In a Nutshell: BeFrugal is an all-in-one site that enhances the online shopping experience. With just one click, BeFrugal goes through its database of coupon codes and applies them to your cart automatically. Purchases on thousands of sites are eligible for cash back, returning a portion of the purchase right back to you. BeFrugal’s coupon and highest cash back guarantee distinguishes the company from its competitors. If a coupon on the site does not work, you can earn money, and if a different site offers more cash back on the same purchase, BeFrugal will match the cash back plus a little extra.
Online shopping is the convenience we all needed during the pandemic. Getting groceries, cleaning supplies, and computer equipment to work from home helped us accommodate the stay-at-home life.
In fact, online shopping is still growing. Online revenue growth jumped 44% percent in 2020, one of the highest spikes on record.
In total, $26.7 trillion was spent online in 2020. With all that money moving around, many don’t know there’s untapped potential to save almost every time you make a purchase.
Cash back sites have been a thing for a while, and now with so many of us buying everything we need with just a click, the emphasis to use cash back sites has only increased.
BeFrugal is an all-in-one cash back and coupon platform. Using the site or its browser extensions will automatically apply coupons to your cart when checking out, and then kick back a portion of your purchase to you. No additional work is needed on your end, just click, purchase, and save.
In addition, BeFrugal offers tools that help you save through featured deals and helpful articles. To sign up, all you need to do is register with your name and email address. New members get a $10 signup bonus after meeting the minimum requirements.
Online shopping is already easy, and BeFrugal wants to help members take the next step to make the purchasing process even easier.
“Our site is similarly convenient,” CEO and Founder of BeFrugal Jon Lal said. “BeFrugal retains that spirit of online shopping where after a click or two, everything just works without a lot of fiddling, and people can save a lot of money.”
Retail Partners Provide Savings with Coupons
BeFrugal is unique because of the guarantees it throws behind its service. While other online coupon programs will automatically go through countless codes (that most of the time don’t even work), BeFrugal shows which coupons work for the site you are on.
No more throwing products into your cart and hoping one of the coupons will automatically apply. You can plan your purchase with the confidence that it will come with a discount.
Users do not have to input the coupons. BeFrugal does the work and puts them all in so there’s no worrying over typos or correct capitalizations in the codes.
BeFrugal takes pride in its guarantee that every coupon listed on its platform works. Users can report coupons on the platform as not working, and if BeFrugal verifies the report, that user will earn a $5 reward.
“Our content team is sourcing coupons from brands and from other sources,” Lal said. “We have a process for testing in an automated way and another with some human oversight. So we are very confident that what ends up being shown to the user is going to work very smoothly.”
Highest Cash Back Puts More Money in Your Pocket
Everyone knows about coupons and the savings they offer. But one of the secrets to big savings in online shopping barely requires an extra click: cash back programs.
BeFrugal’s program will apply available coupons and then will refund a percentage of the purchase to customers shopping online at more than 5,000 of the most popular online stores.
Customers do not have to fill out long forms or mail in paperwork as they would for a rebate. The free service keeps track of the online purchase, and, after a quick verification from BeFrugal, the company puts the cash into your account.
Users can choose to have their money sent to them via check, PayPal, Direct Deposit, Venmo, Zelle or Gift Card. BeFrugal’s cash back program comes bundled with its coupon service and also works through the mobile app or browser extension.
On top of guaranteeing that every one of its coupons works, BeFrugal promises no other site offers a higher cash back rate than it does. When someone reports a higher cash back somewhere else, BeFrugal will verify the rate, and if confirmed, the company will match the other site’s rate at 125%.
Every site has different cash back values and often fluctuates, so shoppers may want to check values often. Moreover, some sites are selected for Bonus Cash Back. Shopping at these stores will yield higher cash back promotions.
The program is able to offer customers the free service through kickbacks on referrals. Online stores pay BeFrugal for sending people to them, and will give the company a portion of the purchase amount. BeFrugal in turn gives the customer a portion of that kickback.
“We partner with more than 5,000 retailers for our cashback program,” Lal said. “That’s the highest number in the industry. Pair that with our cash back rates that are the highest in the industry, and you get a high quality offering to shoppers.”
Helping Savvy Shoppers Find the Best Deals
BeFrugal’s services extend beyond its coupon and cash back programs. The company’s goal is to be the ultimate resource for consumer saving and helping people grow wealth.
One of the first things found on BeFrugal’s homepage is its featured deals section. The company told us it used this section to be a resource during the pandemic to help people get deals on essentials that can be bought online and shipped to their house.
On top of the featured deals, the site has weekly ads for numerous stores, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, all in one place making it easy to compare prices and deals between stores.
Toward the bottom of the homepage are BeFrugal’s saving calculators. In the Fly or Drive Calculator, users input the destination they want to travel to and where they are coming from. The site takes average flight prices, fuel costs, and wear and tear costs on the car to determine whether it’s cheaper to drive or fly somewhere.
The How Much to Spend on a Car Calculator recommends the most affordable option for buying a car. Using information such as how much time someone spends outside of the house and how much their rent is, the site uses an algorithm to recommend how much they should spend when buying a car.
Finally, its Electric Car Calculator will show whether someone should make the jump from gas-powered to electric cars. The calculator compares gas and electric cars based on cost and maintenance, and after typing in how many miles a person drives a year, shows how much someone can save going electric.
Any problems with the site or its programs are easily solved with BeFrugal’s customer service team. The company as well as the customer service team is based in Boston. Every time customers reach out to BeFrugal, a real person will respond without customers having to go through automated services.
BeFrugal maintains a blog on a wide range of topics on different ways to save money. With articles on frugal wedding planning tips, cheap holiday gift ideas, and even saving money on expensive printer ink, the site’s blog offers savvy tips.
In the end, BeFrugal told us it helps people save lots of cash on every order.
“The average savings from every order is $25 to $30, and if you think about how much online shopping you do, it makes a big difference,” Lal said. “We offer really good savings, given the hassle and time that you would need to use before.”