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Redbox is a great way to watch moves. And while it’s cheap, you can do even better. Here are six ways to get free Redbox codes.

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I’ll be honest: I can’t even remember the last time I paid just to watch a movie. Between streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and my Amazon Fire Stick, I can always find something good I haven’t seen. Sometimes, though, I want to watch a newer move. That’s when I turn to Redbox. But why pay for even Redbox movies when free rental codes abound?

You have to look a little harder to find free Redbox codes these days, but there are plenty of them out there. Here are a few of my favorite places to snag these codes and watch some of the newest movies out on release totally free.

Free Redbox Codes

1. Opt In for Texts

This is the easiest way I’ve found to get free Redbox codes without even trying. You simply text REDBOX to 727272 to start receiving special offers straight to your phone.

These offers come in randomly, and may even be on weeknights. Usually, they are good for that same day or must be used within two or three days, so there’s not a whole lot of flexibility with the offers. However, it’s a great way to regularly pick up a free DVD on your way home and unwind before bed.

You’ll also get discount codes, BOGO offers, and even free game rentals. All of these are in the form of a code that you’ll enter at the kiosk when renting your movie. All you have to do is enter the code from the text, too–no further action, adding the offer to your account, etc. is required.

Also, Redbox may have changed this, but when I initially signed up to receive texts, I got the first free offer sent to my phone within 24 hours.

2. Download the App

Have a smartphone? Download the Redbox app to get a free rental code applied to your account within hours.

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The app allows you to search for movies and games in your area to determine which kiosk has what you want. You can also reserve specific titles so you know that they’ll be there when you’re ready and available to pick them up.

The app is free, too. After you download it and turn on push notifications, you’ll get your first free code soon after.

3. Sign Up for Emails

Have you noticed the trend yet? Yes, the best place to get your free Redbox codes is from Redbox directly (don’t worry, though–there are other great places, which we’ll cover in a moment). If you sign up to receive their emails, you can snag even more.

 

Simply enter your email address on their sign-up page, confirm your email address, and you’ll receive yet another one-day free rental code, sent straight to your inbox. You can use multiple email addresses that you may have. Just keep in mind that you have to link a card to the account. It’s an easy way to get even more freebies.redbox playpass.JPG

4. Join PlayPass

If you join Redbox’s free rewards program, called PlayPass, you’ll have the chance to earn plenty of rental codes, immediately and over time. When you first sign up, you’ll be sent a free code, which you can use any time within 60 days.

Then, you’ll also earn 10 Play Pass points every time you rent a disc (movie or game). Once you reach 100 points, you’ll get another free rental. You’ll also get a free rental code each year for your birthday.

5. Find Existing Free Codes

Some websites will find and update existing codes that are floating around, and publish them for you to find. These are great for on-the-spot rentals, if you don’t want to wait for that sign-up email code to come through.

Places like RetailMeNot and The Balance have pages dedicated to free Redbox codes, and they update them regularly. Just know that some of the codes may not work, either because they’re expired or they won’t work for your specific account.

Also, Redbox uses your credit or debit card to track code usage. This means that if you find a code that works, you can probably use it again on a second account with a second credit/debit card.

Here’s a link to RetailMeNot’s Redbox code page, and a link to the one provided by The Balance. Sites like InsiderBox also allow you to get feedback from others who have tried the code recently, so you know where to hone your sights. Here’s a link to their Redbox page.

6. Follow Them

If you “Like” Redbox’s Facebook page, you’ll be one of the first to know about special, short-term codes, and promotions. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear about store-specific codes (such as those only offered at kiosks at Walgreen’s locations, for example). This can be a great way to get codes directly from the source, without having to sign up for texts or emails.

The great thing about Redbox rentals is they are incredibly affordable. If you’re like me, though, you still love a freebie. Luckily, there are plenty of places for you to snag a free Redbox rental code, so you can watch your favorite new movies tonight, for free.

