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.
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You can get $25 cash or Amazon gift card if you fill out a 50-question survey (it's very quick if you qualify) from Joany, a health insurance comparison shopping tool that uses data and predictive modeling to reduce costs. They are collecting data for their comparison tool and need your help.
You qualify if:
- You bought insurance through your state exchange, Healthcare.gov, through a broker, or directly through a health plan like Oscar or Aetna.
- You don't receive your health insurance through an employer or your school/university.
- You are not currently enrolled in a short-term plan.
- You currently have this health insurance active.
- You are not on Medicaid, Medicare or VA health insurance.
Take the Joany Health Insurance Survey
(limited time offer)
Swagbucks – MOST POPULAR! $5 Bonus!
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 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 questionaire, 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.
Drop Rewards is a rewards program where you link up a credit or debit card to earn rewards for the spending you're already doing.
It's completely automatic – you spend as you normally would and earn points at the same time. If you get credit card reward points, you get those too. If you're at Starbucks and get Starbucks Stars, you get those too.
Drop Rewards are on top of whatever loyalty bonuses and rewards you're already getting. Enjoy the double dip!
Then redeem your Drop points for gift cards – it's that easy.
VIP Voice is run by The NPD Group, a market research company that operates in 20 countries, interviews 12 million consumers a year, and has been in business since 1966. VIP Voice is their online survey and research arm that will give you points for reading emails, signing up for offers, and taking surveys. Be sure to sign up and log in a few times a week to collect your points and offer your opinion.
You get triple points on your first survey!
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.
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 lets 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.
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 years.
Ibotta – $10 Bonus!
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.
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.
Which one will you try?