Who couldn't use a few extra dollars in their pocket?! From cutting coupons to scouring sales, I thought I already used every savings tip imaginable.

Don’t get me wrong, I can shop until I drop with the best of ’em and I love nice things, but I’ve always loved to get them for less! I’d like to think of myself as a systematic shopper and this always extends from my personal life to my professional life as well. As a Designer and Project Manager, I find it incredibly rewarding to help my clients create the look they want at the price they need. Together, we find ways to save without scrimping on style.

A friend recently shared a savvy spending solution with me – Rakuten! I’ve been passing it along to friends, family and clients alike. If you aren’t using Rakuten already, it’s definitely worth checking out. Rakuten allows you to save at the very same stores you are already shopping. With over 2500 retailers in the Rakuten network, you can find all of your favourite fashion, beauty, home, tech and travel brands here. I’m talking Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, Expedia, Sephora… the list goes on and on. You can use many of these sites to shop local Northern businesses as well, by using filters to only show stores located in the North.

How does it work?! Purchases made through the Rakuten app or website are eligible for online rebates, deals, promo codes and discounts. Best of all, you can also get CASH BACK — up to 25% of your purchase price! I’m not kidding, they literally send you a cheque every few months. My first month using Rakuten I got $35 back on necessities I would normally purchase anyway. This means more money in your wallet by shopping the sites you already love. Who doesn’t want that?

Rakuten is an easy way for Northerners to have a side hustle and make some extra cash. You can sign up on the Rakuten site or using the Northern Heart + Home link below. If you use this link you will get a $5 CREDIT to your account and once you start shopping you will start earning cash back! Northern Heart + Home may also get a referral bonus that will help cover the costs of continuing to create Northern-centric content. All you have to do is sign up, get your credit and shop as you normally would from the retailers you already buy from. Yes, it really IS that easy. Click through and check it out for yourself. You can thank us later! Happy shopping!

Sign up for Rakuten and earn an $5 Credit with this Northern Heart + Home link:

http:// https://www.rakuten.ca/referrer?referrerid=%2B90leS5kCbU%3D

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