I buy everything on Amazon.
We have Amazon Prime so the 2-day shipping (or taking the slower shipping bribe, one of my favorite Amazon hacks), plus the lower price, is far more appealing than driving to the store to pick up something I need.
Amazon is so popular it's many places will give you Amazon gift cards for answering survey and surfing the web. It's become a very popular way to get paid out. Below I've listed the 12 most popular sites you can join (all are free) to earn a little extra.
Chances are you'll be able to find at least one or two (or ten!) companies on this list you can turn to for a little extra spending money at Amazon!
Swagbucks is a rewards company that gives you “Swagbucks” for performing different tasks, like answering surveys, watching videos, etc.
I log on every day to answer the poll question of the day, watch a few videos, “surf the web” via their Crave system, and then maybe look at the offers for those easy SB you can get for visiting a website. The videos are the easiest because I let them play on another browser window and earn SB.
Each SB is worth about a penny, but for a limited time there's a $25 Amazon gift card for just 2,200 SB. Yes please!
InboxDollars is another popular rewards company that rewards you for answering surveys, reading emails, watching videos and more. I log on every day to check the paid emails, watch videos, and occasionally use the search function for rewards.
InboxDollars is slightly different in that they don't give you points, they give you straight cash that you can withdraw immediately. Technically it's not an Amazon gift card but I doubt you'll hold it against me. 🙂
Ibotta rewards you for your grocery store shopping. You unlock rebates based on the items, make the purchase, then snap a photo of the receipt and the bar code to get cash back. There are some gamification aspects too where you can earn bonus rebates based on what your friends do, number of rebates in a week or month, etc.
You can cash out with an Amazon gift card or cash via PayPal.
Bing is Microsoft's search engine.
They also have a rewards program and when you use Bing as your search engine you'll earn points. I log on every day and see what points I can score. There is usually some promoted search for 10 points, a 3-question quiz worth 30 points, and then you can earn up to 150 points searching the web (5 point per search).
An $5 Amazon.com gift card costs 5,250 points – you can get a $5 gift card each month.
You install ShopTracker on your computer or phone and connect your Amazon account. Once you sign up, answer a short 4-5 question qualification survey (it's easy, basically “do you have an Amazon account?”) and if you pass, install the app. Log into your Amazon account and you get a $3 digital rewards in the form of a VISA gift card.
ShopTracker is owned by Harris Poll Online, a well respected market research company. They study your shopping behavior to better understand how people shop on the internet. If you want to make more, Harris Poll Online is a solid company to sign up with if you want to earn money answering surveys. They've been around 40+ years and does research for massive companies – 74 of the Fortune 100 companies and 500+ other companies.
MyPoints is one of the oldest rewards shopping portals when they launched… probably as old as the internet itself!
OK it's not that old, but they're part of United Online and they formed after NetZero and Juno merged. The history is unimportant, what is important is that they will give you points when you do certain things on the internet like surf the web, buy stuff, etc. Those points can be converted to Amazon gift cards (and many other gift cards.
For new users, they will give you a $10 gift card when you spend $20 with a qualified partner.
If you were paying attention during the latest national election, you might have heard the name Ipsos (with Reuters) pop up from time to time. Ipsos is a huge market research company and they were tasked, on numerous occasions, for political polling.
Ipsos I-Say is their consumer facing survey and research group where you can earn rewards when you take their surveys.
Mintvine is a relative newcomer but I've been using them ever since I did a review of Mintvine last year. Run by Branded Research Inc., a company with offices in San Diego and London, they have offers (like Swagbucks) and surveys (like everyone else). It's easy to earn points and cashing out is a breeze.
Mintvine let's you cash out in a variety of ways including Amazon gift card (there are dozens of gift card options) or straight cash to a Paypal account. Minimum to cash out is only $10 too.
Opinion Outpost is run by Survey Sampling International, a A+ rated on BBB market research company that's been doing it since 2002. They pay you to answer short surveys that lead to longer, more involved market research studies. You earn points for those surveys and then redeem them for gift certificates or cash to a Paypal account. If you answer the short survey but find you're not eligible for the broader market research study, you still get entries into a giveaway.
Survey Junkie lets you sign up for a variety of survey companies, then will try to up-sell you on their other packages, but you can stick with the basics and earn points for surveys. Those points can be turned in for cash or Amazon gift cards.
The National Consumer Panel is a partnership between Nielsen and IRi. Nielsen is the massive TV and radio ratings company every knows about – “the Nielsen rations.” IRi is lesser known but just as big and they collect shopping information.
You sign up to become a panelist and then, based on eligibility, you're given a scanner or access to a smartphone app. Then, you just scan everything buy and you'll earn additional rewards. Those rewards can be converted into products or gift cards, including Amazon gift cards.
Last but not least, we have Harris Poll Online. Harris Poll Online is actually owned and operated by The Nielsen Company and has been around for quite some time. It's their survey company and when you sign up you'll be give rewards for filling out surveys.
Those points, as you can imagine, can be turned in for gift cards at many stores, including Amazon.
Which ones will you join?