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The 9 Best Survey Sites to Make Extra Money

by - September 30, 2013 - 31 Comments

Over the last few years I’ve been gotten nearly a hundred emails asking me what I thought of survey sites and why I’ve never listed any survey sites on The Penny Hoarder.

Well, the truth is…. it’s just not my favorite way to earn extra money. Personally, I get really bored filling out online forms and I often find that with survey companies, I’m working for only $7-8/hour.

But, it is easy work and if you’re interested in this type of work, I’ve finally put together a list of the best survey sites.

Also, when you first sign up for a survey site they are going to ask you a number of questions about your background/household. And that’s because they need to know your demographics before matching you up with the correct surveys.

It can be a little time consuming, but my recommendation is to signup for all 9 survey sites at once.

And that’s because each survey site is probably only going to be able to match you up with 1 or 2 surveys a month. This way you get a ton of surveys to choose from each month.

Complete all of the surveys you’re offered each month and you could probably earn $50 or more each month.

Without further ado, here are the 9 best survey sites…


MySurvey1. My Survey - This is my personal favorite survey site. With this company you earn points for every single survey you take- even those which you don’t qualify for (just by answering the qualifying questions)! So you will never waste time and effort on a survey only to discover you don’t qualify.

You can redeem your points earned for cash or prizes and every 1000 points equals $10. Sign up for My Survey here


InboxDollars2. Inbox Dollars - I’ve written about Inbox Dollars before because I’ve made some easy money signing up for trial offers on their site. But, they also offer several short, daily surveys that you can take.

If you take all four each day, you could earn an extra $730/year. Not too bad. Sign up for Inbox Dollars here.


Ipsos3. Ipsos Panel – As part of the Ipsos I-Say Panel, you get to give feedback on a new ideas and test new products for extra cash. They reward you with points that you can use towards cash or gift cards.

Plus, once you complete your first survey, you’ll be entered into the quarterly $5000 sweepstakes and can earn additional entries for each survey you complete. Sign up for Ipsos here.


4. Pinecone ResearchPinecone Research -  They have a good amount of surveys, but what’s unique about this company is that you get paid cash after every survey you take. There’s no minimum to cash-out (pays via Paypal).

The surveys pay $3 for each one completed. Also, PineCone is especially looking for those that are 18-24 years of age demographic and people with Hispanic or African American heritage for the panel right now, so you’ll see separate signup links below. Also, if they don’t accept you for the panel this month, try again in a couple of weeks..

Signup Links:

18-24 years old


African American

Everyone Else

This is open to USA residents to apply.


MintVine5. MintVine - Take surveys worth between 150 to 300 points and once you’ve reached 1000 points in your account, you can redeem for a $10 cash payment.

Since this one has really low threshold for payment, you should be eligible for your first cash-out within a couple of weeks. Sign up for MintVine here.


SurveySavvy6. SurveySavvy - This is another favorite because the minimum to cash-out is only $1 (pays via check). They’re also famous for contacting survey panelists for local focus groups in their area.

One of my readers was asked to participate in a focus group for 2 hours about food and she earned an easy $80! Sign up for SurveySavvy here.


Swagbucks 7. SwagBucks – This is a definitely a reader favorite, because of the wide variety of ways to make extra cash beyond taking surveys. They are also famous for handing out free Swagbucks at random just for being a member.

You can redeem your Swagbucks for gift cards to a number of popular retailers, including Amazon.com. Sign up for Swagbucks here.


Toluna8. Toluna - This site offers you a bonus 500 points when you sign up and when you have earned at least 60,000 points, you may redeem your points for a cash reward.

A lot of the surveys here are low-paying, but I still recommend signing up so you can be on their list for the big $$ surveys. Sign up for Toluna here.


9. CashCrate - This one is a lot like Inbox Dollars. They have both offers you can complete for cash and a daily survey for around 50 cents. Plus, they usually offer 1-2 daily surveys. Sign up for CashCrate here.


