I hate shopping.
So I cheat a bit. I buy online. That makes it a bit less painful.
But even when I shop online, I think it’s only fair that I get something in return for my troubles.
That’s why I love cashback websites such as Quidco and TopCashBack.
They give me some money back on my shopping.
But it’s not like at the Supermarket when they ask if you want some cash back – but end up taking it out of your bank account.
Nope. This genuinely is money given back to you.
Too good to be true?
Haha! You’re getting as sceptical as me!
Give me an example, David!
Last week, I booked a hotel for a short break with my wife in a few months time.
But instead of going directly to the hotel’s website, I went via Quidco.
And got us a nice £8.49 cashback from Quidco.
When we booked our cruise, Quidco gave us a healthy 4% cashback on the price of the cruise.
One year, when insurance renewal time arrived and we shopped around, we came across a better quote from a different insurance company. On top of that, this company were offering £80 cashback simply for buying through Quidco. Too good an offer to refuse!
So how do you get cashback?
- Pick a cashback website.
- Create an account.
- Whenever you buy something on the internet, don’t go directly to the online shop. Instead, go via the Cashback Site.
The Cashback site will track your purchase, claim some commission from the retailer, and then share it with you.
Do Cashback sites really work?
They work well for us.
We consider ourselves to be quite frugal.
But by simply purchasing via Quidco, since we joined in in 2008 we’ve earned £865.13.
Simply by shopping.
That’s not bad for someone who hates shopping, is it?
What do you use the cashback for?
You can use it for whatever you like.
Here’s one thing we did.
When it came time to change our TV, the cashback meant we could get our new TV for free (you can read about that in this blog post).
All we did was press the button, and Quidco sent it to us.
Now let’s get some things straight here…
- It isn’t a real button. It’s something you click with a mouse.
- Quidco didn’t send us a stash of 20-pound notes. They transferred it into our bank account.
But it was real money.
And we did spend it.
How do I join a Cashback programme?
If you want to join Quidco, here’s where you can find them.
Just to be transparent, that link is my refer-a-friend link, which means Quidco will credit me with £2.50 if you join up and start spending (but don’t worry – it doesn’t come out of your earned cashback).
If you want to join TopCashBack, here’s the link for that.
That’s also a refer-a-friend link. And at the time of writing, there’s a gift card in it for you if you join via my link (but I’d recommend you check that’s still a valid offer so you aren’t disappointed).
Why should I join a cashback scheme?
That’s easy to answer.
If you’re like me, and you dislike shopping, you might as well get something for your hard work every time you buy something.
It’s like someone throwing free money at you.
You can thank me for telling you about it when you invite me round to look at your new 65-inch HD 4K TV…
Which you paid for with Cashback!