Woman Pays For Christmas Gifts By Visiting Websites

CHICAGO (CBS) — The average American family spends about $700 on holiday gifts each year, and much of that ends up on credit cards.

But believe it or not, one woman was able to buy gifts for her entire family this season without spending a dime.

CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez tells us how she did it and how you can do it, too.

Staci Gerardi bought more than $800 worth of gifts for her children, parents and relatives — for no money.

She didn’t win a contest, and it’s not charity. Gerardi actually bought all the gifts using “reward points” she racked up by visiting a handful of websites over the last year.

“It’s like a jackpot. I don’t understand why people don’t get this,” she says.

Each day, Gerardi browses through “reward sites.” When she clicks on an ad or watches a commercial, she earns points or “digital dollars” that she can trade for gift cards for retailers that include Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart and Kmart.

She says she only spends 20 minutes a day collecting points, but it takes a while to get good at it. She’s learned how to multi-task, getting work done at the computer while she’s also clicking on ads and downloading commercials.

Her favorite sites are Superpoints, RewardPort, Gift Hulk and Swagbucks. All you have to do is sign up and provide some simple information like your name, age and email address. Then, start browsing.

This is the second year Gerardi has been able to buy all of her Christmas presents for nothing. That’s not all. Her digital dollars are a big financial help throughout the year.

“It helps with food shopping. It helps with all areas. It helps with the house,” she says.

Gerardi has gotten so good at racking up reward points that she’s written a “how-to” book about that and living a frugal life.

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  • washington707

    Funny. I was just yawning when I scrolled down to the Yaw comment.

  • Kendra Neal

    AWESOME segment!! I participate in 3 of the 4 programs that Staci Geradi mentioned. The programs do work and are very legit!

    One of the programs I just signed up with a month ago and I have already earned $10 GC. It may not seem like a lot for a month, but doing 3-4 programs a month and that adds up quickly. I only spend about 20 minutes a day on the programs and I have a goal of having a FREE Christmas in 2012. I even wrote a blog post of my own a couple weeks ago and then again yesterday about the programs I use!

    GREAT segment last night! Thanks for airing it!

  • Vicky

    Thank you Staci , GiftHulk is AMAZING ! 25 $ in 3 days :)

  • Katelyn Hubbell

    Is this safe

  • BoBo

    Always use protection Katelyn. Just sayin…

  • Santa's helper

    Do any of these websites offer orthodontia or hair salon services?
    She can use both.
    Get a life.

  • mrcamp

    Could someone invite me so that I can sign up with Superpoints?
    email is mrcamp41@yahoo.com

  • Jason

    Yes, please someone invite me that has Superpoints!


    email pikajason@hotmail.com

  • bib

    Yes, please someone invite me that has Superpoints!


    email bib12342004@yahoo.com

  • Jay Dub

    Please send an invite for superpoints network or another reward site that need an invite to rewardsemails@gmail.com Thanks

  • Patty

    I need an invite too, please.

  • E.M.

    I’ve been doing these sort of sites for nearly a year now and have made over $1,000. I have invites to Super Points as well as tips on which sites pay best, which aren’t worth your time, etc. Feel free to email me :) ruebix78@yahoo.com

  • Ali Eleby

    Jailbreaking your system will free it from any restrictions and so you will be able to download from any store that you want.

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