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Stretch Your Budget: Earn Money with Online Surveys

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 20, 2008 · 55 comments

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I first blogged about earning money from online surveys for Christmas in July. As we are quickly approaching the holiday season, I thought I'd revisit the subject for Money-Making Week.

With only 65 days left until Christmas, it's probably too late to earn enough money to cash out and receive a check before then, but you can get a head start on the new year by starting now!


One of the easiest ways I've found to earn a little extra money is with paid surveys.
While I don't have much time to invest in survey taking these days, the great thing is you can spend as much or as little time on this endeavor as YOU want to invest. If a survey interests you, take it; if it doesn't, just delete the email.* It's true that some companies reward you with more frequent surveys the more you fill out for them, but you are never obligated to take any of them. Furthermore, you should never pay for access to surveys. There are plenty of legitimate sites that you can sign up with directly with no fees whatsoever.

*Before signing up for any survey sites, please take a moment to read my post on protecting your personal information.

The following is a list of legitimate survey companies that I have firsthand experience with, e.g., I have taken surveys for them, cashed out, and most importantly, I have been PAID. It's very simple to get started. Just register, fill out your profile information, and then they will email you with survey opportunities that match up with your profile. Generally you have to reach a certain threshold before you can cash out, and this amount varies by company. Some survey sites may offer points that you redeem for gifts and gift cards in lieu of cash, so be sure to read the details before you sign up if that doesn't interest you.


Zoom Panel


Ipsos i-Say Panel


Memolink


Opinion Outpost


American Consumer Opinion Panel

The following are some additional survey sites that I came across. While I can't claim to have firsthand experience with them, I did check them out and they appear to be legit. If you have information to the contrary, please let me know and I will remove it from the list ASAP!


SurveySpot


Global Test Market


Permission Research

Survey Club
Survey Club

AmpSurveys
AmpSurveys

If you've had a good experience with a survey site that's not listed here, I'd love to hear from you!

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1 Leann October 20, 2008 at 7:07 pm

I'm currently using MyPoints. I've read enough emails and taken enough surveys in the past few months to earn $10 off at several choices of restaurants. I'm not sure if you can earn money or not, but you can earn rewards. They also have printable coupons and you can earn points by shopping online. I'm not going to cash out until I can earn more points and get a bigger reward.

Also, Inbox Dollars works the same way but you can earn cash as well. If you're interested, my referral link (shameless plug) is here: http://www.inboxdollars.com/?r=ref4184568.

Hope this helps!

Leann´s last blog post..Adventures in Home Renovation: Part Four

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2 Leann October 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I'm currently using MyPoints. I've read enough emails and taken enough surveys in the past few months to earn $10 off at several choices of restaurants. I'm not sure if you can earn money or not, but you can earn rewards. They also have printable coupons and you can earn points by shopping online. I'm not going to cash out until I can earn more points and get a bigger reward.

Also, Inbox Dollars works the same way but you can earn cash as well. If you're interested, my referral link (shameless plug) is here: http://www.inboxdollars.com/?r=ref4184568.

Hope this helps!

Leann´s last blog post..Adventures in Home Renovation: Part Four

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3 Jen October 20, 2008 at 7:20 pm

I'm not fond of surveyspot. I seem to have filled out a ton of surveys, and never manage to get past winning entries into their grand prize giveaway. I like Opinion Outpost, and I've also used PermissionResearch and cashed out points for gift cards.

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4 Jen October 20, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I'm not fond of surveyspot. I seem to have filled out a ton of surveys, and never manage to get past winning entries into their grand prize giveaway. I like Opinion Outpost, and I've also used PermissionResearch and cashed out points for gift cards.

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5 Julee October 20, 2008 at 7:33 pm

My sister and I take surveys with Lightspeed. You earn points that you can redeem towards gift certificates and even cash to your PayPal account. Lots of great experience with them!

Julee´s last blog post..1st Giggle

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6 Julee October 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm

My sister and I take surveys with Lightspeed. You earn points that you can redeem towards gift certificates and even cash to your PayPal account. Lots of great experience with them!

