Is Rakuten Worth It?
How does Rakuten work?
Are you planning to do shopping online this year? I know that a lot of us will be going that route, because of the pandemic.
And, if you have social anxiety, going out to shop in stores may be doubly stressful this year. While I’m all about facing your fears, there’s also something to be said for conserving your energy.
If going to Costco gives you a panic attack, why not just order online? Save up your social energy for things that matter most.
If you will be doing holiday shopping online, you need to know about a service called Rakuten!
I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’ve known about Rakuten (formerly called Ebates) for a while. But before I tried it, I thought it was going to require more of my time than it was worth.
So, I took the advice of a blogger friend and decided to check it out for you.
What I discovered is that it’s as simple as taking one extra step before you make your online purchase.
If the thought of standing in line at stores is already off-putting to you, the chance to actually SAVE MONEY by shopping at home should be what seals the deal!
Again, I’m not saying that if you have a fear of shopping that you shouldn’t work on that. My ultimate goal is for everyone to feel comfortable doing what they really want to do.
But if feeling comfortable at a store is not high on your priority list right now, I think online shopping (with incentives!) is perfectly reasonable!
This is why I think you need Rakuten! It’s a FREE service that gives you cash rebates (not points) when you shop at your favorite stores online (most popular retailers are included!).
If you will be doing holiday shopping online, or any time of year shopping really, then you need to sign up! You’ll get cash rebates as a percentage of your purchase.
Now, one cash rebate isn’t going to be a lot. But, if you do a lot of shopping, you could end up with hundreds of dollars sitting in your Rakuten account for something that only takes a few extra seconds.
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I’m going to save up my rebates to use for gifts as well as things I have on my wish list (books, I’m looking at you!). You get to choose how you spend your rebates. Go sign up for Rakuten! And go make your first purchase so you don’t forget!
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