Okay, I’ll admit it. I absolutely LOVE taking surveys and getting rewards. While this isn’t the most profitable way to make money online, it’s still one of my favorites. Why? Survey are easy to take and I’ll often multitask, completing surveys while waiting in line at the grocery store or casually watching TV at home. It’s not something I’d solely devote hours of my life to, but it’s a good way to pass the time. The money I get from survey sites also allow me to get small things that I don’t necessarily need, but want, and help supplement the cost of other things that allow our household to functions. Occasionally I’ll also get products to sample which is pretty exciting. I’ve given my opinions on perfumes, candy, and dandruff shampoo among other things.
A quick word of caution; there are a lot of scam sites out there. Things to look out for are sites that ask for money from you, post on craigslist, offer TOO much money, and take a long time to prequalify (you didn’t qualify since you just finished their whole survey!). I go by the general rule of if it sounds too good to be true than it probably is. If I’m still curious I’ll look up reviews; if there’s nothing I’ll skip it.
Here are some of my tried and true favorite survey sites.
- YouGov – I’ve been a member of yougov since 6/28/12. The site is fairly easy to navigate and you can choose how often you would like to receive surveys. Surveys are typically worth around 500 points each; cashout begins around 25,000 points and can be redeemed for a variety of giftcards including amazon, movie theaters, restaurants and retail stores. Some giftcards are more pricey for others, for instance currently a $25 gift card to AMC movie theaters is 30,000, while a $15 Amazon giftcard is 35,000 points so watch out while you are spending points. I’ve gotten quite a few payouts on this site and I’m close to another. Join here
- Survey Savvy – Besides offering surveys, Survey Savvy is currently offering incentives for people to download their app for collecting research on intervet usage on both computer and cell phone monitoring. You can switch your browser mode to private and it will stop collecting info. It’s an easy way to make a little bit of money since once it’s installed I don’t need to do any follow up. Of course, if you don’t want to download the programs, you can also take their surveys. Surveys are typically worth $1-2. Minimum payout is $1 and they will send a check in the mail. Join here
- I-Say – I-Say (formerly Global Opinion Panel) is probably one of my favorites. I get most of my product samples from I-Say (though I’m currently being disqualified from quite a few due to pregnancy). My favorite sample was when I got a total of 4 full size bottles of dandruff shampoo/conditioner. Currently, they are also offering incentives to install an app on your phone. Surveys give anywhere from 15-90 points, and rewards begin at around 500 points (or less if you want to enter contests). Join here.
- Opinion Outpost – This is another one of my favorites since I qualify for a lot of their surveys! Surveys typically pay 5-15 points; minimum payout depends on which option you choose; you can also donate points to charity and enter raffles with points. Join here.
- MyPoints – My points has a bunch of different ways to earn points with them. You can take surveys, use their search engines, print coupons, play games, and click advertisements in emails. My favorite is definitely the emails. They will send emails that contain advertisements; some you get a percentage if you make a purchase, others offer points for just clicking. Most click through emails are only 5 points, so it’s a little slow going collecting enough to cash out for giftcards. But it’s so little effort, I’ll often just open on my phone while waiting in line or doing other things. So easy! Join here.
- My Survey – This one was recently recommended to me, so I haven’t quite earned enough to cashout. So far I like it. The surveys are quick and easy and they offer a variety of giftcards, magazines, music downloads and charities as rewards. Join here.
- NCP – National Consumer Panel has been around a long time. It’s joint venture between IRI and the Nielsen company (remember Nielsen monitoring what people watch on TV?). Although not exactly a survey site, I feel it’s still worth mentioning. The bulk of points are earned by scanning purchases that your household makes (via a phone app). They also offer survey that you can take as well which boost your points. Points take a while to accumulate, but are redeemable for a wide variety of items. Last time I redeemed I received a really nice spa giftset. This time I’m saving up for a camping set that includes a 3 person tent, propane stove, 2 sleeping bags and a cooler. It’s going to take me quite a while to earn enough points, but I figure I’ll have it by the time baby is old enough to go camping. Membership is contingent upon household demographics and what the panel is in need of. Join here.
- American Consumer Opinion Panel – Another survey site. I’ve redeemed from them a couple times. I find I don’t qualify for many surveys, but it’s still worth mentioning. Join here.
- Swagbucks – This is another one that’s not exactly a survey site, but it’s a site I really enjoy doing since it’s so easy. Swagbucks pays you to do the things that you are already doing – searching the web, playing games, watching videos and purchasing merchandise. There’s also a swagbucks mobile and tv app that allows you to access swagbucks from anywhere. I love opening up swagbucks TV when I’m waiting in line somewhere and watching movie previews, or when I’m getting ready in the morning turning on some music videos. It adds up quickly! Points are approximately $.01 and can be redeemed for contests, donations, gift cards and subscriptions. Join here.
These sites alone definitely can’t replace a full time income, but it’s a nice little supplement for me. I’m currently saving up my points for Amazon giftcards so I can redecorate our half bath.
Have you ever used survey sites? What’s your favorite?
**disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. I stand behind and love every site I mentioned; joining through one of my referral links simply lists me as a referral and allows me to collect additional points.**