Julee´s last blog post..1st Giggle

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7 Julee October 20, 2008 at 7:34 pm
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11 Jessica October 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I like MyPoints and MySurvey as well as the ones mentioned. Let me know if you want a referral email, anyone! For MyPoints, you earn for more than just surveys, but also for printing and using coupons (yeah!), reading emails, shopping online, and other things. The points add up really fast and you can choose from LOTS of gift cards (restaurants, stores, gas stations, etc)!
momforhim (at) gmail (dot) com

Jessica´s last blog post..Never Pay More Than. . . List

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12 Jessica October 20, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I like MyPoints and MySurvey as well as the ones mentioned. Let me know if you want a referral email, anyone! For MyPoints, you earn for more than just surveys, but also for printing and using coupons (yeah!), reading emails, shopping online, and other things. The points add up really fast and you can choose from LOTS of gift cards (restaurants, stores, gas stations, etc)!
momforhim (at) gmail (dot) com

Jessica´s last blog post..Never Pay More Than. . . List

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13 Tanya October 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm

I LOVE surveyspot. With some of the surveys i take they send me free things to try. So far by taking surveys (in about 2 months) i've tried 2 bags of pampers, a bottle of conditioner, waffles with strawberry filling, and muffin mix. Also from Shespeaks the steam and mash potatoes with the masher. MySurvey is a good one for sending things to try. I do take a LOT of the surveys i'm sent so this might be the reason i qualify for a lot of things. I don't take the insurance or auto, surveys like that unless they have a cash reward because they're usually long and boring and you're not going to get anything to try for free =)

Tanya´s last blog post..Bad News.

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14 Tanya October 20, 2008 at 5:55 pm

I LOVE surveyspot. With some of the surveys i take they send me free things to try. So far by taking surveys (in about 2 months) i've tried 2 bags of pampers, a bottle of conditioner, waffles with strawberry filling, and muffin mix. Also from Shespeaks the steam and mash potatoes with the masher. MySurvey is a good one for sending things to try. I do take a LOT of the surveys i'm sent so this might be the reason i qualify for a lot of things. I don't take the insurance or auto, surveys like that unless they have a cash reward because they're usually long and boring and you're not going to get anything to try for free =)

Tanya´s last blog post..Bad News.

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15 Anonymous October 20, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I use e-rewards and I've gotten $15 in borders rewards bucks!

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16 Anonymous October 20, 2008 at 7:07 pm

I use e-rewards and I've gotten $15 in borders rewards bucks!

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17 Toni October 20, 2008 at 11:10 pm

I LOVE surveyspot. I've cashed out about $150 with them so far. It's one of the only survey panels I like because it's easy to accumulate cash and you don't have to deal with any point systems. I do wish they had a referral program because I've referred MANY people here, with no complaints. :)

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18 Toni October 20, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I LOVE surveyspot. I've cashed out about $150 with them so far. It's one of the only survey panels I like because it's easy to accumulate cash and you don't have to deal with any point systems. I do wish they had a referral program because I've referred MANY people here, with no complaints. :)

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19 Diane October 21, 2008 at 12:06 am

Thanks for all of these great tips. I use Ipsos, ACOP, global test market, and MySurvey. I have had great experiences with all of them.

I posted about MySurvey on my blog.
http://www.supersavermommy.blogspot.com

Thanks again and I will try out the other ones also.

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20 Diane October 20, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Thanks for all of these great tips. I use Ipsos, ACOP, global test market, and MySurvey. I have had great experiences with all of them.

I posted about MySurvey on my blog.
http://www.supersavermommy.blogspot.com

Thanks again and I will try out the other ones also.

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21 Diane October 21, 2008 at 12:14 am

I almost forgot that I also do suverys for a place called Opinion Place. I added that to my blog also. I get American Airline Miles but I know that you can get several other rewards such as amazon.com gift cards and credit on your paypal account.

I posted about it on my blog with the mysurvey experience.
http://www.supersavermommy.blogspot.com

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22 Diane October 20, 2008 at 8:14 pm

I almost forgot that I also do suverys for a place called Opinion Place. I added that to my blog also. I get American Airline Miles but I know that you can get several other rewards such as amazon.com gift cards and credit on your paypal account.

I posted about it on my blog with the mysurvey experience.
http://www.supersavermommy.blogspot.com

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23 Diane October 21, 2008 at 12:44 am

I use erewards and was going to post on that but I read that you have to be invited to participate and you can't just sign up for it. I have used it for some time and use it to get Hilton Rewards and have had added to my free nights at hotels! I used to get American Airline miles but I think they stopped doing that on there. It is great also.

I have just started using surveyspot and haven't had much luck with it but I will give it a try as I have heard many great things about it. I have just been getting random surveys here and there.

Great feedback! I have signed up for a few new places to do surveys tonight!

Diane´s last blog post..My Survey

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24 Diane October 20, 2008 at 8:44 pm

I use erewards and was going to post on that but I read that you have to be invited to participate and you can't just sign up for it. I have used it for some time and use it to get Hilton Rewards and have had added to my free nights at hotels! I used to get American Airline miles but I think they stopped doing that on there. It is great also.

