A surprising number of 2012 holiday shoppers spent $700 or more on gifts. Our family spent less than $50 on nearly $500 worth of merchandise. This remarkable feat was accomplished via one simple task: taking surveys online.
If you’re skeptical about this, you’re not alone. Yet, as a stay-at-home mom, I feel that one of my jobs is to make my husband’s paycheck stretch as far as possible, and taking surveys play a big role in accomplishing that goal. I usually dedicate about an hour total on the following websites — usually after the baby is in bed! Although making money taking surveys takes time and planning, there are a plethora of legitimate options out there!
So, if you’re struggling with money, looking to pay for next year’s Christmas presents, or if you’re just wanting to earn some extra cash so you can apply it to your debt reduction strategies, then consider the sites that we use to make money taking surveys.
I have been able to make money from this site for nearly five years, and although it does take several months to reach a reward goal, this survey site is definitely for the “lazy” survey-taker who wants to make money taking surveys online in their spare time.
After signing up at their site, you can look to receive about one email a month linking you to a survey that you qualify for, for an average of 500-1,000 points. That’s it — for about twenty minutes of your time each month, you can work towards a goal of your choosing, ranging from a charitable donation, to gift cards to various retailers and restaurants.
Don’t expect to earn a reward anytime soon; it can take upwards of six months to earn a single gift card, but, if you start planning now, you can easily get a couple of stocking stuffers for 2013 taken care of via this site!
Okay, so this one isn’t technically a “survey” site, but it is most definitely a rewards site! Like epoll.com, recyclebank.com can take a few weeks to accrue any worthwhile reward, but the nifty thing about this site is that it is educational, in addition to self-serving.
By taking “pledges” to commit various acts of green living (e.g. turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth), reading articles on green living, and the like, you accrue points that can be used towards discounts at various green retailers, magazine subscriptions, and gift cards. Because it defeats the purpose of living on a budget to take advantage of the fairly pricy green retailer discounts, and it takes a fairly lengthy amount of time to earn enough points towards gift cards, I’ve found this site to be great for magazine subscriptions, both print and electronic.
We currently get all five of our magazine subscriptions courtesy of this site—at roughly $20 per subscription, that’s an annual savings of $100, and that’s like making money! Not much, but every little bit helps, and they make great gifts for the readers in your life!
The great thing about the Mypoints.com survey site is that you can make decent money taking surveys online and you’re going to get as much out of it as you put into it.
If you only click on a couple of website links and take one survey a week, it will take you months to reach the reward, or make the money, you have your eyes on. However, if you are taking surveys daily, and explore other easy points options available, it is simple to accrue thousands of points towards dozens of rewards, including PayPal cash, restaurant gift cards, and retailer gift cards.
Mypoints makes it easy to save money as well — if you have to shop online, chances are good they have coupon codes available for your retailer of your choice. They also provide coupons each week — for each coupon you clip and redeem, you earn points…points which are as good as making money. It’s as easy as that! I have had excellent luck with being able to make money through surveys on this site, and it is highly recommended: it is even an accredited business by the Better Business Bureau.
This is one of the old standbys in the taking surveys department. It runs along the same lines as Mypoints.com, but Swagbucks doesn’t just offer gift cards to retailers — they also offer tangible items from their “Swag Store” ranging from stickers to computers!
Again, as with Mypoints.com, the more time you dedicate to point-earning activities, the faster you get to your reward and the more money you can make taking surveys online! I was able to get my daughter’s Christmas and birthday presents from this site…and didn’t spend a dime.
I am a newcomer to this site, but can honestly say it is the crème de la crème of survey sites.
The premise of this site is similar to Mypoints and Swagbucks in that you can take surveys for points, but is completely different in that to earn the really big points, you have to do video reviews of products you own or are invited to try for free from companies.
Since September, I have accrued enough points (which I chose to redeem for gift cards to Amazon.com and towards a Visa gift card) to successfully complete our Christmas shopping — all we wound up paying out of pocket for was wrapping paper! Obviously, this is not the site for you if recording a minute of yourself reviewing a product that millions can see online makes you squeamish, but if you are brave enough, this site is an excellent way to make money taking surveys as it pays well, and fast!
This site will only be applicable to those in select metropolitan areas, but if you are a church-goer, and would like to help other churches improve, this may be a good fit for you.
Apparently, houses of worship pay pretty good money to get honest opinions from first-time visitors about how to be more welcoming; at $45 doing something I would have ordinarily done (i.e. go to church), and then taking surveys (which takes about an hour) on my experience, has helped fill in any budget gaps we have. Think mystery shopping for churches!
Some people may find this particular option in poor taste, however, if you happen to be looking for a new house of worship, or if money is particularly tight, this can be a good option for you; it is a very easy way to make money taking surveys online while “church shopping.”
Dedicate just a few hours a week towards taking surveys, and it is absolutely possible—guaranteed, even!—that you will be able to make money taking surveys, and thus save money in the process!
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