Have you found Redbox rental codes elsewhere? Share your sources below!

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The Discover it® – Cashback Match™ makes a habit of saying no. No annual fee, no late fee on your first late payment, and no APR hike for paying late. Discover®’s latest incarnation of cash back cards aims to simplify the relationship between cardholder and card issuer into one of easy cooperation.

The Discover it® – Cashback Match™ maintains 5 percent cash back on featured categories that change each quarter, subject to spend cap and provided you remember to sign up at the start of each promotional period. However, your other purchases earn a consistent 1 percent cash back with no required spending threshold. Real rebate hackers may find better percentages with some of Discover it®’s competitors, but the consistency makes tracking rewards very easy.

An initial experience informed by high-tech unboxing

Speaking about the new Discover it® – Cashback Match™ with company spokeswoman Laura Gingiss, I learned that the team behind this new account wanted to bring back some of the glamour and excitement around getting a new credit card. That’s why the Discover it® – Cashback Match™ arrives at your home with some of the trappings usually reserved for a bank’s most elite cardholders.

Your card arrives inside a rectangular box, decked out in faux brushed metal. Inside, you’ll find a red card of significantly better build quality than the typical bank card. If it feels like what happens when you open a product from Apple or Bose, that’s by design. Discover® wants you to feel good about using this card, and that emotional connection starts with this premium experience.

Service and support from real, live people

Discover® emphasizes that you’ll have access to a live human being inside the United States when you call for support. It’s a standout feature in an environment when many other banks have resorted to offshore service centers and automated attendants. It’s an expensive move, but immediate assistance from Discover®’s award-winning service and fraud resolution teams can win your loyalty for life.

Their Freeze It℠ on/off switch prevents new purchases, cash advances and balance transfers in seconds. You’re never responsible for unauthorized purchases on your Discover card, and they give you your FICO® credit score for free on your statements and online.

Building brand loyalists, one silver box at a time

Having expanded into student loans and personal mortgages, Discover hopes that your positive perception of their brand will translate into more business. Even the act of making a credit card you want to use can inspire you to ask more retailers to accept your Discover it® – Cashback Match™. The Discover® team has produced an account that restores the dignity — and a lot of fun — to carrying a credit card.

Discover® also offers other variations of this card that may better suit your needs. Be sure to read these additional reviews:

Discover it® 18-Month Balance Transfer Offer

The Discover it®’s card arrived on the market with heavy fanfare, including lots of television ads and billboards touting personal service and a new rebate structure that frees customers from most cash-back traps. Discover®’s 18-month introductory balance transfer hits a sweet spot if you’re among the millions of Americans trying to shed an “average” credit card balance. Plus, you get your FICO® Credit Score online and on your monthly statement for free.

Discover it® for Students

Discover it StudentsDiscover® has made strong inroads into student borrowing over the past few years. Discover it® for Students represents the bank’s latest foray onto college campuses, with pricing and features that resemble full-featured credit cards more than the typical, watered-down student accounts on the market.

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The one thing better than an Amazon gift card is a free Amazon gift card. Here are eight ways to score free Amazon gift cards.

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If you’re anything like me, you’re used to seeing “Amazon” on your bank statement. Those boxes with blue tape are a mainstay on my front porch, delivering everything from vitamins and electronics to my son’s last pair of soccer cleats.

Now, you can even order groceries through Amazon Pantry. And you can get on-demand items within hours with Amazon Now. The ability to order milk and eggs to my front door has made Amazon even more valuable in my home, which is why I’m always looking for ways to snag free gift cards to the site.

You can find free Amazon gift cards in a number of places online. Here are a few we’ve come across and what you have to do to earn those gift cards:

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The best place to get free Amazon gift cards is, interestingly enough, straight from Amazon itself.

The site regularly sends targeted offers to current- and potential-Prime subscribers. Earlier this month, for example, they offered a free $10 gift card if you sent someone a $50 gift card via text. (Just send it to your spouse if you’re not feeling generous!)

