7 Clever Ways to Get Free Gift Cards This Month

Target gift cards in a store display.
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There are few better feelings than a gift card burning a hole in your wallet.

Sure, you might not have cash. And your credit card’s high utilization rate might be threatening your credit score… but that gift card. It’s like a free admission pass, just beckoning you to spend some quality time in Target or to splurge on that fancy latte-mocha-cappuccino.

But what’s better than a gift card? A FREE gift card.

How 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 and have tested each of these strategies.

Spoiler alert: They all work; they all get you gift cards.

1. Snag $5 to Fill This out While You Watch TV

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 taking 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.

2. Share Your Opinions (But Not on Facebook, Please) for a $10 Gift Card

Have you heard of MyPoints? It’s a cash-back site that lets you earn rewards by shopping online and printing coupons.

We love it around here, because it’s an instant way to save on everything you buy. For example, you can get up to 5% cash back on purchases in some categories on Amazon (i.e. where we shop for everything).

Plus, you can get a bonus $10 Amazon gift card when you sign up. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up for MyPoints for free here using your email address or Facebook account.
  2. Use the MyPoints portal next time you need to shop online. It’s connected to thousands of stores including faves like Walmart, Amazon and Target.
  3. When you spend $10 at any of those stores, MyPoints will reward you with 1,750 bonus points (on top of your cash back), which you can redeem for a free $10 gift card of your choice.

3. Rack up Points and Score a $5 Gift Card — It’s That Easy

Survey sites are a great place to snag some free money and gift cards through sign-up bonuses.

Another option? MyPoints.

You can earn gift cards for taking polls and filling out surveys. Once you complete your first five surveys, you’ll earn a $5 bonus. 

4. Get a $20 Amazon Gift Card for Going Green

Eric Hanson wanted a cleaner energy source, but didn’t have the option in his Maine home — and didn’t want to install pricy solar panels.

So he went 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 Amazon gift card.

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

5. Save Your Receipts and Earn a Free $10

After fighting your way through the grocery store aisles, you deserve a gift card, right?

Before your next grocery haul, download the free Ibotta app.

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.

Once you collect $20 in rewards, cash out for, well, cash or secure a gift card to a number of retailers, including Amazon, Chipotle, Old Navy, Sephora and Walmart.

Plus, you’ll earn a $10 bonus when you claim your first cash-back offer. In the words of Bon Jovi, you’re halfway there!

6. Scratch Off Free Lottery Tickets

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. 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.

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.

7. Get a Free $10 Walmart Gift Card 

If you’re planning to make an online purchase, you might as well snag a free $10 Walmart gift card.

Join Ebates, a shopping portal featuring coupons, promo codes and cashback offers. When you make a purchase at any one of Ebates’ thousands of partner stores, including Target, Amazon and Walmart, you’ll earn up to 40% in cash back.

Sign up for free, spend $25 on your first purchase within 90 days, and they’ll send you a free $10 Walmart gift card.

8. Scroll Through Instagram (Like You Already Do)

Did you know you can actually get paid to spend time on social media?

On Twitter, try participating in a Tweet chat. Chats are especially popular during holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas and even Mother’s day.

On Facebook and Instagram, like and follow various brand pages to enter contests and giveaways. Sometimes these are gift cards; other times these are products. Sure, nothing’s guaranteed, but these are kind of fun!

Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She realizes nothing in life is free, but if you can earn gift cards for going about your normal business… why not? She’ll take any excuse to step foot into a Target.