As much as it pains us to say it, summer is on its way out and back to school is just around the corner. Classes, homework, and late-night study sessions are only a week away for most students. But if the thought of the looming school season makes you want to cry, don't worry. There's one thing that makes it a bit more bearable: shopping. 

If there's anything that soothes the back-to-school blues, it's shopping. Whether you're shopping for binders, a laptop, or a whole new wardrobe, back to school shopping is fun. So why not make it even more enjoyable?

There's a website that gives you Cash Back when you use it to shop for literally hundreds of stores. It's called Rakuten.ca, and it'll change the way you shop.

Rakuten.ca, formerly known as Ebates.ca, is an online shopping site that rewards you for shopping with its partners that range from travel-booking websites to clothing stores to gift cards, and it’s totally free to create an account.

The idea is simple: If you shop through the site, you’ll earn Cash Back. All you have to do is visit Rakuten.ca, find your fave store, click the ‘Shop Now’ button and shop online like you normally would. They’ll track your purchases and automatically add Cash Back to your account! There are over 750 stores to shop and earn Cash Back through, including Walmart, Etsy, Sephora, Amazon, Indigo, Hudson's Bay, and Lenovo. They even have several travel and vacation companies, which means earning Cash Back on your travel bucket list!

On August 29, if you shop at The Gap through Rakuten.ca, for example, you'll receive 6% Cash Back. So if you spend $75, you'll earn $4.50! The more you shop, the more you’ll earn on your everyday purchases. Everyone who signs up with Rakuten will receive their Cash Back in the form of a #BigFatCheque or PayPal payment with their Cash Back earnings of that quarter.

And throughout the next few weeks, you can receive even more Cash Back! Here's the lowdown of the upcoming sales you need to check out on Rakuten.ca:

  • August 28: 24-hour 15% flash sale with 15% Cash Back at over 20 stores
  • Starting August 29: Double Cash Back at all 750 stores on Rakuten.ca
  • September 3-9: 3x Cash Back on purchases at select Rakuten.ca stores
  • September 10-16: Rakuten app promotion. Download the app here so you don’t miss out on the sale! 
  • September 23: Everybody wins with a flash sale

There are plenty of amazing deals, but you'll get Cash Back on everything you buy online with Rakuten.ca at any time! The Canadian shopping site helps you earn money and rewards, discover brands, and gain access to great deals, promo codes  and coupons with your favourite retailers. You literally get paid for shopping, who doesn't love that?!

Start getting paid for the things you were going to buy anyway!

Visit Rakuten.ca for more information and check out their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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