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A Review of the Best Cash Back Shopping Sites

Updated on November 27, 2013
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Cash Back Shopping--What is It?

Cash Back Shopping sites are sites that will allow you to earn cash back for shopping at your favorite online retailers so long as you first sign into their site and click the link to whichever site you plan to shop at. These are not just random, shady websites looking for a new start, but rather reputable, online merchants such as Amazon, Macy's, Orbitz, Walmart, Petco, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Groupon, J. Crew, Nordstrom, HSN, Banana Republic, Gap, Sears, J.C. Penney, and more!

1. Ebates

Ebates is a popular cash back site that will give you cash back for shopping at numerous popular retailers including Amazon, Orbitz, Macy's, Walmart, Drugstore.com, and more! When you sign-up for Ebates you automatically earn a $10 gift card to a retailer of your choosing. Thereafter, shop at your favorite retailers by clicking the links to their sites on the Ebates page (after signing in of course). You will earn the advertised cash back percentage of anything you purchase. Your earnings will accumulate and then you will be paid quarterly (Feb 15, May 15, Aug 15, and Nov 15) via either check or Paypal (your choice) provided you have accumulated at least $5.01 in cash back earnings.

In addition to earning cash back, you can make money referring new members to Ebates. When a friend signs up for Ebates using your referral link and within one year makes purchases through Ebates of at least $25, you will earn $5.

Additionally, Ebates often runs promotions where you can earn even more for signing up friends. A current promotion is that if you refer 2 friends and they each make purchases of $25 during the promotional period (Oct 1 - Dec 31) you will earn $50!

If you're not already a member of Ebates, please consider signing up with my referral link by copying and pasting the following link:

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=rX0iFAxzUqJU0yZqt7a5iA%3D%3D

2. Fat Wallet

Fat Wallet is a great cash back shopping site that offers cash back at hundreds of popular online retailers. You simply log in to Fat Wallet, click on the link to the site you want to shop at, and you will earn cash back. (Hint: Make sure that your pop-ups are not disabled and that you see the Fat Wallet pop-up tracking your cash back.) In addition to earning cash back with Fat Wallet, Fat Wallet is a great source for coupons, sales, deals, and info on ways to save money online. Fat Wallet's forums are filled with tips and tricks for the best savings.

When you make a cash back purchase through Fat Wallet, it will fairly quickly be reflected in your pending earnings on the site. The cash back will be converted from "pending" to "available cash back" once Fat Wallet has received payment from the merchant. Once you have an available cash balance of at least $10, you can request payment and will be paid either via check or Paypal (the method of your choice).

Fat Wallet will also pay you to refer new members to Fat Wallet. Fat Wallet will pay you $5 for each member you refer once they make a purchase through a Fat Wallet cash back merchant of at least $25.

You can sign-up and start making money shopping through Fat Wallet by clicking here.

3. Big Crumbs

Big Crumbs is another cash back shopping site that pays you a percentage of your online shopping provided you click through to those sites from their site--provided you make a purchase within 1 hour of clicking the link on the Big Crumbs page.

In addition to earning various cash back on hundreds of popular sites, you will also earn varying cash back for all of the purchases made by members you refer to Big Crumbs.

You are paid by Big Crumbs via Paypal. Big Crumbs pays monthly provided you have earned a minimum of $1 cash back by shopping via the Big Crumbs links.

You can sign up for Big Crumbs and start getting cash back for all of your online shopping by clicking here.

4. Extrabux

Extrabux pays you cash back of varying percentages for purchases made when clicking the links on their site to make purchases at any of their hundreds of popular online retailers. You must click the links through Extrabux every time if you want to get paid.

You also make money with Extrabux by referring new members to join the show. You will earn $5 for each referral once they make a purchase through Extrabux of at least $5 and then you will also earn 5% cash back of all purchases made by your referrals.

With Extrabux, you can request payment once you have a minimum balance in your account of at least $10 and you personally made a purchase of at least $5 from a retailer through Extrabux. Extrabux pays you via Paypal, check or credit card and normally pays within 5 days of your request.

Start making money and earning cash back from shopping through Extrabux by signing up here.

Referral Incentives

Program
Referral Incentive
Ebates
$5
Fat Wallet
$5
Big Crumbs
Undisclosed %
Extrabux
$5 + 5% cash back
Mr. Rebates
20%
Shop At Home
$5
Panda Cash Back
$5
Rewards Runner
$5
Each program offers different incentives for referring new members to sign-up for their site. You can use this chart to compare what will give you the best rate of return for your referrals.

Comparing Cash Back from Popular Retailers

Retailer
Ebates
Fat Wallet
Big Crumbs
Extrabux
Mr. Rebates
Shop At Home
Panda Cash Back
Rewards Runner
Amazon
up to 8.0%
up to 8.0%
n/a
3.0%
 
 
 
 
Groupon
3.0%
3.0%
4.0%
5.0%
 
 
 
 
Orbitz
up to 10.0 %
up to 2.5%
3.5%
2.0%
 
 
 
 
Macy's
3.0%
5.0%
3.0%
3.0%
 
 
 
 
Drugstore.com
4.0%
3.0%
5.0%
6.0%
 
 
 
 
Petco
6.0%
5.0%
5.0%
7.0%
 
 
 
 
Walgreens
8.0%
4.0%
5.6%
12.0%
 
 
 
 
Banana Republic
4.0%
3.0%
2.8%
3.0%
 
 
 
 
HSN
4.0%
3.0%
4.2%
3.0%
 
 
 
 
Target
4.0%
n/a
3.5%
1.5%
 
 
 
 
Above are some examples of popular retailers you can earn cash back shopping from and the comparison of the cash back percentage earned depending upon the cash back shopping site you use.

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