They also offer promotions like “spend $25, get $10” and the like. These are most often found in their grocery and personal care/health sections of the site. I’ve also taken advantage of reload offers, where I can load my Amazon account with a gift card and receive a bonus (usually $5) in the process. Check their gift card section online to see if any current offers are listed. Be sure to check back regularly.

2. MyPoints

If you shop online, print coupons, read emails, take surveys, or play games, you can earn free Amazon gift cards through MyPoints.

The site is incredibly easy to use. You simply have to sign up and the choose how you want to earn points. This can be through taking advantage of special shopping offers, watching featured videos on the home page, or using apps like Coupons.com to save on your grocery bill.

 

Right now, they’re even offering 100 points a day for using Coupons.com. That’s an easy way to earn 3,000+ points in a single month, just on one money-saving task alone!

When you complete any of these tasks, you’ll earn a set number of points. Once your account reaches a certain point, you can redeem these points for gift card rewards. Options range from restaurant and apparel shops to… you guessed it, Amazon.

Simply earn 480 points to redeem your first gift card. The more you save up, the further your points will go towards bigger rewards.

3. Credit Card Rewards

If you use a credit card that offers cash back (why wouldn’t you, after all? It’s free money!), you might be able to snag Amazon gift card offers with your earned rewards. Sometimes, you can even get bonus redemptions with certain partner companies–on occasion, Amazon is one of them.

Check out your credit card company’s rewards portal to see where you can redeem your points. If they offer a bonus ($25 gift card for $20 in rewards, for instance), this is an excellent way to make your free money go even further.

4. Online Surveys

Depending on how quickly you can fly through online surveys, it’s possible to make a decent return on your time. Sometimes, the return comes in the form of Amazon gift cards.

Companies like MintVine, Crowdology, and Univox will pay you for your time and effort, offering you daily survey opportunities and various reimbursement options. You can pick and choose the surveys that most apply to you and your family, and also sort them according to length and earnings.

 

Check out this page if you want to see a list of survey companies that offer Amazon cards as a payment option.

5. Get an Amazon Credit Card

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This is in the same area as number three above, but getting an Amazon credit card is another good way to earn Amazon-specific rewards.

The Amazon Prime Rewards Signature Visa® is a great cash back card, especially if you spend a fair amount on Amazon.com. It offers a $70 Amazon gift card bonus right off the bat, as well as 5% back for every dollar you spend on the site. There is no annual fee, and you’ll also earn 2% cash back at drug stores, restaurants, and gas stations, and 1% back everywhere else.

There’s no minimum redemption amount, so you can start using earned rewards whenever you’d like. And, of course, you can use rewards on Amazon.com, just like you’d use a gift card.

6. Ibotta and Shopkick

If you aren’t using apps like Ibotta and Shopkick to earn free money when you shop, you really should start. Last year alone, I earned almost $200 from Ibotta on the things I was already buying. And I got a $20 gift card from Shopkick just from checking into stores I was already visiting. It’s easy. It’s free. And you can earn yourself some money for Amazon (or anywhere else).

Ibotta sends you cash rebates for things you buy at certain stores. You can also go through the site to buy on Amazon.com and earn credit that way. Once you’ve accumulated enough earnings, you can cash them out through Paypal or opt for free gift cards (like those for Amazon.com).

Shopkick rewards you for visiting, checking in, scanning items, and buying from certain stores. Points earned vary by store and by “task,” but it’s easy to earn points without spending a penny. When you’ve earned enough, cash them out for partner gift cards at stores like Target or, of course, Amazon.

7. Check Your Health Insurance

When is the last time you actually visited your health insurance company’s online portal? Of course, you can view your recent claims, deductible information, and order new cards. But often times, you can also find valuable offers.

