You know it’s going to be a good day when you have a gift card burning a hole in your wallet.
It’s like your personal free admission pass to all your favorite stores — Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Walmart… you name it. Instead of holding your breath at checkout, you can let out a sigh of relief. That little piece of plastic just freed up room in your monthly budget for other expenses.
Sadly, you might think you can only land gift cards around your birthday or the holidays. But we’re going to show you how to get free gift cards online — it’s basically free money!
7 Easy Ways to Get Free Gift Cards
If you’re looking to pocket some free gift cards, we’ve got your guide right here. We’ve searched the internet high and low and have tested each of these strategies. No need to worry about internet scams; we’ve battled all those for you.
Without further ado, here’s how to score free gift cards today:
1. Get a Free $25 Target GiftCard™ When Your Home Goes “Green”
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When you sign up your home or apartment (yup, renters are eligible, too!) with Arcadia, you’ll get a free $25 Target gift card.
It takes about two minutes to sign up, so this is about as easy as it gets.
2. Scratch Off Free Lottery Tickets to Earn Gift Cards
There’s something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets, but it’s better to avoid them because, well, that’s not Penny Hoarding.
Instead, try scratching for free using an app called Lucktastic, available via iOS and Android. (Note: Lucktastic is called Lucktastic Match in the iTunesstore.) Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000.
You can also earn tokens that you can exchange for free gift cards to retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Kohl’s, Sephoraand more.
You’re basically earning free gift cards when you play games!
The app is supported by advertising, which allows it to keep the payouts high and the games free.
3. Get Free Gift Cards for Completing Mini-Tasks
Have you heard of Mypoints?
It’s a long-time reader favorite around here. It’s basically an online money-making portal. You’ll complete tasks on the site — watch videos, shop at your favorite stores, take surveys, participate in polls and peruse the web with its search engine— to earn extra money.
Mypoints rewards you in points which you can exchange for Amazon, Walmart and even Visa gift cards.
Mypoints is easy to get the hang of — and even kind of fun!
4. Watch Movie Previews for Free Gift Cards
Most of you already know about InboxDollars, but did you know that it will pay you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news and dozens of other videos? Plus, you’ll get a bonus $5 just for signing up.
You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks, so be prepared. InboxDollars lets you know how long the playlist runs before you start watching, and playlists range from a few minutes to about a half hour.
5. Snap Photos of Any Receipt to Start Earning a $10 Gift Card
Yes, cash-back apps are an awesome way to make moneyand pocket free gift cards, but it can take time claiming those offers, uploading photos of your receipts and scanning barcodes.
If you don’t have time for that, then you’ll want to download the Fetch Rewards app.
Here’s what to do:
- Once you download the app and create an account, enter the code PENNY to earn 2,000 free points.
- Now, take a photo of any of your grocery receipts (must be from the past 14 days) to start earning rewards. It’s that simple.
Every time you scan a receipt that includes one of more than 250 participating brands, you’ll earn points — without worrying about matching specific product offers.
If the app does find a match, you’ll earn even more. For example, we recently saw an offer of 2,000 points when you purchase a Suave female hair product. And another for 2,000 points for a 12-pack of Blue Moon.
Once you collect enough points, cash out for a gift card to any of a number of retailers. For example, 10,000 points will get you a $10 Sephora gift card. Or 3,000 points will get you a $3 Panera Bread card.
6. Get a Free $10 Walmart Gift Card
One of our favorite ways to save moneyis with Ebates, a cash-back site that rewards you nearly every time you buy something online. For example, Ebates gives you up to 10% cash back on online purchasesat Walmart.
Plus, you’ll get a free $10 gift card to Walmart for giving the site a try.
To earn your gift card:
- Sign up for Ebates with your email or Facebook account.
- Use the Ebates portal the next time you need to buy something. It’s connected to thousands of stores, including Walmart, Amazon and Target. You’ll need to make your first purchase through the site within 90 days and spend at least $25.
Your account will automatically be credited with rewards points you can cash in for your $10 Walmart gift card.
7. Exchange Your Grocery Receipts for Gift Cards
After elbowing your way through grocery store aisles, you deserve a gift card, right?
Before your next grocery haul, download the free Ibotta app.
Before you shop, search for items on your shopping list within the Ibotta app. When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.
Bam. Cash back.
Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll get a $20 sign-up bonus. Here’s how to get it:
- Download the Ibotta app.
- Create an account.
- Shop, and take a photo of your grocery receipt.
- Redeem 10 offers within 14 days, and you’ll get that $20 bonus.
Every time you scan a receipt that includes a participating brand, you’ll earn cash back.
For example, we recently saw an offer of $5 back on a case of Shiner Bock beer.
Once you earn at least $20, cash out via PayPal.
Go ahead, and start earning cash by downloading Ibotta.