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Christmas Got You Tapped Out?

Posted by : Becca | On : December 29, 2008

Don’t forget about surveys! I’ve talked about them before, but another handy check reminded me of how great they are. Now, they aren’t a “job” and won’t replace your income from working. Still, surveys are a great way to earn some extra cash and prizes.

For survey beginners, there are a few things to know. First of all, you don’t need to pay for a list of surveys or pay to join any survey site. The information is all out there for free and legitimate market survey companies never charge a fee to the people who take surveys.

What are surveys, anyway? It’s all part of market research. Companies pay market research companies to gather information from their “target market.” In other works, they want to know what consumers think, and more specifically they want to know what the people they want to sell to think. The “target market” is whatever demographic (age group, gender, income level etc.) the company is trying to market their products to. This is valuable information, so the companies are willing to pay to have these surveys done. This is why survey takers NEVER should pay any kind of fee to take surveys. Sites that ask you to pay are not legitimate survey companies.

When you sign up for online survey companies, you will get “screener surveys” before you get the paying surveys. These short screeners are to ensure that you fit the demographic the company is looking for. Don’t be frustrated when you get these and don’t get to go on and take the paid survey. The more of these screeners you get through, the more paid surveys you will receive.

Along with online surveys, you may also find local market research companies that do focus groups in your area. These tend to pay very well. I’ve made anywhere from $50 to $200 for a couple hours of my time. Focus groups are fun too, and sometimes you even get to do taste tests!

There are many legitimate survey companies out there. I have my favorites and I’ll share those with you.

Top of the list for me is MySurvey. I regularly get surveys and they pay very fast. They have a $10 pay out threshold and it’s very easy to reach. With MySurvey, you can get a check mailed to you, or you can turn in your points for prizes. I usually take the check, and it always comes quickly.

I highly recommend joining MySurvey. They rock!

Another good one is Opinion Outpost. This one is a lot of fun. Simple surveys, and they pay out on time via check. I’ve received several checks from them in the time I’ve been a member. Their customer service is also extremely responsive and helpful.

Another GREAT survey company is Global Test Market. They send survey invitations all the time. Cash-out is at $50, and if you try to qualify for all the surveys they send, it’s not hard to get there. I just received a check from them recently. They pay quickly once you cash out.


www.GlobalTestMarket.com

Survey Savvy! SurveySavvy is a great company. I’ve been a member for a few years now and have cashed out many times. They pay by check, and you can request a check any time you have funds in your account. They pay quickly and send lots of surveys.

Ipsos is a worldwide leading market research company. i-Say panel members earn rewards for each survey they take.

* Earn reward points for taking surveys – Points will be deposited one to two days after survey completion.
o Once you’ve earned 50 (or more) points, you can redeem your points for merchandise and gift cards offered by popular retail merchants.
o Click on the link below to view your reward points account, redeem rewards or to see what you can get for the points you earn.

Last but not least is MyPoints. MyPoints is one of my top favorites. I’ve been with them the longest of all the survey or paid to read email companies. My Points is a little different as it is not all surveys. When you sign up, you’ll receive emails from them on behalf of their advertisers. It’s simple. All you need to do is click on the link in the email to go to the advertiser’s site and you get points. You receive 5 points just for looking at the site, and more points if you actually shop there or complete a certain task. NEVER once have I gotten any type of virus or issue from clicking their links.

They also send survey emails for which you can receive more points. You can also refer friends to receive points. If you do your online shopping through MyPoints, you get points for every dollar you spend. Shop at popular online sites to rack up the points. They also offer a MyPoints Visa card where you earn points for every dollar you spend.

MyPoints has been completely reliable. I highly recommend this company!

The rewards are awesome! The reward partners change from time to time, but I have received gift cards from Target, Starbucks, Baja Fresh, Red Lobster, Kohl’s and many other of my favorite stores.


Those are my favorite survey companies. Now I have found a new fun site that rewards you for searching the web. I just cashed out for a nice Amazon.com gift certificate and received it almost immediately, so it’s legit. Yay! Check out SwagBucks! Someone recently turned me on to Swagbucks. It’s easy to win. You use their search engine to look for things online and you’re awarded Swagbucks which you can redeem for gift certificates and prizes! Check it out!


Search & Win

That’s all for now! Have fun earning some extra cash. It SURE comes in handy!!