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How to get cash back
(in addition to your credit card points)!

Literally Make Money by Doing What You're Already Doing - there is no catch. PlanForAwesome

If you are looking for the easiest cash-back program of the century, keep reading. This is the laziest way to get a little cash in your pocket, by doing what you’re doing anyway!

**This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Team in-person or team online shopping?

I have a confession to make.  I shop online.  A lot. 
I hate shopping in person, unless it’s Target, The Container Store, or Costco.  Those are pretty much the only 3 stores I actually enjoy shopping at.

When I walk into a mall, an invisible set of hands begins to tighten around my neck and within an hour I am gasping for air.  True story. 
I don’t do malls. 
I don’t do clothing stores. 
I don’t do window shopping. 
I do onlining.  Yep – I just made that a verb.

If you are like me, or even if you aren’t like me, this post is for you.  I’m pretty confident that EVERYONE can make a little money off of what I am about to tell you.

The secret to cash back? 
Rakuten (formerly ebates).

  1. Register with the magical Rakuten website.
  2. Every time you shop online, go to their website and search the store that you’d like to shop at (like Target), and click on that store FROM the Rakuten website
  3. Do your shopping as normal.
  4. Earn a percentage of your purchase back in COLD HARD CASH.  Well, it’s actually a BIG FAT CHECK.  That’s what they call it.  A big fat check.  No joke.

The downside is, you have to START your online shopping experience on Rakuten.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t commit to remembering to do that.

  1.  Register with the magical Rakuten website.
  2.  Install the Rakuten extension on your web browser (on your computer and your phone).
  3.  A magical little purple “R” will appear on the top bar of your web browser (on your computer).
  4.  Do your shopping as normal.
  5.  Whenever you go to a website that offers free cash back through Rakuten (like Target), a little box will pop up in the upper right corner of your screen that says, “Activate 5% cash back” (or whatever percentage that store offers). 
  6. Earn a percentage of your purchase back in COLD HARD CASH.  Well, it’s actually a BIG FAT CHECK.  That’s what they call it.  A big fat check.  No joke.

Different stores have different percentages back.  And sometimes it even depends on the day.  Some days there will be promotions where you can earn a bigger percentage than normal from making a purchase on a certain website.

Do your shopping, and then every 3 months, you’ll get a BIG FAT CHECK from Rakuten in your mailbox.


**Disclaimer: you’re not going to get rich off this gig. It’s just a way to put a few extra bucks in your pocket every 3 months.**


There are no cons to this program.  There is no catch.  I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it’s totally legit.

Literally Make Money by Doing What You're Already Doing - there is no catch. If you shop online, register with this website and make money by purchasing what you already would have purchased anyway. It's FREE MONEY! PlanForAwesome

It’s as simple as registering your credit card with them, and then selecting the stores you think you might shop at in the future.  You link your card, and that’s it. 


So be sure to register your credit card when you sign up, and get paid to shop online AND in stores. 


That pretty much covers all of your shopping.

I will say, the store selection for being paid to shop in stores is pretty unimpressive.  I only linked my card to a handful of stores.  But hey, it certainly doesn’t hurt!  I’ll take free money, even if it isn’t very much.  Free money is free money.

3 ladies sitting on a bench with shopping bags and purses.
  1. Register with the magical Rakuten website.
  2. Install the Cash Back Button (web browser extension thingy – available for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge)
  3. Register your credit card and link your card to any stores you think you may visit in person.
  4. Every time you see a box pop up with a button that says “Activate _% cash back,” click on it.
  5. Do your shopping as normal.
  6. Earn a percentage of your purchase in cash back.
  7. Check your mail every 3 months and deposit the free money that you earned by doing absolutely nothing.

By using the link on this post, you will receive a $40 BONUS added to your account once you make a qualifying purchase (which is just $40 worth of purchases).

That’s seriously just 40 free bucks!!!!!!! 

FOR FREE!!!!!!!!!!!  

To get the $40 bonus, you’ve gotta sign up by 11/16.



So there you go.  Not much else to say, really.  Just go sign up now.  And then don’t change a thing (other than clicking the button when it pops up to remind you that free money is available). 

Just watch the money roll in. 

You’re welcome.

Family Shopping in a Grocery Store.

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