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Join Deal Seeking Mom Survey Panel (Earn Up To $30 Per Week!)

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 18, 2010 · 96 comments

I've got a really exciting survey opportunity available exclusively to Deal Seeking Mom readers currently!

CampusFundraiser would like to test their Online Survey program outside of a collegiate market, which is their normal demographic. They contacted me and asked if I would be interested in testing this with some of my readers. Once registered, you can respond to and complete surveys online, easily making a few dollars per day (or more!) as you surf the net.

There is the potential to earn as much as $20-$30 per week with this opportunity, but it's only available to the first 4,000 readers to register at this time. If you're interested in participating, CLICK HERE for complete details and to sign up!

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1 Hollie October 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I signed up!


2 Jenn October 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I signed up too!


3 Amy October 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this opportunity with us. However, I have a question Tara. Can you direct me to the links for the CF Daily and Daily 5 surveys that we should copy and paste to our browsers. I couldn't find that area anywhere on the site. Sorry to be such a knuckle-head as I am sure it was probably staring me in the face! Thanks again


4 Maura October 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Hi Amy,

My name is Maura and I work at Campusfundraiser who is offering this oppurtunity. Everyone that registers today will receive an announcement along with the CF Daily 5 link tomorrow and the Bonus link as well. Please email me at if you need anything else. Thanks!


5 Kyla October 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Guess I'm a knuckle-head right there with ya~ :)


6 Allison October 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm

and that makes three of us...


7 jessica October 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I joined too!!


8 Alison October 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I signed up!


9 Neelu October 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I signed up too! I am a bit confused because it seems like we are all one big group earning money for the group not individually. Am I mistaken?


10 Maura October 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Hi Neelu,

This is a test and right now everyone is under a group that signed up under DSM.. All money that you earned is yours to keep. Thanks!


11 Matt October 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm

can't hurt me any...i'm game


12 John October 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I'm in!


13 katychick October 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm

well i signed up too- dont mind being in a group- as long the i get a check too right?


14 Maura October 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

yes you will get paid every $25.00 you earn individually!


15 Nicole October 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I signed up as well but a little confused on how to take the surveys. Do we just wait for them in our email?


16 Maura October 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Hi Nicole,

Surveys will be sent to you withing 24 hrs


17 Yvonne October 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Me too. I just didn't know where to find the surveys. Sorry if you could share.


18 Dana Vaughn October 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I just signed up as well. Is the potential earnings per group, or per person???


19 Maura October 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm


it's per person you can cash out every $25.00 that you have raised individualy


20 Malathi October 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm

i signed up. Please let me know where to take surveys.


21 Abbie Wolf October 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I just signed up too and sorry to be another confused person but I'm not clear on how to find the links that are to be cut and pasted to get to surveys. I understand that invitations will come to our inboxes, but I don't know how to get to the one (I think it's the Daily 5) that you can only get to only by copying and pasting it into the browser. Thanks!


22 Maura October 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Abbie that will be sent to you in the next 24 hrs.


23 Cathy D October 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I'm reading through all the rules that we have to agree to and it keeps referring to this as a fundraiser... not a program where an individual is paid per survey. By joining this group, are we raising funds for the DSM website? More information on this would be appreciated.


24 Brigitte October 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I agree. I am reading some of the info and it seems as if we are fundraising, but I'm not sure for what, lol. On one page it actually says the program is open to any college student group. So I would need some more info also.


25 Lauren October 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I believe what the full description says on DSM is that they are doing a test outside their usual setup of the campus fundraisers, which is why there are extra steps to get the money for the surveys, etc. So, right now, all the do is fundraisers on campus for campus groups, but they are branching out to do individuals and offering cash for participation :D We're the guinea pigs :D


26 Alisha K. October 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm


Exactly! Based on testing we have done with a few other blogs (with great results by the way) we are in the process of building a platform specifically for you guys. In the meantime, disregard all of the wording and description that marks you as a group in a fundraising event!