For example, I logged in last month to my portal through Innovation Health. In their customer info section, I saw an offer for a free $50 Amazon gift card if I would just watch a 10-minute video. The video was on making healthy choices (food, exercise, etc.), which benefits my insurer. But in the end, I scored an e-gift card to Amazon.com.

Not all providers will offer promotions like this, but it’s definitely worth checking!

8. Trade It In

Looking to de-clutter the house and make some money in the process? The Amazon Trade-In Program might be the perfect answer.

You can go to the Trade-In Store to search for items that may be eligible for trading, whether you purchased them from Amazon or somewhere else. If you find a suitable offer, accept it, follow the directions for shipping, and wait. You’re on your way to earning an Amazon gift card for those items you may not even use anymore.

 

Amazon has quickly become a household name, known for delivering the things we need most at competitive prices (and lightning-fast!). This means that finding ways to earn free Amazon gift cards is not only fun, but budget-friendly.

Have you snagged a free gift card, to Amazon or elsewhere, using another method? Share it below!

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Find the best prepaid debit cards of 2017, including low fee cards and those you can use for free. We compare features, fees, and bonuses.

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Prepaid debit cards have always been a controversial topic. Some cards carry insanely high fees just for making everyday purchases. Suze Orman’s entry into the prepaid card business, the Approved Card, prompted heated debate about whether it represented a conflict of interest, given Orman’s following.

In 2010, the Kardashians announced their branded prepaid card. They received bad press due to the card’s predatory fees and lack of customer benefits. They canceled the card soon after it was announced.

Not all prepaid cards are as bad, but fees are common. You need to evaluate each offer to determine whether a prepaid card is right for you. Prepaid debit cards are the preferred tool for many parents. They can monitor their children’s spending while teaching their children how to responsibly handle money management.

The best prepaid debit cards are cards without fees, offering rewards for everyday purchases. While credit is almost everywhere in this country, many Americans do not have a credit card or bank account. They use cash for their needs. While this might be a cheaper method of paying for products and services, it isn’t always safe to carry around cash for purchases. Rather than resort to prepaid cards with high fees consider looking at some of these best prepaid debit cards available for consumers today.

The Best Prepaid Debit Cards of 2017

American Express Serve

If you’re looking to avoid fees with your prepaid debit card, this choice from American Express might be the best option. You can load the card from a bank account online or by phone, or you can place your deposit in the form of cash at over 50,000 retail locations including Walmart, CVS, 7-Eleven, and Family Dollar. There is a service fee of up to $3.95 that will be added to your purchase for depositing cash.

American Express does not charge reload fees made through bank accounts and direct deposit linked to the card (in network). Cash reloads and other reload methods may carry a third party purchase or service fee. This is not a credit card, however, the card comes with many of the major benefits that all American Express cardholders receive, like roadside assistance, purchase protection, and entertainment access.

There is a $1 monthly fee but that can be waived when you have a direct deposit each month of $500 or more. No ATM withdrawal fees when you use a MoneyPass location and no online billpay fees either.

Netspend Visa Prepaid MasterCard

Netspend is one of the leaders in the prepaid card industry. Their strongest offering comes in the form of the Netspend Visa Prepaid MasterCard. If you’re savvy enough to know how to transfer money to and from your card without the help of a Customer Service agent, the transfers are always free, If you need help, it’s $0.50 per transfer. There is no direct deposit fee and no initial fee for getting the card.

Netspend offers three different plans to manage your prepaid card. They are as follows:

  • Pay as you go – No monthly fee but a $1 charge per signature transaction and a $2 charge per pin transaction. This plan is ideal for people who plan to use their card very very little.
  • FeeAdvantage Plan – $9.95 per month, all transactions included at no additional cost.
  • Premier FeeAdvantage Plan – $5.00 per month if you have at least one qualifying direct deposit of $500 or more every month. The best value in terms of monthly cost if you have the direct deposit available.

Also, be careful at the ATM with this card. There is a withdrawal fee of $2.50 and a decline fee of $1 if you don’t have funds readily available.