I have just started using surveyspot and haven't had much luck with it but I will give it a try as I have heard many great things about it. I have just been getting random surveys here and there.

Great feedback! I have signed up for a few new places to do surveys tonight!

Diane´s last blog post..My Survey

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25 Kristen October 21, 2008 at 1:27 am

I also use MyPoints.com, which is a great way to get coupons, from coupons.com because when you print them you get points and when you use them you get even more points. Plus bonus points for using 5 or more in a month. I also do the surveys and you get 5 points for just clicking on a suggested web page. You even get points toward Ebay purchases. I typically use my points toward a gift certificate to Target or Walmart, but I also see that they have CVS, so maybe I'll do that this year.

I started with E-rewards.com about a year after MyPoints to get airline miles, but my carrier is no longer on the list. This site is all surveys and again I put those dollars toward a gift certificate to Target or Walmart now.

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26 Kristen October 20, 2008 at 9:27 pm

I also use MyPoints.com, which is a great way to get coupons, from coupons.com because when you print them you get points and when you use them you get even more points. Plus bonus points for using 5 or more in a month. I also do the surveys and you get 5 points for just clicking on a suggested web page. You even get points toward Ebay purchases. I typically use my points toward a gift certificate to Target or Walmart, but I also see that they have CVS, so maybe I'll do that this year.

I started with E-rewards.com about a year after MyPoints to get airline miles, but my carrier is no longer on the list. This site is all surveys and again I put those dollars toward a gift certificate to Target or Walmart now.

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27 Andrea @ Mommy Snacks October 21, 2008 at 2:00 am

Tara, I have a complete list of my faves at my place too (link below). It includes a Nickelodeon Panel site which pays very nicely and offers surveys for the kidlets.

I just cashed out $180 last month from holding money in each of my accounts. No, you won't get rich but like you said whatever effort you put into will get you something back!

http://mommysnacks.blogspot.com/2008/02/snack-time-surveys-to-earn-cash.html

Andrea @ Mommy Snacks´s last blog post..Snack Time: Guest Post at MoneySavingMom

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28 Andrea @ Mommy Snacks October 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Tara, I have a complete list of my faves at my place too (link below). It includes a Nickelodeon Panel site which pays very nicely and offers surveys for the kidlets.

I just cashed out $180 last month from holding money in each of my accounts. No, you won't get rich but like you said whatever effort you put into will get you something back!

http://mommysnacks.blogspot.com/2008/02/snack-time-surveys-to-earn-cash.html

Andrea @ Mommy Snacks´s last blog post..Snack Time: Guest Post at MoneySavingMom

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29 Shannon October 22, 2008 at 5:20 am

Harris Polls is another site like Zoom Panel. Viewpoint Forum is another great one (you may need a referral for that, I'm not sure - let me know if you need one). In addition to those two, I've also been paid by Survey Spot, Ipsos, ACOP, Lightspeed, Zoom, and JD Powerpoints. I adore MyPoints.

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30 Shannon October 22, 2008 at 1:20 am

Harris Polls is another site like Zoom Panel. Viewpoint Forum is another great one (you may need a referral for that, I'm not sure - let me know if you need one). In addition to those two, I've also been paid by Survey Spot, Ipsos, ACOP, Lightspeed, Zoom, and JD Powerpoints. I adore MyPoints.

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31 Sandy Hipple October 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm

I have used mypoints for years. I have cashed in numerous points for gift certificates from CVS, Walmart, etc. I am trying cashcrate now. However, I don't have any information toward getting paid just yet.

Sandy Hipple´s last blog post..Why I hate medical billers

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32 Sandy Hipple October 24, 2008 at 10:20 pm

I have used mypoints for years. I have cashed in numerous points for gift certificates from CVS, Walmart, etc. I am trying cashcrate now. However, I don't have any information toward getting paid just yet.

Sandy Hipple´s last blog post..Why I hate medical billers

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33 Momma January 31, 2009 at 1:04 am

You have a great list of survey sites! We use lots of survey sites and did a review of the paid survey sites, along with proof of payment. (We found people like to see proof of payment for the sites too!) You can see our post with proof of paymentHERE

Keep up the great work on your site! It rocks!

Momma´s last blog post..New swagcode (swag code) at Swagbucks... update on Swag bucks codes!

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34 Momma January 30, 2009 at 8:04 pm

You have a great list of survey sites! We use lots of survey sites and did a review of the paid survey sites, along with proof of payment. (We found people like to see proof of payment for the sites too!) You can see our post with proof of paymentHERE

Keep up the great work on your site! It rocks!

