It’s that time of year when lots of people are thinking about how to allocate funds for gifts. Between 4 fall birthdays + Diwali + Christmas, there’s a lot to plan for this time of year for us. And whether I’m planning physical gifts, experience gifts, or consumable gifts, I’m always happy to get a good deal to save money on gifts.
I’ve been using Rakuten for more than a decade, and it’s basically the easiest way to save money on gifts. Every time I make a purchase, I check on Rakuten to see if the store I’m shopping from is listed on there. (It almost always is, since there are thousands of stores on there like Walmart, Target, KiwiCo, Old Navy, Madewell, Mixbook, H&M, Zappos and many, many more.)
Plus, Rakuten is offering a $40 cash back bonus with this referral link for anyone who signs up and spends at least $40 within 90 days – meaning you essentially get a free $40 purchase! (It will only offer you $10 back if you go directly to the site instead of using this referral link.)
How to Use Rakuten
Using Rakuten is super simple. Here’s what to do to earn cash back on every purchase from a store listed on there.
- Go to Rakuten.com and sign up for an account. (Use this link to get $40 cash back if you spend $40 or more within 90 days of signing up.)
- Use the search bar at the top to find the store you need and click on it.
- Click on the “Shop Now” button on the store’s Rakuten page.
- Make your purchase as normal on the store’s website. Feel free to use any discount codes the store is offering at checkout.
- That’s it! You’ll automatically get a percentage cash back into your Rakuten account based on the percentage offered for the store. Rakuten will automatically send you that money every quarter. You’ll ALSO get $40 cash back if you spend $40 within 90 days of signing up. You can set up your preference for a check or PayPal in your Rakuten account.
How Does Rakuten Work? Do They Sell My Info?
Rakuten works based on a commission structure, just like any affiliate program. Basically stores are advertising on Rakuten to show up to more eyeballs. Rakuten then takes a cut of the purchase price as a fee for showing the store on their site, and passes on part of that cut to you. That’s it!
As I mentioned, I’ve used Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) for years and years. It’s always been safe, secure, simple, and I love getting money back. I can easily find discount codes on their site, and I get a percentage back to save up for holidays, to save money on gifts, or to use on anything else. It’s the best!
How Do I Get $40 Cash Back To Save Money on Gifts?
Rakuten is currently offering a special sign up bonus when you use this referral link. You get $40 cash back to your Rakuten account after making $40 worth of purchases within 90 days. This is on top of the percentage cash back.
Scenario 1: Keen Shoes for Under $5
All the details on how to grab this deal are here!
Scenario 2: KiwiCo 6-month Subscription
Say you’d like to purchase a 3-month subscription to KiwiCo. They have amazing STEM-based activity boxes from ages 0-adult. They’re so great for creative, independent play. They’re currently offering 15% on Rakuten.
You can go and sign up for Rakuten with this link to activate your $40 bonus. Then search for KiwiCo on the Rakuten account and click through. Add a 3-month subscription to your cart for a total of $69.85 + tax.
After your purchase, you’ll get your $40 bonus + 15% ($10.48) for a total of about $50.48. That means you’ll be paying about $19.37 + tax for your 3-month subscription, or about $6.46 per box!
Thousands of Stores on Rakuten
There are literally THOUSANDS of stores listed on Rakuten, so the options are endless to get a fantastic deal. It’s the easiest way to make purchases you were ALREADY planning to make, but just get free money back for making them. And it’s my favorite way to save money on gifts! Some with the extra cash back today include Ulta, Expedia, H&M, L.L.Bean, Boden, Gap, and more.
Be sure to sign up for your free $40 cash back while it’s available! Last year, it only lasted a couple weeks before they decreased the bonus amount so definitely go sign up while you can for the highest rebate they offer.