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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19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

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Are you looking for ways to generate a part-time to full-time income while working a flexible schedule? What if I told you your smartphone could help you do just that?

I spent some time researching ways to make money using smartphone apps. I was happily surprised by what I found. I had no idea there were so many ways to use your smartphone to earn anywhere from a few dollars a month to thousands of dollars a month.


19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine: Earn a part-time to full-time income through apps on your smartphone.

How much you can earn depends largely on your skill set and your location. Anyone can use a coupon app to earn a gift card, but not everyone is going to be able to use a tutor app to help someone study for college level psychology. The more populated areas have more opportunities so if you live in a small town you won’t have as many app earning opportunities as those who live in the major cities–but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn something.

19 Ways To Turn YourSmartphone Into A Money Making Machine

Please note that this is one of those rare times where I have listed apps that I have not tried out myself. I wanted to make sure that all ways to earn money with your smartphone were covered so you know all your options and that means I ran into ways I haven’t tried. I did, however, take the time to check the app’s ratings and read a few reviews.

Use caution when signing up to work for all apps. Spend time researching them, read reviews, ask your Facebook friends if they have tried them. If you can, try them out as a buyer first to give you a feel of how they work.

1. Earn Money By Taking Photos


Snap a picture and upload it to Foap. If someone buys it, Foap gets half the proceeds and you get to keep the other half--this video says the current selling price is $10–meaning you would get $5 per photo. Brands are also willing to pay people to perform photo missions. If your photo gets picked for a photo mission, you could earn some serious cash; some are reported to pay well over $1,000. (info all came from video)


Snapwire also offers a 50/50 share with photographers. I clicked around and discovered photos ranging from $5 to $500. They have what they call a leveling system–basically you earn points for good work, and those points can boost your exposure on the site. They also have a request area where you can submit a photo for a specific meme that a company is requesting. Should yours be chosen you get 70% of the selling price.

2. Earn Money By Reselling Your Stuff


Poshmark is an app for selling clothing. You can sell women’s, boys’, girls’ and even baby clothing. You can also sell accessories, bags, and shoes. Press the “sell tab” in the app to upload pictures of items from you closest you don’t want, follow the directions and within minutes have it for sale (get $5 off your first purchase when you use my referral code SNAILPACER when you download and sign up in the app).

Poshmark takes a $2.95 fee for all items that sell and are under $15. For those over $15 you get 80% and Poshmark gets 20%.


Simply sign up for an account here (this is my referral link and when you use it you get $10 off your first order) then download the app. Whenever you clean out your closet or your children’s closet, request a Clean Out Kit and send your clothes into ThredUp free of charge. Make sure everything you send is defect free, on trend and brand name (there is a full list of accepted brands on their site–might be in the app too, I am not sure). You can either take store credit, a PayPal deposit (fee applied) or a ThredUP prepaid visa card.


I sold items on eBay on a relatively regular basis for a few years when my children were all little. Back then I listed things using my desktop computer, but now it is possible to list items using just the eBay app on your smartphone.

Here is my list of eBay tips that will help you sell your items. It was written for people using a personal computer or laptop to list, but the tips mostly apply to selling in the app as well.


Letgo is a 100% free to use app for reselling your no longer wanted items. From cars to electronics, to the kitchen sink, you can sell it all on Letgo.  Although free, I did notice that it says there are some in-app purchases you can make if you want to gain your item better exposure.


19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

3. Earn Money By Giving Others A Ride

Turn your vehicle into a taxi. The app that gets you the most work might depend on your area.

Lyft Driver

Uber Driver

4. Earn Money Watching Videos


When you sign up for Swagbucks, you gain a way to earn gift cards for things you already do online like search the web and shopping. But Swagbucks also allows you to earn points by watching videos through seven different apps.

  • Swagbucks TV App: 36 daily SB points
  • EntertainNow App: 18 daily SB points
  • Sportly.TV App: 18 daily SB points
  • Lifestylz App: 18 daily SB points
  • MovieCli.ps: 18 daily SB points
  • Amped 360: 18 daily SB points
  • IndyMusic.tv: 18 daily SB points

Use my referral link for Swagbucks | Snail Pace Transformations


5. Earn Money By Helping Others Move Big Things

Do you own a truck and have a pretty good set of muscles? Well, you might want to look into apps where you can hire yourself out to do moving jobs big and small.


Sign up under the “Become a Lugger” tab on their website and then use the app to book jobs and get paid.


As with Lugg, you need to sign up on their website first using the “Become A Tasker” tab.


