Rakuten: Get Cash Back When You Shop!

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Is it too soon to talk about shopping? I know many of us have had our fill of shopping with the holiday season so recently behind us, but some things we have to buy anyway, Christmas or not. Not to mention, there are lots of deals to be had this time of year. Check out Rakuten to earn rebates when you shop, it’s that easy.

What is Rakuten?

Rakuten is an awesome online shopping site that gives you cash back and rewards when you shop with them. Formerly known as Ebates, they were founded way back in 1998. There are currently over 750 stores to shop from, including Hudson’s Bay, Indigo.ca, Canadian Tire, Old Navy, and Sephora. Instead of shopping on the individual retailer’s websites, you shop with Rakuten. It’s very simple.

Why Shop This Way?

You get paid to shop for things you’re already buying. Why not get a rebate back? Plus, get a $30 Cash Bonus when you join today! There are no sign-up or membership fees to pay either.

How Do They get Paid?

It works by affiliate links. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know anything technological. Basically, the stores pay Rakuten for these links so you can experience one-stop shopping and get rewarded.

Rakuten gets paid, the stores get paid, and you get paid.

OMG, I sound like Oprah!

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Ebates for Online Shopping

Ebates for online shopping

Have you tried Ebates yet for online shopping?  It is a free website that actually pays you cash to shop.  Instead of points, you get a specific percentage of cashback with each purchase.  Different stores offer different percentages of cashback.   Unlike many other online shopping sites, Ebates included stores ship to Canada as well as to the USA. 

Participating stores include Old Navy, Amazon, Forever 21, Microsoft, Dyson, Lululemon, and many more. Over 750 stores to choose from, with many of your favourites included.

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What are you waiting for?  Try Ebates today, to finish (or start) your Christmas shopping.  Membership is free and easy to set up.

Update:

Ebates is now called Rakuten. The premise is the same as are the rewards. Basically, you get money back for buying things you may or may not need. Online shopping has become so convenient, especially with longstanding pandemic restrictions. It certainly doesn’t hurt when you are rewarded to shop with money back with every purchase.

Try it today to discover how easy it is to both spend and earn money. It seems counterintuitive, but if you limit your shopping to things you were planning to buy anyway, it makes sense to do so using a reward program like Rakuten.

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Online Shopping and Scams

Online Shopping and Scams

Online shopping is very common today due to its convenience and our hectic schedules.  The problem is, there are lots of companies out there just waiting for busy and unsuspecting people like you and I to fall for their scams.  These are companies that offer a “free trial” of a product for just the cost of shipping, often charge you for the full price of the product (megabucks) if you do not cancel within a few days of ordering.  Not a few days from receiving the product and giving it a try, but a few days after ordering, often before you even receive the product to try.  They count on that discrepancy in the time factor, hoping you won’t have time or forget to cancel.  If you do not cancel within the specified time frame, you will not have much luck getting your money back.

Other companies keep renewing your order automatically whether you need more products or not. Again, this should have been spelled out in the fine print of the original offer.  Beware, it can be difficult to cancel the order completely or control when the products are shipped.

I had an incident last week where I had tried to book my son’s drivers test online.  I went through the whole process, prepaid for his test with my visa, then received an email saying it could not be booked online.  I was advised I would be refunded the payment.  Three business days later I received a refund, but was charged ten dollars for a “cancellation fee.”

This list contains tips to (hopefully) prevent you from getting scammed when making online purchases:

  • read the fine print of any offer.  The details of the repeated/monthly payments are usually not visible front and center.
  • if an offer seems too good to be true, it generally is
  • consider a prepaid credit card for online purchases; refill it in small increments or just when you order something.   This is easy to do online.  That way the company you are purchasing from does not have your regular credit card number to make unauthorized, often repeated, transactions.
  • keep a close eye on your credit card statement.  This is easy to do these days with online accounts.  This is especially important since companies often have different names for payments on credit cards, making it difficult to keep track of your purchases and payments.
  • set up alerts on your credit card so you know immediately when they are used.  This can easily be done online as well.  Phone the fraud department of the credit card you use if you do not recognize a transaction.  They are generally pretty good at giving you details of the transaction, but more importantly, will cancel your card if you suspect fraud.
  • do your research before you purchase a product from a company you are unfamiliar with.  Thankfully modern technology has supplied us with access to complaints, scams, and other information about companies.
  • order from companies you know about or have heard about.  Some companies, like Rodan & Fields, for example, have consultants/team members to purchase from.  That way  you have recourse if something goes wrong with your order or your payment.

Online shopping is certainly convenient, but be aware of who you are dealing with.  Let me know of any tips you may have for online shopping safety.

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Get Help with Assignments

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College and university students struggling to get assignments completed and submitted on time can easily find help online these days.   Many times students are required to take courses they do not want to as part of their degree programs.  Many hours are spent trying to understand course material they are not interested in but must submit assignments for.  Math and science courses are the prime example of courses that some schools require even though the knowledge in these subjects is not necessary for many degrees. This seemingly unfair practice can often lead to frustration and stress, sometimes causing students to drop out of school.   Fortunately, in today’s computerized era, there are many experts available online to help students around the world with just about any subject.

Online experts offer high quality paper writing services on most school subjects at any grade level. These experts understand the quantity and quality of work that today’s students require keeping up with and successfully completing their studies.   The assistance provided by the degree holding experts found online is always professional, accurate, punctual, and confidential.  Assignment and homework experts offer online assistance twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Communication with them is typically open through email or live chat lines.   Many homework assistance and research paper writing services can be accessed around the world thanks to modern technology and computers.

Prices for assignment and homework experts are typically very reasonable, competitive and also very affordable.   Many secure payment options are available including the use of PayPal and most credit cards.  Some companies also offer special discounts to their repeat customers. One hundred percent satisfaction is usually guaranteed or any money paid is refunded in full.

Students at college and university are often short on time.  Research papers, assignments, and other forms of homework can take up many of their after class hours.   These stressful situations can be alleviated with online help provided by the use of assignment and homework experts.  Professional assistance from the qualified individuals of any assignment expert seems to be well worth the money spent.

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