There has been a lot of interest in and talk about couponing in the past couple of years. There are numerous websites that teach you how to save 50-90% on your groceries.  Grocery coupons are in the newspaper, on manufacturer’s websites and numerous coupon websites.

Couponing and discount shopping doesn’t apply just to grocery & household items though!  Retailers of all kinds are using coupons and cash back websites to increase sales and gain new customers.  You can find a coupon, discount or rebate for almost every store and any product you need online!

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If you have heard of cash back or coupon sites like Coupon Raja, Retail Me Not, Ebates, Mr. Rebates, Big Crumbs and Coupon Cactus you may have wondered how they work and whether they are legitimate or not. I have personally used several of the cash back websites. I have been able to save a good bit of money and received money back too!

Here is how the coupon sites work:

1. Visit the website

2. Enter in the name of the store or product you are shopping for

3. You will see results for various coupon codes for that store or product

4. You can then copy / paste or click a link to shop online and use that coupon code

5. The coupon code should be added to your shopping cart automatically, if not you can copy / paste it from the coupon site.


Here is how the cash back websites work:

1. Visit the website and create a free account. Many of the sites offer $3, $5 or more just to sign up.

2. When you are ready to shop, visit the site and be sure to sign into your account.

3. Search for a store that you want to shop from or the product you want to purchase.

4. Once you find the store or product, the website will show you the % cash back you can earn. If there are special coupons available for that store or product, they will also be listed.

4. Click on the link for the coupon you want to use or click to shop the cash back store link if there are no applicable coupons.

5. Shop online at the merchant and make your purchase as usual.

6. Your purchase history and cash back balance will show in your account. I also recommend printing your order confirmations and a record of your cash back amount just in case there are any issues.

7. In a month or every quarter, you will get a check in the mail (or payment by PayPal, depending on the particular sites’ policy) with your rebate amount earned.

That is all there is to using coupon code sites and cash back websites to save money when shopping online! It is an easy way to save money and make money back on all your purchases!


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Misty Kearns

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