9 Clever Ways to Get Free Gift Cards This Month

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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!

9 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. Share Your Opinions With an Online Survey Site

It seems like a million paid survey sites keep popping up online. But so many of them have lousy customer service, or it takes forever to get paid for the surveys you take. It’s hard to know which websites are worth your time.

Here’s a survey site that’s been operating since 2007: PrizeRebel. Since it started, it’s given out more than $15 million in cash and rewards. It processes rewards within 24 hours (or instantly if you’re a “gold” level user), so you get paid fast.

You won’t get rich using PrizeRebel, but it’s a legit site — we’ve tried it ourselves. You earn points by when you take surveys. You can cash in as soon as you earn 500 points, which gets you $5.

You’ll redeem points for cash or gift cards from more than 500 brands, including Amazon, PayPal, eBay, Walmart — plus stuff you won’t find everywhere, like Buffalo Wild Wings, Uber and Nike.

One Penny Hoarder writer was immediately offered dozens of surveys after signing up. Each paid out up to $4 and took between 10 and 35 minutes to complete.

Interested in more survey opportunities? Check out our guide on best survey sites, where you can find more information on some of our favorites.

2. Go Green and Get a $20 Target Gift Card (No Solar Panels Required)

Eric Hanson wanted a cleaner energy source, but he didn’t have the option in his Maine home — and didn’t want to install pricy solar panels.So he signed up with renewable energy company Arcadia Power, which helps you offset your monthly energy consumption with 100% renewable sources.

“On a fundamental level, the power that I use in my house is coming from renewable sources,” Hanson says. “By providing financial support for renewable energy sites, I can disrupt the market. I’m willing to support green growth.”

And, because you’re such a good person, the company will throw in a free $20 Target gift card.

You can sign up to qualify for your free gift card in about two minutes.

3. Scratch Off Free Lottery Tickets to Earn Gift Cards

A man uses the Lucktastic app.
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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 iTunes store.) 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, Sephora and 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. For more info, check out our full review.

4. 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 to earn cash (or gift cards) for your purchases.

Search for items on your shopping list within the app, and then snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.

A few recent cash-back opportunities we’ve spotted include:

  • 25 cents back on any item.
  • 25 cents back on avocados.
  • 50 cents back on a carton of eggs.
  • $2 back on Colgate mouthwash.
  • $4 back on Bud Light.
Pro Tip

Going online shopping? Shop through the Ibotta app to earn automatic cash back from your go-to retailers, including Amazon, Jet, Target and Walmart.

Once you collect $20 in rewards, secure a gift card to a number of retailers, including Amazon, Apple iTunes, Best Buy, Chipotle, Old Navy, Sephora and Walmart.

5. Get a Free $10 Walmart Gift Card

One of our favorite ways to save money is 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 purchases at Walmart.

Plus, you’ll get a free $10 gift card to Walmart for giving the site a try.

To earn your gift card:

  1. Sign up for Ebates with your email or Facebook account.
  2. 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.

6. Snap Photos of Any Receipt to Start Earning a $10 Gift Card

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Yes, cash-back apps are an awesome way to make money and 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:

  1. Once you download the app and create an account, enter the code PENNY to earn 2,000 free points.
  2. 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.

7. Ship Your Old Stuff to Amazon and Get Free Amazon Gift Cards

If you’ve got old items sitting around, including gaming consoles, video games, Kindles, books, phones, tablets and smartwatches, Amazon Trade-In will take ’em and send you a gift card in return.

No need to mess with shipping fees, either. Amazon sends you a prepaid shipping label you can print and slap on an old box. If Amazon can’t accept the items you’ve shipped in, it’ll return them to you for free.

Depending on your location, it can take up to 10 days to get paid in Amazon gift cards.

8. Cash Out Credit Card Points for Gift Cards

Plenty of credit cards have rewards programs that’ll grant you cash back or travel points. But what about gift cards?

As long as you can manage your spending and pay off your card each month, credit card rewards can be super easy — and passive — way to pocket extra money or gift cards. Plus, sometimes exchanging your points for gift cards can get you more money back than it would straight cash.

For example, with the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, you can exchange 10,000 points for $100 in cash. Or you can save 10% of your points by redeeming them for a Whole Foods, Gap, Lowe’s or Home Depot gift card. That means you’ll get a $100 gift card, but you’ll get to hang onto 1,000 of those points.

To see if your credit card offers gift card deals, take a look at your online rewards portal or contact customer service.

9. Tap Into This Online Earning Portal

Have you heard of Swagbucks?

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 points, or SBs.

Pro Tip

Earn a 500 SB (or $5) bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.

Then exchange your SBs for PayPal cash or Amazon, Walmart and even Visa gift cards.

Swagbucks is easy to get the hang of — and even kind of fun!

Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s all for stashing her purse with free Target gift cards. Someone’s gotta buy all those candles.