Money Monday: Cashback Catchup – how much have I earnt?

At Christmas, I wrote about cash back sites in my list Getting Paid To Shop Online. It was hugely popular with lots of my friends finding a new income stream so I thought I’d have a little revisit 6 months later on to tell you about my progress and share my tips with you.

You’re all probably thinking HURRY UP and get to the good stuff Zoe, HOW MUCH ARE YOU MAKING? Well, in my first 6 months I’ve managed to make an extra 40 quid, by doing nothing except clicking a link before I shop.

Rewind for a second – For those of you who didn’t read the post and can’t be arsed to, here’s a summary. 

Create an account and every time you want to shop online, you access the site from a link on your cash back website. This then records the visit, tracks the purchase you make and pays you a percentage of what you spent!

So what have I learnt?

  • Don’t forget about it! This is the hard one – I’ve probably got £300 of spend at ASOS where I forgot to buy through the cashback website and instead went directly to the website. (I blame the daily emails which have SHOP NOW! links everywhere and I’m like HOKAI.)

  • Be prepared to wait, it takes about 2 months for cash to be available so it’s not a regular income stream, I aim to take out cash every 6 months.

  • Cashback can be given on a range of things – not just shopping, we’re talking mobile phone contracts, energy suppliers, holidays – it always pays to check. I got an extra £20 cash bonus signing up to a credit card provider which I was going to do anyway!

Once you get going on it, it really does get easier. It may seem tedious at first when you’re getting like 90p back on a pair of shoes that you bought but as you can see – it does add up (and would have been a lot more if i’d remembered to use it!) 

In a time where a lot of us are trying to cut costs where we can, we have to remember, it’s also about finding the income where you can too. And I’ve earnt myself £40 just by doing not much more than I already do. 

So if you’re interested in joining – heeeere’s my referral link at TopCashback – naturally they offer a nice cash reward for any referrals I make. Feed the machine!  

Do any of you use cashback sites? What are the best and worst parts of using them?

 How do you remind yourself to use them??


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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. hannah
    July 29, 2013 / 7:05 am

    Great post! I thoroughly recommend people use cashback sites too, I use Quidco and seriously have earnt so much through it. Both my mum & I use my Quidco, and my mum used it all through decorating her home so that meant LOTS of cashback. A couple of months ago I got £80 cashback for upgrading my mobile phone contract (which I was going to do anyway). It does seem tedious at times, but no matter how small the amount may seem, the pennies do add up and it is always worth doing. That being said, I am so useless sometimes at remembering to click through Quidco rather than go directly to the site – and my main downfall for that is Asos too! xx

    • Zoe Dubs
      July 29, 2013 / 10:55 am

      Fab comment, thanks hannah! £80 for upgrading – amazing! x

  2. Dawid Anioł
    July 29, 2013 / 4:49 pm

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  3. Yomi
    July 29, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    That sounds like something great!Would you like to follow each other on Bloglovin and GFC? Take a look into my blog and let me know!

  4. Becky Smith
    July 30, 2013 / 1:39 am

    I love cashback! I use Quidco, some retailers are a little slow (did I just say a little slow? Er, Dorothy Perkins *cough* a year and a half *cough*) but some are amazingly fast, like The Body Shop. I've saved on all sorts including £40 back on my car insurance and £20 back on my breakdown cover. I would definitely recommend signing up to a cashback site and make sure you check every shop/bank/insurance/food etc website before you use it because it's surprising how many different sites offer cashback x Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    • Zoe Dubs
      August 3, 2013 / 11:57 am

      A year and a half?!! Wow. Definitely need to remember this when I renew all my insurance x

    • Zoe Dubs
      August 3, 2013 / 11:57 am

      Thanks for your comment Cheyenne x

  5. Anonymous
    August 4, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Hey Zoe,Just want to say a massive THANK YOU for posting this. Thought I'd sign up on a whim and I remembered to use topcashback to book my holiday to Hong Kong. Didn't think much of the amount of cashback I would receive so got a lovely surprise when I was told I've earnt £100+. That'll be all going on make-up in HK!Thank you again. Sam p.s, love your blog 🙂

    • Zoe Dubs
      August 5, 2013 / 10:50 am

      Woweeee £100+! Nice one, hope you get to spend it on lots more treats which earn you cash! x

  6. Free Quidco Topcashback
    November 19, 2013 / 1:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I too love cashback sites, I use Quidco and have made about £500 pretty quickly. There is over £100 to be easily made and takes you around 1 hour. I have details on my blog of how I did this.