3 Best Online Surveys That Pay Easy Money

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There’s a certain appeal to paid online surveys.

Prop up in bed and click, click, click — cash out. Heck, you can even earn money while binging “The Great British Baking Show.”

No, you’re not going to get rich — earning money on paid survey sites can be time-consuming. That’s why you might want to flip on Netflix in the background.

Still, there’s something thrilling about making extra money from your bed.

We’ve combed through dozens of platforms to hand-pick the most legitimate online survey sites to help you avoid the scams.

We chose these sites based on user experience, the ease of cashing out and the actual potential to earn money.

3 Legit Online Surveys That Pay

We suggest signing up for these paid survey sites all at once. Check into each a few times a week to find at least one or two surveys you qualify for.

Remember: Every little bit adds up.

  1. 1. InboxDollars

    Inbox Dollars signup page

    InboxDollars offers several short, daily surveys, and you’ll get a $5 bonus for signing up. Plus, you get to earn cash, so you don’t have to worry about exchanging points. We talked to one college student pocketed $600 with InboxDollars. Her secret? Persistence.

    Get started with InboxDollars here.

    Pros: With InboxDollars, you earn cash, so you don’t have to worry about exchanging points. It also offers more ways to earn, such as watching videos, playing scratch-off games and searching the internet.

    Cons: You have to earn $30 to cash out, which is a bit high compared to other sites on this list. Also remember you’ll have to pay that $3 transaction fee. You’ll probably want to unsubscribe from its frequent emails, which you can do under your account settings.

    BBB rating: A+ (for parent company CotterWeb Enterprises, Inc.)

    Payment method: Check via mail

    Amount paid per survey: Surveys pay up to $5 each, though it’s more likely you’ll earn 10 to 50 cents.

    Minimum amount required to cash out: $30, though there’s a $3 transaction fee to cash out.

    Time to get paid: 10 to 16 business days

    Want to learn more? Read our complete InboxDollars review.

  2. 2. MyPoints

    MyPoints signup screen

    MyPoints is a platform that aggregates market research survey opportunities for its users. It’s been around since 1996.

    Through MyPoints you can earn gift cards for taking polls and filling out surveys. Once you complete your first five surveys, you’ll earn a $5 bonus.

    Get started with MyPoints here.

    Pros: You receive points even when you don’t qualify for a survey. Additionally, it’s an easy-to-use portal that offers multiple ways to earn points, including participating in polls and watching videos.

    Cons: MyPoints connects you with surveys on third-party consumer marketing sites, so you’ll often navigate away from the site’s portal. Users report difficulty qualifying for surveys. (I qualified for not a single one of the five I recently attempted.)

    BBB rating: A-

    Payment method: Gift cards to popular retailers, including Amazon, Old Navy and Starbucks.

    Amount paid per survey: Up to 400 points, but less than 100 points is more realistic; if you don’t qualify, earn five points — up to 25 disqualification points a day.

    Minimum amount required to cash out: 480 points equates to a $3 Amazon gift card.

    Time to get paid: Four to five business days

    Pro tip: Snag a $5 bonus after you qualify for and complete your first five surveys.

  3. 3. CashKarma

    A screenshot of the CashKarma homepage.
    CashKarma homepage.

    This paid survey app is from the same folks who created appKarma, a reward app that lets you earn cash and gift cards for playing mobile games. CashKarma differs from the other items on this list in that it’s exclusively available as an app. It’s also relatively new.

    Pros: CashKarma operates within an app, which makes for a simple, self-contained user experience. You can also watch videos, complete sign-up offers and earn bonus achievement badges. Plus, you’ll still earn points even if you don’t qualify for a survey — based on the amount of time you spend in a survey you’re screened out of — and you’ll earn an easy five points a day when you check in.

    Cons: The app aggregates third-party survey opportunities, which allows you to tap into a solid amount of potential points. However, because you’re tapping into different sites, it means you’ll be answering some of the same qualifying questions repeatedly, like with most survey sites.

    BBB rating: Not yet rated

    Payment method: Exchange points to cash out through PayPal, or earn gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon, Target and Walmart.

    Amount paid per survey: 50 points and up

    Minimum amount required to cash out: Earn 6,000 points, and get a $5 Amazon gift card.

    Time to get paid: PayPal payments are typically made within 24 hours and guaranteed within 72 hours.

    Pro tip: Look out for 500 bonus points when you download the app through The Penny Hoarder — then another 50 when you sign up and another 50 when you verify your email. So you’ll start off with 600 points just for signing up!

Penny Hoarder Tips to Make the Most From Paid Online Surveys

First, pile your couch with pillows and get comfy. Turn on some tunes or play Netflix in the background.

But seriously. You’re going to want to settle in and practice patience with survey sites. To make the process more efficient, here are a few of our pro tips:

Create a New Email Address for Online Surveys

It’s no secret: Signing up for a survey site means you’re likely going to get an influx of emails. These could be ads or earning opportunities. Either way, it can really clog up your work or personal email.

Create a new email address for free through Gmail or Yahoo. Now these additional emails will automatically stay clear of your real life.

Answer Honestly, and Update Your Information Often

You’ll qualify for certain surveys based on your demographics. For example, a company might be looking for homeowners to answer a question about their product. Or another might only want parents.

Either way, be honest. Sure, you can be vague and broad in your responses (recommended), but honesty is the best policy.

Additionally, be sure to keep your profiles on these sites up to date. If you move, update your city. If you get a new job or a salary boost, update that. It could help you qualify for more opportunities.

Never Pay to Join a Survey Site (or Enter your Bank Info)

You should never have to pay to join a survey site. These sites are paying you, because you’re participating in market research and helping companies out.

Additionally, you shouldn’t have to enter your banking information. Legitimate sites pay with gift cards, through PayPal or with an old-school check in the mail.

Use Roboform to Auto-Fill Responses

You know how survey sites ask you the same questions over and over and over, especially when you’re first signing up?

Using a free auto-fill platform like Roboform can help. You’ll enter your information into its system once, then it’ll recognize when that question is being asked and automatically fill in the information for you. This will save you a bunch of time.

Additionally, you can use Roboform to save your passwords — because let’s be honest, no one can ever remember passwords.

Best Paid Online Surveys, Compared

We know that was a lot of information at once, but here it is, all broken down for you:

  InboxDollars MyPoints Survey Junkie CashKarma
Amount required to cash out $30 480 points = $3 1,000 = $10 6,000 points = $5 Amazon gift card
Pay per survey Up to $5 Up to 400 points 20 to 200 points 50 points and up
Payment method Cash Gift cards Gift cards or cash PayPal or gift cards
Time to process payment 10 to 16 business days Four to five business days Up to 24 hours via PayPal Guaranteed within 72 hours

There you have it — our favorite paid survey sites! If you’re ready to start earning, here are those links one more time:

Sure, you’re not going to get rich from any of these. However, if you’ve got time to kill, why not earn a little money?

Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s become a tad obsessed with “The Great British Baking Show.”