5 Ways to Earn Cash Back and Save Money this Holiday Season

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There are several ways to earn extra money, gift cards or save money just by doing very little this holiday season. If you’re shopping online, buying groceries, things for a holiday party or Christmas gifts why not use some of these things to save or get money back. 


If you do online shopping and you aren’t using Ebates you should be! This is a great way to earn money back on online purchases from 1000’s of merchants, even small businesses on Etsy. Cash back could be anywhere from 1% and I’ve seen it up to 15%. During the holidays they are great at offering bigger cashback promos, and  even have merchant discounts listed on their site. You receive a check or can get a direct pay pal deposit quarterly so it’s nice to get that extra cash back after the holidays.  If you don’t have an account sign up here and receive a $10 Credit on your first qualifying purchase. Ebates now has an app if you tend to find yourself shopping on your phone often like I do. Why not earn a little cash back while doing your online shopping this season.


I’m hit or miss with Ibotta. Sometimes I can do really well and they have tons of things I purchase and other times I forget to look all together. When I’m consistent I do really well earning $20-$25 a month back. They also now have online shopping for cash back on their mobile app so it’s not all scanning your groceries. Join here and when you sign up you get a $10 signup bonus, plus you will be on my team which is also important for bonuses! 


 I discovered Drop not long ago. This is basically an app where you link one of your cards and pick 5 merchants you shop from. They know when you purchase and you start to earn points from those merchants. I use Amazon, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target. I’ve never earned from Target because I have a Target Red Debit Card and I didn’t think of that when I signed up but I have already cashed in for my first $10 Amazon gift card (there are many others to choose from), and I’m halfway to another. They often send me bonus offers for the merchants I chose and other random merchants on occasion. They use a completely safe server. Join here and get 1000 drop points to start, and download the app! 


I’ve done really well with Swagbucks and I’ve had months I kinda forget it exists. I’m a busy Mom so this one takes a little more work. Swagbucks has surveys, videos you can watch, offers you can do, and also cash back options. If you like to try different subscription services its great to get cash back. I tried an Honest Beauty Box, got it when it was 50% off so $25 , and earned 2500 Swagbucks which is $25. If you really want to learn the ins and outs of Swagbucks their are Facebook groups and lots of articles online. I typically cash out for Target gifts cards and I find myself using Swagbucks a little more when we are saving extra for our Disney Trips. Signup here and get a sign on bonus. 

Target Red Card and Cartwheel

While this isn’t a cashback deal it is a great way to save a little extra money. We have a Target debit card and it’s the best thing we ever did. Who doesn’t love 5% off every single purchase as well Free Shipping on all online orders. Plus if you are ordering online you can also use Ebates for cashback.  When the holiday rush of shoppers sets in this is really great to have. Target also runs some amazing sales in November and December, on toys, and various other items so I always make sure to check the weekly ad, and cartwheel. When you combine the two things you really can get some great savings.

The Holiday season can get expensive and stressful, so why not earn some cash back or money you were already spending. What are some ways you love to save during the holiday season?



  1. November 8, 2017 / 10:38 am

    I have never heard of Drop either before. Maybe Walmart is there I would use that one or Amazon.

    • magicallymegan
      November 8, 2017 / 10:59 am

      I think Walmart might have been there but it’s been a while since I signed up. They are adding new merchants all the time too!

  2. November 8, 2017 / 10:43 am

    I’ve only heard of two of the five mentioned here and I’m super interested in checking out Drop. I think I would choose the exact same five merchants too! It’s always good to get a little something back for shopping! Thanks for the great info!

  3. November 8, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Lots of good ideas!

  4. November 9, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ebates and Ibotta, and of course who doesn’t love the Cartwheel app with Target?? I’ve never heard of Drop so I’ll have to check it out!

  5. November 9, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of Drop before! Thanks for helping me save some moolah!

  6. November 9, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I use Ibotta and find it to be hit or miss too. I have wondered about swagbucks for a long time. I have never heard of drop but am interested in checking it out! Thanks!

  7. November 9, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Ibotta is amazing! I sometimes forget to use it as well but I make about the same back as you do. Super handy.

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