I’ve been approached a zillion times to promote this or that company, many of which offer a “free” product if you pay $20 in shipping that takes 6 weeks to get to you. I have declined or been unresponsive to most and I’ve been hesitant and picky about those I picked to promote because for some reason y’all trust me and I take that seriously.
So when I saw Rakuten posted by an influencer, I first, thought he’d been hacked, and secondly approached it with suspicion. However, after I read a ton of reviews and did research, I found out it’s a legit site that can give you some pretty decent cash back on deals using the app or a browser extension for those on a compy.
Still cautious, I tried it myself before promoting it. I have been getting my rock climbing membership to Hangar 18 through Groupon for over a year, and it was time to renew. All I did was log into the Rakuten app, click on the Groupon offer to “activate” it, find my gym membership and buy as I normally would.
Because I am a new user, I got $10 back for my first purchase of $25 (or more), and another $4.24 as a “rebate” on top of that. Then, at the end of the month $14.24 showed up in my Paypal account. This means my $52 membership only actually cost me $38.
Hand to God, that is exactly how it happened. So. Here we are.
Besides Groupon, there are a ton of other companies you can use, including Amazon, Backcountry, Booking.com, Disney, Walgreens… the list goes on. Some stores will offer double cash back–for example, as I write this, Backcountry is giving 8% back. There are some companies where you can use the app in store and get cash back there, too.
A couple of things I’ve learned with the people I’ve referred so far:
- You have to purchase $25 or more to get the $10 initial cash back
- It can take a few days for the rebate to show, but if it does not you can put your order number into the app to check on it
- You have to access the store through the app for it to work
Hiking gear and outdoor activities can become super expensive, so any little bit helps. Like I said, I wouldn’t be promoting it it if it didn’t work. Here’s my referral link you decide to try it out!