I’d love to hear your experiences with these companies in the comments below. Also, these aren’t the only survey companies out there  - just my favorites. But, I’ve written some tips about how to avoid survey scam here in case you stumble upon another site…

Good luck Penny Hoarders!

  • Melanie Townsend

    I too have made money off of Inbox Dollars, Pinecone Research and Survey Spot. I signed up for Toluna but then opted out because it takes a long time to get your points and I had read a lot of bad things about them. Now that I have online classes I don’t have time for it really. Another good one though is Quick Rewards, they pay through Pay Pal, you can cash out at ANY amount and they too give points for attempts, which so many points add up to a penny. Also with Pinecone they will ask you about a new product concept and at the end ask you if you would be willing to try it. I have had lots of free products sent to me to try out and then you get another paid survey asking you what you thought of it.

  • http://www.financeblogzone.com Kostas

    Like you I have never really been a fan of earning via surveys. I think that there are more effective ways to earn money using the large amount of time surveys can take. However, there are a few different sites listed here that I haven’t looked at before – maybe I will revisit it when I get a little free time!

  • Anika

    I like Opinion Outpost b/c when you cash out for PayPal you get the money immediately into your PayPal account and the same for OpinionWorld. I also like Pinecone b/c you can cash out for $3 and sometimes you get to test products. I don’t like Toluna b/c as others have said, it takes sooo long to save up enough points to cash out. I feel like its not worth it. I think Inbox Dollars is okay. I’ve only cashed out once.

  • Jackie

    I signed up for Pinecone Research, and they have changed their requirements. They now only offer a few surveys a month. Too bad. Was hoping to make some money off of that one. I like that you get paid right away.

    I do like CashCrate though, although you have to earn at least $20 to get a check, it only took me a few nights in front of the TV.

    I’m going to try InboxDollars too.

  • http://www.youravon.com/angelgreene Angel Greene

    I do cash crate,inboxdollars,MintVine,Opinion Outpost,Quick rewards and many others

  • Cassandra

    Inbox Dollars Yes! one of the easiest way to make me some cash love it.

  • Jeff m

    You support Pinecone Research, even though the BBB and various other consumer advocate groups have sent out warnings to let the public know not to deal with them due to the fact that people have been scammed out of quite a bit of money after trusting said website & company.

  • http://www.inboxdollars.com Tamara M

    I have made cash on Inbox Dollars, Cash Crate and just got my first check yesterday from Send Earnings

  • http://pointstwoshop.com Kevin

    Great list cash crate is great. But dont forget about PointsTwoShop.com. I have been a member for 4 years. There are over 5 million members. I have alone made $3300 doing surveys. Its not the best income but every once in a while when im board i will log on and make a few dollars.

    • Kyle Taylor

      That’s awesome! Yep, I’m a fan of points2shop too! $3,300 – that’s super impressive!


  • Ryan

    I’ve been a member of Valued Opinions for several years. They send a decent amount of survey invites (about 20 per month), but often times they ask a significant number of questions before screening you out. For example, you respond to a survey that is supposed to take 10 minutes, invest 4 minutes responding to questions and then get screened out without even receive partial credit. I get screened out of approximately 75% of the surveys they send. So lots of wasted time.

    Another red flag is that in recent months they’ve been missing their own deadlines for payment by a significant margin. Originally surveys were to be paid within 28 days, then they updated their terms to read 6 weeks. Some of my recent surveys have taken 16 weeks to pay out.

  • Donna

    I have been a member of a few survey sites off and on over the past few years. It is easy to tell, unfortunately only after you waste your time, that some are not worth your time. I am disappointed Pinecone changed and are only sending a few emails monthly. I really like SendEarnings, which has plenty of options to make money besides surveys. One option is that you get paid just for reading short emails. Sure they are product ads, but you control how often you want them to send emails, several times weekly, weekly, monthly etc. If you refer friends, you get a referral bonus of 10% of whatever the friends make. Those few pennies add up very quickly. You cash out when you reach $30, like Inbox Dollars. I will be checking out some of the others listed here-much appreciated!