19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

6. Earn Money Delivering Restaurant Food

Sign up to work at one of the companies below, get their app and then get paid to deliver food from a restaurant to a hungry person. Some of these apps don’t even require you to have a car, a bike or a scooter might be OK too.



Uber Eats

7. Earn Money Answering Surveys

SB Answer

This is another way to earn Swagbucks through your smartphone. You can also find surveys that will earn you SB points that add up to gift card cash outs using the general Swagbucks app.

Go here and open up a Swagbucks account and then download the apps and start earning gift cards in those “waiting” moments; waiting on kids, waiting for food, waiting in line, etc.

Psst…Swagbucks is one of many points earning companies that allow you to cash out for Paypal gift cards. That is real money in your bank account! Here is my list of other programs that I know of that offer the Paypal option.

8. Earn Money Buying And Delivering Groceries


So I couldn’t tell if you could technically work through the Instacart app. But I do know that if you go to the website, you can sign up to be either a shopper or a cashier if you don’t have a car and if you do have a car, you could try for either a shopper/deliverer or just a delivery position. I assume once you are hired you would get work through the Instacart app somehow.

19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

9. Earn Money Renting Out A Room Or A Home


Got an extra room in your home? List it on Airbnb for others to rent and then communicate with guests and potential guests through the Airbnb app.

10. Earn Money By Being A Mystery Shopper

Download a Mystery Shopping app, sign up for an account and then see if there are any missions in your area. Complete a mission and you get paid. How you get paid and how much depends on the task and the app.

Easy Shift


I decided I wanted to try out this Mystery Shopping gig for myself so I signed up for mobee. Enter my referral code PN1F during sign-up (I get 300 points when you do and I think you get something too. If you use it, come back and tell me if you did get something and what it was).

11. Earn Money While Getting And Staying Fit

When I looked at apps that pay you to get and stay fit, I stayed away from ones that cost money. All the apps listed below are 100% free, but they do require that you own a device that tracks your activity or use an app that does so you may need to purchase one to use the app. Now I have another reason to add a Fitbit to my Christmas list.


Walgreens Balance Rewards (looks like it is done within the Walgreens app)


19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

12. Earn Money Babysitting

Love children? Sign up to be a babysitter. You, of course, have to go through a series of background checks first through the app you want to use.


100% free to join. Urbansitter does not take a percentage of your earnings or charge fees for jobs.


I found the hiring fees a bit difficult to understand when I researched Care.com, but from what I understand there are fees involved. I would assume that when you sign up those fees would be explained.

13. Earn Money Dogsitting

If you love pets and love walking them, then working through a pet sitting app might be a good source of income for you.


Through Rover you can get the following doggy oriented jobs: dog boarding, house sitting, drop-in sitting, dog daycare or dog walking.  You get to set your fees.

14. Earn Money Housecleaning

Like to clean? Sign up and find a housekeeping job through these apps.



19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

15. Earn Money Tutoring

Apply and find tutoring jobs that are either in person ones or through video or text with these apps. Please note: as with other apps on this list you may have to sign up online to be a tutor, then you will use the app to find jobs and interact with students.

Wyzant for Tutors

Chegg Tutor


16. Earn Money As A Handyman


Sign up online and offer your handyman services to others. Anything from assembling a desk, to raking leaves, to minor home repairs. Handle jobs and payments through the app.

17. Earn Money Freelancing


Are you good at making image quotes? Can you proofread? Edit video? If so you might want to look into the Fiverr app if your income could use a boost.

19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

18. Earn Money Back On Your Grocery Shopping Or Almost Any Other Purchase

19. Earn Money Sharing Your Knowledge Of Your Hometown With Others


I knew you could post a room or a home for overnight guests at Airbnb, but I didn’t know until researching for this article that you can also create an experience for tourists and charge for it. Perhaps you have vast knowledge about the plants found on local trails. If so, create a guided nature hike experience. Or are you an instructor of some sort–yoga, surfing, etc.? Can you use your expertise to create a tourist specific class? Like a yoga class while watching the sunrise at the local park.

My suggestion: go over to Airbnb and check out the “Experiences” area for ideas of what you might be able to offer tourists for a fee.

Am I missing any great apps? Or perhaps a different way to make money through an app? If so, list them in the comment area below. I am looking forward to learning new ways to earn money with a smartphone.

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How To Earn Gift Cards Using Fetch Rewards

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If you buy groceries (and who doesn’t?), then you could be missing out on earning a gift card or two each month by using the Fetch Rewards app.

