15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

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Is there no time left in your schedule for another job, but you would like a bit more money each month? Did you know that you can earn gift cards in little pockets of time throughout your day? Possibly from doing things that you already do without getting paid. You absolutely can! In fact, I have readers who have told me they receive close to $100 a month using these 15 websites and apps for earning gift cards.

Earn money from home in the form of gift cards using this list of websites and apps.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

The secret to earning the most through these programs is to sign up for several and then figure out which ones work best for you. If I can figure out how to earn $5 or more a month in gift cards from a company without being on the computer or a smartphone all day, I keep an active account with them. $5 might not sound like much, but if you make $5 at several companies and perhaps $10 or more at others, those small streams add up to a nice stack of gift cards each month.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Shopping Apps

1. Ibotta

The Ibotta app gives you rebates when you complete various tasks for a product in the app and then take a picture of the receipt of purchase for the product you choose at the store you choose and upload it to the app. You can also earn cash back on online purchases by tapping on the store you want to shop at in the Ibotta app and then shopping through the app.

My referral code for Ibotta is qttqg and right now when you use it at sign-up you get a $5 bonus after your first complete transaction–offer can change at any time, but usually there is some bonus for entering a referral link at sign up

2. Shopkick

Shopkick is the app that pays you to browse. You don’t have to purchase anything to earn gift cards through the Shopkick app. You simply sign in when you enter select stores and earn kicks just for coming in the store. You can also get kicks for purchases or for scanning items in the store while you shop. They also have a section where you can earn points for shopping online.

My referral code for Shopkick is KICK040635–use it during sign-up and you get 250 kicks when you complete your first walk-in or scan within 7 days of signing up.

3. BerryCart

If you shop for organic, gluten-free or NON-GMO foods, then you are going to want to sign up for BerryCart. It works like a rebate program giving you money back for certain natural food purchases when you upload your receipt.

Go here to sign-up for BerryCart.

4. Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards is an app that  offers points when you buy one or more products made by a brand on their list of over 150. Simply scan your receipt and then fetch your reward.

Enter my referral code RE9U and receive 1500 points when you complete one receipt.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Cash Back Companies

5. Top CashBack

Top Cashback offers higher cash back rates than most rebate companies. There is no minimum payment threshold with Top Cashback. Plus you can get an extra 2.5% when you choose an Amazon gift card code for your form of payment. Their list contains over 3,200 online stores.

Go here to sign up for Top CashBack

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Programs With Multiple Ways To Earn: Some You Are Already Doing For Free!

6. Swagbucks

Swagbucks pays you random points to search through their site. The best way to earn Swagbucks is to download their toolbar or make the site your home page so that you remember to enter all your searches through them.

$5 gift cards start at 450 points for an Amazon card and you can easily earn at least one a month by doing nothing but entering all your searches through their site. Earn a few more by doing just a few additional point earning activities that will cost you just minutes a day.

New to Swagbucks? Check out my post 10 Simple Ways To Earn Gift Cards With Swagbucks.

Go here to sign-up for Swagbucks.

7. MyPoints

Get points by shopping online through Mypoints. You don’t have to shop though; you can also earn points by clicking the emails they send you, answering survey’s, printing coupons, downloading their search bar and much more.

How much you earn depends on how many things you do. $10 gift cards to various restaurants and stores start at 1600 points.

Here is the tutorial I wrote on the 7 different ways to earn with MyPoints.

Go here to sign-up for MyPoints

8. InstaGC

The insta in instaGC stands for instant gift card redemptions–gotta love that. That is right, no waiting for your gift card. I also like that you can cash out at just 100 points for a $1 Amazon gift card code and reaching 100 points isn’t that hard.

Here is my tutorial on instaGC: My Favorite Ways To Earn With InstaGC.

Go here to sign-up for InstaGC

9. iRazoo

iRazoo offers a few simple ways to earn such as watching videos or searching the web through their search bar. They also have a large survey selection and a section where you can earn points for playing games. If you don’t like lengthy surveys I suggest sticking to playing their videos in the background as you do other things. Doing this regularly should lead to you earning a $5 gift card each month. Not much, but it certainly is a simple way to earn a gift card.

