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3 Ways to Save Money at Walmart

If you do any shopping online and you're not using a cashback site, you're flushing money down the toilet. It's just that simple.

Let me give you the step-by-step journey on using these sites. When we're done, you'll save money whenever you shop online, and you'll also pick up a free $10 Walmart gift card.

What's a cashback site?

A cashback site offers rebates whenever you shop online. Cashback ranges from as little as 1 percent to as much as 40 percent, depending on the store. Not all stores offer rebates, but thousands do.

Getting started with a cashback site is simple. You sign up, then visit the site before shopping online. For example, if you want to shop online at Kohls, instead of going directly to, you'd start at the cashback site, click on the Kohl's page, then start shopping. When you buy something, you'll earn money back. Rebates are typically paid quarterly.

There's no catch. Cashback sites simply get a commission from participating stores when you make a purchase, then share it with you.

Ready to get started? Let's do it right now.

Step one: Sign up

Click this link, which will take you to the sign-up page of one of the oldest and most popular cash back sites, Ebates. Fill in your email address. That's it: You don't have to provide your name, bank or credit card info, and the process takes less time than it took to read this sentence.

You'll also qualify for a $10 gift card from either Walmart or Ebates just for signing up. To claim it, all you have to do is buy $25 worth of stuff through Ebates within 90 days.

Step two: Use their tools

I signed up for Ebates years ago, but until recently, never used it. Why? Because I forgot all about it. To get cash back, you have to start your shopping at their site, and that's something I'd never remember to do.

A few weeks ago, however, I did two things that changed everything.

The first thing I did was add the free Ebates browser plugin, so whenever I searched for something, I'd automatically see the savings. (You get it at the Ebates site and it only takes a few seconds to install.) Once it's in your browser, every search result shows you the available rebate.

For example, here's the results for a search for "clothes."

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As you can see, the Ebates plug-in tells me the stores that are offering cash back, and how much. I simply click on a link and I'm automatically getting cash back. Zero hassle, extra money. What's not to like?

The second thing I did was to sign up for the Ebates daily double-cash-back email. After I did that, I started getting deals in my inbox every day. They're usually stuff I'm not interested in — I'm not a big shopper — so I just delete them. But here's an example of a recent email I responded to:

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This caught my eye, not only because it was 32 percent cash back, but it's something I actually needed: a new cartridge for my printer. I clicked on the "Shop Now" button, and it took me to the 123Inkjets site, automatically enabling me to get 32 percent cash back.

I found I could buy my cartridge for $6.99, before the rebate. After my 32 percent cash back, I was getting it for $4.75.

Good deal? To find out, I opened a new window, went to the Staples website, and found a similar cartridge for $24.99. So I was getting a $25 cartridge for $4.75. That's a deal.

Important to note, however: The cartridge from 123Inkjets is a refill and the one from Staples is an original, so this isn't exactly apples-to-apples. Still, saving 80 percent is sweet.

Why didn't I do this before?

Like I said, I've known about Ebates and similar sites for years, but I never bothered to use them. I thought they were too complicated: wrong. I thought they were too much hassle: wrong. I thought the amount of money at stake wasn't worth worrying about: wrong again.

If you're not using a cash-back site, you're wasting money. Take 5 seconds, click this link and stop pouring money down the drain.

By the way, we'll make a little something when you sign up for Ebates. This doesn't cost you a dime, and we'd never recommend anything we don't actually believe in. But it's cool when you can make a little something for talking about things you'd be talking about anyway, right?

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Britney Spears.

When Britney Spears isn't performing in her Las Vegas show, the pop princess can be found frequenting Target and Walmart. Spears has been seen on several occasions picking out assorted items such as cosmetics and holiday toys for her sons, then grabbing a Starbucks coffee on the way out.

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Jessica Alba.

Jessica Alba isn't just an actress. She's also co-founder of the Honest Company, which produces a line of eco-friendly products. It launched at Target, which may be why the entrepreneur has been spotted shopping there. Paparazzi photographed her browsing through children's toys.

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Heidi Klum.

Supermodel Heidi Klum doesn't spend all her time on the catwalk and hosting fashion reality shows. Some days she takes her family to Target in Los Angeles, where she was photographed, Starbucks coffee in hand, with her boyfriend and kids a few years ago.

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Steve Carell.

Funnyman Steve Carell has shopped at Target, where he's been seen with a shopping cart full of pumpkins and other Halloween decorations. The comedian also blames Target for introducing him to comfortable (but "uncool") cargo pants and has said he can't leave the store without buying something.

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Jimmy Kimmel.

After late-night host Jimmy Kimmel lost his wedding band, he headed to Costco to buy a replacement. He has openly declared his appreciation for Costco on his show, joking that he wishes he could have been married there. He has also sent his cousin Sal to act as a returns associate at Costco, pranking unsuspecting customers.

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While on tour in Canada in 2013, singer Rihanna stopped at the Kamloops Walmart in British Columbia. She tried to go incognito in sunglasses, large headphones, and a baseball cap, but a customer was able to snap a photo of the "Unapologetic" singer before she left.

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Holly Madison.

Big-box retailers are often packed to the brim during the holidays, but that didn't stop Holly Madison from shopping at Walmart in Las Vegas. The former Playboy bunny and author of "Down the Rabbit Hole" loaded up on action figures, stuffed animals, and basketballs for a toy drive in 2011.

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Martha Stewart.

The businesswoman and TV personality has licensed her name to Costco for the Kirkland Signature by Martha Stewart line of food products and signed copies of her books at many locations over the years, but Martha has also been spotted in line as a customer at the warehouse club.

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Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber's songs top the charts, but his immature antics in his hometown Walmart hit some sour notes in 2014. Bieber and his entourage took a city bus to the store (with a police entourage) and were accused by a fellow customer of throwing items around and opening food, according to the Daily Mail.

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Dakota Fanning.

The teen star of the "Twilight" saga was spotted shopping at Walmart while filming the "Breaking Dawn" installment of the vampire films in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Fanning took some time to take photos with fans during her visit.

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Chris Brown.

Chris Brown may have gotten into a Twitter dispute with Walmart over the selling of his CDs, but that didn't convince him to stop shopping at the chain. The "Royalty" singer was spotted by a few shoppers at a Connecticut Walmart and posed for a photo before continuing his shopping trip.

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Snoop Dogg.

In between narrating a "Call of Duty" video game and hosting his own brand of nature documentary, Snoop Dogg apparently shops for bargains at Walmart. The rapper was spotted at a California store a few years ago.

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