Surveys For Fun and Pocket Change

I’ve been promising a list of survey companies I have used and what I think of them, and here it finally is! I’ve broken down the list into ones I’ve been paid by (and what I think of them), ones I like but haven’t earned enough to cash out from, and ones I’ve tried but don’t like and why (you may have a different experience). I am also including two things I have tried that aren’t surveys exactly and I’ll explain them when I get to them. (Note: some of the links provided are affiliate links, there is a * by those). I have been doing surveys online for a little less than a year and I will note how much money I have earned from each site and about how long I have been signed up with them. None of this will make you rich :) .

I do not like surveys where all you get is an entry in a drawing, and therefore I refuse to do them. All of the ones I use pay out in cash or gift certificates to things I actually use (mostly cash though). I will differentiate where appropriate. Many of them that pay cash you also can get free stuff instead. I haven’t mentioned that on the specific ones because… I never get prizes, I always get cash. ;) On to the surveys!

Surveys that have paid me and I like:

  • My Survey*: I get the most surveys here. They also pay in points, 1000 points = $10. You need $10 to cash out. The thing I like the best about this site is that you get 10 points guaranteed just for doing the pre-qualifying surveys. The other thing I like is that they do a lot of product testing. I have tested about 15 products through them – I get something free sent to me and then I get points for filling out the followup survey. I have earned about $80 through them over about a 10 month period.
  • Your2Cents: These surveys generally pay $1-$5 per survey, and when you fill out profiles, you get a $1 bonus added to the next survey you qualify for. You only need $5 to cash out. I don’t get a ton of surveys from them but I get half a dozen invites a month and generally qualify for about half of them. They pay by sending you a check. I have earned about $40 through them over about a 6 month period.
  • Opinion Outpost*: This also has a very low cashout ($5) and surveys pay anywhere from 10-50 “points”. 50 points = $5. I don’t get a lot of invites from them, maybe 1-2 a month, and I don’t always qualify. A nice thing is that you get a point or two just for trying to qualify. They pay by sending you a check. I have earned about $30 through them over about a 6 month period.
  • FGI Research: This pays generally $1 through paypal for every survey you qualify for. I get on average an invite every two weeks and qualify for most of them. I sometimes get very short surveys that only pay in a sweepstakes entry and they claim will qualify you for more surveys in the future. I do these sweepstakes ones if I have time, most of the time I delete them lol. I have earned about $10 over a 3 or so month period.
  • ACOP: This site pays a check for every full survey you complete, generally $4. But you need to do a very short prequalifying survey each time, and I generally don’t end up qualifying. In 6 months I would say I’ve gotten maybe $12. I haven’t kept exact track.
  • Join MyPoints*: This is not a survey site (although sometimes you get surveys). Basically, they send me a whole lot of emails directly from their site (not third parties) which I have filtered to a separate folder in outlook and you get 5 points for just clicking on the link in the email and visiting the site mentioned. It is simple, and generally 1500 points gets you a $10 gift card. In two months I have enough points to get a $10 gift card to Target. Sometimes they send a survey link that you get 10-50 points for. And you can buy things through their portal at other websites and get points back for that (I haven’t done that yet).
  • Lightspeed: This is also points and something like 1250 points cashes out as a $10 paypal payment. The surveys generally pay anywhere from 50 to 300 points. I have cashed out once in three months and am very close to cashing out again. The surveys are generally pretty easy but I often do not qualify. I get several invites a month.
  • TestSpin: This is kind of odd. I get several invites a day from them, but I generally only qualify for one out of every 30 I get. They pay in $10 Amazon gift certificates and I have earned one so far. They take a LONG time to credit your account (think weeks) for surveys completed but I have gotten credit for every one so far. The site claims that they are working on a paypal cashout system but it isn’t there yet.

Ones I like but I haven’t cashed out from:

  • Synovate*: I used to not like this so much because it was a “enter a sweepstakes” reward system, but they switched to a point system. The point numbers are crazy (5,000 to cash out for $5) but surveys generally pay a few hundred each time. They claim they are raising the rewards as we speak too. I have only been doing surveys for a few months but I haven’t gotten to 5,000 points yet so… I am at around 3,500. It isn’t my favorite but I keep it around just in case. It is good to have a lot of options available.
  • DataIntelligence: I just signed up for this a month ago and I’ve only earned 80 points so far (1300 points is a $10 amazon gift card). I got a few invites this past month but I have only qualified for the one so far.

