Cashback sites Cashback sites: How to earn extra cash
The amount of money you can make from cashback websites largely depends on how many products you buy through them.
However, there are a number of actions you can take to maximise your income from these websites without having to spend any extra cash.
Get your friends to sign up
Many cashback sites will give you a bonus if you refer them to a friend.
Do this by sending an email using the website's dedicated referrals page. The email will contain a link to the cashback site with a personalised referral code to confirm that it was you who gave the recommendation.
Typically, you won't get the bonus until your friends earn a certain amount of cashback themselves, so it's worth encouraging them to shop after they've joined.
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Make use of freebies
Both of the major cashback websites - Quidco and TopCashback - include offers which allow you to make money for free.
You can earn free cashback by completing surveys, getting quotes from price comparison websites or entering prize draws.
The rewards offered are rarely astounding but can be worth making use of if you have a few minutes to spare.
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Earn cashback on the high street
You can earn cashback on high street purchases by registering your debit card or credit card on the Quidco website.
Do this and you will automatically receive cashback on purchases with retailers that have struck a deal with Quidco, providing you use the registered card to pay for your goods.
TopCashback also allow you to collect in-store cashback at certain high street retailers via their smartphone app. The app provides digital vouchers which you can show the cashier to secure a discount. It also allows you to upload photos of receipts so you can earn cashback on certain groceries and high street purchases.
Think outside the box
It's not just everyday purchases that can earn you cashback. The real windfalls can come when you’re signing up to a service for a period of months or years.
If you’re signing up to a new broadband or phone contract, a quick check of a few cashback sites could see you earning hundreds of pounds. It's worth checking whether credit card, insurance or mobile phone providers are registered on cashback sites before locking yourself into a contract with them too.
You can also earn a fair chunk of money by booking your holiday through a cashback site. It's possible to get a great deal on flights and hotels as well as extras such as car hire, travel insurance and airport car parking.
Use cashback credit cards
You can earn an extra bonus on your online purchases by paying for your goods with a cashback credit card.
The best credit cards on the market will pay up to 5% of all spending back to customers, on top of the discount offered by cashback sites.
The Which? credit card comparison tables let you search all available cards from all available providers to choose the best deals based on quality of service as well as cost and benefits.
To avoid interest payments, make sure you pay off your balance in full at the end of the month.
You can compare cashback credit cards and see how they perform for customer service as well as rates with Which? Money Compare.
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