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7 Free Online Survey Sites to Join For Extra Cash

August 5, 2016
Do you need a little extra cash to help your holiday budget? If so, here are 7 highly reputable survey sites that will help you spread a little extra holiday cheer this year.
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The holidays are always around the corner (feel like it, doesn’t it?) and many of us wouldn’t mind a little extra cash to fatten our holiday budgets. Heck, a little extra cash to fatten our everyday budgets wouldn’t be so bad either.

Each season brings its own set of challenges, but the latter part of the year can bust your budget.  You prepare kids to go back to school, take a Labor day break, shove candy in buckets, stuff a turkey, endure Black Friday, and then BAM!  Christmas.

It’s reasonable to say that your finances need to be able to handle multiple blows throughout the year.

There is one simple and very easy way to earn a little extra cash ($200 to $500 or possibly more). During the year, use your extra time to take surveys.


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People don’t give survey taking enough credit. When you’re at home, watching your kids run around like chickens with their heads cut off, it’s really easy to whip out your smartphone or tablet and take a few surveys.

The best part is having enough points or rewards to cash in for gift cards or cash back. I’ve been taking surveys for years and it’s the easiest side hustle for beginners.

I’ve made several hundred of dollars to buy kid’s birthday presents, holiday gifts, and needed household items and I’m planning to ramp things up myself this season so I can spend less this season too!

Okay, enough chit chat. Today I’m sharing 7 FREE online survey sites you should sign up for today!  

And yes, sign up for them all!  Not every company will send you something every day, so you want to keep your inbox full with potential survey opportunities.


But first – create a separate email for your survey side hustles. You’ll thank me later.

Do you need a little extra cash to help your holiday budget? If so, here are 7 highly reputable survey sites that will help you spread a little extra holiday cheer this year.


Here are your 7 free online survey sites. Get that cash!


1) Swagbucks

Start with the swag. Why? Because first, you can use this as a search engine and earn Swagbucks. Second, you can use Swagbucks as a shopping portal — equals more Swag bucks. Third, you can take surveys and watch stupid videos — more Swagbucks. Then you cash in for Amazon gift cards and the such.

Sign up for Swagbucks here and earn that holiday swag.


2) Harris Poll Online

With Harris Poll Online, you’ll earn points for each survey you complete. Don’t qualify for the survey? You’ll still receive a few points for any survey you’re directed to but didn’t qualify to take. You can also earn entries into sweepstakes for cash. Once you reach a certain redemption level, you can redeem for certain rewards.

Sign up for Harris Poll Online here and earn some holiday rewards.


3) Vindale Research

Vindale Research is a great survey company that offers many ways to earn rewards. First, you can earn by simply checking your inbox daily for paid survey opportunities. Second, you can follow their blog and social media pages for reward code alerts (btw, Swagbucks does this too). Third, you can earn $5 for referring your friends. Last, you can earn by reading email and watching videos. Once you hit a cash out level, get that money.

Sign up for Vindale Research here and start earning today.


4) Opinion Outpost

Opinion Outpost is very straightforward. You take surveys and you earn points. Once you’ve reached a certain amount of points, you can redeem those for cash paid out via PayPal or gift cards from Amazon and other vendors.

Sign up for Opinion Outpost here and earn towards your PayPal cash out.


5) Digital Voice

Digital Voice does not pay you cash (whomp whomp) but I threw it in here because you earn entries for the monthly $10,000 sweepstakes. I’m not a luck kinda person, but if you find yourself always winning stuff — then hey, this may be your thing. Only drawback about this one is that you have to download an app and surf the web. For me this is no bueno, but I like presenting options just in case.

Sign up for Digital Voice here if you’re lucky and all.


6) American Consumer Panel

With these fine folks, you will get to take surveys and possibly check out new products!  How cool is that? A bottle of lotion or hair conditioner — yes, I’ll take three of each, please. For each screener survey, you will receive anywhere between 5 to 50 points. For actual surveys, you can earn between 100 to 5,000 points. Longer surveys guarantee some type of incentive (product or cash), but most should take you around 10 or so minutes.

Sign up for American Consumer Panel here to test products and earn holiday cash.


7) My Points

MyPoints is like a shopping portal. It’s similar to Ebates except that you can print coupons for points, watch videos for points, and guess what else? Take a survey for points!  I just recently cashed out for my Amazon gift card. They have other rewards that you can check out too. The best part about this site is that you can earn points back on purchases you make through their portal.

Sign up for My Points here and earn points for gift cards.


