It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. In fact, I plan way ahead to get my kids’ Christmas gifts for free. It’s easy to get Christmas and birthday gifts for free as long as you have a computer.
How I get My Kids Christmas Gifts for Free
My secret to getting Christmas and birthday gifts for free is . . . online surveys, cash back programs and other incentives. My computer is my Christmas savings account. Instead of getting a seasonal job or Christmas savings account, I work a few hours per week from the comfort of my own home taking surveys, conducting internet searches (ones that I’d be doing anyway), watching short videos, shopping online (like I already do) and even playing games.
Now there is nothing wrong with picking up seasonal work or having a holiday savings account. Those are both great ways to keep from going into debt during the holiday season. But, working from home a few hours per week all year is more appealing to me. We still save for birthdays and holidays, but it’s wonderful to leave most of those savings untouched or be able to add to our savings when our children have special requests on their gift lists.
How do Online Survey Sites Work?
There are two different types of sites that I use to get my kids Christmas gifts for free. The first is survey sites and the second is cash back sites.
Obviously, survey sites offer surveys that you take for a certain dollar amount or a certain number of points that will translate into a dollar amount. Some survey sites even offer product testing, which means you get free products that, in my experience, are usually full-sized.
Cash back sites will give you a certain dollar amount on purchases you make online or in stores. (If you’re not in the habit of saving your recipes, start doing so now.) Many cash back sites also offer surveys, paid videos, paid games, paid searches and more.
On sites that offer points you can turn those points into gift cards or cash. On sites that offer dollar amounts, you can cash out when you reach a certain threshold.
If you’re ready to get started right now, here’s a quick list of my favorite sites for getting gift cards and cash via surveys, cash back and other means. For more info on my favorite survey and cash back websites, be sure to keep reading past the quick list.
Cash Back Sites
Other Rewards Sites
Read on for how each site works and why I recommend them.
My Favorite Survey Sites for Moms
American Consumer Opinion offers points for surveys. Each point is equal to a penny. Most surveys give hundreds of points. Even if you don’t qualify for a full survey, you get still get some points for taking the screening survey. You can cash out when you’ve accumulated 1000 points.
I’m new to Survey Junkie. On the first day I signed up I had the potential for hundreds of points worth of surveys waiting on me. I also received a couple hundred points for filling out my profile, confirming my email and other super easy tasks. You need 1000 points to cash out. 1000 points = $10.
If you want to feel like your opinion makes a difference in political and social matters, you want to sign up for YouGov. I love their surveys – especially the ones about my political opinions. They offer hundreds of points per survey and you can cash out at various point levels. You can save up your points for a $100 cash out, which is what I’ve done. Who couldn’t use a couple hundred bucks just in time for Christmas? Or, you can cash out earlier for a gift card or merchandise.
These are the three survey sites I use that are purely survey sites. I do a lot of surveys through cash back sites, but I will list those under my favorite cash back sites for moms. I’m in the process of vetting more survey sites and I’ll add them here as I feel I can recommend them. For now, American Consumer Opinion, Survey Junkie, YouGov and are my recommendations.
My Favorite Cash Back Sites for Moms
I have been a member of MyPoints for over a decade. It has never let me down. MyPoints is probably the number one contributor to my Christmas fund. MyPoints offers many ways to earn points, which can be cashed out for gift cards (I get tons of Amazon gift cards through MyPoints.)
MyPoints offers points for shopping online, surveys, paid videos, printing and redeeming coupons, paid search, paid games and more.
You can get up to 75 points per day just for watching videos! And, you even get points for surveys you might not qualify for. The pay for surveys you do qualify for is high, in my experience.
iBotta pays you to grocery shop. Seriously! Download the iBotta app, save your receipts and snap a pic of the product and your receipt and you can get cash. For example, this week I can get $3 for buying honey, produce and tuna at my grocery store. Those are things on my list anyway, so I’m literally getting paid to shop.
SwagBucks is similiar to MyPoints in that you get tons of points for shopping online. Before you shop, always check SwagBucks to see if you can get points for your purchase. You can also search the web and get points with SwagBucks. There is a daily to-do list that helps you maximize the number of points you can receive.
Ebates does what sounds like it does. When you shop, Ebates offers you cash back for your purchases. Before shopping online, see if you will get cash back through Ebates. Link your debit or credit cards and get cash back on in-store purchases, as well.
TopCashBack is one of my favorite deal sites for moms. TopCashBack offers deals from major retailers and gives you cash back when you take advantage of the deals. For example, there was a lovely Finding Dory backpack and lunchbox set from Kohl’s earlier this week that was $14.99. TopCashBack offered $14.99 (that’s right – the full amount) back to members who took advantage of the deal.
My Favorite Rewards Sites for Moms
Inbox Dollars is not just a survey site and not quite a cash back site. Instead Inbox Dollars provides opportunities for members to take surveys, check out brands and offers and gives you money for doing so. In addition, you can watch videos, play games and search for extra cash. I use it daily and highly recommend it.
With a little bit of help from the internet, you can have your kids Christmas and birthdays paid for each year. Or, use the cash and gift cards for paying bills or getting yourself something nice.