Use BigCrumbs To Earn Cash Back When Shopping Online

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2010-03-308

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With deals sites being the rage these days, I don’t see why online shoppers should shop without a promotional code or online coupon in hand or a handy bookmark to a cash back shopping portal. In the past, I’ve covered Ebates as one such shopping portal that offers you cash back when you shop (see my Ebates review). Simply put, you get cash back when you make purchases or place orders through one of Ebates’ listed merchants (typically, a pretty well known online site that you’re likely to have visited already). So if you’re already a Macy’s loyal customer, you can get additional cash rebates and find a treasure trove of coupon codes by visiting Ebates and clicking through to Macy’s from the Ebates site. This all translates to lots of savings when you shop online.

BigCrumbs Lets You Save AND Earn Money While Shopping!

Sounds good? Well if you like the idea of cash back rewards when you shop, then let me introduce you to something that has the potential to be even more exciting. I just recently came across the BigCrumbs site which is something similar to Ebates, yet with enough differences to merit its own extensive review here. They’re similar in the sense that BigCrumbs also offers cash back when you shop through their portal, but they feature partner sites that run the gamut of major retailers all the way to independent retailers that set up shop through Amazon, eBay and Etsy. That means you can save and earn cash back through smaller online stores and boutiques as well, and you’re not limited to saving with just the big names.

Earn Cash Back When Shopping Online

The basic idea here is that Big Crumbs will allow you to get cash back as a shopper and as a referrer.

You start out by becoming a member by signing up through this link. The process is simple and free.

As a BigCrumbs member, you can now earn cash rewards (or rebates) by shopping through the site. Simply visit the site’s list of online retailers and store categories. By clicking on a retailer’s “Shop Now” button or by perusing one of the deals available, you can expect to earn cash back as a percentage of your purchase.

But if you want to maximize your earnings potential via this site, then there’s something you’ll want to do before you actually start shopping here: figure out what kind of BigCrumbs member you are. You can register as either a “CrumbSaver” or a “CrumbEarner”. Either designation will allow you to earn cash back, but depending on how you intend to use BigCrumbs, you can earn more by picking the right membership type for yourself.

Earn Cash Back As A CrumbSaver

If it turns out that you are a big shopper and would prefer to earn the most cash back via your shopping expeditions, then choose to be a CrumbSaver. This way, you’ll earn the most cash back from each purchase you make through As an example, check out the retailer


You’ll find similar information laid out for each featured retailer on BigCrumbs. The first box shows you the cash back you’ll earn from each purchase as a CrumbSaver who maximizes their cash back rewards. CrumbSaver

Aside from earning the most per purchase you make, you’re also entitled to cash back earned from the purchases of your direct referrals (which is the percentage indicated under the Referral box).

Earn Cash Back As A CrumbEarner

Now if you’d rather maximize the cash back you earn via referrals, there’s another avenue you can pursue. You can maximize your referral earnings as a CrumbEarner. You can always switch your registration from the default CrumbSaver designation to CrumbEarner. Under this type of membership, you’ll earn cash back when you shop via, but you’ll do so at a lower rate than CrumbSavers (up to a maximum of 5% instead of 9%). However, you’ll more than make up for this by earning cash back through referrals. As a CrumbEarner, you’ll earn cash back through the shopping done by your direct referrals (just like with CrumbSavers) but you’ll also earn cash through purchases made by your referrals’ own subsequent referrals, up to 5 levels deep! So if you’re great at building a network, then being a CrumbEarner might pay off more for you over time. Check out the second box to see what you’ll earn per purchase you make as a CrumbEarner. CrumbEarner

So the tradeoff here as a CrumbEarner is that you could potentially earn more cash back via referrals than you would via shopping (the opposite is expected to be true for CrumbSavers). The third box represents your referral percentage which you’ll earn as a portion of the purchase or order made by one of your direct or indirect referrals. Referral

Tip: Note that you’re a CrumbSaver when you first create an account, but you can switch your membership type to CrumbEarner at anytime in the future. But once a CrumbEarner, you can’t switch back to being a CrumbSaver.

You may also want to pay attention to cash back tiers that are specified per retailer. It will tell you what rewards you’re entitled to based on the kind of merchandise you buy. Cash Tiers

Check Out The Community and Other Features

Aside from the shopping section, you can also check out the Community area where you’ll find that BigCrumbs has taken steps to support its members, through forums and other social media features. The site offers you a variety of ways to connect with other savvy shoppers and smart spenders.

There are additional features that are available to users, such as the ability to access the latest coupons, coupon codes and great money saving deals offered by partner shopping sites, online stores, merchants and retailers. There’s a lot of support in this area, making it easy to shop for products you care about, at the best possible prices. Just be aware that if you try to apply a coupon you find elsewhere on to a purchase you’re making through BigCrumbs, there is no guarantee that the coupon will be accepted.

List Your Store!

Other than the cash back features, I am also a big fan of one other BigCrumbs feature: the ability to promote your stores through this site. Yes, you can also benefit as a seller or storefront owner by listing your store on BigCrumbs. The process is fairly simple, so if you have a store through, eBay or Etsy, you can definitely benefit from targeted traffic that can send your way. As a seller, you can also offer deals and coupons to BigCrumbs shoppers, and in the case of eBay sellers, there is cash back here that can also benefit your buyers. You’ll want to read about this in more detail in their FAQ.

For more information on BigCrumbs, you can find out more through this link, which describes how the site works. Once you become a member, you can start building your own BigCrumbs network!

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Silicon Valley Blogger March 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm

My only regret…. wish I heard about this site earlier. Would have piled on the purchases through them.

Credit Girl March 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I love saving money! Especially when it comes to shopping… Totally agree with Silicon Valley Blogger: wish I’d heard about these sooner!

spaartip April 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

Nice article, i like saving money on shopping. But isn’t the money you earn back included in the price?

Silicon Valley Blogger April 2, 2010 at 8:41 am


Good question. No, there is nothing included back in the price of anything you buy or order. Prices are set by the merchants regardless of how you get to the merchant site. If you use BigCrumbs to get to a merchant or retailer, you earn cash back; if you go directly to the merchant site, then you don’t. Given these features, it seems pretty clear cut to me — use BigCrumbs to earn cash back with no strings attached and you’ll rake in the savings.

Cash back sites are a great deal since you DO get cash rewards just by using them and you come out ahead. I’ve been an Ebates member for a while now and have been very happy with my earnings there (especially during the holiday season), but I’m going to start using BigCrumbs much more actively.

Silicon Valley Blogger April 3, 2010 at 9:26 am

They changed their model for earning cash back very recently. Still a great place to shop, but I’ll have to update the details here in a bit.

MyCrumb February 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

BigCrumbs is such a great site because you can combine other discount sites like retailmenot and etc. I have saved a lot of money over the pasted two years. I only started to take advantage of the referral program about a year ago and now make over $100 every month, sometime over $200. There are so many shopper that could take advantage of this program. The saving and earnings are endless with no money need to sign up.

Chipster February 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Silicon Valley Blogger very nicely said. The community is a great feature. Bigcrumbs it’s where you can meet other savvy savers, sellers, and even shop owners. And all the free coupon codes you can get without having to sign up or having to download anything is just Great! Big Crumbs is the place to be. As of this post Big Crumbs has over 5874 free coupon code results.

Max July 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

Is the CrumbSaver/CrumbEarner distinction still exist at BigCrumbs? I don’t see it on the website any more.

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