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How I Earn Free Gift Cards Every Month

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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Swagbucks

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.

 
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You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at Swagbucks.com

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


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.

Ibotta

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 Rewards

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!

Do you know how easy it is to earn free gift cards? It's almost no work at all! Check out this quick post for some ways to earn some extra money today.

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!

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10 Apps That Will Significantly Trim Your Grocery Budget

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What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.

If you’re like me, you’re frequently looking for ways to cut down on expenses.  This may be for groceries, household supplies, clothing…anything and everything that sucks that bank account dry.  While I can’t help you grow a money tree, I can help you find some easy ways to earn extra money and even get some of your own money back, especially on your grocery budget.  🙂

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Some people (like me) love to coupon, but it can be hard work!  You have to keep up with a meal plan, then compare it to what’s on sale, then check to see what you already have on hand….  it’s exhausting!  While I’m currently trying to get a better plan in place for myself on all that, I have still managed to coupon for the things that I regularly use.  

I’m no extreme couponer (well, maybe a little), but I do believe it’s silly to not take advantage of the “free money” that you receive in your weekly Sunday paper or from printable coupons online.

But did you know, you can maximize your coupons even more?!  Yes, you can!  

There are apps that you can download on your phone where you can earn even more money back.  They are ah-ma-zing!!!  Even better, if there are rebates available for the same item across multiple apps, you can use all of them.  Say what?!

Most of the recommendations on this list are related to grocery shopping, and with good reason.  Grocery shopping is the one thing we all have to do, and if you’re not careful, the costs can spiral out of control.  It’s difficult to believe that the USDA estimates the monthly grocery cost for my family of 3 is over $600!  I’m at a monthly grocery budget now of $450, but have been gradually chipping away at it.  With the tips I’ve provided in this post, I’m earning back at least $100/mo, and looking for more ways to save every day.

Let’s dive in, shall we?  😉

Ibotta

This is hands down the king of all rebate apps.  Just with this app What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.alone, I earn back almost a 1/4th of my grocery budget every month!  They have a WIDE selection of coupons in every category imaginable, and a LOT of stores are compatible with their app. They regularly have multiple rebates for any store, any item.  An example of that would be “save .25 cents on any brand of shredded cheese, gallon of milk, bananas, etc.”  So, while .25 is not a lot by itself, if you’re already planning to buy milk, eggs, bread, OJ, etc., those .25 cent savings will add up fast! 

Usually after 3-4 days, rebates that you’ve recently redeemed are reset so if you need to restock on a common item, you can use the same rebate again.  They also have monthly bonuses where you can earn bonuses – eeeeekkkk!!  To download their app, just go through this link here.  You’ll get an easy $1.00 off any item rebate when you sign up, plus a $10 bonus rebate when you redeem your first rebate within one week.  $11 easy dollars just. like. that!!  Once you’re ready to cash out your earnings, you can send them to Paypal or onto a wide selection of gift cards.

Once you’ve downloaded Ibotta onto your phone, I promise you’ll want to tell all your friends.  This is the one club that it’s cool for everyone to be a part of, and the more the merrier.  Every time you refer a friend to Ibotta, you’ll earn a $5 bonus!  (After downloading the app, they’ll have to redeem at least one regular branded rebate within 1 week for the bonus to apply….so not hard to do.)

P.S.  Just in case you need MORE convincing to download Ibotta to your phone, they offer rebates on more than just groceries.  You can earn extra moolah from stores like Best Buy, Joann’s, Hallmark, Toys ‘r Us, and Home Depot to name a few.  Are you finally convinced now?!  If so, just sign up here.  😉

Checkout51

What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.This is my second favorite rebate app, and they also have a wide selection of offers.  Checkout51 uploads new offers every week on Thursday, and they expire the following Wednesday.  In my experience, some offers are available for more than one week, but don’t dillydally if you want to use a particular one.  Checkout51 has a quantity limit on rebates for all items.  For instance, I wanted to redeem a rebate that I had saved, but by the time I got back to the app to redeem it, it said all offers had been claimed.  Moral of that story – get ’em while you can!  Once you have reached $20 or more in earnings, they will send you a check in the mail.  Click here to sign up for this one.

MobiSaveWhat's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.

This rebate app is not quite as beefed up as the previous two, but it still has some nice offerings.  My favorite thing about it is that you get your money back the second your receipt has been approved.  All earnings are instantly downloaded to your Paypal account.  They have offers similar to Ibotta such as any brand of baking soda, any type of bandage, any type of sliced bread, etc.  You won’t get rich off this app, but it still has some great features that I really like.  Visit this link to learn more and complete the sign up process.