Ones I didn’t like, your experience may vary:

  • Greenfield: Why I don’t like this is the vast majority of invites are for drawing entries. I stay signed up though because once in a while I get one that pays cash. You can cash out after $1 earned and I have earned $10 in about a year (this was the first site I ever tried).
  • Cash Crate*: This is not surveys. This is “Get Paid To” do stuff. If you do this – get a separate email account. I filled out lots of “free” forms for stuff and seriously, I STILL get about 500 spam emails a day. It is possible to earn the $10/month to cash out with just doing free surveys and such (which is what I did) but it was so not worth the hassle to me. I include it though because some people LOVE it. So I thought I would say I’ve tried it, but it wasn’t for me. You also get a % of what your referrals earn, so I can’t help but use my referral link lol. But generally Get Paid To sites aren’t my cup of tea. I got to $11.10 and then never used it again. But I did get my $11.10 in a check as promised.

Anyway, here it is! There are tons more companies out there but I can only do so many surveys or my head explodes. For me, this is the combination that works. I probably forgot a few…. there are a few that only send me a survey once in a blue moon and I forget about them inbetween. You will not get rich, and it does not pay well (like in an hourly sense). But if you don’t have something else to do to earn some bucks, feel free to try a survey.

Comments

  1. Lynnae @ Being Frugal Says:

    October 1st, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Cash crate wasn’t for me either. I can’t take all the email! lol

    I do love MyPoints, and I’ve bought things through their link. In fact, I get my printer ink through 123 Inkjets, which pays over 300 points per purchase, no matter how small your purchase. And they usually have free shipping, too. :) It adds up fast.

    Unfortunately since my husband works in media, I don’t qualify for a lot of surveys.

  2. Shannon Says:

    October 1st, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    MyPoints rocks – I buy probably half my clothes with the Old Navy gift cards. And no, I don’t buy a lot of clothes, but I can make $25 at Old Navy go a long way.

    Also – the link for FGI research points to My Survey – at least for me. I think you wanted this http://www.fgiresearch.com/smartpanel/ (and I hope this isn’t a FireFox thing. But it may be)

  3. paidtwice Says:

    October 1st, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for pointing that out Shannon! I thought I had checked all the links last night. I am so technology challenged. it should be correct now :)

  4. SavingDiva Says:

    October 1st, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Great list!

  5. SingleGuyMoney Says:

    October 1st, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    I also use Mypoints and I am a big fan. I have been using the site for at least 2 yrs and I would say I have redeemed about $200 worth of points.

  6. alison Says:

    October 1st, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks for the list! I’ll also add a few if you dont mind. Global Test Market which has a minimum payout of $50/1000 points, but you’re always guaranteed 5 points for just trying to qualify and they tend to tell you quickly if you haven’t qualified. I’ve gotten $100 in a little under two years, though I’m averaging enough points now to get my next $50 in a few months. E-poll pays in gift cards, again, another one with relatively quick surveys. Esearch does paypal payments. I don’t get much from them, but seem to qualify each time that I do.
    If you’re into product testing, is a good one. I’ve done one product test for them, was able to keep the product and also got a $20 giftcard. I’m currently doing one where I’ll get a $10 giftcard.

  7. alison Says:

    October 1st, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    The links didn’t work on my last post, they are
    http://www.globaltestmarket.com
    http://www.epoll.com
    http://www.esearch.com
    http://www.inhomeproducttesting.com
    Sorry for my ineptness!

  8. Gaida Says:

    October 2nd, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Thanks for the great list of survey links.

  9. paidtwice Says:

    October 3rd, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I’ll have to check out the other sites when I have time! thanks!!

  10. Danielle Says:

    October 3rd, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve made like $25 using Survey Savvy as well.

    oh, and have you done Pinecone research? They are very very consistent, you get btwn 2-5 surveys a month, they pay $5 each and it’s almost instantly credited to your paypal account. It is hard to get in since they only open up for new members a couple of times a year, so keep your eyes open for them. I’d send you a link if I could! Great blog, by the way, I am looking forward to reading more!

