Why Pay for Gift Cards? Here are 8 Clever Ways to Get Them for Free

Want to earn free gift cards to places like Amazon and iTunes and Walmart? Keep reading. I’ve searched the interwebs and found a bunch of different strategies.

All you have to do is…

1. Practice Retail Therapy

Just to be clear: I’m not telling you to go on a shopping spree or anything. But if you’re already planning to make an online purchase, why not earn a free gift card while you’re at it?

One of my favorite ways is with a site called Ebates. Whenever you shop through its platform at one of its 1,200 retail partners, you’ll earn cash back. Most sites offer around 5%, though sometimes you can earn as much as 25%.

So, for example, if you spent $100 at Macy’s online today, you’d get $6 cash back — just for shopping like you normally would.

And right now, Ebates is offering a special bonus for signing up: a free $10 Walmart gift card!

2. Swagbucks

I know, I know: more surveys.

But hear me out: Swagbucks is one of the most legitimate paid survey sites out there. If you’re new to survey sites, here’s how Swagbucks works.

Translation? It’s worth your time. Most surveys take about 10 to 15 minutes and pay 100 to 200 points (although you can occasionally find ones that pay a whopping $95!).

Once you’ve earned 500 points, you can redeem them for a $5 gift card to popular retailers like Starbucks or Target. Venti almond milk latte, here we come!

3. Let Your Voice Be Heard

Ever complained that no one listens to what you’ve got to say? Well, I beg to differ: MyPoints will pay you to let your voice be heard.

After signing up and telling MyPoints a little bit about yourself, you’ll receive invitations to surveys.

For each survey, you’ll need to fill out a brief questionnaire to ensure you qualify — but even if you don’t, MyPoints will give you five points. You can earn up to 25 of these “disqualification points” per day.

And if you do qualify? You can earn anywhere from 50-600 points per survey, which you can later redeem for gift cards from popular retailers.

4. Get AppLike

Brands are always giving away stuff on their social media accounts, and staying on top of these promotions is a great way to earn gift cards. Applike gives you a chance to earn rewards and gift cards by trying different offers and apps.


5. Get FreeMyApps

Free My Apps is very similar to Applike for getting rewards. its gives you the chance to earn points which can be redeemed for free gift cards which can be spent on whatever you choose.

6. Get AppBounty

AppBounty is another useful app that allows you to get giftcards and other prizes for downloading and trying out different apps.

7. Get Paid to Open Emails and Complete Tasks

You’re going to check some emails anyway, so why not turn it into a paid habit?

FusionCash is a site that pays you for doing a number of tasks, like watching videos, taking surveys — even opening emails.

You’ve got mail — now get paid!

8. Walk Into (and Shop at) Stores

Sick of shopping online and headed to a real, live store? Download the Shopkick app first.

Once you sign up, the app pays you “kicks” for walking into certain stores (including Target, Walmart, TJMaxx and more). These can be redeemed for gift cards to Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Sephora, Best Buy and more.

It pays you even more “kicks” for scanning items in stores and purchasing them with a connected credit or debit card, as well as for scanning receipts and mobile shopping.


9. Life Points

Join our community of over 5,000,000 members and start collecting LifePoints today. The LifePoints you collect by participating in thier online surveys can be spent in rewards of your choice. The more LifePoints you collect, the more potential rewards you can get.


10. Ipsos – iSay

Choose the reward that’s perfect for you. Take surveys and earn points that can be redeemed for a variety of rewards, and enter our contests for additional chances to win!

Every day your i-Say experience will be different, fun and thought-provoking. Voice your opinion on global brands, entertainment, advertising and more. Your opinion is always valued.


11. Survey Junkie

Get rewarded for your participation. Their rewards program offers popular giftcards and cashouts via PayPal.

The most popular spot online to earn cash and rewards for sharing your thoughts.


12. Survey Voices

Make over $300 sharing your opinion. Join our community today for FREE and qualify for a wide variety of PAID consumer surveys.
View exclusive offers in exchange for your valued opinions. Participation is 100% optional.


13. Inbox Dollars

Earn Cash, not points for doing everyday things like taking surveys, reading emails, playing online games, shopping online, redeeming coupons, searching the web.


14. Vindale Research

Get paid to take surveys Join the finest minds in consumer research and help change the world! Share your unique opinion and get paid for it!