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How to Earn 15% Cash Back This Week

Money Talks News logo Money Talks News 5/12/2021 MTN Staff
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If you buy anything online but aren’t earning cash back on it, now is an especially good time to join Rakuten.

The cash-back website is offering extra cash back — a whopping 15% — on purchases from hundreds of retailers and other merchants until May 17.

Just to name a few, the retailers and brands participating in this promotion include:

  • Adidas
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Calvin Klein
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Dell Outlet
  • Dermstore
  • Dyson
  • Fenty Beauty
  • Goop
  • J.C. Penney
  • Lands’ End
  • LensCrafters
  • Levi’s
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Men’s Wearhouse
  • Michael Kors
  • Nike
  • Office Depot and Office Max
  • Omaha Steaks
  • Pharmaca
  • Ray-Ban
  • Reebok
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Samsung
  • shopDisney
  • Under Armour
  • Walgreens

Plus, Rakuten is offering new members an extra-big welcome bonus until May 17 — $30 in cash.

Basically, if you sign up for Rakuten via this link by May 17 and then spend $30 via Rakuten within 90 days of signing up, the site will give you 30 bucks. That’s like getting paid to buy things you likely were going to buy anyhow.

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How Rakuten works

Rakuten, formerly known as Ebates, is a cash-back portal. By doing your online shopping through its website or app, or using its browser extension, you’ll earn cash back — during this promotion and in the future — on purchases from any of thousands of retailers and other merchants that partner with Rakuten.

How is that possible? It’s simple: Rakuten receives a commission from retailers for referring online shoppers to those retailers’ websites. Then, Rakuten shares that commission with shoppers.

It’s free to sign up for a Rakuten account, and it’s free to use the portal. To see an example of how Rakuten works, check out “If You’re Not Getting Cash Back When Shopping Online, Use This Trick.”

Rakuten is among the oldest and best-known cash-back portals, but it’s not the only one. Others include Drop, Ibotta, TopCashback and Swagbucks Shop.

Even if you already have a Rakuten account, you might want to check out other cash-back portals because different portals often offer different cash-back percentages for a given retailer.

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