Once upon a time, I had a blog where I talked about paying off our debt. The blog still exists, but it’s largely neglected now. Partly because we’ve been credit card debt-free for awhile now, but also just because my attention’s been elsewhere. One of the things that I liked to post about was ways I found to either save a little money, or make a little money…. without having to actually put on real clothes or leave the house. One of my favorite things to do was sign up at those (free) survey sites, where you can take surveys, sample products, read emails, etc, and get paid for it. I had it down to a real science, and was actually making a bit of consistent money from it. But then, you know…. life interfered. Well, lately I’ve been working on a big project, and when I work on big projects I need lots of breaks. I (sadly) usually aimlessly wander around Facebook when I need to rest my brain. But Facebook, despite all its benefits and social engagement is a HUGE time-suck, and it’s not always the most productive use of my time – especially during election season, amiright? So I recently decided to go back to my survey sites, and actually get paid for twiddling around the internet. It’s great for when I’m watching TV and/or just need a few minutes to decompress.
I am constantly adding new ones, but these are some of my favorites. It works best if you sign up to a whole bunch, because then you can pick and choose what you want to do, and there is literally money to be made daily. You do get a lot of emails, so it’s nice to either use a different email than your primary one, or set up a folder just for survey mail. I use gmail, so I set a filter that allows them to skip my inbox – so they don’t clutter it up – and go straight into their own dedicated folder. Then, when I have some time to work on them, I can open the folder and have them all in one place.
There are two types of sites on this list….. the first are sites that have surveys, but also pay you for a bunch of other internet activities, such as searching, watching videos, playing games, reading emails, viewing ads, signing up for newsletters, etc. There is always something to do to make money, which means that those sites are generally a little busier and flashier, with more going on. If that’s not your thing, the second list contains straight survey sites, that just send out emails when there’s a new survey available.
By the way, all of these are 100% free to join. (Never sign up for one that isn’t)
Here’s the list!
Swagbucks – I looooove Swagbucks! I cash in my points for a $5 Amazon gift card every few days. You can cash out with even less if you want. You can get points for surveys, searching, viewing ads, viewing videos, playing games, signing up for offers, shopping… and they also give you daily codes for extra points just because! And if you meet your daily goal, you get bonus points. Plus, the more days in a row you meet your goal, the more bonus points you get. Love, love, love it.
Inbox Dollars – Like Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars rewards you for a whole bunch of different things. They give you a few cents (which sounds silly, but adds up quickly) just for confirming that you opened their emails. And you get $5.00 just for signing up! With Inbox Dollars, you can cash out once you’ve reached $30.
Send Earnings – Send Earnings is set up exactly like Inbox Dollars, including the $5.00 bonus for signing up, and the $30 minimum for cashing out.
Cash Crate – When you go to the Cash Crate site, you can go through nice organized lists of everything they currently have to offer, from surveys, to offers, to shopping, to bonuses. You can request a check once you’ve reached $20.
Treasure Trooper – Like the others, Treasure Troopers pays for a whole bunch of different activities like surveys, games, completing offers, etc. They give you $1 free just to sign up, and you can cash out at $20. The whole site is built around a treasure/pirate theme, which you may find fun or you may find totally annoying, but it’s easy to rack up money quickly if you visit them daily.
Quick Rewards – Another favorite, Quick Rewards does what its name promises, and allows you to earn money quickly in a variety of ways. One of the cool things about them is that there is no minimum to cash out. If you’ve earned $2, and you want it… you can get it. One caveat to Quick Rewards is that they send a LOT of emails, so definitely make sure you’ve set something up so they don’t clutter your inbox.
Earning Station – I am still new to Earning Station, but they’ve been great so far. You earn points called Station Dollars, and you are able to redeem them (for a variety of gift cards) once you reach 1000 SD ($10)
These are the more straight-survey sites:
Toluna – I’m still pretty new to Toluna too, but it looks to be a great site, and I’ve already earned several hundred points. You can cash in your points for either gift cards (to a variety of places), or use them to enter drawings and sweepstakes.
Panel Place – Panel Place is a nice, clean-looking, easy to understand site. They reward you in points, which you can then cash in for a Paypal payment.
Clear Voice Surveys – I love Clear Voice. I seem to qualify for surveys with them more often than some of the others, and even when you don’t qualify, they still give you a little bit of money just for trying. You can cash out once you’ve hit $10 (which you can do pretty quickly), and you can choose between a pre-paid Mastercard debit card, an Amazon gift card, or a restaurant gift card.
Ipsos I-Say – I-Say is a nice site that rewards you with points that you can redeem for things like Starbucks cards, Amazon cards, and restaurant cards. One cool thing about them is that you can also choose to have your points go towards a charity!
Survey Savvy – Super clean and simple site. They will email you an invitation when they have a survey available. They pay by check, and you can request a check for as little as $1.
My Survey – The cool thing about My Survey, which rewards with you with both points and sweepstakes entries, is that it gives you a TON of options on how you’d like to redeem your earnings. You can cash them in for products, gift cards, e-certificates, vouchers, and cash.
Opinion World – Like My Survey, you can redeem the points you’ve earned by taking surveys for a whole bunch of different things, from gift cards, to vouchers, to cash paid through Paypal. Another nice feature is that you can adjust the frequency of which you get their emails.
Say Bucks – Say Bucks pays between $2 and $10 per survey, and you can cash out through Paypal. One nice thing about Say Bucks is that if you don’t qualify for a particular survey, it lets you keep trying until it finds you one that’s a match.
Paid Viewpoint – Paid Viewpoint is another nice, simple site that will email you when they have surveys available. They give you $1.00 just for signing up. One huge plus is that with Paid Viewpoint, you never get “screened out” of a survey. Once you’ve started a survey, you’ll be able to complete it, and get paid.
Vindale Research – I love Vindale. It’s just a nice, classy site, and as soon as you sign up you have an opportunity to earn $4 just by filling out your profile and taking the welcome survey.
Opinion-Central – Opinion Central rewards you points that you can then cash in for a variety of different items… from flash drives to calculators to cappucino machines and iPods.
Mindfield Online – Mindfield is another nice, simple site that emails you when it has surveys available, and then pays through cash. You can cash out once you’ve reached a minimum of $5, and you can receive your money either by check or through Paypal.
And finally, these are a few that I only recently signed up with, so I don’t know much about them yet. But they look promising, so I wanted to include them too!
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