The Holidays will be here before you know it and there’s no time like right now to start planning your holiday budget. While you should optimally try to budget and save for gifts all year long, you should also look at earning as many free gift cards as you can. It is fairly easy earn them to help pay for gifts, and to pay for regular stuff you need through the entire year.
Yes, you heard me right. Earning free gift cards is an awesome way to make your budget stretch a bit farther than it normally would. There are a ton of different ways that you can earn them, but these 10 ways to earn free gift cards for Christmas are my absolute favorites, and totally legitimate.
Holiday budgets don’t have to be a scary thing. Use these 10 sites and apps to help you make it more manageable, and make sure you check out the BONUS site at the end!
Amazon Trade In Program – Did you know that Amazon will pay you for items you no longer want? Items like Books, DVD’s, Video games and more can all be sent to Amazon to exchange for Amazon gift cards.
InstaGC – Do you like taking surveys and filling out offers or watching videos? If so, InstaGC is right up your alley! The selection of gift cards to choose from is huge and payout is instant when you cash out. 100 points = $1.00 gift card and you earn an automatic 10 points for signing up, plus easy to earn more fast by confirming your email and other easy tasks.
SwagBucks – SwagBucks is still the standard when it comes to search and win. Use it in place of Google, take surveys, play games and more to earn points. Those points can then be exchanged for gift cards or even Paypal! I really just use the search engine portion and I earn $10 worth of Amazon gift cards a month (my choice – they have lots).
ShopKick – Do you have a smartphone? Are you constantly running in and out of stores? If so, put that to work for you! When you head to a store on the list, you’ll be given kicks just for walking in the door of stores like Target, Walmart, and more. You can also earn for scanning barcodes in the store. Trade your kicks in for awesome gift cards like Target, Walmart, Best Buy and more! Best part — the app reminds you when you are nearby so you don’t forget to get your kicks when you walk in.
iBotta – If you’re not already using iBotta, you should be. When you buy certain items and iBotta will pay you cash back! It is so easy even a child can do it. And kids love helping with this. Look through the iBotta offers before you head to the store to help you make your list. There are even offers to save on things like eggs, milk, and produce. You will have to do something quick like take a one question survey to unlock the offer – it literally takes seconds. Then, shop as normal. When you get home you will need to scan the item and your receipt, then you get the offer amount given to you as a rebate. You can choose to cash out your rebates via Paypal or you can get gift cards! Join iBotta and earn $1 extra when you earn your first rebate.
Perk – Another awesome way to use your phone to make yourself some free money is by using the Perk app to watch commercials! There are other apps that will earn you points. They have a very large selection of gift cards to choose from and points generally rack up quickly!
Receipt Hog – Do you shop? Of course you do! Scan your receipts into Receipt Hog and you’ll earn spins to win points. Trade your points in for Amazon Gift Cards.
Bing Rewards – Another search and win that can score you gift cards for Amazon, Sephora, X-Box Live and more!
Harris Poll Online – A true survey company, Harris Poll pays its members for taking surveys in Amazon gift cards. (A Nielsen Company) – Get Paid For Your Opinions! Easy to do.
MySurvey – Another true survey company, with MySurvey you can earn either cash or gift cards. A group of consumers from throughout the United States who influence future products and services by volunteering to participate in consumer research.
Here is a BONUS for you! —
Ever wish you could share an idea directly with a brand (like Walmart) to help create positive change? C Space specializes in bringing the customer and the brand closer together to share ideas directly. Earn Amazon gift cards for monthly participation! I worked with this company last year to connect readers with some MAJOR brands and they are awesome.