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6 Clever Ways to Get Free Gift Cards Before Next Friday

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There’s nothing like the sweet sensation of having a gift card burning a hole in your pocket. You’ve got magic ammo for shopping!

It’s like having free money in all your favorite stores — Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, you name it. Instead of holding your breath at checkout, you can just whip out that little piece of plastic. Or you can order online without any guilt whatsoever. After all, you’ve got a gift card.

Sadly, you might think you can only land gift cards around your birthday or the holidays. But we’re going to show you how to get free gift cards online. 

We’ve searched the internet high and low and have tested each of these strategies:

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1. Refer a Friend to One of Your Favorite Things 

Here’s a cool way to get gift cards: Just recommend your favorite products or services to friends.

For instance, if you’re a Sam’s Club member, you can refer a friend and get a $10 e-gift card. Or maybe you book your hotels through Hotels.com. Refer a friend and get $50 off your next booking. 

Just search your favorite products or services, and find their refer-a-friend programs to get free gift cards and credits from them.

2. Use This Strategy to Get Free Money and Gift Cards

Most of your mail is probably just bills and Valpak envelopes. Bummer. 

But for Colleen Rice, checking her mail meant finding checks — for doing nothing! Seriously. Since she started using a free website called Rakuten, she’s received $526.44 and a free $10 Walmart gift card. 

Rakuten has the hookup with just about every website you shop, which means it can give you a kickback every time you buy toilet paper on Amazon — even book that flight home for Thanksgiving. 

Rice says she uses Rakuten for things she already has to buy, like rental cars and flights. She even used the money she earned to help her pay for her recent cross-country move. 

Plus, if you sign up with Rakuten and get a kickback in the first 90 days, they’ll give you a $10 Walmart gift card.

Talk about money for nothing. 

3. Share Your Power Bill and Get a Visa® $25 Prepaid Card

How would you like a free $25 Visa® Prepaid Card? Not only that, but how about a cheaper electricity bill? 

You can kill two birds with one stone. Here’s how:

Arcadia Power is a website that lets consumers compare all of the electricity companies in their area. If you sign up for a free Arcadia Power account and connect your utility bill, Arcadia Power will reward you with a free $25 Visa® Prepaid Card.* You might even be able to cut your power bill! 

Plus, by connecting your utility account, Arcadia Power will start offsetting your energy usage with clean energy sources. Meaning you can help both your wallet and the planet without having to spend any extra money. 

You can sign up for a free Visa® Prepaid Card in about two minutes. 

4. Scratch Off Free Lottery Tickets. Get Gift Cards. 

There’s something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets. But they’re not really worth the money.

Instead, try scratching for free using an app called Lucktastic. Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. 

Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens that you can exchange for free gift cards to retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Sephora and more. 

The app is supported by advertising, which allows it to keep the payouts high and the games free. For more info, check out Lucktastic here.

5. Share Your Opinions and Get Gift Cards

There are about a trillion paid survey sites online — or at least it seems like it. But so many of them have lousy customer service, or it takes forever to get paid for the surveys you take. It’s hard to know which ones are worth your time. 

Here’s a survey site that’s been operating since 2008: Swagbucks.

Since it started, it’s given out more than $100 million in cash and rewards. 

You won’t get rich using Swagbucks, but it’s a legit site — we’ve tried it ourselves. You earn points towards free gift cards for every survey you take. You’ll even earn a $5 bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 points within your first 60 days. 

6. Play Games, Get Free Visa Gift Cards

How would you like to get paid to play games on your phone? 

Yeah, right, you’re thinking. We’ve all heard that before. 

Here’s what that usually means: Logging dozens of hours on games you’ve never heard of, just for a few cents. Swell.

But a free Android app called Mistplay actually pays you for playing popular games like Words With Friends 2, Yahtzee, Clash Royale, Star Wars and more. 

As you play, Mistplay rewards you in points, which you can exchange for gift cards for brands like Visa, Amazon and more. 

You’ll even get bonus points when you sign up and enter the code penny50

The more you play, the more you’ll earn. Plus, Mistplay offers some bigger in-game rewards — up to $20. X It takes just a few minutes to sign up and start getting paid to play games.

*The Visa Prepaid Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted in the U.S.

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