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What’s the best cash-back site for online shopping?

Since we’re nearing the holiday season, when people do an awful lot of online shopping, I thought a rundown of my favorite cashback sites might be helpful to you all.

What's the best cashback site?

Cashback sites are basically companies that operate on an affiliate basis with hundreds of online stores. The stores give the cashback sites an affiliate commission, and the cashback sites give you, the consumer, a portion of that commission when you make a purchase.

The cashback rates rarely exceed 10%, but since you can stack the cashback rewards with discounts, sales, and coupons, I’m always game.   I figure I might as well add another small discount to my purchase!

There are a LOT of these types of sites out there, but there are three main ones that I check when I’m making an online purchase.

1. TopCashBack

topcashback review

This is almost always my cashback site of choice.


  • Their site is easy to navigate
  • They typically have all of the stores I need
  • Their cashback rates tend to beat other sites’ rates
  • The cashback is payable in a fairly speedy manner

Aaand,  if you redeem your cashback for an Amazon credit code, you get a 2.5% bonus.

(Which, ok, isn’t going to singlehandedly enable you to retire early, but it’s something!)

Plus, TopCashBack has the best new-signup bonus, so if you pick just one to join, this is my top recommendation.

Top Cashback Sign-up Bonus

When you sign up with TopCashBack, you get a $10 bonus, payable when you earn $10 in cashback.

2. Rakuten

ebates blogger review

Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is the oldest cashback site I belong to. I joined in 2001, which isn’t long after they opened their doors in 1999!

Rakuten’s cashback rates tend to be slightly lower than TopCashBack’s, but sometimes Rakuten has a merchant that TopCashBack doesn’t.

And since cashback rates fluctuate, it’s a good idea to just check before you purchase.

Rakuten Sign-Up Bonus

You get a $10 bonus for signing up with Ebates, payable when you earn $25 in cashback within 90 days.

(Quite do-able if you do a lot of Christmas shopping online.)

3. Be Frugal

BeFrugal review

I’ve been a member of BeFrugal for a while now, but due to their somewhat dated and hard-to-navigate web design, I hadn’t used it much.   However, they did a complete overhaul of the site this year, and it is way, way easier to use now!

BeFrugal doesn’t seem to have as many cashback store options as my first two choices, but they do have some decent offerings, like 30% cashback on Amazon magazines, and 8.5% cashback on men’s and women’s shoes from Amazon.

Be Frugal Sign-Up Bonus

When you sign up for BeFrugal, you get a free $10 bonus, payable when you earn $25 in cashback within 90 days (again, quite do-able if you do a lot of Christmas shopping online.)


What cashback programs do you use? Any we should know about that beat even TopCashBack?

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Tuesday 7th of June 2016

I just started using cashback and am very new to this. I will definitely check some of them out.


Monday 4th of April 2016

Hi Kristen. You should also check out Splender. Their rates are consistently better than Ebates, they pay me through Paypal, and everything appears to have tracked accurately so far. They've also got a referral program which has given me some extra cash for getting friends to join too.

Emily N.

Sunday 15th of November 2015

I usually check Mr Rebates, Swagbucks, and UPromise for rebates. UPromise applies my rebates directly to my student loans and doesn't make me wait to get to some minimum amount, which is nice, although they don't always have the highest reward. I've found Mr Rebates to generally be the highest of the three. I'm tempted to check out some of the others you mention, but I think I need to restrain myself. If I have too many rebate sites going, I'll never get to the point of being able to actually redeem from any of them!

Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving

Friday 13th of November 2015

Top Cash Back is my favorite site as well, but I do like Giving Assistant as well. I check the offers first to see which one is best!


Thursday 12th of November 2015

I like mypoints, as I don't buy a lot of stuff, and with mypoints, I've been able to earn a few hundred dollars in gift cards just by clicking on their link emails.

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