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There IS Money to Be Made Doing Online Surveys
There is a lot of discussion online on whether you can “really” make money taking surveys. You can. I don't know of anyone that actually makes a full time income doing it – but you can certainly get paid to take surveys.
Below is a list of survey sites that I use to take online surveys. I am always adding new ones as I find them and check them out. But I'm only going to list the ones that I've actually had success with.
I personally have made money doing surveys and when I find cash running short (almost always!!!) – I know that surveys are a way that I can “get in there” and make a little extra money. For instance, over the summer, I tend to do more surveys on my ipad or phone when I am out and about at the pool, beach… because I want to make some extra cash for school clothes for the kids. I just keep earning points or cash and know that this is money I am setting aside for something particular. I can typically make anywhere from $200 to $400 a month doing surveys June, July and August. I pick my dedicated survey sites (many times it will depend on the rewards they offer and like I said, my level of success with the that particular survey site) – and then I make a little list set aside some time each day and tackle it. Sometimes I get lucky and snag a high paying cash survey here and there. High paying for me is anything $5 and over.
And I know there are so many scams out there or sites that want you to pay for membership to access THEIR list of survey sites – but listen, you don't need to do that unless you're really wanting to. There are sites like mine that list them for FREE. The key is signing up, trying them and finding the ones you like and the ones that offer what you want. I have criteria myself — for instance, I don't like surveys that take more than 30 minutes. No…. I won't do those unless it's some super high paying one. I typically like surveys that are 10 to 20 minutes and that interest me. Online surveys for money are not a way to pay your mortgage or retire. That's for sure – just keeping it real here — but they can and do pay cash month after month.
Start looking through the list below and find the ones that interest you, or sign up for them all — just figure out your survey tackle plan and implement it. I highly recommend creating a free email address just for your surveys. Just go over to gmail or yahoo create and address like mysurveys111@ whatever and use it exclusively for your survey plan of action. Then create the list of your top 10 picks, bookmark them on your tablet, laptop. phone, computer… whatever you're using and each day be dedicated about it. If you find that one isn't worth it, dump it… pick up another one.
I try to go with ones that have been in business a long time and have good reputations. I'll give newer ones a try, many times I've been pleasantly surprised – but if they just aren't working out for me… gone.
So Lets Recap How You're Going to Make Money Doing Online Surveys
1. Find a free list of surveys (don't pay!) – just like the one I have below.
2. Create your free “just for surveys” email address.
* There are many others…
3. Start signing up. I'd start with 10 companies that appeal to you. That should be more than enough to get started. Check out their rewards, how they pay… etc — whatever info that's important to you.
4. I buy the little $1 notepads and write down when I signed up, the name of the company and if they are cash or points. This just helps me keep track. I jot down my passwords too.
5. Now, be sure to bookmark all of your new survey sites that you've signed up for and put them all in the same bookmark folder on your tablet, phone, laptop…
6. Each day… set aside whatever time you're allotting and get in there and do your surveys!
7. After a month — check earnings, time spent, how many surveys you had to do, who paid the quickest.. etc.
8. Although I put this last…. it's optional. Have a goal. Why are you taking the time to do surveys? Free stuff? A coffee addiction to Starbucks? A special gift, event, holiday?
Survey Sites That I am Currently Having Money Making Success With
New companies crop up all the time, so this page is always being checked and updated, so please bookmark it so that you can find it easily in the future. You might also share this page with friends and family, so that they can check it out as well.
1. Mintvine (I made over $1500 in 2016 with this ONE site!)
Mintvine is hands down my favorite survey site for now. They are a trusted partner with Facebook. I cannot believe how quickly I can snag $30, $40 — even $95 from this site. The quizzes are easy and fun. I also do the daily poll – which cracks me up on some days.
Earnings System: 100 points = $1
Rewards: Cash via Tango cards, PayPal, or Dwolla.
Opportunities: Online surveys, polls and local deals.
Minimum Cashout: 1,000 or more points.
What Else to Know: Read my article about cashing out $95 from Mintvine. (Update: Made over $1500 in 2016 using Mintvine!)
