Could a Cashback Site Save You Money?

Here at forward2me, we’re always looking for new ways to help our customers. Saving money after Christmas (a time when most people’s belts are being tightened) has got to be a good thing. To this end, we’ve been doing some research into cashback schemes that you might be able to use to make money on online purchases.

What is a cashback scheme?

A website that pays you money if you go through them to make a purchase from a retailer.

Why would they do that?

They get paid for linking you with the retailer in the same way that comparison sites get paid for bringing customers. Instead of a free cuddly toy, they pass a percentage of the money they make on to you.

How does it work?

Sign up to a cashback site, search for a retailer that you want to use such as Marks and Spencer, Argos, EBay or Amazon. If they are listed, click on the link and shop away to your heart's content. The cashback deals should be clearly stated – usually as a percentage of the total spend.

Are there any pitfalls?

The cashback money isn’t yours until it’s in your account and there are no guarantees of payment. Some sites have a threshold that has to be reached before you can withdraw your cash. Be wary of any sites that have a joining fee. Always shop around – there’s no point in buying something to get £20 cashback if it’s £200 cheaper on another site...

According to, the two best sites are TopCashBack and Quidco.
Have a look – you never know, you might find that there are good deals out there and that your shopping could earn you a significant amount of money back, send your goods to your UK address and we'll ship to your door.

On a more philanthropic note, some charities benefit from purchases in the same way. You sign up, shop through them and the charity makes the money. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to be more generous this year, this could be an easy way to go about it.