Preparing For Christmas with Topcashback

I have to admit to be a bit of a failure at thrifty. Don’t get me wrong, I am a woman of fairly modest tastes anyway, not given to splashing out on expensive handbags or the like,  but I know I could do more to make my pounds go further. This means I was particularly interested to try out TopCashBack. By joining TopCashBack and clicking through to your usual online shops via their website, you can earn money back for your purchases. There are vast numbers of online retailers signed up, offering varying cashback rates , anything from a percent or two, up to 20 odd percent, as well as there being some great cashback deals around on utilities and insurance.

I was given the challenge of doing some of my Christmas preparations via their site and seeing if I could earn any pennies back. Good job too really, as it has been the kick up the backside I needed to finally accept that Christmas is not months away, but a few short weeks, and I better get on with it! So how did I get on?

Purchase 1:
Whereas I used to hand write ‘suggestions’ for my Mum, my daughter leaves ‘hints’ in my Amazon wishlist, so I started there. The Amazon cashback offers don’t currently include books (though they change all the time so it is always worth a look!) so I hotfooted it over to to see what their price was on the John Green collection and actually they were cheaper than Amazon anyway! This collections full price is £39.95 and I paid just £23.65, a saving of £16.30, and on top of that saving I got 8.4% cashback (which works out at £1.96).

John Green Collection

Purchase 2:
One of my favourite stores for stocking fillers is Hawkins Bazaar. They have a fabulous range of quirky toys/novelties starting from 50p, I always get lots for my money here. Currently TopCashBack are offering 4.2% back on your online purchases, so I headed over and filled my basket with a collection of odds and sods on behalf of Father Christmas, spending a total of £31.48. The cashback on this is approx. £1.32. (I think, It has been a while since I did percentages at school, and I wasn’t brilliant at them then!)

stocking fillers

Purchase 3:
Oooh- pretty decorations! Asda always offer superb value, so we headed over to pick up some fresh and new decorations ready for the 1st of December. The cashback rate for the Asda Christmas shop is currently 5.25%, and me and the teen got a bit overexcited by all the pretty baubles and lights. Yes, I bought a glittery reindeer head, it is spectacular I will have you know! Total outlay on baubles, lights, a festive cushion, and 2 glittery reindeer (because one is never enough) was £24.50, which is a bargain in itself. The cashback on this is approximately £1.28.

Glitter Reindeer Head
He is superb, currently thinking up a comedy name for him..

My total spend out was £79.63, and from that I earnt £4.56. Once your retailer has validated your transactions with TopCashBack, you can choose from a selection of methods to redeem you money- you can have it paid straight into your bank, or paypal account, or choose from a wide range of voucher options including Amazon and Love2Shop.

OK, so simply by clicking through the TopCashBack site to my usual online retailers I have earned myself back nearly a fiver on stuff I would have bought anyway. Bonus! Pop that in Mummy’s New York fund. I will definitely be checking for cashback deals for all my future online purchasing, it only adds seconds to the process, and I can imagine that over the year it could mount up to a really useful amount of cash! If you are interested in trying it out yourself, TopCashBack have a really useful ‘Getting Started’ guide to explain everything, but it is really very simple, give it a go!

Love Miss Cisco XXX

Disclosure: I was provided funds in my Topcashback account in order to trial their site. Opinions are my own.


  1. Emma T
    November 21, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    I love Topcashback. Must get onto Hawkins Bazaar for Christmas stocking goodies though. Usually Amazon you can’t get cashback for (only use your cashback there with bonus) – I always get mine in Amazon vouchers – so easy, and so quick to build up. Although I am still waiting for a White Stuff payment to appear – should have been 10 weeks, and we’re now about 3 months over that!

  2. November 21, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    Ooh good savings! I’m now a converted Topcashback fan too. Lovely savings!

  3. RedTedArt
    November 22, 2013 / 9:35 am

    Ooh cashback is such a great way to manage Christmas costs betetr, isn’t it?!

  4. Tas D
    November 22, 2013 / 10:03 am

    Ooh I’ve never used cash back sites. I really need to!

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 22, 2013 / 11:51 am

      This was my first time, was easy, try it!

  5. Little Lilypad Co
    November 22, 2013 / 10:30 am

    Love cash back! I’ve never used Topcashback though. Am definitely adding it to my list! Thanks for sharing x

  6. November 22, 2013 / 10:47 am

    I’ve still not used cashback sites yet – I really should try them out shouldn’t I? That deer head is awesome, sort of glam rock vs burlesque!

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 22, 2013 / 11:51 am

      This was my first go at one, seems easy and worthwhile, so will be doing it again! And I love the deer head- only fiver too!

  7. November 22, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    Genius!! The amount of online shopping I do I could retire by Christmas.

    2014 I might point out in case my husband is reading. Not this Christmas

    Brilliant idea. I am off to investigate before I start doing this year’s shopping.

  8. Mummy Mishaps
    November 22, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    ooooh i have never heard of this before but it sounds like a really good idea and i love that you can earn cashback on your shopping! thanks for sharing x

  9. Ali Clifford
    November 22, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    inspired… I clearly need to get onto shopping using cashback sites, it’s a missed opportunity eh?!

  10. Becky Goddard-Hill
    November 22, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    well done thrifty lady!

  11. Liz Burton
    November 22, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Love Topcashback. I signed up last year and I’m amazed at how much money I’ve got back. Their mobile app is great too because you can earn in store not just online.

  12. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily
    November 22, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    I think my comment got eaten x x

  13. Older Single Mum
    November 22, 2013 / 11:24 pm

    I’ve heard of this but, like you, it’s not my strong point. Will check it out. Love the fact you’ve got a NY fund!

  14. Linda McGarrigle
    November 23, 2013 / 10:49 am

    ooooh! i signed up to TopCashback ageeeeees ago! still haven’t actually used it yet, i’m thinking i might just have to look at it again now cheers xoxox

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