What Are Your Friends Worth? {Guest Post by Northshore Mama}

Disclaimer :: Please note that the links below are affiliate links, meaning that I will receive a referral credit if you use them to sign up.

refer a friend programsThat’s a question that could get a whole variety of answers. But, what I am referring to is actual cash!

Your friends could be worth a pretty penny if you share your savings finds with them and ask them to join you!

My 5 Favorite Refer-a-Friend Programs

Most of the programs that I participate in and talk about on my blog have great refer-a-friend programs. I don’t have a single friend that couldn’t use a program that saves or earns them a few bucks. Think about that … do YOU have friends that would NOT want or need to save money? Not likely.

So, I try to always remind my readers to utilize those refer-a-friend programs, and they can make a little extra cash for themselves! Below are my 5 favorite refer-a-friend payouts:

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Living Social

Living Social is a “daily deal” site that offers big discounts on things like restaurants, zoo tickets, and Sams Club Memberships, as well as deals for online shopping. My favorite thing about them is that they offer your friends $10 on a $20 deal when they sign up. That’s a great incentive to offer your friend because that means that what would likely be a $40 product/service is on the site for $20 so your friend is already getting half off. But, you are now sending them a $10 credit to use on that deal. Now, they are getting it for 75% off! All because you send them your REFER A FRIEND link and told them about this offer that you thought they would be interested in. You get $10 to spend, too…just for sharing that great deal with your friend.

While this is a GREAT deal, my truly favorite thing about Living Social is their Me + 3 = FREE program! See, most of their deals will give you a special link as soon as your purchase is confirmed. If you share that link and three friends buy the deal THROUGH THAT LINK, then your deal is refunded in full and you got it FREE! So, if the deal for zoo tickets pops up, and you know 3 friends that might want to go with you, then you buy first, send them the link and if they bite – BOOM – you are headed to the zoo for FREE!



Ebates is a program that pays you cash back for your online purchases. You simply log on to their site, find the store that you are shopping, click SHOP NOW, and you are redirected to that store’s page. As long as you shop and checkout without breaking that re-directed connection, Ebates will know what you spent and give you a small percentage back in cash! Checks are cut quarterly, so it has time to build up. Also, you should really think of this when you are making big purchases like appliances, airfare, or hotel reservations. You’d be surprised how fast it adds up!

Now, when you Refer a Friend to Ebates, they will give you $5 per friend. This credit appears when your friend has:

  • Signed up through your link AND
  • Spent a total of $25 through the Ebates site.

Not only do you get $5 per friend, but they always have a bonus opportunity each quarter. Right now, through March 31, if you refer just 2 friends who qualify by making that $25 in purchases, you will get $50 instead of the normal $10! Sometimes it’s 2, 3 or 5 referrals needed to get that type of bonus. This is a great time to jump in, refer two friends who like to get extra cash back, and you will get $50!

This program is totally legit, and I have earned over $3,500 back with them since I started. It’s cash back for what you already buy AND it’s also cash that the hubby doesn’t have to know about!



Ibotta is an app that gives you rebates on groceries, drug store purchases, movie tickets, even certain restaurants! Sometimes it’s cash back on generic items that are not brand specific! Like a gallon of white milk, a loaf of sliced bread, any laundry detergent, or right now … any candy!

This is a super way to coupon and not be that girl in the line. You scan your receipt and items into the app when you get home. You can cash out your rebates into PayPal or for gift cards.

They give you $5 when a friend you refer signs up through your link and redeems a rebate within the first two weeks. It automatically appears in your own account as soon as their rebate is processed.

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This is another daily deal site similar to Living Social. They have lots of great deals for activities and restaurants around New Orleans. I included them in this list because their refer-a-friend program does not require that you purchase first. You could find a deal, send it to a few friends, they sign up and buy the deal and you get $5 credit. THEN, you can buy the deal with your credits making it cost less or maybe even be free. They are the fastest payout for referrals of any program that I use. This is a one-hit wonder and must be new users to get the payout. But, because of it’s speed in paying out, and the fact that I have never paid them a single penny for all the deals that I have bought, they make the list!

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Zaycon Foods

I talked about this on NOMB about a year ago. Since then, they have added stops in both Mandeville and Slidell. This is a company that sells high quality, fabulous meats at prices that beat the grocery store any day! You order online, buy by the case, and then meet the truck on delivery day! This is usually in a pre-designated church parking lot about once a month. The taste, freshness and quality of these meats is amazing. But, the best news is that they, too, offer a Refer-a-Friend program. Anyone who signs up through your referral link earns you $1 in credits to spend on your orders. Best thing is, this is NOT a one-hit-wonder! It’s EVERY time that they buy a case…forever! You get $1. If they order 5 cases, you earn $5! Your referral credits drop into your account the morning of delivery. So, you have them in time to use them on your next order. I know, $1 doesn’t sound like a lot. But, every little bit helps and the fact that they are just REALLY starting to grow in our area, gives you time to tell all your family and friends before someone else does!

About Northshore Mama

Kari Head ShotKari, born and raised on the Northshore, began Northshore Mama after her family experienced a couple of rough financial years.  Kari shares the tips and tricks to maneuvering each store’s different marketing of their sales, as well as introducing her readers to various programs and websites where she earns free stuff every day.  Northshore Mama’s mission is to bring you the coupon deals and show you how to match them up with each store’s weekly sales to get the most bang for your buck!



  1. My favorite refer a friend program is panda cashback, they offer 25% life time referral commission every time the friend i referred to shops and earn cash back


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