7 Ways To Earn The Most Cashback With Rakuten

Online shopping. We all do it sometimes, some of us more than others (me!). It’s easy and helps us avoid traffic, crowds, and having to get out of bed and get dressed. Plus we can get some good deals by using rewards apps.

There is one app I found that helps me to save money on the online purchases I make. That app is called Rakuten

When I first heard about Rakuten I thought it was a huge scam. So it took me a while and a lot of research to finally give in and sign up to give it a try. I was a bit hesitant at first so I didn’t use it as much as I should have so I have missed out on earning as much cashback as I could have. Once I realized what I was missing out on I now don’t buy anything online without it.

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What is Rakuten?

Rakuten is a cashback app or rewards program that pays you for shopping with certain retailers. Rakuten gets a commission on the purchases made through their portal and they share a portion of the commission with the purchaser.

I know, I know, it sounds too good to be true but it’s not. As of the writing of this post, I’ve earned a little over $100 in cashback. That’s $100 back in my pocket.

The cashback amounts vary by store and if Rakuten is having a double or triple cashback event for select stores. Most of the stores I shop at typically earn me 1-3% cashback on my purchases. While it doesn’t seem like a lot, it does add up for larger purchases (of which mine typically aren’t).

How to sign up

Getting started is really easy and only takes a few minutes. You can either sign up online at rakuten.com or you can download the Rakuten app.

If you use my referral link you may receive a cash bonus.

Once you’re all signed up that is when the fun really begins and you can start earning your cashback. As I mentioned I’ve been using Rakuten for several years and have learned how to better maximize the cashback that I earn.

1. Use the shopping assistant

Rakuten has a great browser extension that you can add to your browser so when you shop via your computer it alerts you if cashback is available for that site and how much. If you want to earn the cashback all you have to do is activate it all without leaving the shopping site and you’re all set!

2. Download the app

If you prefer shopping via your phone you’ll want to download the app and use it to activate the cashback offers for the online stores you want to shop at.

3. Get in-store cashback

Yes, Rakuten also offers the opportunity to earn cash-back on in-store purchases. The brands offering in-store cashback tend to vary so you’ll want to check this list before you head out to the store.

To earn in-store cashback you’ll need to do a few things
  • Link a credit card to Rakuten
  • Select the offers you want and activate them (one thing to note is these linked offers are valid for one purchase only so to make multiple purchases at the store you’ll have to relink the offer)
  • Use the linked card when doing your shopping

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4. Shop when there’s double cashback

Throughout the year Rakuten offers double cashback on some stores. I’ve seen cashback amounts up to 12% for some stores. It looks like the stores are rotated on a consistent basis so if there’s a store on the double cashback list that you were thinking of shopping at you may want to hop on it sooner than later or you may miss out.

5. Buy online and do store pickup

I’ve done this a few times. There’s something I want to receive immediately but also want to earn the cashback so I do my purchase online and select the pickup option for the store.

6. Purchase gift cards

Yes, even I didn’t realize this. You can buy gift cards to some stores and get cashback! Rakuten even has a whole page showing which stores you can do this with.

7. Get referrals

Everyone who has an account with Rakuten has the opportunity to earn some money when you get family, friends, and others to sign up for Rakuten using your referral link or code and make a purchase.

I’ve seen some people have been able to rack up a lot of extra cash doing that by sharing their link on their social profiles. I have not been one of them.


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