7 Easy Ways to Earn Gift Cards and Cash

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I am an Amazon shopaholic. I love, love, love the convenience, the variety, the free Prime shipping *Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial*, and more. Of course, this means I spend a lot on Amazon, too, so I’m always looking for ways to earn money or gift cards. None of these will make you rich, but you can definitely earn enough to at least supplement your Amazon spending. These are seven of my favorites.

7 easy ways to earn gift cards and cash

1. Swagbucks

Swagbucks (SB) are essentially points that you can convert into sweepstakes entries, gift cards, and more. There are lots of different ways to earn swagbucks. For example:

  • Change your default search engine in your browser to SB. Every few searches, at random times, you win SB just by doing a search. You might get 2SB or you might get 100SB.
  • Install the app on your phone and “watch” (I mostly just listen) movie trailers. I have them playing while I’m at work. It’s basically just background noise for me, which helps me focus on my work and earns me SB at the same time. Plus, you get to see/listen to trailers for movies that aren’t in theaters yet. You get 2SB for every ten trailers (I think it’s 10, give or take).
  • Download and install apps on your phone. I don’t do this myself, because I just don’t have much memory on my phone (too many photos), but you can earn easy SB this way.
  • Play games.
  • Shop through the Swagbucks links. Earn a set number of SB for every dollar you spend.
  • Take surveys.
  • Sign up for free trials or apply for credit cards. I recently got 1,500 SB (equivalent to $15) for signing up for a subscription box service. I paid $5 for shipping and cancelled after the box arrived, so I netted $10 and got a free box of brownie mix and other baking stuff.

Years ago, I won tickets to a concert, too. I wasn’t able to go (boo) because it was too far away, but it was still pretty exciting to see that real people actually do win the sweepstakes.

2. mPlus Places (app)

mPlus Places is an app for Android and Apple. It uses GPS to map your location and shows you places you can check into in your area, earning you mRewards (previously called mPoints). You can check into up to 25 places per day. Some places offer more points, but the minimum per check in is 10 5 points (as of 9/2016, they lowered the minimum to 5 points :(). They also have a daily survey for 5 points (one simple question), you can tweet about the app once per day for 10 points per day, and they also have other various tasks for more points. My son had one for 750 points for going to 7-11, buying a Slurpee, and uploading the receipt. There are other ways to earn points, too, such as downloading and/or playing apps or games. I’ve been using it for a while now, it takes very little time to do and almost no effort, and I’ve earned over $100 in Amazon gift cards. I usually use the time I’m sitting in line waiting for my morning coffee to check in.

3. 1Q

EDIT: I no longer recommend this one. It seemed promising at first, but after several months of literally nothing, I uninstalled the app. However, if you are interested, here’s the info:

1Q is 1 Question. This is a simple app for your phone and for each survey question they ask you (one question, not a 10-minute or longer survey), they pay you 50 cents (or 25 cents; you choose and they say 25 cents will get you more questions) via PayPal. The questions aren’t very frequent and this is definitely not a get rich quick scheme, but it’s a very easy way to earn a dollar here and there for almost no work. I’ve earned $2 after about a week. Not big money by any means, but it is easy and fast.

4. Quick Thoughts

Quick Thoughts is a survey app. You earn $1 for each survey you complete and once you’ve earned $10, you can cash it out for an Amazon gift card. The surveys are relatively simple and quick and you can do them while you’re watching TV. I’ve earned one $10 gift card so far, in about two weeks. On average, I’d say I get about one survey a day.

5. Field Agent

Field Agent is another phone app. For this one, you get to choose from the tasks available near you. Some tasks involve secret shopping. Others are scavenger hunts – they tell you the store and the item and you go there, take photos, and answer a few questions. If you have to drive out of your way, it may not be worth it because of the cost of gas, but I always check to see if there is anything available in or close to a store I’m going to anyway. For example, last weekend, I was babysitting my ADORABLE grandson at his home, which is within walking distance of a Target. There was a job at that Target, so I took it. While we were doing other shopping, we swung by the crib display, took three pictures and answered about four simple questions. That simple task paid $3 and only took about two minutes of my time. These tasks are easy and fun, and they pay more than most of the others listed on this page, because they need a little more work.

6. mturk

mturk is an Amazon program. There are lots of little jobs, called HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks), to choose from. They pay a few cents each for very simple tasks, like taking photos of items you already have around your house. I haven’t done this yet myself, but my daughter and her friend have had a lot of fun doing it for a little while now.

7. Buzzoole

Earn Buzzoole credits, which you can then convert into gift cards.

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Connect your social accounts, optimize your online presence, discover what topics you are influential in and be rewarded. Thanks to our amazing algorithm, you can optimize your digital activity and get in touch with companies interested in having you test their products, rewarding you with special offers and/or inviting you to exclusive events.


By doing these fun jobs and surveys, I am able to shop on Amazon *Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial*  without only spending my money. Of course, I love to buy stuff and get mail, so I do spend more than I probably should, but whatever. 😉 If you have any suggestions on other sites or apps to try, let me know in the comments below!


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