27 Maura October 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm


Everyone is listed under a group as this is a test but all money that you earn is yours. You may cash out every $25.00 you raise


28 Cathy D October 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Thanks Maura! Could you also tell us how the money is paid out? Paypal, check, gift card, etc... is there a FAQ page somewhere? Thanks again :)


29 Brigitte October 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I read on one of the pages a check is sent out with in a couple weeks.


30 jill October 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I signed up! ...but am also a bit confused about all the "group fundraising" and "links" referenced! I'm hoping I'll get that email Maura talked about above and will be less confused :)


31 Maura October 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hi Jill

Everyone is under a group right now because this is a test. All money that you earn is yours and you can cash out every $25.00 you raise. The links will be sent to you sometime within the next 24 hrs also with some great incentives from Campusfundraiser!


32 Sarah October 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I did this same program through MSM and found that 25-30 per week is WILDLY exaggerated. I checked the site after 4 weeks and out of our group of 1600 only about 10 people had even earned 20 in that entire time. There are a lot of survey sites that pay much more.


33 Alisha K. October 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

All comments and feedback are welcome. However, your numbers are not correct. The MSM panel has only been live for 5 weeks total and many people have not only received their first AND second $25 earnings checks, and our top earner is on her way to receiving her 4th and she doesn't participate everyday! Participation is entirely optional and to the extent you choose to spend on the up to 6 daily opportunities you have per day is entirely up to you so please keep participation only to a level you feel positive about.


34 Heather October 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

just signed up!


35 Brenda October 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I signed up. Thanks!


36 Kathy October 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I signed up this afternoon and was just wondering if I should have received an email confirming my sign-up or directing me to do anything further. I just want to be certain that I didn't miss any further action on my end to be a part of this. I received my username and password, but I'm not sure what to do next.


37 Alisha K. October 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm


You'll receive your first survey opportunity within the next 24 hours so keep an eye on your email!


38 ShelleyB October 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

So if you're required to sign up under DSM, what is the kickback/gain that DSM is getting from it??


39 Alisha K. October 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Anything DSM receives for positing the opportunity is entirely from CampusFundraiser and in no way comes from your earnings activity.


40 Brigitte October 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I read there was a $100 referral. Does that apply to us signing up through the above link?


41 Tara Kuczykowski October 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm

No, Brigitte, I definitely am not receiving $100 per referral -- but wouldn't that be nice, LOL?!?


42 Brigitte October 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Heck yeah it would, especially for 4000, lol. But seriously they do have a referral program at $100 each. It is on the website under referral U.

43 Alisha K. October 19, 2010 at 7:39 am

Sorry Brigitte, there are no referral programs for our individual test panelists (at this time anyway) that applies to collegiate groups who complete a fundraiser and refers another group to do the same. We do have some great rewards and incentives on an individual level though so stay tuned for messaging alerts.


44 ShelleyB October 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

I'm not in anyway concerned about my earnings - I would just prefer to be told what benefit is gained for DSM. It's not that I don't support referrals, just that I'm more open and likely to do so when I know what stands to be gained instead of it being all hyped up about it being so great and being uncertain as to where the "greatness" lies. More often than not the motive to gain people from referral outweighs the benefit that person will gain from joining. I personally have no experience with this one, but have read that it's very much like others sites that I have had experience with and didn't like one bit. (even complaints about not getting paid) I don't ever join these things without trying to get the whole story and when someone stands to gain by my joining - to put it simple - if someone says "I'm getting x, y, and or z for you signing up" makes them more trustworthy in my eyes and me likely to sign up. That's why I asked and that's why I would still like to know WHAT the kickback is. I feel like it should be disclosed to all the loyal readers of this blog.


45 Tara Kuczykowski October 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

ShelleyB, I absolutely did disclose this information to my loyal readers. At the bottom of the information page, I noted:

Please note that CampusFundraiser is paying me a small amount for each survey completed in exchange for me helping them find trustworthy participants. This in no way affects what you earn per survey.

It was also indicated on the initial registration page that I would earn a small amount on surveys completed. I was not paid to post this, and there's absolutely nothing in it for me if the readers that are participating don't earn anything.

I respect my readers' privacy, and I've worked hard to build this site upon honesty and integrity. I have no intention of knowingly offering something that undermines that hard work.


