SAN ANTONIO – While shoppers swipe and click into their vacation expenses, there are a few easy ways to get a little jingle back in your pocket. A variety of cashback apps and websites do just that.
Some popular apps or websites are Ibotta, BeFrugal, GetUpwards, Swagbucks, Topcashback, and Rakuten (formerly Ebates).
For example, when you shop at Rakuten using the app or browser extension, you will be notified when there are specific offers from the retailer you are shopping at. You click to activate the discount and receive a percentage of your total refund, usually between 1% and 10%.
Rakuten sends a check every quarter.
Some of these services will also give you extra dollars for getting friends to join. The cashback sites usually earn a commission from the thousands of retailers they list.
Fetch Rewards is another popular method. When users scan receipts from a store, they earn points. If enough points have been collected, they can be redeemed for gift cards.
Before you sign up for a cashback app, it is worth researching which one best suits your spending habits.
Consumer advocates also say you should be wary of spending too much.
“The temptation is great for the sites that offer cashback, and that’s fine if you bought it anyway,” said Elliot Weiler of Consumer Reports. “It might not be a good idea if you get into the fray.”
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