I love Shopback, the cashback platform. In this article, I’m going to give you tips on using the platform for maximum cashback. Since opening an account way back in 2015, I’ve earned over RM2000 from it. The screenshot below is dated 18 April 2018.
Tbh, there was a bit of hesitation before doing this post. I didn’t want to give you the impression that I promote mindless spending for the sake of cashback. So here’s the only thing to remember before you read on: only use Shopback for things you were going to buy anyway. If you buy a RM100 product for RM50, you didn’t save RM50 – you spent RM50.
Now that’s sorted out, let’s move on to the second part – tips to maximise cashback from Shopback platform.
#1 – Know what you regularly spend money on, and see if any shops in Shopback offer cashback
Everyone spends their money differently. Some of you live by yourself, some of you rent, some of you live with your parents. You are at different stages in your life, earn varying incomes, and have multiple identities. All these contribute to your purchasing patterns and habits. So rather than saying ‘just use Shopback’, I’m gonna say ‘look into what you normally spend on first, then see if Shopback fits into your life‘.
Here are some examples; all of these have cashback categories in Shopback:
- If you use a mobile prepaid plan, buy top up credit there
- If you don’t have much time, get your groceries delivered from HappyFresh
- If you don’t have a car, order your Grab from there. Likewise, book a bus or rail seat from EasyBook
- If you have a car, get petrol gift cards from Lazada and car parts from MyTayar
- If you have pets, Lazada have amazing deals on pet food; HappyFresh also have pet shop listings
- If you travel, book your flights, hotels and accommodation there. Compare from various companies, including Expedia, Agoda, Booking.com, Hotels.com, AirAsiaGo.com, etc. Find tickets, activities, SIM cards and more at Klook
- If you want to get food delivery, there’s FoodPanda and Eatigo. Buy cakes from Cat & The Fiddle
- If you want to buy books, find Book Depositary and Kinokuniya
- If you buy makeup, there’s Hermo and Sephora. Related: My 5 Rules to Make Beauty Products Affordable
- If you want to get supplements, iHerb
- If you want clothes, there’s Uniqlo, FashionValet, Asos, Zalora and so many other brands. Related: Save Money on Fashion: 5 Steps I Use to Optimise My Clothing Budget
- If you buy online courses for self-development, find Coursera and Udemy
- If you want to get antivirus, Norton and AVG are listed
- If you want to get newspaper subscription, there’s The Star ePaper
- If you use iPhone, there’s even cashback for AppStore
- If you want to get postpaid/internet subscriptions, Maxis, Unifi and Digi are listed
- If you need to hire a plumber, cleaner, mover, fixer – ServisHero and TheLorry (moving services)
- For electronics and other miscellaneous categories, browse Lazada, 11th Street and Qoo10 and find the best deals on these platforms
- If you want to look for cheap random stuff, browse in AliExpress and Taobao
- For discounted group-buying stuff like beauty, activities, food and more, look for Fave
Shopback has a lot more shops than the above, covering more niche areas*. But for the most part, these are the ones you would look for on regular/semi-regular basis right.
Again, if you’re going to buy them anyway, might as well get cashback while you’re at it. Note: you may be able to find better deals outside of Shopback. Shop around if you have time.
- If you want to register domain names, find GoDaddy
- If you want to get wedding planning services, find Wedding.com.my
- If you want to climb freaking Mount Kinabalu, find Adventoro
#2 – As much as possible, layer it with other cashback, time-limited promotions and points collection
Note: this does not necessarily add to your Shopback cashback. They’re extra bonus.
Listing some examples I know of:
- Collect credit card points when you pay by credit cards
- Collect cashback when you pay by cashback credit cards
- Collect airmiles when you pay with travel credit cards
- Collect BigPoints (I know Lazada got)
- Collect BInfinite points from selected platforms (I know Lazada and 11thStreet got)
- Shopback offers additional 25% off Fave purchases on Wednesdays – look for the discount code in Shopback (scroll down to Top Deals)
- Additional sales, including but not limited to festivals-related sales, MyCyberSales, Payday sales, Mother’s Day, etc
Know of more? Comment and I’ll add it in 🙂
#3 – Offer to make purchases on behalf of your company and friends
Employees have known of this trick for years, but worth mentioning here. If you need to buy anything for the office and you can claim it back, do it. I’ve booked flights and accommodations and gave the company the bill for the full amount and kept the Shopback cashback for myself (plus credit card points).
For friends, too. Offer to be the one who buys for the group. Here comes a caveat though: your friends must be the type to pay you back.
#4 – Earn referrals
Shopback is pretty generous with their referral bonuses. You get RM5 for each person who registered through your link, plus they get RM5 too. They also host frequent referral bonuses, like invite 9 people get RM210. I can confirm they pay out these bonuses.
I know some people on Twitter who actively promote their referral links as a side income. Taking a leaf out of their book, here’s my referral link again.
Like these Shopback tips? Have more to add?
Sharing is caring, so make sure to comment – I’m sure there are more tips out there that I missed! Enjoy your Shopback experience and please help me share this article if you find it helpful 🙂
You can also put your Shopback referral link in the comments, why not. Make sure to include tips or some way to attract people to click your link!