This is Scott and I help Harry and the writers, usually behind the scenes. Today I want to share a little story about how I was able to upgrade a gift for my mom.
It’s been tough not getting to visit my family. I’m not yet ready to hop on a plane with all this Corona-craziness still going on. I still talk to Mom on the phone but I can tell she’s feeling down not being able to be around her grandkids and family as much as before.
So I wanted to surprise her with a gift — no reason, just something to make her smile and her eyes light up.
She loves Macy’s. That’s her jam haha. As a kid I HATED being dragged into department stores. I’m sure I pouted and stomped around the store until being bribed with the promise of Burger King afterwards!
Guess what, I still hate shopping in stores, so I hit up Macy’s online. I had an idea of how much I could spend but, if you know anything about Macy’s, there’s ALWAYS a sale of some kind. But that’s not how I upgraded the gift. I waited. Strategically.
For any online purchase, I automatically first go to my Rakuten account. Because Rakuten pays you money to click through them first. They must get a cut of the sale. Anyhow, being a bit savvy I know Rakuten will sometimes throw you 12% or even 15% off at Macy’s.
Not points. CASH.
So when combining the 15% off through Rakuten with the Macy’s promo code that was flashing on Macys.com, I brought the price of the earrings down a ton. Instead of pocketing that money, I decided to upgrade Mom’s gift. I stayed within my budget and Mom got a nicer present.
I’m not a super emotional guy, but when she got the delivery — hearing her reaction on the phone — it was worth it.
I’m also not a guy who likes to do physics calculations and cut coupons just to save a few bucks. I like no-brainer systems I can “just do.”
My system is dead simple: go to Rakuten.com or the app. Click on the store I want. The end.
I’m bringing this up today because usually Rakuten gives out $10 to new users. But for now it’s $30 when you spend at least $30. I mean, that’s a pretty great deal.
I don’t know how long this elevated $30 offer will last though. My suggestion is to download the app right now — like, before you forget, then figure it out later. (Though there isn’t much to figure out — it really is stupid-simple.)
There will be enticing Labor Day sales coming up as retailers compete for our dollars. Add to your savings by using the Rakuten app.
Rakuten is the 2nd-most downloaded cash-back app by The RideShare Guy readers like you. (Number one is GetUpside, which is AWESOME for gasoline savings.)
What I also like about the Rakuten app is that it works for in-store stuff too, including restaurants.
I just entered my main payment cards into the app and whenever I use those cards, I get 5% back. No one knows I’m earning a discount at these places except for me and my bank account. 🙂
Life is easier when you use smart and simple systems. In fact, that’s how I’ve lost 15 pounds since March, but that’s another story! My savings systems are no-brainer tricks that I use over and over.
If you look at the graphic below, you’ll see I’ve saved $440. You can too!
Not only that, if you feel like hustling, you’ll get a friend referral code. Post it on your social media and help your friends save money too. Rakuten will pay you $30 for each friend or follower:
Get that easy money while you can!
- Rakuten – download with $30 bonus (download before bonus goes back down to $10)
- GetUpside – download (15 cents off per gallon with code ‘WQ8JR‘)
Thanks for reading, and share your comments below to let us know if you’ve already saved a good amount of money with Rakuten, GetUpside, or other cash back apps!
-Scott @ RSG