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The Best Online Shopping Hacks

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Jordan Hinsch
Jordan Hinsch
 2021-05-11

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The Best Online Shopping HacksJordan Hinsch

There's nothing I love more than a good shopping hack. Actually, there are many things that I love more, but it's still fun knowing you're maximizing your spending.

This is a list of the best apps and browser extensions to help give you the ultimate discount and cash back on your purchases.

Beginner Tips:

  • Use Google Chrome or Brave Browser for the best optimization.
  • Turn your browser's Ad Blocker off while shopping. If it's on, your extensions won't work.


Rakuten

  • What is it? Cash Back from tracking via browser extension.
  • How do you get paid? In US Dollars via check or paypal.
  • Is there an App? Yes
  • Sign-Up Bonus: $10

I've used Rakuten (formerly Ebates) for 6 years now and it's a perfect shopping companion. They're also one of the few, if not the only shopping software to offer occasional cash back at Amazon.com. Wow.

Open an account here and get your $25 bonus.

Ultimate Hack: Use this with your credit/debit card linked to PEI at one of their participating merchants to receive cash back in Bitcoin and also Rakuten's cash back.

Capital One Shopping

  • What is it? Cash back, coupons, and "best price tracking" via browser extension.
  • How do you get paid? You can redeem cash back for products.
  • Is there an App? Yes

I don't even know how or when I downloaded this, but it's saved me more than any other shopping software. It has two great features:

  • It integrates with Amazon, so you know before you add an item to your cart if it's actually the best price. Amazon doesn't dominate every product category, so I highly recommend this extension.
  • If you reach a checkout with an option to apply a promo code or coupon (most e-commerce sites have this) the Capital One Shopping software will bring up a list of available coupons and code and automatically input them for you. Sometimes it will try 20+ codes! It will then let you know which one is valid. Another great tool which has saved me quite a bit.

Open an account here.

Ultimate Hack: Use this with your credit/debit card linked to PEI at one of their participating merchants to receive cash back in Bitcoin and Capital One shopping's cash back.

Swagbucks

  • What is it? Cash Back from tracking via browser extension.
  • How do you get paid? You receive Swagbucks with each qualifying purchase. These can be redeemed for gift cards.
  • Is there an App? Yes
  • Sign-Up Bonus: 300 Swagbucks

Open an account here.

Ultimate Hack: Use this with your credit/debit card linked to PEI at one of their participating merchants to receive cash back in Bitcoin and Swagbuck's cash back.

PEI

  • What is it? Cash Back tired to credit and debit cards & tracking via browser extension.
  • How do you get paid? In Bitcoin or US Dollars. After each qualifying purchase, you'll receive points. Set it and forget it.
  • Is there an App? Yes
  • Sign-Up Bonus: $5

Open an account here and claim your $5 after your first transaction.

Lolli

  • What is it? Cash Back from tracking via browser extension.
  • How do you get paid? In Bitcoin or US Dollars. After each qualifying purchase, you'll receive satoshis.
  • Is there an App? Yes

Open an account here.

Ultimate Hack: Use this with your credit/debit card linked to PEI at one of their participating merchants to receive cash back in Bitcoin and Lolli's cash back...also in Bitcoin.

Honey

  • What is it? Coupons and cash back via browser extension.
  • How do you get paid? You can redeem cash back for gift cards.
  • Is there an App? Yes

Open an account here.

Ultimate Hack: Use this with your credit/debit card linked to PEI at one of their participating merchants to receive cash back in Bitcoin and also Honey's cash back.

Bonus

Combine these shopping programs with these credit and debit cards to further maximize:

Fold

The Fold Card is a debit card which allows you to earn cash back in Bitcoin. They also have an app which lets you spin a wheel every day to earn free Bitcoin, even if you don't have the debit card.

Card Usage Tips: To maximize cash back, buy the gift cards available in the app. Buy them with the Fold Card.

Future Ultimate Hack: Plaid is the financial services company which powers PEI. Fold has yet to be added to Plaid, but once it's available, it'll be the ultimate combination for Bitcoin rewards.

Download the Fold app here to get started.

Amazon Prime Card

"I don't shop on Amazon" - said no one, ever.

If you're reading this, you probably have Amazon Prime, but you may not know of a budget-changing credit card called the Amazon Prime Credit Card. It's a Visa Signature card backed by Chase and it's the best for those who buy most of their goods from Amazon. 5% cash back on all Amazon purchases. Oh and there's no annual fee if you're a Prime customer.

Ultimate Hack: Use this at non-Amazon venues with PEI to receive cash back in Bitcoin and Amazon rewards. Mind blown.

Apply for the Amazon Prime Card here.

Double Bonus

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