online-shopping-with-kidsI love to use Mr. Rebates when shopping online for back-to-school necessities. There are over 2000 stores to choose from including Walmart, Target, Dell and Old Navy. With a few clicks, I'm able to earn money back on all my purchases. Earning money whether I’m buying back-to-school shoes at Foot Locker or school supplies at Office Depot makes back-to-school shopping a lot more affordable—and fun!

Sign up

Just head on over to Mr. Rebates and sign up for free here. It's super easy to create your account, and you'll earn a $5.00 bonus when you make your first purchase through Mr. Rebates!

Earn cash back

To start earning cash back (I love that you earn cash unlike some of the other rebate sites where you earn points or rewards) all you have to do is log in to your Mr. Rebates account and click on the "All Stores" link. Once you locate the store where you want to shop, just click on the store link to be redirected to their website. Make any purchase and you'll earn cash back (as much as 30% for every dollar spent, depending on each particular store). For example, my son needs a new laptop for college. When I order his laptop from Dell, I’ll get 5% cash back! I can even earn money for purchasing my son’s school textbooks by shopping through Mr. Rebates (shop at eBooks.com for 7% cash back or eCampus.com for 3% cash back)! If you want to shop at multiple stores, be sure to go back to the Mr. Rebates site and click on the store link—otherwise you won't get the cash back for your order!

Cash out

After you accumulate at least $10, you can cash out. Simply log in to your account, choose to have a physical check sent to you in the mail, or request that the payment be sent to your PayPal account, which is my personal favorite method because it's fast and easy.

Get the most out of Mr. Rebates

Be sure to search for store sales and use store loyalty cards when shopping through Mr. Rebates this back-to-school season. And don't forget to check the "Weekly Deals" section on the Mr. Rebates homepage! You'll find tons of coupons and special deals to save you even more money! For example, Mr. Rebates recently offered a coupon for 40% off everything at Saks Fifth Avenue! And unlike some of those other sites that list coupon codes, all of the codes that I try from Mr. Rebates actually work.

Don't forget to refer your friends to Mr. Rebates by clicking on the "Refer Friends" tab once you log in to your account. When a friend that you've referred earns a cash-back rebate, you'll score a referral rebate, which is equal to 20% of your friend's rebate!