A Step by Step Guide to Cash Back Shopping

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed why maintaining multiple cash back shopping accounts finally made sense. This week, I want to take you through, step by step, my process for taking advantage of these cash back shopping sites and show you how easy it really is to capture this free money.

The process I outline below starts after you’ve identified a product you’d like to buy. For this example, lets assume that I found a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes from Nordstrom that I was ready to buy now.

Allen Edmonds Park Avenue

Step 1: Find the Highest Yielding Cash Back Site
Now that I’ve identified 1) what I want to buy (Allen Edmonds shoes) and 2) where I want to buy them from (Nordstrom), the next step is going to either CashbackHolic or Evreward to figure out which cash back shopping site pays you the highest cash back amount. A quick search on CashbackHolic shows that DiscoverCard and TopCashback are the highest paying cash back sites for Nordstrom. With that said, I don’t have an account at either site, so the highest paying cash back site that I would use is ShopAtHome.

CashbackHolic

Step 2: Go to Desired Cash Back Site and Search for Store
After you’ve found the cash back site that pays the most, go to that site and search for your store. In this case, I’ll go to ShopAtHome and search for Nordstrom. Once you’ve found your store of choice, make sure you’re logged in to your cash back shopping site, then click through to your store.

ShopAtHome

Step 3: Find Item and Check Out
Now that you’re at your online store of choice, simply find the item you were looking for, add it to your cart, and check out! If you have a coupon code, now would be a great time to enter it. If you don’t have one, you can pause your shopping for just one moment to browse the various cash back shopping sites for promo codes or do a quick Google search.

Nordstrom Shopping Cart

Step 4: Enjoy the Rewards!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy knowing that you just got an extra discount on an already attractive price (and in addition to credit card rewards). In my case, I just saved an additional 9%!

If you start going through a cash back shopping site every time you shop online, the rewards will most definitely add up. Over the past several years, I’ve racked up $500+ from various cash back shopping sites.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this easy process to get free money, you can go here to see a list of cash back shopping sites and sign up!

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Roger

I’m a 30-something professional with a career in digital media, a background in finance, and a passion for value. lifelaidout is my attempt at sharing some of the thought processes that I use in my everyday life to identify value and save time, money, and energy.

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10 Responses to “A Step by Step Guide to Cash Back Shopping”

  • Bobbye says:

    I may have overlooked this in your guide to cash back shopping; but I wanted to mention this. I use Shopathome.com for purchases I make personally and where I work. I always look for coupon codes to save even more money. If I don’t see a current code on the Shop at Home website, I check out other websites, such as Retailmenot.com, dealpls.com, etc. for codes. I’m all about saving money whenever possible.

    • Roger says:

      Hi Bobbye, thanks for stopping by! I hadn’t mentioned scouting out for coupons, but that’s definitely a key aspect of the online shopping process and something I do regularly. Perhaps, I’ll add a blurb into the guide for completeness.

      Also, I have heard and been to Retailmenot.com, but haven’t really found the need to use them between all the coupons on the cash back shopping sites

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  • Adam Rector says:

    Wow. I had no idea you could do this type of shopping. Thanks for the heads up.


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