1. Download and try out apps

There are free apps out there like FeaturePoints (full review here) and AppNana that give you points for downloading promoted apps and trying them out for a few minutes.

After you try these apps out, you can delete them from your phone if you want, but you will still get paid. Also, the apps they promote are almost always free.

After trying out some of these mobile games, social media apps, and other from FeaturePoints and AppNana, you can redeem the points you've earned for gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, and many other sites.

FeaturePoints is available for both iOS and Android. AppNana is for Android only. To get free points at the very beginning, use code E7KRRE for FeaturePoints.

2. Search social media for giveaways

If you're on a hashtag-friendly social media site like Twitter or Instagram, use #giveaway, #contest, #sweepstakes, #freebie, #freebiefriday and others to find ways to get free gift cards and other things from different brands.

3. Search the web

Instead of using Google like usual, you can earn free gift cards and credits towards purchases using the search bar for Swagbucks or Microsoft Rewards.

With Swagbucks, you can get paid to do many different things like watch videos, take surveys, and of course, search on the internet. Just go to search.swagbucks.com and sign up.

Microsoft Rewards gives you credit towards purchases in the Microsoft store if you are signed in and using the Edge browser with the Bing search engine.

4. Referrals

If you can get friends, family, coworkers, and others to sign up for different services, you can usually get paid credit or gift cards.

Here are a few well-known brands that have referral programs:

You can earn free food with DoorDash, discounted rides with Uber or Lyft, and much more doing this.

5. GPT apps and sites

GPT stands for Get Paid To, which is a category of apps and websites that have many different ways of paying you to do small tasks like watch videos or take surveys.

In most cases, these sites have deals with different brands and they give you a cut of the earnings they receive for getting users to see ads or do certain promotions.

Two great sites to try are InboxDollars and PrizeRebel.

At these sites, you can get paid to do surveys, free trials, play games, read emails, watch videos, refer friends, etc.

6. Honey

Honey is a service that automatically gets you the best deals online on sites like Amazon.

You might earn gift cards/credit or get pointed to a seller that has the same item you're looking for at a lower price.

It's a great, free service to use when you want to be more efficient with your online purchases.

I definitely recommend getting the Honey browser extension.

7. Watch videos and ads

There's a free app for iOS and Android you can get called App Trailers.

It's pretty straight forward… You get paid points to watch movie, app, game, and other trailers as well as other videos. You can also earn more points by doing trivia games.

But these points can be redeemed for gift cards to some of your favorite sites. It's one of the easiest ways to get a few free gift cards.

8. Amazon Trade-In

Another way to earn Amazon gift cards is by using one of their own services, Amazon Trade-In.

This service allows you to trade-in mostly electronics like tablets, phones, and other devices for Amazon gift cards or credit.

You can then take that credit and spend it on Amazon however you like.

9. Grocery shopping apps

You can also earn cash back in the form of gift cards by using free apps like Receipt Hog and Ibotta.

With these apps you can either scan your grocery receipts using the app and your phone's camera or enter your store rewards card number to somewhat automate the process of earning money back for certain purchases.

They usually have lists of products that are being promoted on the apps and if you get those things when you go grocery shopping, you'll get paid some money back.

You can also earn more money by doing slot machine games on Receipt Hog or referring friends on Ibotta.

Use this Ibotta link to get $10 when you sign up and start using it.

10. Shop in-stores with Shopkick

With Shopkick, you can get paid to walk in retail stores, scan barcodes, scan receipts, or purchase items with your credit card.

It's an app that is known for encouraging people to shop in-stores and at malls.

You can also cash out with overt 40 gift card options.

11. Surveys on SurveyJunkie

SurveyJunkie is one of the legitimate survey apps that has been around quite a while.

It's pretty straight forward…You earn money in the form of gift cards by answering questions for different surveys.

12. Lockscreen ads

Last but not least, you can earn free gift cards on Android if you have mobile apps like Slidejoy.

When enabled, this app just puts an additional lockscreen on top of your main one that includes an ad.

All you have to do is swipe once to get off that lockscreen and you'll be right back on your original one as normal.

So, that alone can make you an additional $10 or so per month in gift cards.

It's basically passive income!


Justin Bryant
Justin Bryant

I'm an entrepreneur, fitness freak, artist, car enthusiast, sports fan and self improvement addict. My goal is to help people be their best and create incredible businesses that change the world.

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