SavingStar

What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.In my opinion, this app is the smallest of the four in terms of offers, but it’s still been an asset to my grocery budget.  What I like most about it is that it’s perfect to use when you’re stocking up on an item.  For example, they always have offers that say, “Save $5 off a $20 purchase of XYZ laundry detergent.”  So, if your preferred detergent brand is also on sale, you might as well stock up to reach that $20 threshold.  (Even better if you can combine with coupons!)  Here’s the link to sign up for SavingStar.

Shopkick

This is a fairly new app for me, but it has an interesting spin on earning What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.cash back.  Basically, you earn “kicks” for walking into stores, scanning items, or purchasing items.  Usually, just for walking into a store, you earn a minimum of 25 kicks.  The range of kick points for scanning items is usually between 10-25.  Your real points come when you purchase specific items or refer your friends to sign up.  Once you’ve reached 500 kick points, you can start cashing out rewards onto gift cards.  Sign up today and earn double points when you walk into stores!

Walmart Savings Catcher

What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.I think this particular app has been around forever, but it is super-duper convenient if you only like to shop at Walmart!  Basically, all you need to do with this app is scan the QR code at the bottom of your receipt.  The app will then scan all the local ads in your area to see if there are lower prices for the items you’ve purchased.  If the app locates any sales that are cheaper than Walmart’s price, you will receive the difference back within 3 days.  Whenever you’re ready, you can request all your savings to be downloaded to a Walmart gift card.  Cha-ching!

Cartwheel from Target

If you’re anything like me, Target is the one store I can get lost in for days!!  I literally love everything they have there!  The baby clothes are super cute (and affordable), the toy section is great, and the grocery options are a step above Walmart/Kroger in some cases.  What makes shopping there even better?  The Cartwheel app.  Simply download this app to your phone, then start adding offers.  The lowest discounts start at 5%, but I’ve seen (and used) discounts up to 50%!  Holy jamoly!  And just like I mentioned in the beginning, if you have an identical offer on multiple apps, you can take advantage of every. single. one.  

What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.

Recently, I took advantage of a 20% beauty products Cartwheel offer on loofah sponges and mascara.  By the time I used the coupons I had on hand, then combined it with the 20% off AND the $5 gift card I got back after spending $20 on beauty, I got all those items for FREE!  

What are you waiting for?  Click the image above and download this app stat!

LozoWhat's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.

Lozo is the first recommendation I have if you are looking for grocery coupons online.  It’s another new discovery for me, but I’m already a huge fan!  First, you’ll need to set up an account and let it know what items you buy frequently.  It will do a search for coupons, and provide you with a list of everything available that matches those items.  

There’s also a great search feature to help streamline multiple pages of coupons so you can get right to the coupons you need quickly.  Once you’ve set up your account and your list, you’ll get occasional emails letting you know when new coupons are available that match your list.  Talk about a time saver, ya know?!

Coupons.comWhat's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.

When I first started printing coupons online, coupons.com was the first website I visited.  Just about any coupon I wanted/needed to print was there, plus a whole bunch of other ones that I knew I’d need later.  They’ve significantly beefed up their offers since I first heard about it, and I guarantee you’ll find something there that’s helpful for you.  For instance, if you visit their “cash back offers” section, you’ll find local restaurants that will give you cash back when you dine.  Awesome sauce!  To see everything they have to offer, visit coupons.com!

Swagbucks Coupons

I’m planning to cover Swagbucks more extensively in a future post, but for now, they deserve a place on this list, too.

What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps. Swagbucks offers a ton of ways that you can earn points which will get you cash back.  One of them happens to be with coupons!  Simply visit the Shop tab then go to “grocery coupons.”  Every coupon that you print and redeem will earn you an 10 points back.  Quick tip – it can take awhile for your points to credit, but from personal experience, I’ve seen the points appear in my account about 3 weeks after redeeming.  Don’t have a Swagbucks account?  It’s easy to get one!  Just follow this link to sign up.

What's the one thing that can suck your money dry every month? Yep...it's your grocery budget. Check out how I've slashed mine using these 10 awesome apps.

So, there they are – TEN awesome apps that you can start earning with today!  I’ve personally tried every single one so you can rest assured they’re all legit.  😉  

What about you?  What apps/websites/resources do you use to tackle your grocery budget?

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