Get 500 points at sign up when you use my referral code, EAZKPH . That is a pretty nice sign-up bonus! (works out to $1.25 with current 3000 points for a $5 gift card value)

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Survey Companies

10. Mintvine

MintVine offers several other ways to earn points besides surveys, but surveys are where the biggest point payoffs are. Each day you can earn 5 points simply by taking a few seconds to participate in their daily poll. Cash outs begin at $10, and there are a variety of different gift card options. You can also request a deposit into your PayPal account.

In MintVine’s survey area, you will find a box beside each survey that tells you how long each survey should take. I have tested this feature out and found it to be accurate. You are also often given a few points for filling out the qualifying questions for a survey you didn’t get into.

Go here to sign-up for Mintvine

11. Paidviewpoint

If you really don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to surveys, but you don’t mind answering a few questions in exchange for a gift card now and again, PaidViewpoint is for you. In general, their surveys take less than 5 minutes to fill out, and you get paid for every one. The longest survey I have been a part of was probably right around the 15-minute mark, and I did earn more for it than the short ones.

The cash out threshold for PaidViewpoint is $15, and you can currently get it in the form of a PayPal deposit, Amazon gift card code or a Walmart gift card.

Go here to sign-up for Paidview Point

12. Prize Rebel

Prize Rebel offers a good mix of ways to earn gift cards and delivers those gift cards to your email inbox in around 24 hours. Their cash out level is low, meaning you don’t have to wait around forever to cash out and they have a huge selection of gift cards to choose from.

Here is my tutorial on the 9 ways to earn gift cards with Prize Rebel.

Go here to sign-up for Prize Rebel

13. Survey Junkie

I am just getting started with testing out Survey Junkie. So far I like what I see. They offer numerous e-code gift card options with cash outs starting at 1,000 points.

Go here to sign up for Survey Junkie

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Brand Loyalty Programs

14. Kellogg’s Rewards

Kellogg’s Family Rewards is a brand loyalty program that gives you points when you purchase Kellogg’s products and upload the receipt to the website. You can also register your store loyalty cards and then your points will be automatically added for you. I get most of my points from free codes found over at Money Saving Mom.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Mystery Shopping Apps

15. Mobee

I signed up for Mobee, but I have not yet been able to get into a mission to try it out–small town problems. However, the reviews for the app are pretty decent and from what I can tell they offer various gift card options including a $5 Starbucks card for 500 points.

Use my referral code PN1F at sign-up to receive bonus points when you complete your first mission.

Know of another place to earn gift cards? Share it in the comments so I can check it out!

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How To Tame Children’s Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Overwhelm

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How can tiny humans attract so many things? That was something I asked at least once a week when my children were young. It seemed like my entire day revolved around feeding, clothing and cleaning up after them. And the biggest thing in the cleanup department was dealing with their toys.

Bath toys, outdoor toys, building toys, big toys, little toys, and more toys, toys and toys! It wasn’t until child number three came along six and a half years after child number one that I finally had created a system for keeping toy clutter tamed that seemed to work for our family. Today I am sharing that system with you.

Get control of toy clutter with these organizing solutions. A step by step plan for kids' toy clutter that really works.

How To Tame Children’s Toy Clutter

Give It A Defined Space Limit

Before you do anything about the number of toys, your child (or children) own, you must first decide how much room you have for them.

Toy collections can grow large fast! Mostly thanks to the fact that they are usually not expensive, especially if you shop smart and free ones are available everywhere you turn–yes, I am talking about you Happy Meal toys!

Set up a few areas in your home where you are willing to have toys. The family room and your child’s or children’s bedroom for starters. Place bins and shelving in these areas so you know what your toy space limits are before you start your toy purge. Don’t forget to put a small bin in the bathroom for bath toys and something in your yard or garage for outside toys.

We had shelving units similar to these when our children were little for storing toys. They held up well (we are still using them in our home-just for other things now). I used laundry baskets, plastic bins with lids or inexpensive dishpans to hold toys.

If You Can, Keep One Room Of Your Home Toy Free

While you are planning out your toy storage, I highly recommend you also decided where toys will not go. There is nothing wrong with having at least one area of your home be toy free.

When my kids were growing up, the TV room where my husband and I liked to relax in the evenings was mostly toy free. The kids could have their toys in there during the day, but at the end of the day, I placed any toys found in the TV room in a basket that lived in the corner of the room. When that basket started to get full, I made a point of putting the toys back in their proper homes.

