time, but also money.

I love using Rakuten to get cash back on my everyday purchase.  If you haven’t heard of Rakuten, you’ve been missing out.

New users can earn $10 just by signing up and can earn $30 if they refer someone who signs up for and uses Rakuten.

how to save money with everyday purchases with ebates

🌟 How To Save Money with Rakuten

Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is free and simple to use.  It is the largest cashback website with over 2,500 brands such as Walmart, Groupon, Macy’s, Sephora, Amazon, Forever21, TripAdvisor, Expedia and so many many more.  There are 2 ways for you to earn cash back after you sign up for an account:

1. Online/Mobile

Go to Rakuten website or open the app, log into your account, type in the store you want to shop at, search for the item you want to buy and check out.

You do get more cash back using the online/mobile version and there are also more options.  Ebates also offers double cash, especially around the holidays.

Step 1: Click on the Rakuten app and search for the store you want to shop at

Step 2: At the time of writing this post, you can get up to 5% cash back with Amazon.  When you click on “Shop”, you will get a list of categories and how much cash back you’d get from each category.

Step 3:  You will be automatically redirected to Amazon website and you can just start shopping like normal.  Easy right?

2. In-store

What I like about Ebates is that you don’t have to scan your phone to get cash back at the store.  All you have to do is link your credit card with the Ebates app. After it is linked, it is super easy to use.

Step 1: Prior to checking out, log into your Rakuten app from your phone and search for your store to see if it is there.

Step 2: Check to see if it has in-store cash back. Click on “Link Offer” to link it to your credit card.

Notice how the In-Store cash back is only 4%, but online cashback is 8%? You can get more money back by shopping online.

Step 3: Once it is linked, a message will pop up to let you know that the offer is linked.

Step 4: After your purchase, you will receive an email to let you know that your cashback is on its way.

In addition to getting 4% cash back from Sephora, I also got 1% from my bank for using my credit card. It’s practically free with all the cash back. Ok…not really, but you get the idea.


🌟 How to Make Money with Rakuten

I just showed you 2 ways to save money with Ebates, but that’s not all.  You can also make money with Rakuten,

Rakuten has a refer-a-friend program – which means you get $30 when your friend signs up, your friend also gets $10 for signing up.  It’s a win-win situation.



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