46 ShelleyB October 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

You misunderstood - yes, you said you were getting something, but you didn't disclose what you are earning - in that you weren't being specific. I don't see the harm in saying exactly what that is. As in, a set amount per sign up or a tiered effect where we earn per survey and then you get a % of each one? Can you not reveal that just to be fair and straight forward with us??

Are you participating in the surveys as well?

47 Tara Kuczykowski October 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I get a very small percentage based on what participants earn, but regardless of what I earn, I wanted to offer this as a service to my readers, not because it's going to translate into some huge cash cow for myself. I think I have been very fair and straightforward regarding my compensation; however, I'd rather not disclose the exact percentage as this is a pilot program and I'm not aware of what arrangements they've made with other bloggers that may be participating.

No, I am not participating in the surveys myself. Not because I don't feel it's a worthwhile endeavor, but because managing this site takes up all of my time and energy and I need to reserve what little I have left for my family. Before I started blogging, I was a big survey participant though, and it was a nice opportunity for a little extra spending money each month.

48 Cathy D October 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Naturally, DSM will benefit from referrals. I'm pretty sure that's how most referral programs work. If it's anything like other survey programs, she will receive a percentage based on the earnings of her referrals. I just started my own blog last week and I gotta say, I sure wish I had the fan base DSM does so I could host things like this! hehe Maybe someday.... At any rate, DSM has helped me save a lot of money. It's a lot of work to locate the deals and get them out here for us to read! So, I'm more than happy to follow her referral link for this. If it benefits us both, Woohoo! :)


49 Christie October 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I signed up as well, thanks for sharing!


50 Lynn @ Savings Soiree October 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Woohoo! Looking forward to the first survey! Even if I only make $25 - just think how much that can buy with sales & coupons!!


51 sydney October 19, 2010 at 4:59 am

I signed up too!
Can't wait to start!


52 Jaime October 19, 2010 at 7:16 am

Are these taxable earnings (like if I earn over $600 in a calendar year)?


53 Alisha K. October 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

Exactly. If you earn over $600 in a calendar year, we will send you the 1099 at the end of the year for you to claim the miscellaneous income.


54 Ann October 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

I signed up, too!!


55 Cathy D October 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Got my first survey links in my inbox today... spent about 30 minutes so far, providing all kinds of information, only to be told well in to the surveys, after they have LOTS of info, that I'm not a match.... not very impressed... what a waste of my time :(


56 Hollie October 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I am with Cathy...I must of spent close to an hour filling out information and got nothing...


57 renelle October 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I signed up and got my first set of surveys, I WAS super excited, but....every single one of them I didn't qualify for;( Of course it kicked me out after I sat doing them for 15 minutes first and then disqualified me. Am I doing something wrong or is this just gonna be a huge waste of time??


58 Cathy D October 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Afraid it's the latter, for me anyway. Sure hope DSM got something out of this because I sure didn't. I think I'm done. If anyone has any luck, please let us know... maybe I'll be willing to get it another shot if enough other people have success with it. But now, I, too, am up to about an hour wasted (and that's baby nap time so you moms KNOW that's VERY valuable time!! LOL) Good luck to anyone else that gives it a shot!


59 Tara Kuczykowski October 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm

With any survey company, there are going to be offers that you may not qualify for. Unfortunately sometimes they're only looking for a specific demographic, so I'm not sure I'd give up after just one day.

I was hoping this would be a way for my readers to earn some extra spending money. The small amount that I earn is based on what you earn, so I'd like to see you all be successful at completing surveys too. But of course I'd never expect anyone to continue taking surveys that they're getting screened out of time and time again, so by all means if it seems to be a pattern, please don't continue to take them.


