Save and earn money while you shop

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Do you enjoy shopping? 

Do you enjoy saving your money?  

Would you enjoy getting paid to shop? 

Want to get rewarded for window shopping? 

Good news! Two user-friendly apps have made all of these possible. 

The app Rakuten Ebates is a cashback app that allows you to earn a portion of what you spend back. All you have to do is download the app, create an account, pick what stores you want to shop from the homepage and start shopping. Each website lists how much cashback you can earn when you shop online or in-stores. 

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Online shoppers, for example: if you shop on Amazon, Ebates offers up to 5 percent cash back if you shop through their website on select items. 

If you are shopping in store, you can still earn cashback from participating retailers. All you have to do is link a credit card to your Ebates account. Then, when you swipe it in store, the cashback will show up in your account. 

If you do a majority of your shopping online, especially with the holiday season coming up, I strongly suggest checking out Ebates. It’s free to sign up and when you do, you can refer a friend to earn an easy $25 cash back! 

The next app is for my window shoppers. The app Shopkick gives you points, or kicks, for simply walking into a store. Shopkick does not offer cashback; however, it does offer gift cards up to $100 to a wide variety of stores and restaurants for the amount of kicks you earn. 

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Earning kicks is easy. Walking into a store listed on Shopkick earns you kicks, but you can also earn more kicks while you’re in the store. Each store lists items for you to scan. Once you scan, you can gain kicks, and if you scan all the items on the scan list you can earn extra kicks. 

You can also earn kicks by linking a credit card to your account. When you make a purchase from the stores listed on Shopkick, you can earn a certain number of points for every dollar spent. 

Some stores listed on Shopkick include Target, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Meijer, Walmart, Best Buy and many more!

You can even earn kicks daily by sitting at home. All you have to do is watch short 30-60 second videos to earn up to 1-3 kicks per video.

To get you started, use my code DEAL992555 when you sign up and earn a free 250 kicks when you walk into your first store within 7 days of signing up.  

Both Rakuten Ebates and Shopkick are free on the App store and Google Play to download. Download now and start saving!

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Nicole Losek
Nicole is in her final semester here at UMD. She'll be graduating in December with a major in Journalism and a double minor in Communications and Psychology. She started at the Michigan Journal during her junior year as the A&E editor and has held different editor positions, and now writes as a staff writer for the A&E section. She likes to write about fashion and runs her own fashion blog, "not your average." Check her out on Instagram and LinkedIn: