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50 Things You Never Knew You Could Get Cash Back For

50 Things You Never Knew You Could Get Cash Back For

The Internet has certainly changed the way we shop. These days, you can order a new Smart TV, crockpot, or Stephen King bestseller all from the comfort of your own home. Window shop in your PJs and before you know it, your items are delivered right to your door.

Convenient? You bet. But did you know it can also save you money in the process? That’s right, if you use a free cashback site like TopCashback.com, you can earn money back every time you shop.

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With over 4,000 popular merchants available, from Walmart to Saks Fifth Avenue, there are plenty of regular everyday purchases just waiting for you. In fact, we’ve put together a list of 50 things you never knew you could get cash back for!

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  1. Love – Money can’t buy you love, but love can get you money! Sign up for a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month subscription to eHarmony and you can find romance for less.
  2. Babysitters – Finally you can paint the town red again! Find the best sitters and care providers in the biz all while earning cash back at sites like Care.com.
  3. Weight Watchers – Lose weight everywhere but your wallet (because it’ll be stuffed with all that extra money!) when you sign up for a new subscription at Weight Watchers.
  4. Your Next Job – Post or hunt for your next job opportunity via Monster or The Ladders. Search resumes or get help putting yours together for less.
  5. Gift cards – Make cash back on cash? Pretty impressive. Use sites like Raise or GiftCardMall to buy and sell your gift cards.
  6. Airport Parking Reservations – Spend that cash back at your destination rather than paying for parking. Get big discounts on reservations made at Airport Parking Reservations, Park N’ Fly, and Looking 4 Parking.
  7. Email – Services like iContact are great for bloggers and entrepreneurs looking to connect with their customers. Just sign up for a paid account after a free trial to earn cash back.
  8. Online Education – Learning can be quite rewarding! Take an online class in yoga, programming, language, and hundreds more to earn cash back from Udemy.
  9. Nursing Scrubs – Yep, you can earn cash back for workwear from Scrubs & Beyond and ScrubShopper.
  10. SeaWorld Parks – From animals to rollercoasters, your family will have fun in the sun while your wallet earns cash back after booking your SeaWorld parks experience online.
  11. Cell Phone Cases – Sites like Otterbox don’t just offer phone and tablet cases to protect your devices, they also give you cash back.
  12. Anti-Virus Software – Nothing makes you feel more helpless than losing control of your computer. Luckily, anti-virus software like Malwarebytes, AVG, Norton, and Kaspersky can not only help you recover control, but earn extra cash back too!
  13. Edible Arrangements – Need a delicious, nutritious way to celebrate or say thanks? Forget the flowers and send an unforgettable gift via Edible Arrangements instead.
  14. Tires – They’re probably the absolute last thing you ever want to spend money on, so spend less! Browse cash back offers from The Tire Rack, Walmart, and Discount Tire.
  15. Streaming Movies – Cuddle up on the couch with some popcorn and a good movie rental from Fandango NOW or Amazon Prime instant Video while earning cash back.
  16. Learning Foreign LanguagesHablas cash back? You soon will. Get a discount on Rosetta Stone Language Software and/or learn the Pimsleur Method™, both at big discounts.
  17. Taxes – Turn a wise financial move into a wiser one with cash back from H&R Block, Intuit, and Liberty Tax Service.
  18. Beautiful Skin – Pamper yourself and save while you do it. Earn money back while shopping at top beauty brands like Murad, Clinique, Estee Lauder, plus online stores that sell popular brands like Sephora, Skinstore, and Dermstore.
  19. 20/20 Vision – You can’t put a price on good eyesight, but you can get cash back for it at least. Get discounts on brand name contact lenses and eyeglasses from Vision Direct, EyeGlasses.com, and Frames Direct.
  20. Memory & Drives – Ah, the necessities of modern life. Look for exceptional deals when you use coupons plus cash back at stores like Newegg, Best Buy, and Microsoft Store.
  21. Clown Wigs – Hey, you never know when you’ll need one. Halloween Mall, HalloweenCostumes.com, and Wholesale Halloween Costumes all stock wigs and offer seasonal discounts.
  22. A Lovely Cup of Tea – Hit the spot with some amazing offers from Teavana and Starbucks.
