(links to specific survey sites at bottom of post)
The easiest way to increase the available cash in your budget is to stop spending. That’s SO easy to say and less simple to do. We live in a culture that constantly teaches that “more is better”, “bigger is best”, “you deserve it now”, etc. If you have managed to block out those “spend-it voices” that permeate advertising, television, and conversations with your neighbor in America, then you are well on your way to increasing your income. But, if you have cut your expenses to the bone and still need to add cash to the family budget, there are a variety of legitimate options for doing that at home. The simplest is filling out surveys.
First of all, let me say, “Yes, I do surveys.” Secondly, no one is going to get rich or make full-time income doing surveys without neglecting the larger priorities in their life. Surveys are “extra income”. They are not going to be a “second income” for your family, in most cases. Steer away from any website that tells you differently. I see survey income as a simple way for a family to build an entertainment budget or to save for a purchase that doesn’t fit into their normal budget. My average month of survey income is between $20 and $40, depending on how much time I devote to it. The very best month was just under $100.
Typically, I don’t look at surveys until after my kids are in bed and I have some “down time” to just sit at the computer and unwind. I spend anywhere from an hour to two hours two or three nights a week, just filling out surveys that have been offered to me. You are in control of how much income you make from surveys, to the extent that you are in control of how much time you spend doing them. The more surveys you complete, the more you will earn. Once you are established with the reputable survey sites (I’ll list the ones I use, below.), you won’t have to hunt for surveys. They will send ones being offered to you right to your email in box. I personally recommend having a separate email account for surveys and free offers that you subscribe to. That way you are not sorting through every email you receive trying to decide what is personal and what is survey/offers. Gmail.com is a simple place to set up a separate account for that email.
The best advice I can give for getting a plentiful number of surveys in your email in box is to complete all the personal profile information each site requests of you. Who is picked for which surveys is directly related to this information and the more of it they know about you, the more you will match their survey criteria. Also, don’t let your account sit dormant. If you’re sent a survey, complete it. Show that you are interested and reliable and you will receive even more surveys.
I also have received free full-size products to review and then complete surveys about, which helps the household budget, too. So, I want you to see the potential in doing surveys, but to also be realistic about what to expect. They are worthwhile and of value “in their place” and I would encourage any of you to try it, with the expectation that, over time, this is great “extra cash”, but not a second income.
The survey sites I am currently subscribed to:
Pinecone Research – probably my favorite survey site. $3 payout for every survey, free full-size products to review on occasion and an additional $3 payout to complete survey after reviewing a product. It is by invitation only, so watch our Busy-at-Home facebook site (Become a Fan and you’ll be automatically notified.) and I will post when the new invitations come out. They send a check after each and every survey – no waiting for the total to accumulate.
Opinion Outpost – You accumulate Opinion Points for each survey. Each point is worth 10¢, so 20 points is $2.00, etc. You can cash out any time after you hit $5. I like them because they send many, many surveys and the payout is quick. It is easy to have checks from them every two to 4 weeks.
Global Test Market – another good cash payout site. The payout threshold is higher here, though. You must accumulate 1000 points for a payout. The good news is 1000 points equals $50!
e-poll surveys – pays in cash, gift cards or charity of your choice. Minimum payout is 3500 points. All cash payouts are made through PayPal.
Clear Voice Surveys – payout is minimum $10 and you select one of the four available forms – Amazon Gift Card, Payoneer Prepaid Mastercard, or Dining Dough Restaurant Gift Certificates.
MySurvey.com – payout minimum is $10 and can be redeemed as cash, gift cards, merchandise or charitable donations.