I’m going to let you in on a little secret…
There are all sorts of ways to get free money. You may be doing it the easy way by using coupons and rebate apps to save money on your groceries. I’m here to tell you that there are ways to earn even more.
There are all sorts of programs/websites/apps that will pay you money for you doing certain activities. These may be downloading an app, watching a video, taking a survey, clicking through a slideshow, or redeeming an offer. Most programs give you points for these activities, which you then redeem for free gift cards.
**This is the prime way I earn extra money for my grocery budget each month.**
Why not spend money that I got for FREE instead of money that I worked hard for?! Sounds like a no brainer to me. 🙂
By no means is this an all-inclusive post about all the MANY sites that are available to earn free gift cards. However, they are the websites and apps that I have personally been successful with, and would recommend hands down. I’m going to offer you a few program suggestions that can get you started and on your way to earning some free gift cards immediately.
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This is my top recommendation as I’ve found it to be the easiest, most user-friendly platform of them all to earn free gift cards.
I’ve been a Swagbucks member for a long time, but I didn’t start to really use my account diligently until a few months ago. I wanted to find a way to earn some extra cash, but didn’t want something that felt like a “job.” What I love about Swagbucks is that I can do it on my own time. There’s absolutely zero commitment, and I get out whatever I put in. I’ll use it regularly for 2-3 days, then give myself a break.
I’ve found that the smartphone app is the most convenient way to do activities. For instance, I can set it up on a video channel, and practically leave it there to run itself. Once in a while, I’ll need to click an “x” to move on from an ad, but I don’t find that to be a huge deal. Generally, for every 6 videos that you watch through the app, you can earn 2 points. Occasionally, there are little promotions that offer double Swagbucks for watching videos. Make sure you have your notifications on your cell phone so you can take advantage of these while they’re available!
If you don’t have a smartphone, don’t let that deter you. There’s even more opportunities available on the actual website.
How you make money is simple – for every activity you complete, you earn points. Each point is worth 1 penny. As your points add up, you can redeem them for free gift cards! The ones I redeem on a regular basis are Amazon, Walmart, and Target. And just to give you an idea of how easy it is, 300 points can net you a $3 gift card…sweet!
Once per month, you are also allowed a discount on your first redeemed gift card. For instance, you can get an Amazon gift card that would normally cost 2500 points (valued at $25) for only 2200 points (valued at $22)!
How do you earn points? That’s easy, too! There are literally TONS of ways to do it, but I stick with the tried-and-true offers. Those are completing surveys, watching videos, searching the web, online shopping (doing it through them earns you cash back), and printing grocery coupons. There are other things to do besides those, but I’ve found those to be the easiest. Printing the coupons is a no-brainer because every time I redeem a coupon printed through Swagbucks, I get 10 extra points. It can take a few weeks for those points to show up in my account, but it’s a happy surprise when they do. 😉 I already use coupons on a regular basis, so I might as well get even more money back, ya know?
Do I have you intrigued to start swagging? If so, just click this link to set up your own account. Once you’ve earned your first 300 points, you’ll get a $3 bonus!
InboxDollars is another website similar to Swagbucks, but it has a slightly different platform. What is unique about them is instead of using a points system, they tell you exactly how much money you will earn for each activity. For example, a survey could earn you anywhere from $.50 to $3. You’ll know on the front end before starting an activity how much the payout will be.
Just a couple of unique features they have –
- If you download the app on your smartphone and have your location settings turned on, you will occasionally get an alert for a quick $.05 for “checking in” at a local store (such as a Walgreens, Target, etc.). I don’t get it every time I visit one of these places, but I make sure to click the alert to grab that nickle while it’s there. 🙂
- They also have a daily trivia feature where you can either win a quick penny or “sweeps” to enter a sweepstakes.
If you’re going to go to the grocery store, you might as well make some money from it! Ibotta has quickly become one of my favorite ways to earn cash back. Simply download their smartphone app and add some items. Once you’ve purchased those items at your favorite store, scan your receipt and items to earn money back! Once you’ve earned a minimum of $20, you can cash it out to Paypal or a large selection of gift cards. And believe me, getting to $20 will be the easiest thing since sliced bread.
I usually cash out my rebates to a grocery store (Walmart or Target), and that helps me bring my final grocery store total down a lot. And a quick tip about Target – take all your gift cards to the Guest Services counter and ask them to load everything onto one card. Will be the biggest time saver of your life (and your cashier will thank you)!
Related reading – 10 Apps that Will Significantly Trim Your Grocery Budget
Fetch is fairly new to me, but I love it because there’s really nothing to it! All you do is go to the grocery store and upload your receipt into their smartphone app. Simple as that! Specific items and brands will earn you extra points, but if your receipt contains none of those brands, don’t worry. You will still receive a minimum of 25 points per receipt.
Once you’ve reached a minimum of 3000 points, you can redeem it for a $3 gift card! And honestly, their gift card collection is second to none – the choices are endless!
I’ll help you get a head start on your points, too. Simply use my referral code (PR6UM) when you sign up, and you will get a bonus 1500 points. You can even go back to scan any receipts from the past 2 weeks and get credit for them, so snag those points while you still can!
So, there you have it – 4 places where you can earn free gift cards on a regular basis. What you earn really is determined by how much time you invest. I don’t have a ton of free time, but when I do, I make the most of it by hopping onto one of these apps.
Do you have any ways that you make a little extra cash on the side? Leave a comment below to let me know!