60 Cathy D October 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Thanks Tara! I know there will be surveys that we don't qualify for (I participate in other online survey sites as well) - I had just hoped that in the hour of taking the surveys and filling out info, they'd have at LEAST one geared towards my demographic. I'd think they'd have some idea of "who we are" based on the group we're in. I'd love to help you out (yours is one of my favorite blogs!) and earn some money too - but, the frustrating part isn't just not qualifying, it's going through several pages of questions and answers and THEN being told you're "not a match". I don't mean to be such a downer on your page, Tara, I really don't! - just sharing my experience. I hope others have more success and return to this thread to let us know about it! Good luck! :)


61 Tara Kuczykowski October 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Yeah, I agree, that's really frustrating. I didn't think you were being a downer -- I just wanted to respond for your benefit, as well as other readers who might not be as vocal. Hopefully you'll get a survey that you qualify for soon!

62 Paula October 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I am doing this from when they offered it on Money Saving Mom last month. In fact, I'd like to support DSM too but am not sure if I can register twice. Anyway, when I'm not a match I change my age and try again. It seems to get me in to quite a few. You just got to follow the questions and try to figure out what they are looking for,somebody buying a new car or whatever and answer accordingly. I dont have time to do surveys every day but it's nice to make some extra spending money and not have to leave the house! Good luck Cathy!

63 sa October 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I signed up.


64 Hollie October 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I too, think I am done. Is there a way to opt out, or can we just ignore the emails?


65 Tara Kuczykowski October 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Hollie, I'd imagine that you can just contact Maura at if you decide it's not for you.


66 Monica S October 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I signed up yesterday and clicked on all the survey links I received in my email today and even successfully completed a few! What I noticed about this one is that even if you don't qualify, you still get credit for attempting a survey!


67 Hollie October 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Maybe it is different for different people. I went back and checked and I didn't get credit for anything. I hope someone gets something from it though. Good luck. :-)


68 Maura October 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm


In the announcement I sent out earlier said that updates are no live. If you check back tomorrow you will see your earnings. Our vendors report to us differently. Thanks


69 Heidi October 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Hi, I received 3 emails today - one welcome, one daily 5, and one daily bonus - but none of the emails contained any links. They simply had only the following posted:
144 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772
Copyright (C) 2008 CampusFundraiser All Rights Reserved

Where can I go to take the surveys?


70 Brigitte October 19, 2010 at 9:18 pm

All of my emails had a "click here" in blue letters to start survey. None of yours had that? One was at the top one was a little more towards the middle. What I don't like so far is that it asks some of the same questions as a "screener" to see if I qualify then in the survey it will ask again. IE age, gender, any children and their age. I took a survey that said it would take about 20 minutes, of course with a 3 year old it took longer, lol. I am curious to see what the compensation for it will be to determine if I stick with it.


71 Beth G. October 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I got a survey today, took about 5 minutes to complete, and it said at the end that I got 50 market points.


72 Cathy D October 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Okay, I got another email today that had a link to a specific survey (as opposed to the Daily 5 or Daily Bonus which were a bust for me). This survey said I would receive 5 market points if I screened out (ie didn't qualify) and 50 market points if I completed the survey. So, I gave it a go. I screened out on the first survey but selected the "try again" option at the end and completed a survey regarding cleaning products for 50 market points that time. So, I think I may stick with just the specific survey links.

On a side note, and please no offense to anyone, this is just my personal opinion - I don't feel "right" lying about my age or any other part of a survey just for a few points. I just don't want to have to stand before my Lord and be asked about why I lied for a percentage of a penny, ya know? LOL Also - it may take opportunity away from those who truly qualify for the surveys. Again, just my two cents. But, on a more serious note, that is also considered fraud so please be careful with that.


73 Brigitte October 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

If I remember right one of the "rules" we had to agree to no "cheating or some other word" or risk the whole group getting kicked out. Does anyone else remember reading that part? I don't know if that pertained to the campus fundraisers or any group. But definitely she shouldn't be changing her age to qualify for a survey, especially if it could DQ all of us.


74 renelle October 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I agree with Cathy and Brigitte. Not only could it hurt the one cheating but also everyone in the group. To me it's just not worth it making a few bucks a month.....if I can ever qualify for one that is;) I also tried one of the specific surveys it sent me, and thought I would give it one more try....didn't qualify pretty quick this time, but I didn't have the patience to sit thru another one....I'll have to try I guess since it worked for you. Cross your fingers;)


75 Sabrina Klinger October 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Hi - I've taken a couple of surveys and I've tried to log into my account as I never received a Welcome E-mail with password. I've submitted my email twice now and I'm not getting an email with my password. Am I doing something wrong???


