I buy everything on Amazon.
Amazon is so popular that many places will give you Amazon gift cards for answering surveys, watching videos, and surfing the web. It's become a very popular way to get paid out.
I've listed the 12 most popular sites you can join (all are free) to earn a little extra money.
Easy $20: Sign up for Personal Capital
Personal Capital is a financial dashboard and wealth management advisory service. I use them to track our net worth, review our expenses, and plan our retirement. It's a great service that's free because the people who use it to manage their investments help pay for it!
They will give you a $20 Amazon gift card if you sign up for the service and link up a qualified investment account – any taxable brokerage, 401(k), IRA, 529, whatever. It's the easiest $20 you'll make on this list.
1. Survey Junkie – MOST POPULAR!
With over 3 million members, Survey Junkie is a market research company with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. You take surveys, earn points, and get paid out in cash or gift cards (like Amazon if you prefer). Personally, I'll take cash via PayPal but it's up to you. It is free to join and you can earn a little extra cash in the process.
The best part is they tell you exactly how long it'll take and how much you'll earn.
2. Swagbucks – $5 Bonus!
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 in 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!
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 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.
The Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel is a consumer research panel where you install an app on your mobile phone and tablet to understand consumer behavior. You sign up, fill out a short questionnaire, then install an app that reports consumer behavior. They report the app does not affect battery life and you can up to $50 a year in gift cards (like Amazon) for reporting this 100% privacy guaranteed information. You can also redeem those rewards for sweepstakes or gift cards to other stores, not just Amazon. Nielsen is the same company that does the TV ratings and has been in business for over 90 years.
CashCrate is a rewards program that pays you to do things you're already doing online. They have over 2 million members, is free to join, and even has a referral program that lets you earn points for the things your friends do. The things they reward you for doing include trying new products and services, taking surveys, shopping, referring your friends, and interacting with the site by watching videos, socializing, playing games, and winning contests.
Springboard America is the online market research arm of Maru / Blue, a data services firm that provides agencies, brands, and market research firms with survey insights. They were founded in 2000 by the Maru Group, an international company with offices in Buenos Aires, Chicago, LA, London, NY, San Francisco, Southampton, Toronto and Vancouver.
You earn points for every study you complete and can redeem them for Amazon gift cards as well as VISA cards and cash via Paypal.
Get entered into a $1,000 sweepstakes just for signing up!
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.
Pinecone Research is one of the most well-respected survey companies out there, I remember getting those blue checks from them like clockwork. They run household surveys and pay a few bucks per survey, but they pay out on a regular basis. They're based out of Cincinnati, OH and they've been in business for many years.
Opinion Outpost is run by Survey Sampling International, an 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.
10. Prize Rebel
PrizeRebel is a rewards site that takes just 10 seconds to sign up and you can earn points to complete surveys as well as watch videos, redeem offers and more. You can take the rewards as cash or opt for gift cards from places like Amazon.com.
They have over 7.5MM members and have redeemed over $15 million since 2007.
Which one will you try?