Earn money while you shop online

Farnoosh Torabi

With on-line retailers vying for your business, there a number of discount sites willing to pay you to spend at certain stores - and it's not too good to be true. Check out these top three "cash back" sites that help put money back in your pocket.  

eBates

The pioneer site for coupons, eBates lets you click through to your desired online retailer and earn up to 26% cash back from stores like J. Crew, Sephora and Amazon.  Here is how it works: Best Buy, for example, agrees to give eBates 2% off every referred sale.  eBates then sends a customer to Best Buy and when that customer makes a purchase, say, a $1,000 television, eBates makes $20 on the sale.  Best Buy pays eBates for advertising and eBates takes that $20 and gives the customer half.

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And people are cashing in. Nicole Feliciano, founder of MomTrend, accrued close to two hundred dollars cash back in three months.

FatWallet

This site allows deal hunters to take advantage of its hugely active deal forum where thousands of members and retailers post hard to find bargains and discounts.  And here you can stack the savings. Visit FatWallet’s forum to find your favorite retailer. Then grab an exclusive mail-in rebate plus a promo code and coupon and then receive additional cash back.  That’s three ways to save with a check in the mail. There is no minimum requirement to receive cash back and you can cash out anytime.

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For Yahoo Viewers, SkinStore.com is offering 20% off store-wide with the code FF20, plus 14% double cash back through FatWallet.com

ShopAtHome.com

The largest coupon search engine has 2,000 participating retailors including Walmart, Bath & Body Works, and Ralph Lauren. Get two to 15 percent cash back. The average user receives $41 a month.

Unlike eBates and FatWallet, ShopAtHome has a 110% highest cash-back price-match guarantee with a larger $20 minimum to cash out and checks are mailed monthly assuming you’ve reached the minimum. 

Best sites for rewards and cash back
Best sites for rewards and cash back

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