So before we start, I want to make a few things clear. While these methods will score you free gift cards, some of them will require effort and work on your part. Secondly, this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but it should cover the most popular methods to get free gift cards and cash.
Table of Contents:
- 1. Paid Survey Websites
- 2. Searching the Web
- 3. Shopping
- 4. Tasks
- 5. Credit Card Rewards
- 6. Amazon Affiliate
- 7. Microsoft Rewards
- 8. Razer Cortex
- 9. Search Social Media
- 10. Amazon MTurk
- 11. Buying Discounted Gift Cards
- 12. Mail-In Rebates
- 13. Test Driving
- 14. Recyclebank
- 15. Ask for Gift Cards Instead of Regular Gifts
- 16. Giveaways
1. Paid Survey Websites
This is probably the most commonly used method for getting free gift cards online, we even have a post containing our Top Reward Websites in 2019, which I recommend you take a look at too. Survey sites get paid by companies or research groups to have people take a survey; the user takes the survey and earns money / points, then they redeem that for gift cards or cold hard cash. There are many survey sites available so you’ll want to try a few before deciding which ones to use. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
- Swagbucks – $10 sign up bonus, many ways to earn and a low minimum payout threshold ($3). Swagbucks is used by millions all over the world.
- InboxDollars – $5 sign up bonus, a lot of ways to earn and the “Scratch n Win” feature is pretty fun.
- PrizeRebel – Old and trusted site, nice daily challenges, low payout threshold ($5) and many gift cards to pick from.
2. Searching the Web
Yes you read that right, you can get Gift Cards just by performing web searches. Before you get too excited, know that the amount of money/points you receive is typically very low and you can’t predict when a search is going to reward you. That being said, it’s a very nice feature because you can usually just set it as your default search engine and passively earn without thinking about it. Swagbucks, MyPoints and SendEarnings are just some of the sites that reward users for searching.
Yes, we’re talking about buying things and earning points and/or cash back on your purchases. Shopping is the lifeblood of any economy and there are loads of apps and websites that you can use to earn rewards just by buying the things you were going to buy anyways. We’ve even made an extensive list of what we believe to be the Best Cash Back Websites & Apps in 2019. Here are a few websites and apps to help get you started:
- InboxDollars – earns you cash back when you make purchases at participating stores. You can even clip and use coupons for even more earning potential.
- InstaGC – get cash back on all your purchases at supported stores.
- Honey Extension – is a free browser extension that automatically finds and applies coupon codes for over 30,000 shopping sites. You earn HoneyGold when you use a code and can redeem the gold for gift cards!
- Dosh – is a free mobile app for Android and iOS that gives you cash back on all applicable purchases, you also get $5 instantly when you link your credit/debit card. All earnings are withdrawn as cash.
These tasks are typically very simple to do and only reward you with a few pennies, although some can be more complex and subsequently reward you with more money. Tasks can range from clicking a link, signing up to a website, solving captchas and more. Websites such as Swagbucks, PrizeRebel, and FusionCash all pay you for completing various easy tasks.
5. Credit Card Rewards
These days, almost every credit card company has some kind of cash back program. It’s important that you do thorough research to determine which company to use before going through with it. Different cash back programs will reward you differently when you shop at specific stores, so pick the one where you shop frequently. Most of these rewards programs do allow you to redeem your points into gift cards and/or cash. Always be responsible when using credit cards.
6. Amazon Affiliate
Amazon will pay you in cash or Amazon gift card for every person who buys a product through your referral link. If you have a website or a larger audience then you can start monetizing them as an Amazon Affiliate. Just find a product you like that is supported in their affiliate program, advertise it and earn from every purchase.
7. Microsoft Rewards
Microsoft Rewards gives you points when you search on Bing, shop, play games, and complete daily/weekly quizes & offers. Unfortunately their gift card options are quite limited and you cannot withdraw as cash, but there’s an option for a AMC gift card. If you’re an Xbox user or use Bing already then it may be worthwhile to try this service out.
8. Razer Cortex
Razer Cortex is software that pays you in “Razer Silver” when you play games found in their library. You can redeem the silver that you’ve earned for Razer products and select steam game CD keys. Pretty simple, however there is a cap on how much silver you can earn per day, it’s somewhere around 900.
9. Search Social Media
There are countless giveaways being held and advertised on various social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. You just need to know what to search in order to find them, then just enter and wait. Here are some examples of what to search for on Twitter / Instagram: #giveaway | #contest | #competition | #sweepstakes | #prize | #freebie | #freebiefriday
10. Amazon MTurk
In a nutshell, Amazon Mechanical Turk is a service that crowdsources workers for companies/individuals to use in completing tasks that (at this time) only humans can do effectively. Tasks can range from things like, identifying pictures, research, transcribing audio, categorizing and more. Currently you can request your payment in cash or Amazon Gift Card.
11. Buying Discounted Gift Cards
There are many gift card exchanges that you can use to sell and buy previously owned gift cards at a discounted price. That being said, there’s only one that I’ve found that rewards you in cash back when you buy these discounted gift cards. That website is called Gift Card Granny and they do just that. You heard me right, you can earn free cash and gift cards just by buying already discounted gift cards! You can also refer your friends and download their app to earn even more.
12. Mail-In Rebates
Mail-in rebates (MIR) are offers from manufacturers that pay you some amount of the price you payed after you do some paperwork and mail it back to them. These rebates generally come in two flavors, free-after rebates or partial-rebates. Free-after means you’ll b reimbursed for the full purchase amount after the fact and partial just means you’ll receive a certain amount of the purchase cost. There are MIRs for all kinds of products and it’s important that you send all required items/information in the envelope. Also be aware of any rebate deadlines they may have.
13. Test Driving
This one is rather straight-forward, car dealerships want people to be interested in their vehicles and usually offer incentives to get customers through the door and behind the wheel. Just make sure you know what you’re getting in to before-hand and don’t get talked into making any unnecessary purchases!
This method is pretty unique and when I heard about it I immediately was on board. Recyclebank gives you points when you recycle and do all the things that make our planet a little bit healthier. Just make sure that your city or waste haulers have partnered with them or else they won’t be able to give you points. You get to make the world a greener place and earn rewards / prizes, what else could you ask for?
15. Ask for Gift Cards Instead of Regular Gifts
This is the simplest way to get gift cards, just ask your friends and relatives to get you gift cards instead of a normal gift for special occasions / holidays. Most people have a difficult time picking out a gift for someone else, so this will simplify the process for them as well.
There are many sites that either offer giveaways or find and compile giveaways held by other sites / brands / individuals. Websites like Vast.gg, Playr.gg and GiveawayBase.com all are great places to start looking for giveaways. Be warned, these sites receive a lot of traffic and as a result there are many people entering in each giveaway, which hurts your chances of winning a lot.
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