Bonus Survey Companies to Check Out: Survey JunkieClear Voice, VIP Voice, Product Report Card, Toluna, Ipsos, My Survey, You Gov and Shop Tracker


Some Pro Survey Taking Tips For You:


  1. Don’t get caught up in lies. Don’t tell them you’re 70 years old just to qualify for certain surveys. It’ll be real embarrassing if they start asking you about dentures, certain supplements (ahem, clears throat), and the such.
  2. Be wary of any survey companies telling you that you’re going to make a bunch of money. It just ain’t so. They lying. #boybye
  3. They should be free. You are supposed to be seeking the money, not them. If they say you gotta pay, walk away!
  4. Be consistent. If you don’t actually take the surveys, of course, you’re not going to make any money. Try to aim for 1 or 2 surveys per day during your downtime. Of course, if you have more time on your hands do a little more.
  5. Don’t set your expectations too high. This means, don’t get discouraged because you might not qualify for a survey. There are surveys out there, trust me. I get my fair share of them!


Now, there it is. I’ve given you 7 free online survey sites to join for extra holiday cash. Make a commitment from here on out to December and you might just find yourself sitting on a nice little sum of cash (or gift cards) to supplement your holiday budget.
Are you already a member of some survey sites or have you graduated to other side hustles? What are some of your favorite survey sites?


ps: check out my interview with Thias from It Pays Dividend. You never know, I might be sharing some juicy good stuff! Check it out and see what I’m talking about!

Latoya Scott
CFEI/Social Entrepreneur
Latoya Scott is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and personal finance writer with a mission to help millennials learn how to stop living paycheck to paycheck so they can become financially carefree.

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  • Arie Williams August 5, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Ok, You know I was dying laughing when you said #boybye took the words right out of my mouth. These are some great strategies to look for when you are looking to make some extra cash. Hubby and I are both school teachers and in the summer we do one one one tutoring. This can be a great side hustlke especially at $25/hr and 3- kids a week, at 2 hrs per kid. This has been our thing through the school years honey child. Great post lady…
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  • Joanae October 5, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I love finding new ways to make extra moolah! Thank you for this list!
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  • Stacie October 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I have definitely done the online survey thing. Swagbucks and MyPoints are my favorites! You occasionally get gift cards so it’s nice, but it takes a long time to accumulate.
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  • Ayanna October 5, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I have used Swagbucks for a few years now and love redeeming my Swagbucks for Amazon gift cards. I haven’t heard of the other sites, so this list will definitely come in handy. Thanks!

    • Latoya Scott October 5, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      You’re welcome, Ayanna!

  • Nadeen October 6, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Wow I had no idea there were so many survey sites out there! I have definitely done a few since it’s quick and easy money. I love Amazon so getting Amazon cards or PayPal $ especially around the holidays would be awesome. Great resource!

  • Keisha October 6, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Saved for later. I didn’t realize people got paid for the Harris Poll [they have never reached out to me, but I find their results uh…fascinating].
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  • Kirstin Fuller October 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Great idea! I signed up for another one and we’ll see how it goes. This is a easy way to earn extra cash from the comfort of your own home.
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  • Kim October 7, 2016 at 12:08 am

    I didn’t know about THESE! Thank you! I am signed up with ViewPoint.
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  • Ty October 7, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I’m all about getting some coins and these are some great tips to put a little something something in my purse for the holidays.
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    • Latoya Scott October 8, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      I know that’s right. Every little bit helps!

  • Jennifer Hamra October 7, 2016 at 1:52 am

    I had no idea you could make some extra cash with surveys! Every time I’m asked to complete a survey, I usually turn it down. I’ll have to check out these sites! Good ideas!
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  • Allison Jones October 7, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I did not know you could earn coins by taking surveys online. This is so good to know! Thank you for sharing.

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  • Camesha | Mama Motivator October 8, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Thanks for this list! I used to take surveys all the time and earn all kinds of stuff. I love MyPoints. It’s so easy!
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    • Latoya Scott October 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      You’re welcome, Camesha!

  • Keisha October 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Glad I stumbled on your site. 1, it’s No Spend October and I need to find a way to really save before November hits! I’ve always been weary of survey sites but I’ll try this out. Thank you.

    • Latoya Scott October 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Yes, a few of these will definitely put a little extra change in your pocket! Happy no spend month!

  • Nay November 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I started Swagbucks but felt like it was a waste… not after this post. I’m going back to it thank you!

    • Latoya Scott November 30, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Yeah, Swagbucks can be cumbersome, but it’s worth it if you can get referral swagbucks. I don’t use it as much as I did when I started because I now earn referrals from other people’s swagbucks.