Walmart MoneyCard® Visa® with Cash-Back Rewards

The Walmart MoneyCard® Visa® offers the best rewards program of any card on our list. For all Walmart shoppers, you stand to earn 3% cash back on every Walmart.com online purchase. 2% cash back is earned at Murphy USA and on Walmart fuel purchases and 1% cash back is earned at Walmart stores. The maximum amount of cashback you can earn is $75 each year. If you find yourself getting cut off from cash back rewards because you’ve already capped out $75 in a year … perhaps you should review your finances!

The fee structure for the Walmart MoneyCard® Visa® is fairly straightforward. There’s a $5 monthly charge and it can be waived when you load more than $1,000 on your card in the previous month. A $2.50 ATM withdrawal applies on every transaction and to get cash from your card at a Walmart location is free of charge. There is no charge to receive the initial card, no charge to make daily purchases and a $3 fee if you require a replacement card.

American Express Serve® Cash Back

If cash back is your game, the American Express Serve Cash Back provides a great opportunity. Every time you shop at a store or online, you’ll earn 1% cash back. Cash back is added immediately after you make your payment and available for redemption on your next purchase, at anytime. There is no annual cap on the amount of cash back you can earn and it never expires, so long as your account remains open and in good standing.

Now let’s talk fees. The initial card price is up to $3.95 if buying at a retail location. There is a $5.95 monthly fee unless you live in TX, VT or NY (no fee in those states). No direct deposit fee, no fee to add money from a bank account but up to a $3.95 fee to add cash at a retailer. Depending on the ATM you use, there could be up to a $2.50 ATM fee. No ATM fees when using a MoneyPass location. Last but not least, if you’re looking to take cash out of your American Express Serve Cash Back, up to a $9.49 fee applies.

Green Dot® Prepaid MasterCard®

This is a card with a simple fee plan. Cardholders will not have to pay a monthly fee as long as they deposit at least $1,000 onto the card monthly or make 30 qualifying purchases posted to your account monthly. If these conditions are not met, the monthly fee is $7.95. There are fees for initial purchase, which varies by retailer, of up to $4.95. Reload fees also vary by retailer and is currently up to $4.95.

Green Dot is an extremely convenient but expensive prepaid option. In addition to using the card for everyday purchases, you have the ability to write checks using your account. The limit per check is $3,000 and it’s only good for 90 days. In addition, The Green Dot® Prepaid MasterCard® offers free online mobile bill pay and NO fee for an ACH transfer. As always, direct deposit is FREE.

Try a Checking / Savings Account Instead

Chime Visa® Debit Card

Prepaid cards can certainly make life easier, but they can also make life more expensive. If you’re in the market for a prepaid card, you may want to consider opening a savings account with Chime. The Chime Visa Debit Card can be used anywhere Visa is accepted. There’s no monthly fee to worry about, no card fee, and no fees for making day to day purchases. ATM’s in the Money Pass network are also free to use (there are over 24,000 of them nationwide)

On the savings account side, every time you use your Chime card to make a purchase, they round up the dollar amount and deposit the change into your Chime Savings Account. Setting up direct deposit is easy and there are no fees to transfer money in and out of your account. Coolest of all, Chime is willing to start you off with a free $5 after you first direct deposit.

You can also have a look at our best savings and checking account promos. All of the checking accounts listed can also provide you a debit card to make purchases, but be aware of each bank’s monthly fees and/or requirements for waiving the fee.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the prepaid debit card industry is mired in fees. If you believe a prepaid debit card is right for you, tread carefully. Read the terms and conditions and know the fees. Even the best prepaid debit card can end up costing more money than you are prepared to spend. There are many other debit cards I’m not including in this list at all because they are best avoided. Using a prepaid debit card can help a responsible person who does not qualify for a credit card handle their expenses, but it can also be a recipe for disaster.

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