76 Maura October 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Sabrina email me at and I will provide you with that info


77 Chrystal senter October 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Ok I signed up last night and then today got my first survey. Just spent 10+ minutes answering all the questions (with 3 kids running around me) and when I got to the last question and then hit submit it then said "sorry this was not a valid link" and then said it over again in multiple languages. Needless to say I was very frustrated. Is that how your screened out? Was this normal? Abnormal? I'm going to be afraid to sit and try another one now. Thoughts?


78 Maura October 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Hi Chrystal,

Please email me at i can look at your activity and see if it went through. I would recommend you deleting your cookies before attempting another survey


79 rachel October 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

can we still sign up? where it says CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP there's no link connected to it.


80 Tara Kuczykowski October 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Rachel, the panel is closed to new signups currently, but it's possible that it will open again. So just watch my site for an announcement!


81 Malathi October 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I completed some surveys yesterday and some today. I still cannot see where my earnings are posted. Any idea on where to see the earnings or points in "my account"


82 Maura October 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Hi Malathi,
Our system is not live.. It normally take 24-48 hrs for our database to update since I have to do it manually. For example any surveys completed yesterday Tuesday will be updated today by midnight. Anything completed Wednesday will update by Thursday at midnight and so on.. So check back tomorrow morning to view your earnings. Or if you up late like me you can always view it at midnight ;0)


83 renelle October 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Well, I feel a little bit better. After trying probably 7 or 8 different surveys I finally had one that I qualified for and went through!! ;) Seems like a lot of wasted time on the ones that I didn't qualify for, but I will keep trying to see if it gets any better. Does anyone happen to know where you see your earnings? I found the big list of all the people but everyone had zero's next to it just still too soon for them to be posted?
Thanks to you Tara, your site is the best I've seen. I have learned sooo much, and am starting to save quite a bit too!!! ;) Keep up the good work, it's appreciated!


84 Maura October 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm


Please see the comment that I wrote above yours! Everyone that participated should be updated by tonight midnight :0)


85 rebecca October 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I signed up yesterday and have not received an email... what do i do now?????


86 Maura October 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm


Email me at so I can look at your status. Thanks!


87 kim October 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

I'm a little confused as to how you check your points. Can you give me the details on how to do that? I guess I'm airheading it. Sorry....


88 kim October 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I just tried to e-mail a note to the mrijos e mail and it cam e such e-mail. Not sure if I understand all of this. Just want to find out how many points I'm earning and if it's worth it. Right now I feel like I'm doing all these surveys, some I qualify for and some I don't. A lot of time spent and I can't seem to find out how to check the points. I don't seem get anything on my screen after the surveys are over saying anything about how many points. HELP!!!!


89 Debbie P October 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I completed a few surveys last week, and I still haven't gotten credit in my account for it. It's kind of frustrating, because I spend a lot of time just trying to get qualified for a survey, so finally when I complete some, I'm not finding anything posted to my account. I know it takes a couple days to appear on your account, but from last week??


90 Maura October 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm


Please email me.. We have found that people are looking at the wrong thing. My email is


91 ashley p. October 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

maybe I am just missing it, but what does 50 market points translate into? how many points do you need to get to $25? plus where do i see how many points I've earned so far because I can't find it anywhere?



92 Tara Kuczykowski October 25, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Hi everyone! You should be able to find answers to most of your questions here, as well as whom to contact if you still have question after reading through it:

@kim, the email address should be working, so I'd recommend trying again.


93 rebecca October 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

i tried emailing and it still did not go through! thanks!


94 Maura October 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm is not working? I haven't seen any problems with my email. Please let me know if you are having problems. Thanks!


95 Lisa October 29, 2010 at 1:12 am

I wanted to check my activity, so i went on I put in my email and the password (I even had the PW emailed to me again), and it won't work. It worked a few days ago when I did it. ?????


96 Sandy November 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

When I sign into my account how do I get to my earnings?


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