Cash back cards are the best and easiest way to save money on every purchase you make. They give you 1 - 2% cash back wherever you shop, and many also offer up to 5% cash back in specific categories. Some cards combine these rewards, letting you earn 5% cash back on things like gas, groceries, or hotels, while still getting 1-2% cash back on all your other purchases.
Do you know that every bank has its own online shopping mall, where they partner with and promote certain merchants? Many credit cards offer up to 20% cash back on purchases made directly from their online mall, or 10% back if you shop with their merchant partners.
If you know how to use a cash back credit card to your advantage, then there is such a thing as a free lunch. You'll get money for nothing when you use a card that carries no fees, and you pay your balance in full every month. Of course, this isn't always possible, but if you can swing it, you'll rake in the cash for doing nothing at all - except using your credit card to pay for purchases you make anyway.
Cash back credit cards offer rewards in different terms, depending on the card. Some offer a straight percentage back (usually between 1% and 5%) while some offer a system in which you earn points that you can redeem for cash when you reach the required amount (for example, 8,000 points=$50 back). Others offer a cash bonus on top of your yearly cash back award, allowing you to add another 20% of whatever cash back award you earn each year.
For every time, there is a season - and for every reward category, as well! Many cash back cards offer bigger rewards on certain categories, according to the season. In summer, when families are vacationing, they can earn 5% back at gas and hotels, while in the fall, they may get 5% back on movies and restaurants. Look for the category that offers the biggest rewards and time your spending accordingly, if possible.