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7 Cashback Shopping Sites That Will Save Your Christmas Spendings This Year

7 Cashback Shopping Sites That Will Save Your Christmas Spendings This Year

It is the holiday season, and we are all (already) overwhelmed with shopping for our loved ones. With not much time left in shopping season, getting the perfect gift can be both stressful and expensive.

Don’t fret. I’ve compiled a list of 8 cashback shopping sites for every kind of shopper. If you are anything like me, you like to save money whenever possible. So, below is a list of cash back shopping sites that will help ease the stress of holiday shopping, and save you money for years to come. Hack shopping this Holiday Season, and visit these websites for cash back. Happy shopping, my friends!

1. Active Junky

A Cashback Shopping Site for The Outdoorsy

If you love to climb, hike, ski, bike, and/or participate in any outdoor sports, then I’ve got an online shopping jackpot for you. Active Junky features cashback deals on major brands like Northface, Patagonia, Under Armor, Spy, Moosejaw, Nike, Teva, Cabela’s, and many more. You can even use their cashback shopping deals on websites like BackCountry.com & The Clymb–where you can save up to 70% off before cashback savings. One of the other nice things about Active Junky are their interactive Gear Guides and User Reviews. If you’re an outdoorsy person, you can’t afford to ignore Active Junky!

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    2. UPromise

    Cashback Shopping for College Education

    If you are a college student, why not get cash back towards college for your holiday and everyday online shopping. Here’s how, with Sallie Mae’s UPromise:

    3. SWAGBucks

    Search, Watch & Shop for Cashback

    SWAGBucks is cashback shopping on steroids. At SWAGBucks, you can earn “digital currency” (SWAGBucks) through a myriad of ways, including:

    1. Searching The Web (via SWAGBucks)
    2. Completing Surveys
    3. Shopping in the SWAGBucks Shop
    4. Voting in Daily Polls
    5. Playing Games (yes, games)
    6. Watching Videos
    7. Inviting Friends To Join
    8. Completing Special Offers

    SWAGBucks can then be converted at varying dollar values on your favorite online stores.

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      4. Coupon Cactus

      Coupons & Cashback

      One thing I like about websites like Coupon Cactus is that they offer more than one tool to save. This website features coupons (primarily from large companies), AND cashback offers on your purchase. Like most cashback shopping sites, Coupon Cactus gets paid a commission for every order you place and shares part of it with you. They are currently offering $3, just for signing up.

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        5. Lyoness

        A Global Cashback Shopping Site

        With merchants in over 45 countries, Lyoness is one of the most global cashback shopping sites online and features cashback deals from large companies and small companies. Their easy-to-use filtering system allows you to search by Location, Shopping Category, and even Cashback Type (Cashback Card, Gift Cards, Online Shopping, Mobile Gift Card, Gift Card Point of Sale).

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          6. Shop At Home

          For The Stay-At-Home Folks

          4,500,000+ Facebook fans will tell you, “Shop At Home” is a great site. What I love about Shop At Home is their focus on technology. Shop At Home has an app that features Mobile-Only deals + 100,000 coupons codes and exclusive cashback deals. You can download the app off their “About Page”.

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            7. eBates

            “The Walmart” of Cashback Shopping Sites

            While eBates may be “the Walmart” of cashback shopping sites, its sheer size enables them to feature some of the larger cashback offers that you will find online–i.e. deals currently featured range from 4% cash back to 45% back.

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              Are you a cashback shopping site, or do you know of any sites that I’ve missed? Comment (below) with your favorite websites for affordable shopping and cashback deals.

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              Published on May 7, 2019

              How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

              How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

              When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

              Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

              Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

              You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

              Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

              1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

              Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

              But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

              • Will you spend more time with your family?
              • What does retirement mean to you?
              • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

              Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

              Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

              2. Figure out When to Invest

              “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

              It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

              The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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              A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

              Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

              3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

              Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

              Why?

              Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

              Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

              Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

              Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

              4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

              Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

              If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

              You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

              1. Vanguard
              2. TD Ameritrade
              3. Charles Schwab

              5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

              Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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              Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

              That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

              Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

              A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

              6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

              The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

              Robo Advisors

              Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

              Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

              Bonds

              Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

              Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

              Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

              1. Treasury bonds
              2. Government bonds
              3. Corporate bonds
              4. Foreign bonds
              5. Mortgage-backed bonds
              6. Municipal bonds

              Mutual Funds

              Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

              One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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              Real Estate

              Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

              Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

              This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

              But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

              Savings Accounts

              Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

              7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

              Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

              So how can you master delayed gratification?

              By building your discipline.

              Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

              Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

              8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

              I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

              It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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              More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

              But, how can you invest yourself?

              Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

              Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

              But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

              Retire Happy with Excess Money

              The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

              It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

              I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

              Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

              One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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