How to make extra money with Survey Sites

Published on March 14, 2019 by Lauren

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This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, take a look at my disclosure policy.

The best time to get started with surveys is the new year. No joke – I did this for years to make extra money and it paid for my ENTIRE Christmas! If you're looking for ways to make extra money using survey sites, you've come to the right place! In fact, this was and still is one of my favorite side hustles.

I remember this one year… I was flat BROKE.

I had 2 little kids. One was a newborn. We had just moved and I didn't want to get another job. We were making it by the skin of our teeth.
And since we were DONE using credit cards, it was a forgone conclusion that there was to be no Christmas present buying this year. But I found a way to make extra money.
make extra money using survey sites
I had a secret… I had created a secret account where I had earned over $500 from taking surveys in my leisure time!

One of the common questions I get from you all is “How can I make extra money at home”?

There are so many survey companies out there, and it can get overwhelming to know which ones to trust.  I have come up with a list of 8 legit survey companies that you can use to make some extra cash at home!

All of these survey companies were ones that helped me to get to my Christmas savings that year – so they have been personally tested and approved by me 🙂

Make Extra Money:

3-Step Strategy

  1. To make the most out of this side hustle, you honestly might want to sign up for all of them. They all have different payout thresholds, so by using all of them, you could have a more consistent income.
  2. Use a different email address. Especially if you are gonna sign up for many of them, this is a good idea. But these days, most of us have a separate email anyways for things you might sign up for online. Just make sure to check it so you know when some great money-making surveys are available!
  3. Don't spend too much time! Just make sure to do this in your spare time.

Here are my top 10 survey companies to try:

1.) Survey Junkie

This one is relatively new, but VERY promising! They payout VERY fast.

2.) Opinion Outpost

This was my favorite one. Super easy, good payouts, and the surveys were actually interesting!

3.) National Consumer Panel

Make money just by going grocery shopping! This one is actually kind of awesome… and with a smartphone, it's really easy.

4.) PineCone Research

This is MY FAVORITE one! You get $3.00 per survey and I almost always qualify!

5.) Swagbucks

I LOVE Swagbucks. In fact, I just used gift cards through Swagbucks to pay for a new dehumidifier last month. They'll give you $5 just for getting started!

6.) Vindale Research

Vindale Research provides you with the easiest way to earn gift cards online. With their high-paying surveys, discount shopping offers, and other fun ways to earn – You choose how you earn.

7.) Inbox Dollars

Get paid for reading emails (I actually never read them I just click through them to get my points). Takes seconds per day, the points don’t add up that quickly but spending literally seconds per day, you can earn gift cards quickly!

8.) Rakutan (Previously called EBATES”)

You can earn points for opening emails, then trade those points into gift cards. And when you purchase through ebates, the points just keep accumulating.

I would love to know what your experience has been with survey sites too!  Which ones are your favorites? Have you been able to make extra money?

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