Giving Assistant – A Cashback Site with A Cause

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Giving Assistant – A Cashback Program with a Cause

I was recently contacted by a new to me cash back shopping site called Giving Assistant.  I’m usually a little leery about these sites because it takes so long to earn your rebate when using these sites.  However, this site is different.  I can receive my cash back every Monday when I have earned $5.01 or more.

Charity Selected

Giving Assistant Allows You to Donate to Charity

The are two things that really set Giving Assistant apart from other cash back sites.  The first is the ability to donate your earnings to the charity of your choice, donate a portion of it, or keep it all for yourself.  The second is the meal donations that are made possible when you use the coupons on the Giving Assistant website.

Because I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), I searched for it in the charities.  To my amazement, there were several different MS organizations available for me to choose from.

I shopped at a Catherine’s store yesterday.  There were lots of things I found however they weren’t available in my size.  The sales clerks were very kind and offered to order them for me, but I was indecisive.

After putting more thought into the items I passed on yesterday, I decided to take a second look at them online.  I also decided it was time to check out Giving Assistant so I could earn a little cash back on items I purchased today.

Giving Assistant Payment Options

Two Payment Options with Giving Assistant

I created my Giving Assistant account by using the Facebook connect option.  Under the “My Account” option at the upper right side, I added my personal information using the Settings option.  I chose to receive my cash back via PayPal.  This required me to use my PayPal email address in the email blank.

One problem I ran into was using the coupons on Giving Assistant.  The item I settled on at Catherine’s was already on clearance, so I couldn’t use any of the coupons I found.  This had nothing to do with Giving Assistant, Catherine’s no longer allows coupons to be used on clearance items.

Some of the popular stores that most of us are interested in shopping at include:

While looking around at some of the more than 1,000 stores on Giving Assistant, I found that there were other stores that wouldn’t allow you to receive cash back if you used an outside coupon code.  So, like everything else in life, it’s all in the details.  I also discovered a pop-up screen which appears if there are certain restrictions with a particular store I was interested in shopping at.

Giving Assistant Cashback Clicks

Tracking Purchases through Giving Assistant

Have you ever used some of those other cash back sites that didn’t track your purchase correctly?  I have, and felt cheated when I didn’t receive my cashback earnings.  After clicking the link to do my shopping through the Giving Assistant site, I received a brief message on the right side of my screen about the tracking of my purchase.  Later, I also found the tracking of my purchase under the Cashback Clicks area.  It all made me feel reassured about actually earning my cash back.

Giving Assistant Earnings

In the settings area, you can also view your All Time Earnings, Current Earnings, Pending Earnings, and your All Time Donations.

If you join Giving Assistant by clicking on any of my links, you’ll get $5 cash for signing up. Once you earn cash back I’ll get $5.  There is no limit to the amount of cash you can earn through referrals.  After you’ve signed up, you can also refer your friends and earn the $5 referral cash too!

No matter how you look at it, Giving Assistant is a win-win, all the way around.

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