Life Hack: Make Money by Shopping Online

Life Hack: Make Money by Shopping Online


If you do a lot of shopping online, and you aren’t using Rakuten, you are missing out on easy money.

Is this legit or is Rakuten a scam?

Rakuten (formally known as EBATES) is a great online shopping tool that will give you cash back for certain purchase from certain brands.

Large brand names such as Target, Walmart, Kohls, Best Buy & 100s of other retailers pay Rakuten to send them customers and in return Rakuten gives you rewards. Use this when you’re booking travel, doing holiday shopping, or purchasing supplies for your business. You’d be surprised what companies will give you cash back!

As of Feb 2021, I’ve made $755.70 from Rakuten.

In this blog I’ll walk you through getting setup with them. You can also watch the video at the bottom to see it in action.

1. Create an Account

Visit and sign up.

When you sign up, you can pick either a $10 Walmart Gift Card or a $10 Rakuten Cash Bonus. They pay quarterly via PayPal so if you go that route it will sit in your account until pay day.

The links in this post are connected to my referral account, but if you wanted to give the credit to your friends or fam, simply click “did someone refer you?” under the “Join now” and put their email in!

2. Install the Rakuten Browser Extension

Once your account is setup, go here & install the button! This will make getting cash back quicker. Anytime you visit a site and it will give you cash back, it just slides on in and will let you know what you can/cannot get cash back on.

3. Do Some Shopping!

Once you have your account setup & your button installed, you’re ready to rock! You can either go to and view all the specials there on the homepage or as you visit certain sites, wait and see if the Rakuten button shows up. If it does, make sure to Activate Cash Back!

Once you make a purchase, you should get a notification from Rakuten within the next 24-48 hours confirming that you earned cash back.

I use Rakuten whenever I’m booking flights, hotels, doing holiday shopping, and buying items for clients.

Another easy way to make money through Rakuten is to share it with your friends! For every referral who signs up & spends $20, you’ll get $20, plus they get a $20 sign on bonus! It’s a win for everyone!

4. Don’t forget to Let Rakuten Know How to Pay You

Rakuten pays every quarter. Don’t forget to fill in all your account details so they know where & how to pay you!

It’s that easy.

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Heart-Centered Solopreneur • Design & Brand Strategist • Lover of Plants, Coffee, and Mother of Backyard Chickens