The commencement of Halloween seems to come with the automatic arrival of the Christmas season.
Stores have already begun stocking their shelves with holiday decor and commercials garnering Christmas gift ideas have taken over the air. This sudden onset of holiday imagery might have you already pondering what you’ll be getting for every individual on your list.
Like many others, you probably find that your list only seems to grow year after year. While you likely relish in giving each person a holiday treat, it’s difficult to ignore the hefty price it costs you annually.
Although beginning your shopping early is definitely one way to alleviate the large expense from hitting all at once, it doesn’t necessarily lessen the cost. That being said, you don’t always have to use your money to purchase gifts. Instead, consider these six ways to buy your Christmas gifts with free gift cards.
1. Use MyPoints
If you haven’t heard of MyPoints, I highly suggest signing up.
MyPoints is a free rewards program that allows you to earn rewards by performing simple tasks such as reading emails, taking surveys, shopping, and performing web searches, among a variety of the tasks.
Each tasks allots you a certain number of points, and upon accruing a certain amount, you can redeem said points for $10, $25, $50, and $100 gift cards. Moreover, you receive 60 points for merely signing up in the first place.
The amount of points you need for various gift cards has a tendency to depend on the store that the gift card is for. However, with over 75 merchants to choose from, you’ll have your pick as to where you’d like to shop.
While it can take some time to accrue points, dependent upon how much you use the program, any amount helps and it’ll be more than worth it as you save on Christmas gifts.
2. Take Surveys
An array of survey sites and programs exist all with the end goal of allowing you to earn money and gift cards. Sites like Swagbucks, Opinion Outpost, and Pinecone Surveys will provide you with gift cards for simply sharing your opinion.
Most sites are free to sign up for and only take minutes of your time. Many offer either Amazon or other gift cards in exchange for points earned by completing surveys.
Most surveys take little of your time and provide you with anywhere from $3 to $20 per survey. Of course, it’s usually the case that the longer the survey, the more points it’s worth. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a way to earn free gift cards from the comfort of your home, surveys are an easy way to do so.
3. Look Out on Social Media
Scrolling through social media can do more than just update you on friends, news, and celebrities. By following some of your favorite companies and stores, you’ll likely be alerted each time there’s a special giveaway or offer available to you.
You can be entered to win gift cards and other bonuses by simply tagging friends in a post or liking sister companies and brands. Moreover, many retailers and stores will often offer special coupons and deals solely on their social media pages like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Check every so often and you’re bound to find free gift cards or deals available to you.
4. Use Those Credit Card Rewards
If you don’t have a credit card that’s providing you with rewards of some sort, you’re not banking correctly. When it comes to credit cards, most companies have a variety of options to choose from, from airline points to cash back to a gift catalog and gift cards.
Depending on your program, using your credit card to pay for most of your shopping, can help you rack up points and in turn, exchange those points for free gift cards and cash.
Nonetheless, you should always use your credit card wisely and pay it off in a timely manner. Don’t accumulate excess debt and put yourself in a hole, just to gain points.
5. Trade In Your Old Stuff
Like most people, you probably have myriad old electronics, such as cell phones, e-readers, computers, cameras, or even books and video games, that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Thankfully, Amazon has a trade-in program that provides you with a way to sell those used items in exchange for Amazon gift cards.
All you have to do is go to Amazon, find out if your item is eligible, and if so, they’ll send you a prepaid shipping label, you’ll send it in, and upon acceptance they’ll put money in your trade-in account. You’ll not only receive money to put towards Christmas gifts, but likely organize your home as well.
6. Search with Bing
Whenever you search for items on the internet, you no doubt use a search engine. While Google might be your go-to, you might want to reconsider. By utilizing Bing and signing up for Bing rewards, you’ll receive points redeemable for Amazon gift cards every time you perform a search.
If you use your search engine as much as I do, you’re bound to accrue points quickly. Furthermore, if you perform a certain number of searches each month, you’ll earn bonus points in exchange.
So, if you don’t mind doing all your Christmas shopping at Amazon, optimizing Bing can be a great way to earn free gift cards.
Save on Christmas Gifts This Year
Giving a gift can be a wonderful feeling, and depending on the people on your list, shopping for them can be just as fun. Unfortunately, there are times when our bank account doesn’t provide us with the budget we’d like in order to get the perfect gift.
Even so, holiday gifts don’t have to put a dent in your wallet or cause you to rack up an enormous amount of debt. Instead, try your hand at a few of these easy ways to earn free gift cards for all your Christmas shopping.
Your bank account will thank you come the new year and, knowing you aren’t spending any of your own money will make shopping that much more fun.
Have you tried any of these ways to earn free gift cards? What have you found to work the best?