2. Pinecone Research (They pay $3 for EVERY survey, averaging $9+ an hour.)
Pinecone Research has been around for ages. They were one of the first sites I started doing surveys for. They consistently have paid and always pay $3 per survey. Though they have moved from just cash to points, the point system still equates to $3 per survey if you choose.
Earnings System: Point system.
Rewards: Cash and prizes.
Opportunities: Online surveys and occasional product testing. Sweepstakes.
Minimum Cashout: $3, $5 or $15 amounts.
What Else to Know: They'll only send you surveys you qualify for.
3. Vindale Research (They sometimes offer product testing too!)
Vindale Research has been around since 2004 and still going strong. They work with MAJOR brands, like Nike, Disney and Starbucks. They also pay in cash and pay up to $50 for some surveys. They've also been known to offer product testing opps – which is a nice perk too.
Earnings System: Cash
Rewards: Cash via PayPal or check
Opportunities: Online Surveys, Online Focus Groups, Product Testing
Minimum Cashout: (a) $50 USD for residents of the continental United States (b) £25 for residents of the United Kingdom (c) $50 CAD for residents of Canada, or (d) $50 AUD for residents of Australia.
What Else to Know: They are currently offering $2 just for signing up.
If You Want to Make Even More Cash, Rewards and Freebies… Keep Reading
Survey sites are great and the ones above have been an amazing source of extra cash for me and my family. BUT — I also have a few sites that allow me to KEEP more of my survey cash and not spend it on things we all like to do. I guess what I mean is, lets say I get a PayPal payment from one of my survey sites and it's $30. That's awesome! BUT… instead of stashing that cash, I end up spending it on “fun stuff” like movies or a new pair of sandals. (You understand what I mean.. of course! We don't want money to just go to boring stuff or bills!) That's where the sites below are another added boon to my monthly bottom line.
Things are super tight at my house with my husband having to work and live in another state. The stress it puts on the finances having to pay for two places has been so hard. It can really make being able to do “fun stuff” hard. The kids and I can't just blow $30-$50 at the movies. And I for one… LOVE a fancy Starbucks latte now and then. (So does my daughter!) But we're talking $4 for a coffee!? And then two of us getting a coffee is close to $10! Yikes!
So I put the sites below into action FOR ME. And you can too. It's not hard and it's not some ungodly amount of time either. Check it out!
1. Going to the Movies for FREE All Year Long
Swagbucks has become extremely popular with it's easy user interface and positive reviews. They've paid out approximately $175 MILLION dollars to it's members. They boast giving out over 7,000 free gift cards per day! But they don't just have tons of retailers to choose from for gift cards, you can also turn those swagbucks into cash right into your PayPal account. If you're not participating in this free rewards program, you could be seriously missing out. Last year alone, the kids and I went to 10 movies (and on two occasions, hubby got to go with us too!) That's 32 movie tickets at Regal Cinemas (where we prefer to go because it's the newest and nicest theater near us). That's over $300 easily in FREE movie tickets.
$245+ in Name Brand Clothing for FREE Last Year
InstaGC has been around since 2011. They have several retailers to choose from for redeeming your points for gift cards. They also have a chat box on the site where members can chat with each and help each other. I love that part! You can earn points by completing tasks – these can be surveys, crowd tasks and more. You can also earn bonus points and enter giveaways via their social media sites. I was able to earn enough points for several American Eagle/Aerie gift cards throughout the year, which my daughter and I more than happily used!
ADDITIONAL CASH PAYING SITES (another $150 a month in earnings for me):
I know you're on information overload right now and ready to get started earning cash and giftcards – I understand that. Of course! But I wanted to mention a few other sites that I have used for years and years and they continue to earn cash for me month after month. It's not tons of cash, but between all of them – it's an extra $150 a month for sure! I don't touch any of the money that I am paid through these sites. It all goes into an account set aside just for emergencies. For example, one of our beloved Maine Coon cats contracted FIV last year and I tried desperately to save her. Ultimately she had to be put down (which still brings me to tears to think about) — the vet bill in total was $982. If I had not had that money set aside, I wouldn't have been able to even attempt to save her and it would have haunted me forever.
So you can see — no matter your reasons, having extra cash can save the day sometimes. Or at least help you try and save the day :-)