How To Use Your Receipts To Get Free Stuff

All of us usually disregard those customer satisfaction surveys because, really, who has the time for that? Well, if you know how to spot the good ones, those surveys can actually help win free stuff and discounts in the future. Most of them only take a few minutes of your time, and you can win rewards that you can use immediately.

The Penny Hoarder has a great set of guidelines to help you figure out which surveys are actually worth your time and which ones you should just throw in the trash like you usually do.

1. Stay Away From Contest Entries

Odds are that you won’t win whatever exotic vacation the company is giving away, and if you do, there could be a lot of hidden fees or things that aren’t covered. This means that you should look for surveys that offer instant rewards or discounts in return for your time.

If you just can’t resist a good getaway giveaway, try entering contests on travel websites like Travel Channel or HGTV. You’re much more likely to win those trips than you are something from the back of a fast food receipt.

2. Stick With Companies That Guarantee Benefits

The Penny Hoarder has found a list of companies that offer rewards and discounts every time a customer gives feedback or takes a survey. Though you might want to stick away from visiting fast food joints too often, here’s a list of companies with the most rewarding customers surveys: Wendy’s, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, Baskin Robbins, Moe’s, IHOP, Subway, PetSmart, Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works.

3. Redeem Your Rewards Soon

Some rewards have expiration dates, so just make sure you pay attention to when and where you can use your rewards. At the end of the survey, you will be given a verification code that you should definitely screen shot or write down somewhere safe. This code is likely what you’ll present when you’re ready to redeem your reward. Happy shopping!

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Josephine Yurcaba
Josephine Yurcaba is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer. She specializes in lifestyle content, women's issues, politics, and New York music. She has written for Bustle, The Daily Meal, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone.

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