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How to Get Free Gift Cards Without Doing Surveys By Jodi Furman

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It really is possible to get something for nothing. Legitimate free gift card offers abound; you just need to know where to look and, more importantly, where not to look.

Ehow asked Jodi Furman of the award-winning blog, LiveFabuLESS.com (Link below) to provide readers with the know-how needed to get free gift cards without doing surveys.

Furman has taught millions of readers a modern and doable way to live an upscale life without the price both through her blog and TV appearances. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a married mom with three young kids plus two dogs and two cats.

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Sign Up

Sign up for email, mailings, text messages, plus follow and become a fan all your favorite brands on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other social networking sites. Brands often advertise exclusive promotions to their subscribers and followers, including free gift cards. These promotions, as you can imagine, come and go in an instant, so keep on the lookout for them -- and when you see one, grab it immediately.

Some stores have loyalty programs that provide members with gift cards once they've spent a specific amount. Other stores have birthday clubs that send out promotional gift cards to be redeemed on or near your birthday. Some stores have offers exclusively for children. Register your kids so they can also get gift cards.

Prescription Transfers

Many drug, grocery, and discount stores offer a gift card incentive, usually between $10 and $25, for filling a new prescription or transferring a prescription to their store. You'll need a coupon from local newspapers or sales fliers, in-store displays or, at times, those mailed directly to your home. These promotions often apply even if you have insurance coverage, have a low or no co-pay or are filling a prescription for a generic. These tend to not be not valid if your prescriptions are covered by any governmental program, including Medicare or Medicaid.

Even if you don't have a coupon for a specific store, some will accept competitors' coupons as though they were their own. Identify which stores they consider to be competitors and ask if they accept those coupons.

Do What You Normally Do

You can earn gift cards by doing normal, everyday activities, such as searching the web or while shopping, either online or in a store. Using plug-ins and apps such as Swagbucks, MyPoints and Shopkick, provide you with "points" or "kicks" you can convert into gift cards. Points can be earned by using Swagbucks or MyPoints search engines. You can earn additional points for viewing videos and ads. Shopkick will reward you just for walking into stores such as Target and Old Navy. You can even earn additional "kicks" for scanning items with your smartphone.

Sign up for Ebates and you will earn a $10 card once you spend $25 online at any of the more than 1, 000 stores in Ebates' portal, including Target, Old Navy, Kohl's and Walmart.

Give Yourself a Bonus

Many retailers offer bonuses, especially around the holidays, where you may receive either a discount for buying gift cards -- for example, get a $50 gift card for $40 -- or a bonus gift card -- buy $50 worth of gift cards, get a $15 gift card for free. Coinstar allows you to convert your loose change into gift cards with no fee. Even better, Coinstar runs occasional promotions where you can get a bonus when you cash in a specific dollar amount for a specific store.

Costco sells selected gift cards to local and chain restaurants, movie theaters and stores at a discount, usually around 20 percent off. Check with your local Costco to determine which gift cards it carries, because the promotions vary from store to store. Recent promotions have included Build A Bear, Coldstone Creamery, Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, Jamba Juice, Regal Cinema and Einstein Bagels.

Credit Card Promotions

Watch for credit card company promotions, which are sometimes run in conjunction with a specific store. If you spend a certain amount on your credit card at that store, you'll receive a bonus gift card.

Turn Coupon Savings Into Gift Cards

Many stores sell gift cards to other stores. If you have a coupon to a grocery, drug or discount store, such as $10 off a $50 purchase, you can use that "free" $10 to buy a gift card. Other stores allow what's called coupon "overage." If you have a $3 off coupon for a $2 item, you "earn" $1. Most stores won't open their register to pay you the overage in cash, but some will allow you to use your overage to purchase gift cards.

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Graphic: How to Get Free Gift Cards Without Doing Surveys

Sign Up: Sign up for emails, text & on social media sites when they offer special promotions.

Prescription Transfers: Earn gift cards for new prescriptions or transferring your current refills.

Earn By Living: Earn points towards gift cards by doing daily activities, such as internet searching & shopping in your favorite stores.

Cash In with Cash Back: Earn cash back on credit card purchases or earn points towards gift card rewards through online promotions, frequent flier miles or hotel points.

Bonus Buys: Get bonus gift cards through special store promotions when you spend a specific amount

Credit Card Promotions: Earn bonus gift cards when you use your credit card during special promotions.

Convert Coupon Savings to Gift Cards: Use coupon overage to apply towards a gift card.

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Jodi Furman

Jodi Furmans site, LiveFabuLESS.com, teaches millions of readers a quick, easy, and simple way to live the upscale life without the price. In addition to her website, Jodi's blog is one of the top 15 blogs on Kindle and she is a regular contributor to the Associated Press, CNN, USA Weekend, ModernMom.com, MSN Money, WGN and ABC. Jodi has an MBA in marketing from Columbia Business School and is a married mom with three young kids plus two dogs, two cats, and a mountain of laundry to tackle each week. You can follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/livefabuLESS) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/livefabuLESS), to always be up to date on the latest and greatest tips and deals..

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