Thrifty Thursday: Five easy ways to get Amazon gift cards!

Last year, I “paid” for most of my family’s Christmas using Amazon gift cards that I earned throughout the year.  This year, my goal is to have another 100% cash Christmas and to use Amazon gift cards to fund a large portion of our Christmas.

Here are five easy ways to get Amazon gift cards:

1.  Coinstar – I posted earlier this year about starting a “change jar.”  When you visit a Coinstar machine, you have the option of “cashing out” but then you have to pay 9.8 cents per dollar. They also have an option where you can get “free coin counting” if you opt for a gift card or gift certificate instead. Amazon is one of the choices and the e-certificates you get for Amazon never expire! They also offer gift cards for Albertson’s, Borders, Cabela’s, CVS, Eddie Bauer, iTunes, JC Penney, Lowe’s, Old Navy,, Regal Entertainment Group, and Starbucks.  We started filling a change jar at the beginning of the year and it’s already almost full.  I’m looking forward to cashing it in for an Amazon card and finding out how much money we’ve saved so far!

2. is a survey site that I have been with for several years now.  The surveys are typically fairly easy and usually relate to TV shows.  I usually get 2-3 surveys each month.  You earn points for completing the surveys which can then be exchanged for gift cards to Amazon and a number of other retailers including Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, and Red Lobster.


3.  My PointsMy Points is an easy way to earn gift cards for Amazon or a number of other retailers.  All you have to do is read the e-mails they send, print and redeem coupons, shop through links on their site, or submit Bzz Agent reports.

4.  Opinion OutpostOpinion Outpost is a survey site that I just joined recently.  You earn points for completing surveys and for every 50 “opinion points” you earn, you can choose to cash out for a $5 Amazon gift card.

5.  SwagbucksSwagbucks is one of my favorite “rewards” sites.  You earn points just for searching the web, which is something you do are probably doing on a daily basis anyway!

Also, check with your bank to find out if they offer rewards if you use your debit card.  We recently found out that we can earn points from our bank for using our debit card and one of the retailers when we cash out points is Amazon!

Do you know of other ways to earn Amazon gift cards or do you have another thrifty tip to share?  Feel free to link up below!

For more Thrifty Thursday ideas, check out Coupon Teacher, Madame Deals, and Life as a Mom.


  1. Coupon Teacher says:

    These are all great! Thanks!

  2. Your Frugal Friend, Niki says:

    E-poll is new to me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The Saved Quarter says:

    I just joined BzzAgents. How do I connect it to MyPoints?

  4. Do you have a MyPoints account? I believe it gives you the option when you submit your first Bzz report or complete your first survey to connect them, but to be honest, it's been a long time since I did it, so I can't remember.