This got rid of my mental “agggghhhhh!! There are toys everywhere!!!!” stress–at least in the evening.

How To Tame Children's Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Stress

Perform A Toy Purge

Now that you have decided how much room you have for toys and where to store them, it is time to carry out a major toy purge. You might have to be brutal to get the kids’ toy collection to fit in its defined space, but it will be worth it.

If your child is under three, you can probably do this all by yourself. The chances of them even noticing is minimal, and my guess is you truly know what toys they love and what toys they never play with.

With children ages three to six I personally think it depends on the child; some will notice and some won’t. If you think they won’t, I would do it alone, but I would keep the toys I purged in an area they don’t access and keep them there for at least a month. That way if they do ask for it, you can magically make it reappear and if they don’t ask for it within a few weeks, then the toys can be donated or resold.

With children older than six I would include them. They need to learn at a young age that not everything they either buy or are given can be kept forever. Show them how much space they have for toys and let them do the hard job of picking which ones stay. You can stay and help, but let them make the final choices.

Psst…If you are planning to resell the toys that you didn’t keep, visit my Reselling tips page for help with selling your items fast and for top dollar.

Don’t Let The Toys Outgrow The Space

With your toy purge complete make sure that you don’t let the toy collection outgrow the boundaries you set for it again. To keep this from happening you need to do mini purges of your toys bins regularly. Which brings me to my next point.

How To Tame Children's Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Stress

Before Every Birthday And Christmas Do A Toy Purge

Birthdays and Christmas are generally where the bulk of the new toys come from in most homes. Make a point to schedule a toy purge for each child before these particular dates. This will make room for the new and help you avoid having to do a major toy purge ever again.

Give And Encourage Others To Give Clutter-free Gifts

To decrease the number of toys you have to purge why not give your kids clutter-free gifts and suggest others do too.

Here are a few suggestions

  • Tickets to their favorite place to visit like the zoo or children’s museum.
  • Certificate of enrollment in a class they have wanted to try.
  • Gift cards to their favorite restaurant.
  • Art supplies that can be used up like new felts, crayons, or a craft kit.

Psst…Did you know that Hollar has an entire section devoted to kids’ arts and crafts supplies and that it includes Crayola products at great prices? Use my referral link (these words in blue) to create a Hollar account and get a $5 credit (this deal could change at any time).

How To Tame Children's Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Stress

Consider Toy Rotation

If storage space is minimal in your home or if you just couldn’t get the kids to let go of as many toys as you would have liked, try toy rotation. Buy a big bin with a lid and place the toys that don’t fit in the defined storage area within it. Put the bin out of sight and mind–a closest, garage, basement or attic are all perfect places.

On a day when it seems like the kids are bored with all their current toys, bring out the bin and tell them they can have these toys if they refill the bin with toys that are currently out. Or you can surprise them by doing this on your own during nap time or after they have gone to bed.

Have At Least One Daily Clean Up Time And Include The Kids

This right here is a game changer. Often we adults feel like there are too many toys not because there are, but because the kids have spread them everywhere.

When my children were little either before dinner or before bed, they would help me pick up all their toys for the day and put them away. When they were in bed for the night, I would do one last sweep of the living areas to make the living area floors and furniture toy free for the evening.

How To Tame Children's Toy Clutter: Say Goodbye To Toy Stress

 

Realize This Is A Season

The last area I decluttered during my 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home challenge was they toy basket that sat in the corner of our family room. At that point, it hadn’t been touched in years (grief over the loss of several loved ones caused me to let clutter pile up for a while). When I cleared it out, I cried. Never in all the years of picking up toys day after day did I think I would one day find myself crying over toys disappearing from my home, but I did.

The toy season of your children’s childhood will only last so long. One day you will realize it has been ages since you accidentally stepped on a lego or sat on a barbie. When you see a toy mess and you start to feel stressed by it, pause, take a deep breath and thank God for the little ones that made it.

Psst…need help and support with decluttering your home? Join my Snail Pace Clutter Removers Facebook group where we battle clutter one pile at a time.

