OK, OK…it’s not that simple. You have to make an account first, then you click a button!
Seriously. I’m not joking. That’s it. Free money (normally 1-10% cash back).
Got something you want to buy on the internet? Follow these steps and you can get a portion of the payment rebated to you:
- Go to BigCrumbs
- Make an account (need an email address / PayPal account)
- Search for a store
- Click on the affiliate link to the store
- Buy something on the website, check out like normal (don’t close the window until you’ve checked out!)
In a few weeks, you’ll see money transferred to your Paypal account (once they’ve made sure you didn’t return it / they get paid themselves through the website you’re buying from). These companies are essentially sharing the referral proceeds with you!
I don’t know how long this is going to last, but “affiliate” websites like BigCrumbs have been around for a looong time (at least for the past 5-6 years; ancient in internet years)! However, this site gives really good rates, and they give you CrumbShares (which at like a share in the company). If they get bought out by another company, they’ll give you a portion of the proceeds! How cool is that?
Here’s an example, let’s say you wanted to buy something from Target.com. Simply search for “target” on the site, and you will be presented with an affiliate link. Click on it and checkout and pay (again, make sure you don’t close the window!):
Sometimes the rebate will be up to a certain dollar amount, sometimes it is a percentage. In this case, if you shop at Target, you can get up to 3.5% cash back. FOR DOING NOTHING!
So, seriously…again, that’s it. You get paid for doing normal shopping. Stack that with normal rewards points by paying with a credit card, and you’ll end up getting a decent % of the cost of the item rebated!
Why do companies do this? Beats me…weren’t you going to buy that thing-a-ma-bob even if I didn’t tell you about it? I suppose they believe the content on their site will yield you to buy things you normally wouldn’t. Don’t do that. Just shop like you’d normally would, and check one of the sites I mentioned above and see how much cash back they’ll give you. I would recommend signing up for the big three: BigCrumbs, eBates, and Fatwallet, and comparing the cash back yields. Again, my favorite is BigCrumbs, merely because they give you a share of the company with every purchase!
One caveat: You should always check to see if there’s a coupon available, but depending on the company you’re buying from, doing so may void your ability to get a rebate! So you need to compare the coupon you’re getting with what the rebate yield would be. Make sense?
If not, ask away in the comments below! I hope I just blew your mind.