  • http://MySurvey Bob

    MySurvey no longer gives you points if you don’t qualify to complete a survey. Instead they give you an entry into a monthly sweepstakes drawing that awards 10,000 points.

  • http://www.cashmoneyhustle.com Susan

    I tried many times over the past few years to join Pinecone Research, but they won’t accept me. I guess I don’t fit the needed demographic. Global Test Market is another good survey website.

  • Gigi

    Get a job people!!

    • Linda

      why else do you think people are here you dumbass
      also have you seen the job market these days? people are trying looking to the net for income.
      i’m willing to bet you’re a rich white bitch that doesn’t have to do a thing, but sit on your ass and criticize others for not having a job.
      people like you disgust me the most.

      • http://yahoo deb

        angry much? get some help

    • Anika

      Wow that’s a lot of rudeness in one sentence. Its not that easy for some people to get a job. There are not a whole lot of good jobs just out on the market. There are people like me who do have full time jobs but want/need more so that’s where these survey sites come in. I don’t know what your situation is but you shouldn’t be so judgmental when you don’t know everyone’s situation.

    • http://thepennyhoarder Brenda


      Don’t be so ignorant! You don’t know if someone has a fulltime job and is trying to earn extra income. Or like me, has cancer and can’t work outside the home.

  • Jaime

    Swagbucks allows you to not only exchange for amazon gift cards(plus many other company gift cards), you’re also able to spend points on actual items(xbox items, books, games, etc.) as well as having money sent to your paypal account. Minimum paypal payout is $25(2500 points)

  • Dee

    I currently am a member of Inbox Dollars and My Survey. I have cashed about $110 from Inbox Dollars over the last year of membership and about the same with My Survey. Not a lot but the little bit comes in handy. I used to use Toluna but quit because it took too long to qualify for any surveys and then in the meantime, they began taking points away after a certain time period. Given how long it took to earn the points I had, I was quite incensed that they would take points away, as long as you actively participate and try to qualify at least on a monthly basis, there should have been no reason to take points away. After that stunt, I quit wasting time with them. I use Ipsos and Zoom Panel and a couple of others.
    To Gigi – I have a job! A good one and I still do surveys because I want my views heard and like the extra gift certificates and money the surveys bring. Not everyone that participates in the various survey websites is unemployed!

  • Jenn

    I have been doing surveys for 4 years and use several of the sites mentioned here, I also use Survey Spot and am a member of ncponline. My husband thought i was crazy when i started this and would get $5 here, $5 there. So I started tracking it and the first year i did $330 and it has gone up steadily ever since…last year I netted $770 doing surveys, having the media insiders panel on my phone and from a survey site I was put into a monthly focus group!. I aslo have a masters degree in business and have a great job, but love being able to make a little extra to go out for dinner or buy something special once in awhile. This blog has opened my eyes to other ways to make a little extra….I am going on my first secret shop this weekend!!!!1

    • liz

      Hi jenn how does the secret shop work?

  • http://ourday-to-daylife.blogspot.in/ Pragya

    wow…. gud information…. will definitely try one or two of these…thanks :)

  • clarissa

    I am always surprised when I don’t see http://www.viewpointforum.com listed as I have been with them for 8 years and LOVE IT! They send out free products to try along with paid survey options. You can cash out at $10. Don’t know why I seem to be the only one who knows them but…check them out!

    • Thelma

      I just checked out this site, and you need to be referred to this site by someone, or by the site itself. So maybe that is the reason why no one is really aware of it

    • Marlene

      Hi can you referred m to that site i want to try it out please thanks!!! I couldnt sign up?!

  • Mike

    Swagbucks has worked out really well for me. Clicking the referral link will give you 50 free swagbucks to start.


  • Pelemo Emmanuel

    Clarissa, please send me referral link of http://www.viewpointsforum.com.

  • Carmen

    I have seen some of these links, but I haven’t ever tried them. I was always to afraid of them being scams. I have read through all of the responses above. I am amazed at how many people really use them. I hope it’s not to good to be true. I think I will give it a try. I have no other resources to make any money.

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