First things first
You will need a separate email address (it has to be one that you will use strictly for freebies etc... There are many places that offer free email addresses. I use rock.com but you can also get an extra email account from gmail, Yahoo, MSN Hotmail, Mail.com and I am sure there are many others. Just be sure you are able to get into the email just in case you are asked to click on a confirmation link or something.
You may need a phone number
I use my home phone number only because I never use my home phone (I use my cell phone whenever I talk on the phone). Do not give out your real phone number. You can sign up for either eVoice or K7. Both are FREE online messaging services that provide you with a FREE phone number. This way, you will not receive pesky sales calls at your landline or cellular phone. Most places don't even call so you may be able to get away with just making up a number (change the last 2 digits)
Use your real address for everything not a P.O. box especially when requesting freebies. Yes, you will get some junk mail but it comes with the territory.
Paypal is a great thing! I don't have one negative thing to say about paypal.com. It is a service that I use to receive payments for Ebay and I use it to pay for just about everything I buy online. A lot of the (most resputable) cashback sites will send you payments through Paypal and the don't charge a transaction fee for it either. If you don't already have a Paypal account I recommend getting one it will make your life so much easier.
STOP! Before you buy anything else online join a cashback / rebate site. Seriously you will thank me after you get your first check.
What is a Cashback Site?
These are sites that allow you to shop online as normal at many of your favorite retailers and receive cashback or other rewards such as points for doing so. It is a simple process and all you have to ensure is that when you shop online you do it through the cashback site. These cashback sites and online reward programs receive a percentage from the retailer when you click and shop (buy something) through these sites.
Target.com pays Mr. Rebates 10% of your total
and Mr. Rebates then in turn pays you 8% rebate on what you buy
so Target gets the sale = $50.00
Mr. Rebates gets $5.00 = 10%
and you get $4.00 = 8%
That leaves Mr. Rebates making 2% = $1.00 after you get paid.
The payout is $10.00 which is really low and that is great! Once the retailer confirms your purchase the cashback site receives that commission from the retailer and passes a portion or all of it onto you as cashback or rewards. In a way using a cashback site is a bit like using a CVS card just better. I have been using cashback sites for over three years now and have received payments and points from each one that I have referral link for below. In my experience, earning cashback for shopping online is a great way to save money on things you are going to buy anyway.
A hint; before you check out run a google search for codes. Type in the Google or Yahoo search bar the name of your store plus the word code, ie; "Target code" then just hightlight and copy the best code you find and insert it into the box where it asks for a promo code. Make sure you don't click through a new link though or it will override the cashback site Mr.Rebates (obviously my favorite) searches the codes for you.
BigCrumbs (Highest paying cashback for Ebay)
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