6 Clever Ways to Get Free Gift Cards Before Next Friday

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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!

6 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. Turn Those Crumpled Receipts Into Free Gift Cards

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What do you usually do with your receipts? You check out, they hand you a mile-long piece of paper, and you frantically stuff it to the bottom of a grocery bag. Pretty worthless.

But a free app called Fetch Rewards will turn them into gift cards. It partners with tons of brands to give you points for every grocery receipt you share. Then you can exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Chipotle and dozens of other retailers.

And it’s perfect for those of us who don’t want to put a ton of work into this. All you have to do is send Fetch a photo of your receipt, and it does everything for you. No scanning barcodes or searching for offers — and you can use it with any grocery receipt.

When you download the app, use the code PENNY to automatically earn 2,000 points when you scan your first receipt — you’ll be well on your way to your first gift card.

Not so bad for a useless receipt, right?

2. Copy This Strategy to Get $526 and a Free Gift Card

Remember when getting the mail was fun? Now it’s just bills. And Valpak envelopes.

But for Colleen Rice, checking the mail meant finding checks. For doing nothing. Seriously. Since she started using a free website called Rakuten, she’s received $526.44 and a free $10 Walmart gift card.

Rakuten has the hookup with just about every website you shop, which means it can give you a kickback every time you buy toilet paper on Amazon — even book that flight home for Thanksgiving.

Rice says she uses Rakuten for things she already has to buy, like rental cars and flights. She even used the money she earned to help her pay for her recent cross-country move.

Plus, if you sign up with Rakuten and get a kickback in the first 90 days, they’ll give you an extra $10 on your next check.

Talk about money for nothing.

3. Get a Gift Card When You Share Your Electric Bill

Want a free Target gift card? What about a cheaper electricity bill?

We might be able to kill two birds with one stone.

Arcadia Power is a website that lets consumers compare all of the electricity companies in their area. If you sign up for a free Arcadia Power account and connect your utility bill, Arcadia will reward you with a free $25 Target gift card. You might even be able to cut your power bill!

Plus, by connecting your utility account, Arcadia Power will start offsetting your energy usage with clean energy sources. Meaning you can help both your wallet and the planet without having to spend any extra money.

You can sign up for a free Target GiftCard™ in about two minutes.

4. Scratch Off Free Lottery Tickets to Earn Gift Cards

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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. 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.

5. Get Gift Cards for Your Opinions

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 2008: Swagbucks

Since it started, it’s given out more than $100 million in cash and rewards.

You won’t get rich using Swagbucks, but it’s a legit site — we’ve tried it ourselves. You earn points towards free gift cards for every survey you take. You’ll even earn a $5 bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 points within your first 60 days.

 

6. Get Free Visa Gift Cards for Playing Words With Friends

Get paid to play games on your phone? Yeah, right. We’ve all heard that before. 

Here’s what that usually means: Logging dozens of hours on games you’ve never heard of, just for a few cents.

Gee, thanks. 

But a free Android app called Mistplay actually pays you for playing popular games like Words With Friends 2, Yahtzee, Clash Royale, Star Wars and more. 

As you play, Mistplay rewards you in points, which you can exchange for gift cards for brands like Visa, Amazon and more. 

You’ll even get bonus points when you sign up and enter the code penny50.

The more you play, the more you’ll earn. Plus, Mistplay offers some bigger in-game rewards — up to $20.  

It takes just a few minutes to sign up and start getting paid to play games.