If you are like most Americans you will be spending a good amount of money doing your holiday shopping this year. The average family spends at least $1000 on holiday shopping each year and that doesn’t include food! Many estimates also state parents spend about $400 per child during the holiday shopping season. If you are going to spend that much money, why not make some of it back as you shop? You can make money all year long with these websites and apps, but during the holiday season is when you will see the most benefit from it. This is how to make money while you shop for the holidays.
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Rakuten gives you cash rebates back on money you spend at online stores. You can shop in store with Rakuten, but the easiest way is with online links. I’m on track to earn over $75 this year from this company. Rakuten transfers the money you earn in cash to your Paypal account several times a year. They have rebates for almost every retailer. If you use the Google Chrome browser there is an Rakuten you can add that will alert you when there are rebates for any websites you visit.
Ibotta is an app where you get small chunks of change for certain items when you scan your grocery receipt. Even if many of the items you buy are not listed, they often have one that is $.25 for any item on the receipt. They also have general any item, so the brand doesn’t matter. There are lots of good rebates if you buy alcohol. Often $2-3.00. So you can get to the $20 threshold to get cash back pretty quickly. As soon as you hit that threshold you can transfer the money to your Paypal account. I’m about to hit the $60 mark.