Is BeFrugal legit? In this BeFrugal review, we will see how BeFrugal measures up to its competitors.
What Is BeFrugal?
BeFrugal is a website where you can earn cashback when you shop online. Here’s how it works: You log into your BeFrugal account and browse the stores listed there (there are over 5,000 stores, including Amazon, eBay, Walmart, etc). When you want to visit an online store, just click on it and you will be taken to that store. Then, when you make a purchase, part of that purchase will be deposited into your BeFrugal account. For example, you can earn up to 10 percent cashback at Amazon.
Besides cashback offers, BeFrugal also has a database of coupons and deals from over 40,000 stores. There are also printable coupons that you can print out and use at a physical store.
BeFrugal also has a browser extension. If you install it on your browser, then you can just visit any online store directly, without ever logging into BeFrugal. BeFrugal will alert you whenever a cashback offer is available, and all you have to do is activate the offer from within the browser extension.
The browser extension also has another feature: Whenever you check out online, the extension will give you all the coupons they have in BeFrugal’s database for that store. Just click on any of those coupons to activate it. Pretty cool! However, this extension only works on Windows. There is also a smartphone app for Apple and Android.
Getting Paid at BeFrugal
You can cash out whenever you want and get paid within 10 days. When you make a purchase, the cashback will usually appear in your BeFrugal account within a week in a pending mode, but you will have to wait 30-90 days before it gets confirmed. This is because it takes time for the merchants to process the transactions and let BeFrugal know about it.
When signing up at BeFrugal, you will automatically earn a $10 bonus. You won’t be able to cash out this $10 bonus, however, until you also earn at least another $25 in cashback money.
BeFrugal vs Ebates vs Mr. Rebates vs TopCashBack
How does BeFrugal stack up to Ebates, another popular cashback store? Both have comparable cashback rates. I created a chart that shows how BeFrugal compares to Ebates, as well as Mr. Rebates and TopCashBack, two other cashback websites. (Things can always change, but this is how they are now.) BeFrugal is the orange bar, Ebates is the yellow bar, Mr. Rebates is the green line, and TopCashBack is the blue line. The numbers stand for the highest amount of cashback rates you can get at each store.
As you can see, BeFrugal seems to have pretty nice cashback rates. Again, every store will be different, and things can always change.
BeFrugal also has several calculators to help you save money. There is a calculator to help you decide whether it will be cheaper to fly or drive somewhere, and there is another two calculators that tell you whether it is worth it for you to buy a car or an electric car.
So, Is BeFrugal Legit? Can It Really Be True?
BeFrugal does have an A+ rating with the BBB, which is pretty good. It’s also a BBB accredited business for over five years. Compare that with TopCashBack, which currently has a B rating, because of complaints that people were never paid.
I do think BeFrugal is a worthwhile site to join. The browser extension is unique in that you can both get cashbacks and coupons. Ebates also has a browser extension, but as far as I know, you can only get cashback. (I mostly use a Chromebook, and BeFrugal’s extension only works on Windows, so I personally use the Ebates extension.)
Probably the best thing to do is to join both ebates.com and BeFrugal. This way, you can always get the highest cashback rates available at any store.