  11. paidtwice Says:

    October 3rd, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    I do pinecone but I didn’t include it since I can’t tell people how to join it :)

    I don’t get quite so many surveys a month though, I must be in the wrong demographic. I do get surveys though.

  12. Lisa Says:

    October 31st, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for the list – it’s nice to have all the links in one spot. I also don’t like Cash Crate – too much work to keep track of what trials you have to cancel by when.

    Thank you for the My Survey invite – hope you get your points! Also used your affiliate link for Opinion Outpost.

  13. paidtwice Says:

    October 31st, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks! I just got more points so thanks! And thanks for the opinion outpost one too! I wish they gave out a bonus to both people but they don’t work that way.

  14. amaranta Says:

    March 6th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    you might want to try myview.com- i get a lot of cash that way (around $6-10 a month) you just have to be fast about answering the surveys because they fill up.

  15. Dividend growth investor Says:

    March 24th, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I use inboxdollars. Haven’t requested a payment yet though ( $30 minimum).

  16. Gale Says:

    March 24th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Hi! Very good post! Your experience mirrors mine–especially testspin…they do send a lot but I rarely qualify for any of them. OH, and Greenfield too…I totally agree. Too much surveys for sweepstakes…and they’re LONG surveys too. Who wants to spend 20 minutes for a sweepstakes entry!

    I have a survey site too, and though we have a lot of overlap there’s a few that you might be interested in. Hope you’ll stop by.

  17. Jonathan Says:

    April 6th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I love writing on this subject, there are a number of good survey sites out there and there also some to be careful of. Personally I like Global Opinion panels. I find that Your2cents is a bit hit and miss.

  18. Online Dividends Says:

    June 27th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I am using Inbox Dollars. It did take me 3-4 months to earn the $30 minimum to get a check though. The think that I don’t like is that they “charge” 3 dollars to process you payment. So if you want, you could simply wait for your check to get bigger before you request it. I just didn’t know if I am going to get any money at all or not. So i requested it, and it arrived 1 month after that.

  19. Conor O’Driscoll Says:

    June 28th, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Great list, thanks for posting this.

  20. fitwallet Says:

    July 6th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    The thing that makes me nervous is that when I click on a survey to take (from say, MySurvey.com), the website with the actual survey on it asks me for my mailing address. I don’t care about getting spammed, but I HATE junk mail and don’t want to get on a million mailing lists! Does the volume of junkmail increase a lot when you participate in these things?

  21. paidtwice Says:

    July 6th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I already get tons of junkmail (I have since way before I started taking surveys) so I honestly don’t know. However, for My Survey for example, all they use my mailing address for is to send me checks.

    The only actual surveys that have asked me for my mailing address have been to send me product samples to test.

  22. Free Paid Surveys Says:

    July 29th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Opinion Outpost is one of my favorite survey companies. I have made the most money with them thus far. If you are planning on taking paid surveys, make sure to sign up for another email address through gmail or hotmail or something.

  23. linda Says:

    September 22nd, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve never done online surveys I don’t know have to start

  24. linda Says:

    September 22nd, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    My daughter has done these but she hasn’t showed me how to do it

  25. paidtwice Says:

    September 22nd, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    You just click on a link and sign up :) The survey peeps send instructions when you get a survey.

  26. Samedaycash Says:

    October 3rd, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I only do paid surveys for cash now. I used to do some for raffles or contest but they are not worth the time. One site that was great is pine cone but you have to get invite. They used to pay real good now they paid just good after they lowered amount they pay per survey.

  27. Mama Koala Says:

    February 19th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for this info. I work full time, but am anxious to find additional ways to save and pay off debt. I don’t want to take a 2nd job outside the home, as we have a one year old and are expecting another. I think I’ll start checking into these opportunities.

  28. ashleyD Says:

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    do you have any feelings towards PineCone? i signed up from another frugral bloggers word it is good.

  29. ashleyD Says:

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    nevermind! haha! just saw your post in the comments! thanks!

  30. LoisAlene Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve been a member of MyPoints for over 10 years. You can (and I have) purchase things through their site for points but the easiest way to get points is just to opt in for the bonus mail. I average around a $50 redemption every 6 months just from clicking on the bonus mail links.