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If you’re a frequent shopper at American Eagle Outfitters, you’re missing out on some cash back if you’re not saving 15% on every purchase. Make sure to follow these steps in order to maximize your cash back.
1. Apply For A Cash Back Credit Card
You’ll want to apply for a credit card that give you the highest amount of cash back on all purchases, not department stores. This is because when we actually do make a purchase with our credit card, we won’t be buying something at AE Outfitters directly.
The credit card that gives the highest amount of cash back for all purchases is the Citi Double Cash Card. This card gives you 2% cash back on every purchase no matter what the category, 1% when you actually make the purchase and the other 1% when you pay your bills.
Let’s list all of the specs of the card so you get a better idea of what it has to offer:
- No annual fee
- 2% cash back on all purchases
- No cap on the amount of cash back earned
- First late payment waived
- Incredible Citi benefits
2. Sign-Up For Raise
Raise is a Gift Card Reseller website. They buy gift cards at an extreme discount from their retail value and then resell them for a profit, but still at a price cheaper than their actual retail value.
Before we actually make a purchase on here, we’re going to only sign-up for an account. In the later steps we’re going to do an extra step that will help us save a bit more cash. Sign-up is completely free and you even get a $5 sign-up bonus.
3. Go Through TopCashBack
TopCashBack is a shopping portal. These portals are online websites that have partnered with thousands of retailers across the web and put their affiliate links on one page. Each time you click on one of their links and make a purchase, you get paid a commission. The amount depends on which store you’re shopping at.
Sign-up is free and you get a $10 sign-up bonus when you register. When you reach a minimum of $20 in your account, you can cash out to your PayPal or request that a check be sent to your door.
After you sign-up, log-in and in the search bar type in “Raise.” You should be redirected to a page that says that you can get 2% off all purchases on the Raise website. If you don’t see this come up in the search, be sure to try again later since these values frequently change.
Click on the “Cashback” button to be redirected to the Raise website. TopCashBack will keep track of your purchase, and the 2% in cash back will be deposited into your account within 30 days after you make your purchase (but it usually appears much sooner). From here we can finally make our purchase.
4. Make The Purchase
You’ll be redirected to the Raise website by clicking on the TopCashBack link. Log-in to your Raise account and search for American Eagle in the search bar. You should notice that you can buy American Eagle Gift Cards for up to 29% off.
If you don’t want to buy such a high-denomination gift card, you can buy lower amounts, but you might get a lower discount, such as 25% off. Keep in mind that these discounts are not usually permanent as their gift card inventory changes quite frequently.
Make sure to purchase an e-gift card so that it will appear in your inbox within 24 hours, although it usually arrives within a couple of minutes. Physical card can take up to a week to arrive at your door. Remember to use your cash back credit card upon checkout to get that additional 2%.
5. Use A Portal Again
Once we have our gift card in hand (or inbox), we can finally make our purchase. However, we can increase our cash back amount by an additional 8% by going through the BeFrugal shopping portal. Just like TopCashBack, you get a certain amount of cash back depending on the store by using their affiliate links.
Sign-up for an account and type in “American Eagle” in the search bar. Click on the CashBack button to be redirected to the American Eagle page and make your final purchase with the gift card that you bought. BeFrugal will keep track of your purchase and award you the cash back in your account.
It takes up to 7 days for the money to appear in your account, but again, it’s usually much quicker than this. You need am minimum of $25 to cash out. This portal also gives a $10 sign-up bonus.
Keep in mind that with all of these portals you can shop at multiple stores for all online purchases so that you can build up to that minimum cash out amount much quicker – it doesn’t just have to be used for American Eagle Outfitters.
Now that we have the gift card in our hand, each purchase that we make will essentially save us a lot of money on all American Eagle Outfitters products. Let’s do a quick recap of how we did it:
- 2% back buying a gift card at Raise.
- 2% by using TopCashBack for the Raise purchase
- 2% from the Citi Card when buying a gift card
- 28% from the gift card purchase itself
- 8% from using the BeFrugal portal to make the final purchase
If we add all of this up, we save up to 42% on all American Eagle purchases. If you keep in mind the $10 sign-up bonus for TopCashBack, the $5 sign-up bonus for Raise and the $10 sign-up bonus for BeFrugal, this amount turns out to be a lot higher depending on how much you spend.
While this article is specific to American Eagle, you can use these steps essentially for all popular retailers. If some of these steps are confusing, leave your questions in the comments below and we’ll be more than happy to help out. Thanks for reading and happy frugaling