I recently discovered the Fetch Rewards app and took the time to get to know all the ins and outs of it to see if it was worth adding to my ever growing list of point reward websites and apps that are worth the time and effort. And it makes the list.

Use Fetch Rewards each time you go grocery shopping and earn gift cards. Such a simple way to earn cash back on your groceries.

The Fetch Rewards app is simple to use, has low cash out options, and you receive your rewards in a very short amount of time. These three things have earned it a spot on my recommended money making and saving apps and websites list.

How To Earn Gift Cards Using Fetch Rewards

1. Sign Up For An Account

As with all point reward apps and websites, you can’t earn if you haven’t joined. Go to the app store on your phone and download the free Fetch Rewards app. Once downloaded enter your information, including my referral code RE9FU. When you enter my referral code, you will receive 1500 points when you scan and complete your first receipt. That is enough points to bring you halfway to your first $3 gift card cash out–making it worthwhile to take that extra second or two to enter RE9FU into the referral code area at sign up.

How To Earn Gift Cards Using Fetch Rewards

2. Search Through The List Of Brands After Your Next Grocery Shopping Trip

Currently, there are 158 different brands available to earn rewards through in the Fetch Rewards app. These are primarily brands that sell grocery and personal product items. All are name brands such as Degree, Axe, Heinz, and Kraft.

If you are primarily an ALDI shopper like me or a store brand shopper, you will probably still find a brand or two that you buy with some regularity, making it worth glancing at your receipt each shopping trip to see if you purchased an item from an included brand.

UPDATE:  Fetch now gives you points for every grocery receipt you update. You do earn more points though if your receipt contains brands from their list.

3. Upload Your Receipt

Knowing that you have a qualifying item on your receipt, hit the “scan” tab at the bottom of the app and follow the instructions.

And yes, one qualifying item is enough to make using Fetch Rewards worth your while.

On my first trip, for instance, the only item I had for a qualifying brand was a 2 liter of Mountain Dew I bought on sale for one dollar.  I earned 16 points plus a 1,000 receipt scan bonus. With each point equaling roughly .001 that means I earned $1.01 back on my $1 purchase.

The second time I used the app my only qualifying items was $2.99 box of Captain Crunch bought for a sleepover my kids were having. I earned a 1,000 receipt scan bonus plus 29 points for the cereal. Essentially this means I earned $1.02 for my few seconds worth of effort to scan and verify the receipt.

Those two trips plus the 1500 points I earned for entering my friend’s referral code at sign up (mine is RE9FU) were more than enough to claim my first $3 Amazon code.

How To Earn Gift Cards Using Fetch Rewards

4. Claim Your Reward

As you can see by my example, it is possible to earn your first cash out with Fetch Rewards in as little as two shopping trips -especially if you enter my referral code RE9FU during the sign-up process.

Fetch Rewards makes claiming and redeeming your reward simple. In the app, press the “rewards” tab at the bottom of the screen. You can then pick out your reward either by “category” or by “points.” I find it easier to search by points. Simply press the 3K option to cash out 3,000 points for a $3 reward or the 5K option to cash out 5,000 points for a $5 reward and so on. Fetch Rewards offers cash out values all the way up to 50,000 points for a $50 reward.

There are dozens of different types of gift cards available including those for Amazon, Walmart, Itunes, Panera Bread, Dunkin’ Donuts, Whole Foods and more.

Once you pick a reward, a code will be sent to your email box with instructions of how to cash in your gift card. So far I have cashed out for Amazon gift card codes and the whole process from picking out my reward in the app, to receiving my email, to adding it to my Amazon account has taken under five minutes. I would assume the process would vary depending on what gift card you choose.

Other Ways To Earn Points Using Fetch Rewards

How To Earn Gift Cards Using Fetch Rewards

Take Advantage Of Special Offers

Under the “Special Offers” tab within the Fetch Rewards app, you will find a current listing of offers that provide relatively high point values. For instance, when I wrote this you could earn 1500 points for buying any two Suave hair care products. To get the full details of these special offers, simply touch the “offer” box and a new screen will appear that shares all the details of that offer.

Refer Friends

Under the “me” tab you will find a link to your referral code (mine is RE9FU). Currently, when someone enters your code into the spot for it during sign up, they will get 1,500 points when they complete one receipt and so will you. That equals $1.50 for each of you!

Have you used Fetched Rewards? Is there another app or website that you use to earn gift cards that I might want to check out? Share in the comment section. 

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