Sneaky Ways to Get Free Gift Cards

Buy Groceries with Ibotta

If you like saving money with coupons but hate the idea of clipping them, carrying them around, and remembering to bring them with you, then the Ibotta app may be your perfect solution. Ibotta began as a cash-back app for grocery stores, but they’ve added other retailers like Target, Macy’s, and Walmart.In the app, you’ll find offers for cash back on various products. Select the ones you want, then claim the offer by completing a simple task

Shop with Drop

Drop is another rewards app that’s 100% free to join and use. The iOS app currently has over 1 million downloads and 37,000 reviews averaging 4.5 stars. There are several ways to earn gift cards with Drop.One option is to shop offers directly through the app. You can also link a credit or debit card and earn points automatically when you shop at your chosen retailers. If you like the app and share it with others, you’ll earn another 5,000 points for the first 10 friends you refer that link a card and confirm their email address.

Join Fetch Rewards

You don’t have to preselect your offers with Fetch Rewards. Just download the free app, shop as you normally would, then scan your receipts after.

Fetch Rewards partners with some of the biggest household brand names, including Pull-Ups, Dove, Lay’s, and dozens more. According to their site, “Every time you purchase one of these brands you are guaranteed to get points and save on your shopping trip.”

Sign Up for a Rewards Credit Card

Credit cards aren’t for everyone. If you have a history of overspending or are trying to get out of debt, then this probably isn’t your best option.

However, if you don’t have credit card debt and trust yourself to only spend what you can pay off every month, then consider getting a rewards credit card. These cards typically pay 1-3% in cash back or travel points, depending on the card.

Scan Products with Shopkick

Shopkick offers several ways to earn free gift cards, three of which require no spending.

When you download the Shopkick app, you can earn points (called Kicks) just for walking into certain stores such as Target or CVS. Once you’re inside the store, earn additional Kicks by scanning products in the app. If you have kids in tow, you can turn it into a family scavenger hunt — keep them entertained while earning rewards in the process.

Use Instagram to Find Gift Card Giveaways

Companies are always giving away free stuff on Instagram. You can enter these giveaways and win free gift cards. The rules of the giveaways vary, but you’ll usually need to follow the account that posted the contest and like the image, comment, or tag someone.