Momma´s last blog post..New swagcode (swag code) at Swagbucks... update on Swag bucks codes!

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35 tiffany February 3, 2009 at 2:12 am

http://www2.quickrewards.net/
this is a great survey site

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36 tiffany February 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

http://www2.quickrewards.net/
this is a great survey site

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37 BeWaryFirst February 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

Before registering w/ any surv or research company, chk out this site:
http://www.surveypolice.com/directory where you'll find some feedback (i.e. overall opinion of Global Test Market, not favorable). http://www.surveypolice.com/globaltestmarket

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38 BeWaryFirst February 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Before registering w/ any surv or research company, chk out this site:
http://www.surveypolice.com/directory where you'll find some feedback (i.e. overall opinion of Global Test Market, not favorable). http://www.surveypolice.com/globaltestmarket

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39 Laura Worley February 24, 2009 at 5:40 am

http://www.kidzeyes.com/
this one is for kids ages 6-12 and each survey has different points
so far my kids have 30$ each in their account
and the surveys do come on a regular basis

this is my son's actual account summary

KidzPoints
Description Date Amount KidzPoints
Change page: | Displaying page 1 of 6, items 1 to 5 of 27.
February Survey 2/18/2009 $2.00 200
Lunch Survey 2/16/2009 $0.50 50
Parents Online Community 1/30/2009 $1.00 100
Snack Survey 1/14/2009 $1.00 100
Snack Bar Survey 1/13/2009 $3.00 300
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KidzPoints Redeemed : ($20.00)
Current KidzPoints Total : $30.00

KidzEyes Sweepstakes
Description Date Amount
Change page: | Displaying page 1 of 2, items 1 to 5 of 8.
January SuperPoll 1/15/2009 1
October SuperPoll 10/9/2008 1
September SuperPoll 9/11/2008

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40 Laura Worley February 24, 2009 at 12:40 am

http://www.kidzeyes.com/
this one is for kids ages 6-12 and each survey has different points
so far my kids have 30$ each in their account
and the surveys do come on a regular basis

this is my son's actual account summary

KidzPoints
Description Date Amount KidzPoints
Change page: | Displaying page 1 of 6, items 1 to 5 of 27.
February Survey 2/18/2009 $2.00 200
Lunch Survey 2/16/2009 $0.50 50
Parents Online Community 1/30/2009 $1.00 100
Snack Survey 1/14/2009 $1.00 100
Snack Bar Survey 1/13/2009 $3.00 300
Loading
KidzPoints Redeemed : ($20.00)
Current KidzPoints Total : $30.00

KidzEyes Sweepstakes
Description Date Amount
Change page: | Displaying page 1 of 2, items 1 to 5 of 8.
January SuperPoll 1/15/2009 1
October SuperPoll 10/9/2008 1
September SuperPoll 9/11/2008

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41 Shelby May 29, 2009 at 2:52 am

This brings back fond memories of college, when I'd do in-house market research studies for anything and everything. I even consumed dozen different varieties of fake cheese log for $20. The good old days..

Shelby´s last blog post..Save Water, Drink Riesling

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42 Shelby May 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm

This brings back fond memories of college, when I'd do in-house market research studies for anything and everything. I even consumed dozen different varieties of fake cheese log for $20. The good old days..

Shelby´s last blog post..Save Water, Drink Riesling

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43 Krissy June 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I have had great success with http://www.SurveysDesign.com
In 1 month I have earned an extra $750. This is like a part time job!

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44 Krissy June 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I have had great success with http://www.SurveysDesign.com
In 1 month I have earned an extra $750. This is like a part time job!

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45 Anne June 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Yeah, right, 'Krissy' --

SurveysDesigns: "Your very cheap $14.95 membership
with SurveysDesign.com can pay for itself
as you participate in these surveys!"

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46 Anne June 24, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Yeah, right, 'Krissy' --

SurveysDesigns: "Your very cheap $14.95 membership
with SurveysDesign.com can pay for itself
as you participate in these surveys!"

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47 Rbeck August 24, 2009 at 5:08 pm

what are the opinion sites that your able to cash out on?
MONEY WISE

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48 Rbeck August 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

what are the opinion sites that your able to cash out on?
MONEY WISE

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49 Annie September 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I wanted to join Survey Designs but wondering if this is some kind of scam.
Is this worth giving a try ??? Please let me know/

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50 Annie September 22, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I wanted to join Survey Designs but wondering if this is some kind of scam.
Is this worth giving a try ??? Please let me know/

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