In a nutshell:
Shopping through cashback websites can save you money and here we’ll explain how:
- What are cashback shopping websites?
- Things to remember
- Which cashback website is best?
What is a cashback shopping website?
If you’re looking for ways to save money, shopping through cashback shopping websites is one of the simplest things you can do. You can potentially save hundreds of pounds a year.
Basically, cashback websites pay you (a percentage or set amount) as a thank you when you click through their website to retailers where you spend your money. The cashback site gets a commission from the retailer and they share some or all of that with you.
Typical cashback amounts range from 3.15% on M&S and Debenhams to a £7.35 one-off payment for your first online shop with Tesco.
Cashback websites will also highlight current discounts and sales on everything from mobile phones to household utilities. Sometimes you can get great low prices and still pocket some cashback, but always look for the best overall deal (e.g. 5% cashback on a £100 TV isn’t as good as £10 off).
Things to remember
Cashback payments are not guaranteed because the system for tracking payments is not fool proof. So don’t bank on them, until they’re in your account.
Make sure the cashback site is the last site you click before the retailer site where you’re making your purchase. You might also want to clear your cookies (little pieces of information which websites store to show you’ve used them, but can’t identify you personally). This can be done through your internet browser internet options or settings.
Most cashback sites provide a guide on how to increase your chances of tracking working properly and what to do if something doesn’t track.
Which cashback website is best?
It’s worth shopping around to find the best deal, but as time is hard to come by as a carer, it’s easier to choose one and stick with it.
Our top pick is www.topcashback.co.uk. It’s free to use, generally pays the best commissions and has the most positive customer feedback. Give it a go and you might be surprised by how much you save.