  23. Warehouse Memberships – Sure, you can’t enjoy all those free food samples when you shop online, but you can enjoy some sweet cash back rewards when you shop or purchase a membership for Sam’s Club.
  24. The Perfect Little Black Dress – And shoes to go with it! Try fashion brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus for an elegant piece at a price point you can swallow.
  25. Sneakers – For fitness or comfort, sneaks can’t be beat. Look for cash back offers from popular brands like Footlocker, Puma, Adidas, LadyFootlocker, and Shoebuy.
  26. Turning Back the Clock – Anti-aging skincare products can be yours for less from brands like La Mer, Avon, and Elizabeth Arden.
  27. Groupons – Already a great deal, made even sweeter with cash back! Get cash back when purchasing Groupon goods, local products, and services.
  28. A Weekend Getaway – A change of scenery, for less. Book a stay through one of the hundreds of popular travel brands offered, including Intercontinental Hotels Group, Marriott, DoubleTree, Hilton, and Hotels.com.
  29. A Loan – Get a pile of much-needed cash, and cash back on top of it, from companies that offer loans and loan-assistance tools, like FlexShopper, CashNetUSA, and MyFico.
  30. Subscription Boxes – Treat yourself to a monthly subscription box (and get some cash back!) with the likes of Birchbox, Wantable, or Gwynnie Bee.
  31. Power Tools – Improve your home with loads of tools from stores like True Value, Lowes, Sears, and eBay.
  32. Vitamins & Protein Powders – For your physical and financial well being, shop brands like GNC, BodyBuilding.com, Puritan’s Pride, and Vitacost to keep your body and your budget at its finest.
  33. Board Games – From Candy Land to Monopoly, snag your favorites for Family Game Night at stores like Toys“R”Us, Walmart, and Target.
  34. Dog Toys – Fido’s been so good lately. Reward him with a squeaky toy and yourself with cash back on purchases at PETCO and PetSmart.
  35. Onesies & Bibs – Everything you need for the cute little ones in your life can sure stack up in cost. Where babies are concerned, every penny saved counts. So earn cash back on newborn essentials from stores like Carters, Zulily, and The Children’s Place.
  36. Car Rental – Road trip! Whether for work or play, hit the road for some cash back from Hertz, National, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
  37. Spurs & Ostrich Boots – Get your Western Wear for less when you buy your cowboy boots, hats, jeans, and more from Shepler.
  38. Movie Night – Take the family to the multiplex for less when you buy your tickets from Movietickets.com. Eat popcorn and earn a nice cash back rebate, all thanks to sites like The Popcorn Factory.
  39. That Perfect Shade of Red – Look like a million bucks and still get cash back on cosmetics from Sephora, Beauty.com, and e.l.f. cosmetics.
  40. Surround Sound – Music to your ears, for less. Snag all the latest electronics and listen to your tunes from gear purchased at stores like Best Buy, Walmart, and Newegg.
  41. Travel Essentials – Pack up extra discounts on travel necessities from merchants like Tumi, Samsonite, and eBay.
  42. Pet Health Insurance – Keep Fluffy in the best of health without taking out a second mortgage when you secure pet insurance from companies like PetPlan Pet Insurance and Pet Plus.
  43. Cameras – Take photographs like a pro with top brands from Canon, Adorama, and QVC.
  44. Menswear Suits – Look like a million bucks without spending it. The iconic look of a Brooks Brother suit can be yours now with cash back rewards.
  45. Holistic Care – Take care of yourself, be it allergies, energy, cleansing, or detox, and earn a healthy dose of cash back earnings from Natural Wellbeing.
  46. Gift Baskets – Say thank you or celebrate an event with a gift basket or bouquet from merchants like 1-800 Flowers, Harry & David, and Giftbaskets.com.
  47. Cruises – Sail off into the sunset on a vacation booked at Orbitz, Expedia, or CruiseDirect.
  48. Mixers, Keurigs, and Spiralizers, Oh, My! – Get cooking and find the things you never knew you needed at retailers like Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s, Kmart, and Crate and Barrel.
  49. Smart Phones – Time for an upgrade? Get money back for purchases and new activations at T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless, Verizon, and more.
  50. Cable TV – You want your MTV? You got it! Earn some pretty big cash back rewards when you sign up for a new activation with AT&T TV, DirecT, or the DISH networks.

This list of 50 is just the tip of the iceberg. You can earn cash back for just about anything you need to buy (heck, maybe even an iceberg!). Search TopCashback.com now and start saving.

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How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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