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Save money this Christmas with cashback sites

www.quidco.com
www.topcashback.co.uk

This is a review of two of the best cashback sites in the UK that I have used for a number of years which are both free to join. During that time, I have claimed over £1,200 from purchases I have made over the internet. Whilst I do a lot of purchases over the internet, most of the cash reclaimed has been from insurance, energy or mobile phone companies.

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Christmas can cost a tidy sum these days, with plenty of expensive gadgets being bought for partners and children, so any way to save money must be worth trying out.

How do they work?

Nearly every company selling something on the internet is interested in attracting more people to buy from them. They often give a referral fee or affiliate fee to anyone that sends customers their way. The difference with a cashback site is that you get a large portion of that referral fee back in the way of cashback. There are thousands of big companies operating through quidco and topcashback giving people money back.

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As an example, I recently changed my energy company over the internet. I could have done this directly on their site, but instead used quidco.com. The only difference was I clicked the link from quidco.com rather than visiting the energy site directly or using an energy comparison site like uSwitch.

This extra click meant I received £139 in cashback. Roughly 10% of my annual bill.

How do you get your money?

The time it takes to receive cashback from companies can vary from a few days to a number of weeks. So, don’t expect to get an instant discount. If you are buying for Christmas, you probably won’t receive anything until the New Year.

One warning however – these sites work by tracking your clicks. This means if you visit a site via some other link, the referral (and hence your cash) may not be sent to the cashback site, but to some other site instead.

I usually clear my cookies before making a cashback purchase, or use another browser to ensure the clicks are tracked properly.

Once your account has been credited with your cashback, you can get it paid to you via paypal, direct to your bank, or in Amazon vouchers.

How are the two sites different?

Both these cashback sites are pretty much the same. The key difference for me is Topcashback will increase the value of your cashback if you choose to be paid in vouchers. This is why I usually choose Amazon vouchers, as I get an extra 5% on top of my cashback.

That’s nice, but I don’t live in the UK

Unfortunately, I don’t know the equivalent sites in other countries. If there aren’t any, then perhaps that’s a business opportunity for someone.

Great, where do I find out more?

Both these site are free to join, so there’s nothing to lose.

If you want to find out more, you can either click on the (non-affiliate) links at the top of the page, or my affiliate links below:

www.topcashback.co.uk
www.quidco.com

Make a Personalised Christmas Card

JibJab.com
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Website www.jibjab.com
Price $1 per month to send unlimited eCards

What is JibJab.com?

If you want to make a personalised Christmas card this year which will keep your friends and relatives entertained, then JibJab.com is where you can do this. They have a range of eCards where you can upload photos of you and your family or friends and have yourself dancing like an elf.

I was recently on holiday in Germany, and my cousins were playing with the iPhone as usual. Then they showed me the Elf Yourself app – you know, the one where you can put your photo onto the dancing elf? I know it’s not Christmas yet, but these kids were still entertained by the dancing elf – especially as they had personalised it with their best funny faces.

As Christmas is coming up fast – and I know this is a little early but you have to plan ahead sometimes – I thought I would do some research into making a personalised Christmas card, or even better, making a funny Christmas Card with dancing elves.

JibJab.com has plenty of funny Christmas cards, but they also have a number of other cool animated cards for birthdays or any other occasion.

If you haven’t had enough of Gangnam Style, then you can do the dance on one of their cards. Personally, I like their Birthday from the Fridge card.

What more could I wish for at Christmas.

Check it out for yourself and make a personalised Christmas card this year –


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This page is also available in Portuguese and German.