It’s that time of year again…back to school shopping! And lucky for those of us who shop online through a cashback program, our favorite cashback sites are offering increased rates and special promotions in order to get our business. And, as always, these cashback sites also provide coupon codes where available to lower your out-of-pocket cost. Here’s a quick look at who’s doing what:
MrRebates has the best back to school promotion going on right now, IMHO, with 250 stores offering increased cash back through August 25th, PLUS they’re giving away a free iPad Mini per day! No purchase is required, just click through to visit one of the stores in their Back to School promotion for a chance to instantly win. Standout merchants include: Dell at 5%, Foot Locker at 8%, and Shoebuy at 15%.
Ebates has a back to school promotion going through August 26th that increases their rates on 18 participating stores. Standout merchants include: 3% at Amazon in the categories of Textbooks and Luggage (including backpacks), 8% at JCPenney, and 6% at Macy’s.
FatWallet has a dozen stores offering extra cash back through August 26th. Standout merchants include: Walgreens at 8% and Lands’ End at 6% (the same rates as sister site Ebates, but with no minimum to cash out for PayPal vs. a $5.01 min. at Ebates) and Tommy Hilfiger at 8%.
Upromise has not yet started their Back to School promotion, but their Summer of Savings Calendar shows they’ll be “featuring” merchants in different back to school themes each week from 8/12 through 9/1. There’s no promise of increased cashback; in fact, only one of the merchants in their the current weekly “feature” of travel has a cashback increase. However, their everyday rate of 5% on Gap, Old Navy, and American Eagle is about double that of their competitors.
Memolink has a Back to School promotion going on with increased shopping rates (paid in points per dollar, versus % cashback) for around 40 merchants. Calculating their rates is tricky since they are a points-based program, but if you multiply the number of points per dollar times .000625 then move the decimal place over two, you’ll get a percentage equivalent. TBH, I wasn’t industrious enough to check more than a couple of rates, and the ones I did check were just average.
These were the only programs I checked that were offering Back to School increased cashback promos. If you know of any others, please leave a comment and let me know, and I’ll add them to the list!