When I was dragging myself out of debt, finding ways to earn free gift cards or make extra cash was pretty much my sole obsession.
This was because every dollar of my pay packet that I didn’t have to spend on living, went to the NAB for the personal loan I had to get to pay my ATO bill because I worked on ABN and didn’t put away my tax money – (I was terrible with money).
I had a few side hustles that allowed me to make more money, but I also like earning gift vouchers from surveys and other means because I used those for presents or things I needed.
I wrote this post to show you how and where you can earn free gift cards Australia-wide so you can build a gift card stash to use in tough times.
10 Ways to Earn Free Gift Cards in Australia
Whilst these are all legitimate ways to get free gift cards for Aussies, you will be required to expend some effort.
Nothing comes for free, unfortunately. But think, if you start now (January), you could have a healthy stash by Christmas-time.
1. Answer surveys with Valued Opinions
There are some awesome survey sites in Australia, and Valued Opinion is one of my favourites for earning gift cards.
I can easily earn $20 a month in gift cards which adds up to a decent-sized slush fund for Christmas – and I could earn more if I put in more effort.
I like that the surveys offered are given a dollar value, so you know you’ll earn $2, $4 or sometimes even $5 per survey. There’s no confusing points system. They also don’t charge you to cash out.
They send physical gift cards so make sure you order them as soon as you qualify to allow time for them to arrive.
2. Scan your groceries with IRi Shopper Panel [Earn $20 in 6 weeks]
The IRi Shopper Panel lets you earn free gift vouchers Australia wide with your phone.
You’ll use the app to scan the barcodes on all the products you purchase during a shopping trip. You’ll need to record other information like where you shopped, how much you paid, how many you bought etc. You then transmit the shopping data via Scan n Go app.
IRi guarantee that if you scan weekly, you’ll earn $20 credit within 6 weeks.
Redemption options include iChoose prepaid Visa or gift cards from Bunnings, Myer, Coles etc. Alternatively, you can select household items from a catalogue.
3. Sign up for focus groups
Focus groups or market research panels are also a great way to earn gift cards.
Usually, you are required to attend a session with other participants where you will share opinions and ideas on new products or advertising, policies etc. Sometimes researchers will attend your home to interview you.
Payment could be in cash or gift cards.
To find research panels in your city run a quick Google search for ‘market research + your city’ or ‘focus groups + your city’.
4. Share your browsing history with Nielsen Mobile
Nielsen Mobile and Computer Rewards Panel will reward you in gift cards or items selected from a catalogue in exchange for you downloading either a piece of software (computer) or installing an app (mobile) and keeping it installed.
The premise behind this is that Nielsen wants to track browsing behaviour and changes in internet use.
If you’re wondering how to get free gift cards online without completing offers, this has to be the easiest way. After installing, you do pretty much nothing.
5. Join Airbnb
If you are new to Airbnb, using the link below will get you a $50 credit towards your first trip.
Whilst this is technically not a gift card, it is an online discount and Airbnb is a great way to travel on a budget so I highly recommend signing up.
6. Switch your internet search engine to Swagbucks [$5 signup bonus]
Did you know you can earn points called SB which can be redeemed for gift cards with Swagbucks? There are a ton of other ways to earn Swagbucks including watching videos (usually ads), doing daily polls, answering surveys and more.
One of the easiest ways to earn points is by switching your search engine to Swagbucks own search portal.
7. Do battles with Toluna
Toluna is one of my favourite Aussie survey sites because they offer a lot more than just surveys. You can sign up for quizzes, do battles with your friends and of course, complete surveys.
Whilst Toluna offers an option to receive cash rewards with Paypal, they also have a huge range of gift cards for redemption.
8. Enter competitions
Would you believe there are people out there who win thousands of dollars in gift cards and other prizes each year?
They are called compers, basically, people who boost their income by entering competitions at an almost professional level.
I was lucky enough to receive an email from a lovely comper called Rae who shared her tips on how to win competitions with me.
9. Become a mystery shopper
Mystery shopping is a great way to get free gift cards. Whilst you technically have to spend the gift cards in the store you have been assigned to, it’s still free!
You can find the best mystery shopping companies in Australia here
10. Download money-earning apps
I’ve already mentioned Valued Opinions and Toluna as great options for earning gift cards but there are loads more survey sites and apps in Australia where you can build a healthy stash of gift cards from your mobile phone.
Check out this post for more information on the best apps that pay Australia-wide.
I hope these ideas will help you save some cash. Do you have a favourite way of earning gift cards?