Here’s how to save big money every time~ even on luxury items~with the shopping hack that I use EVERY time I make an online purchase.
There are many “tips and tricks” in my “shop savvy” arsenal, but Rakuten Ebates one has to be my #1 favorite. It is legit. I’ve got the cash back “big fat check” history to prove it. I explain below (and share a video demonstration) how Rakuten works. In the video, you’ll see how to earn cash back on a Gucci belt and Gentle Souls booties (snakeskin, of course:-).
How Do You Pronounce Rakuten?
When Ebates (easy to say) changed its name to Rakuten, lots of folks had a learning curve to pronounce the Japanese term. I videoed my favorite You Tube video showing how to pronounce Rakuten.
What Exactly Is Rakuten?
Rakuten is a program that pays cash back to shoppers who make purchases online at affiliate stores that are listed on the Rakuten website. There are myriad stores, but a few faves are Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Athleta, Bloomingdales and Macy’s. Affiliates also include restaurants, hotels, and delivery services (i.e. Shari’s Berries).
Rakuten is My Favorite Way to Save Money Shopping
Some things are a “no brainer” when it comes to shopping smart and shopping savvy. Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is one. I never shop without this fabulous cash back shopping tool. I have the Rakuten extension button on both internet browsers (safari and chrome), and I have the Rakuten app on my iPhone. I’ll show you how to use it, and I’ll also show you exactly how much money I have earned in cash back since I started using this shopping hack.
The Rakuten Big Fat Check
Rakuten pays its users with a “Big Fat Check” every three months. There is a set schedule (shown below). For holiday shopping, those who sign up here and now will get a Big Fat Check on February 15th.
My Big Fat Check History
Below, I share a screenshot of my “Big Fat Check History” starting from July 2018 to the present. It took me awhile to start learning to use Rakuten automatically every time I shop, so my first few checks were small. But when I started shopping with Rakuten every time, my earnings increased. Look at the Big Fat Check from last February. This reflects the bulk of my Christmas shopping.
Note: The bottom right of the app shows my current balance in red ($153) that hasn’t been paid. Since I am about to start holiday shopping, this balance will increase significantly.
How to Start Earning Cash Back With Rakuten
- Sign Up. You can sign up here for Rakuten and start earning cash back immediately. You will have a $10 credit toward your first purchase.
- Install the Rakuten button on your browser. Once you are signed up for Rakuten, you’ll need to install the cash back button on your browser. Instructions for how to do this are here.
- Download the Rakuten app on your phone. This allows you to use Rakuten for shopping online and in stores with your phone. If you use the Rakuten app to shop in an actual store, you will need to “link” a credit card within the app.
How it works. Each time you visit an online shop, if you have your Rakuten browser button installed, you’ll get a pop up reminder that also shows exactly how much cash back is offered by the store at which you are shopping. For instance, in the image below, I share the pop up that appeared when I went to Athleta…..Note: You must press the red button to activate the cash back…..this is important.
Once you click the activate savings button, you’ll get confirmation that you are getting savings with the “congratulations” button. See the image below….Can you believe the savings below? Gucci belts NEVER go on sale; however, this is one way to get one for less.
In the video below, I show you exactly how to use Rakuten to shop. I’ll show you how I found a Gucci belt and some Gentle Souls shoes and earned more than $100 cash back.
A Few Tips From Me to You
- Macy’s is a great place to buy Breville with Rakuten cash back. In this post, I share how I saved on a Nespresso Creatista.
- Always check the Rakuten app or site to see what’s trending. Double cash back days are common (and add up).
- Online cash back is almost always more significant than in store cash back.
- You can use your store credit cards with Rakuten online but not on the mobile app. When I shop Saks Fifth Avenue, I do it online so that I can use my Saks card (which accumulates reward points). Why can’t this be done in store? Because the only credit cards you can “link to” from your phone are major credit cards (i.e. Visa, Amex).
I hope this has been helpful. I can’t recommend this Rakuten shopping hack highly enough. I’d love to hear from any of you who have comments. If you have it, share your tips in the comments below!!! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay (Rakuten) savvy!!!