With how much our online shopping habits have surged, it only makes sense to find ways to shop smarter—and we're not just talking about collecting discount vouchers.

You've probably heard of the term "cashback" before. In case you haven't, it's a type of shopping perk that gives you a portion of the money you spent is returned to you. And while it sounds like a scheme at first, it's actually a way you can make a quick buck every time you buy something online.

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Filipino shoppers can experience this perk with the rewards and discovery platform Shopback. Since launching in the country in 2015, they've awarded over 200 million pesos to almost four million users in the Philippines, and their app has an average of 150,000 monthly downloads.

With over 400 merchant partners in every category, their service help you get cash back for everyday purchases like food and personal care but also with leisure buys such as travel and electronics. Some of their local shopping partners include Lazada, Zalora, Watsons, GrabFood, and Foodpanda, but they also give cashback on international sites like iHerb and Cult Beauty (View all of their merchants here). 

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How does Shopback work?

Shopping with their partners through their service earns Shopback commission, which they then share with the users. This commission is then converted to actual cash (not credits or digital coins) that can be transferred to your bank account.

To make sure you get your cashback, download the Shopback app or Chrome browser extension and shop within the app. They'll tell you how much cashback you're getting for the purchase beforehand as well, so you'll know how much to expect. And in case you're wondering, you can earn from cash-on-delivery purchases, too.

How do you maximize cashback?

Now that you know how you can earn through online shopping, let's talk about how you can maximize your cashback with the platform. Here are tips from the Shopback team themselves to keep in mind:

Open Shopback before you shop.

By checking the deals available for the merchant you want to shop with, you can potentially get more cashback. Since they have a wide variety of partners, this will also guide you on where it'll be best to shop for a specific item to get more returns!

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Install the Chrome browser extension.

While browsing online, the icon of Shopback's browser extension on Google Chrome turns green when cashback is available for a specific website. If you have it pinned on your browser, you won't miss an opportunity to earn for your purchase.

Refer friends to the app.

Shopback's a referral program gives you P100 for every friend that signs up using your referral code and makes a purchase. To refer someone, go to your account, copy your referral link, and have them use that link to register for an account. Your friend will get a P100 cashback bonus, too. 

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Shop for other people.

In a conference with the media, the Shopback team shared that they have users who shop on behalf of other people in order to get the cashback from that purchase. It's a smart way to help others shop online and earn at the same time!

For more information, visit Shopback's official website or download their app via App Store or Google Play.

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