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10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

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Do your children all need Halloween costumes, but your budget is tight? Or perhaps you and your significant other got invited to a Halloween party, but you don’t want to spend money on a costume you will never wear again? Learn how to snag Halloween costumes for less money, perhaps even for no money with these ten ways to save money on Halloween costumes.

Learn how to save money on Halloween costumes for your entire family.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

1. Raid The Dress-Up Box

The dress-up box is the first place I sent my children to find a costume when they were little. Since I once ran a licensed family daycare our family’s dress-up box probably offered more variety than most, but chances are if you have children eight and under in your home, your dress-up box probably has a few pieces that could be used for trick or treating.

In fact, even though my children are now 15 and up we still have a dress-up box of sorts that we store up in the attic full of hats and props from various plays and performances in which the children have taken part in the past few years. Perhaps your family has a box like this too? If so, go and raid it–the perfect free Halloween costume might be waiting in it.

2. Host A Halloween Costume Swap

If the dress-up box only turns up costumes that have been worn so many times that your family just can’t bring themselves to wear them one more year, get some new-to-you outfits by hosting a Halloween costume swap with your friends.

Tell six or so families to come to your house at a set date with lightly used Halloween costumes in tow. You can make the night more fun by including a meal–potluck style of course! After dinner put everyone’s names in a hat and the first person whose name is drawn gets first pick. Continue until you are out of names. Any costumes that were not taken can be donated to your local thrift store.

Psst…you can save money on many different items by hosting trading parties. Here is a list of 10 Money Saving Swap Parties Thrifty People Throw and one with 7 Christmas Themed Swap-it Parties.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

3. Shop At The Dollar Store

In our town Dollar Tree usually has a great selection of Halloween costume items each year. These are generally costume props like fairy wings or wigs, but if you need just a few things to finish off your finds from the first two ideas on this post, your local dollar store just might have exactly what you are looking for.

4. Shop At Hollar

Hollar is an online low-cost variety store. I have been shopping with them for over a year now and have been happy with almost everything I have ordered. During the Halloween shopping season, they have a Halloween category that includes complete costumes for kids as little as $7.15. These include popular superhero costumes. They have costumes in adult sizes too starting at around $10.

Use my referral link here and get $5 off your order when you create an account. Your first order ships free (must be $10 or more) (offer could change at any time).

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

5. Use What Is Already In Your Closet

That black dress you never wear could become part of a pirate or witch costume. That red sweater that always was a bit on the big side could be the start of an M&M costume. Put on your outside the box thinking cap and if that fails, search Pinterest for homemade costume ideas for inspiration–trust me, the odds are hight that perfect costume for you is already hanging in your closet.

6. Raid The Recycling Bin

A friend of mine made an awesome costume one year by taping cereal boxes from her recycling box in various ripped up states to an old sweatshirt and then splashed it with red spray paint. She was a “cereal killer.”

Of course, you could always go with the less dramatic robot made out of boxes and grey paint.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

7. Shop Thrift Stores

Thrift stores in the weeks before Halloween will often put costumes on one rack at the front of the store. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to this one rack. Vintage clothing exists all through the store. Become a child of the 90s, 60s or 50s depending on what you find.

Psst…here are my tips to saving as much as possible when shopping at Goodwill

8. Shop ThredUp

ThredUp is an online consignment store with a HUGE selection of items. They have a Halloween section available every year. I didn’t see many costumes in adult sizes, but I did see a vast selection available in children’s sizes and at good prices too.

Use my referral link here to get $10 off your first ThredUp order.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

9. Shop Poshmark

Poshmark is another online consignment store, but unlike ThredUp you buy straight from the seller. They also have a Halloween costume section.

Use the code SNAILPACER when you sign up using the Poshmark App and save $5 on your first order.

10. Shop Swap.com

Swap is a lot like ThredUp, but they sell more than just clothing items. They too have a huge selection of gently used Halloween costumes at great prices.

Bonus Tip: Make Sure To Shop For Next Year After Halloween This Year

This tip right here will have you picking up brand new Halloween costumes for up to 90% off. The trick is not to go shopping the first day after Halloween unless you want a particular costume. Instead, wait at least a week or so. At that time retailers usually mark down leftover costumes to 75% off or more.

These sales are also a gold mine for Christmas gifts for little ones in the dress up stage.

Thrifty readers, what tips would you add to my list?

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