Gift cards make the best gifts to give and receive. They are the next best thing to getting actual cash. As digital wallets become more prevalent and we use cashless frequently each year, gift cards are becoming a more common payment method for everyday tasks that we complete online.
Free gift cards
There are any number of websites, services, cash back sites and survey companies that will ask you to do certain tasks, and in return they’ll give you points that you can use towards free gift cards for Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, Visa gift cards or any number of online and bricks and mortar stores. Free gift cards are just as good as cash in most instances.
If you are looking to get some gift cards for free, these are some easy ideas that you can start doing today.
Trading : Many retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target and many more allow you to trade in electronics for gift cards.
Get an appraisal of your item’s worth on the company’s website, ship it and receive a Target gift card in return. You can also exchange qualifying gift cards from other merchants, such as Macy’s, for Target gift cards at participating stores. Take a look around the house and see what you can scrounge up.
Redeem credit card points : Our everyday spending habits can generate free gift cards, too. Alongside cash back and travel expenses, many credit card issuers offer gift cards as a redemption option for rewards points. Brush up on your card details to see what’s available.
Cash back offer : If your credit card doesn’t provide gift card rewards, cash-back sites and apps can help fill the gap.
Through the app Ibotta, you can earn cash back on purchases made at select grocery stores and retailers and receive gift cards as payment. Honey a browser extension that automatically applies discount codes when you shop online — works in a similar way. It offers shopping rewards to those who join its Honey Gold rewards program. Members can redeem rewards for gift cards to retailers like Walmart and Amazon.
Sometimes, you’ll score freebies as a sign-up bonus. As of this writing, shoppers who join Rakuten, formerly known as Ebates, and meet certain purchase requirements can get a $10 Walmart gift card as a bonus.
Take online surveys : You can receive gift cards from survey sites such as Swagbucks and Toluna. Usually, you’ll answer questions, watch videos or complete other online tasks in exchange for points, which you can redeem for partner gift cards or other rewards. It may take a while to accumulate enough points, so decide whether or not the prize is worth the effort.
Claim freebie deals : Retailers will occasionally throw in a free gift card when you buy a certain item, especially around major sale holidays. On Black Friday 2018, shoppers could get a $300 Walmart gift card with a qualifying purchase of the iPhone XS, XS Max or XR.
Before you shop, check retailer websites and weekly ads for promotions on the items you already plan to buy. For example, Target’s current promotions page often includes gift card deals.
Refer a friend : Recommending products and services you enjoy is another tactic worth exploring. If you refer a friend to a Sam’s Club membership, you’ll get a $10 e-gift card when he or she joins. Keep an eye out for similar deals elsewhere. Get a list going and you can really rack up gift cards.
Enter giveaways and sweepstakes : Raffles and contests often pop up on social media or at stores and workplaces. For example, customers who wrote a product review during the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale were eligible to win a $1,000 Nordstrom gift card.
Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll win, but it’s usually easy to enter. You may be asked to leave feedback or simply provide your email address. Be careful to give your information only to trusted vendors.