This page will continue to evolve over time, but it will mainly be the list of links I promised earlier for adding some extra cash to your bank account and receiving free products.
Most “freebie” sites are full of ads and “complete this deal to get something” kinds of schemes. They are e-mail miners and may very well sell your contact information to other sites and vendors. I definitely don’t advocate this type of “free stuff shopping”. If you must frequent such sites, then set up a separate email account that can be used exclusively for that. It will help you filter the tons of spam those kinds of sites generate.
The easiest way I have found to earn extra cash online is surveys. There are corporations and organizations that are willing to pay for your opinion on all kinds of topics and there are a handful of really good websites that connect you to them. There are as many or more that will offer you only sweepstakes entries or other such drivel, so weed through them carefully. Be sure you give completely factual inmformation so you can be matched to surveys where you fit the demographic. It can really skew the results of their survey data if you aren’t 100% honest.
I will start the list tonight, of the survey sites I have found to be legitimate; that pay what they say and pay it when they say they will. I will update it over time if I come across new ones. And I hope you will all feel free to share others that you have had good success with.
Pinecone Research One of my favorites! Every survey is $3. You can receive payment by mail or PayPal. Oftentimes, I will take a survey and then be offered a product to test. Once the product test is complete, I fill out a survey about the product and receive an additional $3. Pinecone Research pays very quickly and surveys are fairly regular. You cannot just sign up with them. They are by invitation only, so as soon as a new invite goes out, I will post and let you know.
Opinion Outpost Sign up with them and fill out as many profile surveys as they offer you. The more detailed your profile, the more surveys you will receive and qualify for. This site pays cash for surveys you qualify for and complete. You accumulate points for each survey and you can cash out with as little as 50 points. 50 points translates to $5, which you can receive as a check or Amazon gift cards. It’s not unusual for me to receive 4-6 survey invitations from them in a day. I may actually only make it through qualification on 1 or 2, but the points add up quickly. I just received another $5 check from them on Monday.
Focus Forward Online Like the others, the more profile surveys you complete the more surveys you will match and be qualified for. You need to accumulate a $10 minimum in this account before you can cash out. Their surveys don’t come quite as often, but they add up when they do. I am at $5 in this account again, so halfway to my next check.
Mindfield Online The cashout threshold for this site is a minimum of $5. I actually did a cashout tonight for $7. They will pay by check or through PayPal, whichever you prefer.
MySurvey.com 1000 points =$10. They pay in cash or you can select gift cards, merchandise or even make a charitable donation. At 535 points I’m more than halfway to my next $10 check.
Do you see how easily these can add up? I fill them out in my spare time, when everyone in the house is asleep and I just want to relax and unwind before bed. I would likely be on the computer anyway, I might as well earn some money for doing it. I wouldn’t be surprised if I pay a large portion of our internet cost, just in what I earn from surveys. I know it’s enough that my husband has started to take notice of the checks as they arrive. Give it a try. You may find it’s an easy, enjoyable way to pick up some extra cash for you and your family.
I mentioned having the opportunity to test free products on occasion for Pinecone Research. There are two other websites where I am registered to try new products. While Pinecone Research requires that all the product information be kept confidential, these two ask you to tell EVERYONE about the products you are testing. You almost always receive a full-size of a name brand product and about 10 coupons and/or samples to hand out to friends. I love both of these sites and have received some great products absolutely free.
BZZ Agent I am currently participating in the Revitalift® Deep-Set Wrinkle 24HR Eye Repair Duo campaign. I received a full-sized product sample to try for 6 weeks. I take before, during and after pictures of the results, complete surveys about what I think and the products are mine to keep. I have received electric toothbrushes, electric shower cleaners, cleaning supplies and more as a member of this organization. I get to try products I might not otherwise have purchased and share coupons with others who might also like to try them.
Pssst I’m newer to this one, but I love it. It’s put out by General Mills and when they release new products, they market them by word-of-mouth with this excellent program. In the last 30 days, I have received full-sized free samples of Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs and Progresso High Fiber Soup. Each of those packages included (10) coupons for $1.10 off those products. Just one more simple way to save money and live abundantly on a frugal budget.
Remember to post any great links, in the comments below when you hear about them and keep on saving!