I panicked a few of you in yesterday’s five frugal things post with my mention of Christmas so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite ways to make extra money over the next few days starting with this post today all about the best paid survey sites online.
Hands up if you could do with a little help saving for a big event or celebration? Of if you’d like a chance to use some of your spare time making a little extra month? 🙋♀️ Me too, which is why I’m a fan of survey sites.
I’ll be honest, you’re never going to make a fortune from completing surveys online but you can absolutely earn enough to make it worth your while and if you do what I do and keep your earnings to one side for a special occasion (usually holidays for the first half of the year and Christmas for the second half) then you can have enough saved in your pot that you can have a bit of a splurge when you come to cashing it out.
There are stacks of survey sites about online but I find it better to focus on just a few key sites rather than signing up to them all. Some sites have earning thresholds that you need to meet to be able to cash out and if you signed up to all the online survey sites that you can find then you’re going to spread yourself too thin and not reach the threshold on any of them.
Also, some of them are known for being notoriously difficult to get accepted onto or not great for the volume of surveys you’ll actually be offered so for me, I stick to what I know. These would be the ones I’d start with if I were you…
This is always top of my list for the best paid survey sites because I’ve done so well from it myself over the last few years and I probably talk about it on here at least once a month in one way or another.
You earn Swagbucks from completing surveys, playing games, watching videos, shopping, and even from free trials. You can then convert them into vouchers or PayPal credits. I’ve shared a few times over the last couple of years how well I do from Swagbucks and lots of you have joined up and had the same experience.
I save my Swagbucks up through the year and convert them into Amazon vouchers every November to pay for Christmas presents although I do often dip into them when I need something throughout the year.
Opinion Outpost is another big one if we’re talking about the best paid survey sites and I know lots of you have done well from them. They’ll send you emails when a survey comes up that matches your profile and when you complete one, you earn points which can again be redeemed for vouchers, Amazon gift cards and PayPal.
This is a really well paying one but is more effort so you need to decide if it’s worth it. Basically, Ipsos is doing lots of research to try and build a picture of all online activity in the UK across smartphones, tablets and computers. You need to install their app on your devices and after completing the follow-up questionnaire, you will be enrolled onto the reward scheme where, once you complete your first month you will receive a £10 Love to Shop voucher. You get a further £10 voucher after every month that you have this installed so you could earn £120 a year which is a good amount towards Christmas.
Toluna works with some pretty big brands to gather your opinions via surveys and product testing and is very much an online community rather than just a survey site. You can earn points which again you can convert into Paypal and gift cards.
i-Say / Prolific / Valued Opinions / YouGov
I feel like I’m repeating myself a bit now as there’s not much extra to say about any of the rest of these survey sites so I’ve popped them all together. I’d class them in the best paid survey sites online and they all do exactly what they say on the tin – you do a survey, you get paid, you cash out in PayPal or gift cards. I almost didn’t include YouGov though because, whilst they are one of the best paid survey sites, they do have a much higher withdrawal threshold that you need to reach before you can access your earnings. It can take a good while to reach the £50 needed to cash out and I can imagine how frustrating it is to be sitting on £40+ waiting for more to come through.
Like I say, you’ll never make a fortune from online survey sites but you can make enough to make a difference which is what counts, right?
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