Surveys 101

In addition to saving money through Strategic Shopping and using coupons, there are ways to make a little extra money on the side.

In the past, survey companies required long surveys and you may or may not have been paid for your time and effort. But as consumers continued to get savvy about the ways they spend their time and money, companies got savvy about ways to pay their customers.

While you will not get rich using any of these sites or rewards programs – you may have enough to help out paying a babysitter, buying a meal, or purchasing a new book or video game from Amazon.


At Toluna, you’ll earn between $1 – $5 for every time you qualify and take a  survey. Through Toluna, you’ll also have the opportunity to test new products for free and give your opinion through surveys – so free products and few extra dollars for a survey. Sign up for Toluna.

Opinion Outpost

At Opinion Outpost, you’ll earn points for completing short surveys. Each survey is worth a different amount of points. Once you accumulate 50 points, you can redeem it for $5 or $5 gift card to Amazon. In addition, refer a friend and when they complete their first survey you’ll receive 20 points (or like $2). Sign up for Opinion Outpost.

Ipsos I-Say Panel

At Ipsos I-Say Panel, you’ll earn points for complete short surveys. Each survey is worth a different amount of points. Sign up for Ipsos I-Say Panel.


While not a survey site, it is an extra way to earn on the web. Through My Points, you’ll earn points from shopping on the web as well as reading bonus emails. 1550 points will earn you a $10 gift certificate to Red Lobster, Applebees, Fridays, or Olive Garden.

  1. Login or Sign Up for My Points.
  2. You’ll receive 100 points just for signing up.
  3. After you sign up you’ll want to go into your account (click on “my account” in upper right side).
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and one the right click “manage e-mail subscriptions”.
  5. Subscribe to bonus mail.