– Get paid to take surveys!

By glblguy

I’m always on the look out for ways to make some extra income. Paidtwice wrote a while back about how she uses survey sites to generate a little extra snowflaking cash, so I thought I would try it as well. I chose MySurvey for my first trial just to see how it went and insure I actually have enough time to fill them out.

Joining MySurvey

Joining the MySurvey community is relatively quick and very easy. Be aware though, they do ask for a bit of personal information. This of course is so they can better target surveys for you. Once complete, you select your user name and password and you’re registered.

Initial surveys

Right after you register, you immediately receive three surveys that pay a total of 45 points. These are basic surveys that provide additional information to MySurvey about your preferences, likes/dislikes, and demographic. The surveys allow MySurvey to better target surveys in your direction. The nice thing about these surveys is they pay you to take them. Pay you that is in points.

Earning MySurvey points

MySurvey pays you with points. 1,000 points has a cash value of $10.00 and having at least 1,000 points allows you to cash out. The points earned vary from survey to survey. They can be up to 1500 points depending on the length and content.

The nice thing about MySurvey is that they send surveys to you. You don’t have to access their site to find surveys. When they have one that fits your profile, then send it to the inbox in your MySurvey member center.

Redeeming MySurvey points

There are multiple options for redeeming points:

  1. Cash or Check
  2. Cash/Check delivered to a designated charity
  3. Various merchandise options available through

I really like the fact they offer a charity option and the current list of available charities include:

  • American Heart Association
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • I Have a Dream Foundation
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • National Emergency Response Team
  • UNICEF Imagine…
  • Save the Children

Note though, charity donations are not tax deductible.

Impressions thus far

So far I’ve enjoyed my experience using MySurvey. The surveys generally take 5 – 15 minutes and offer points values in line with the amount of time you will invest. For example, a 15 minute survey generally pays about 40 points. Surely not get rich quick money nor is it better than than minimum wage, but definitely good snowflaking money for either paying down debt or saving some extra cash.

I’m going to continue to use it and will keep you posted on my thoughts and any tips or tricks I might come up with.

This article is part of an on-going series called Money Saving Money, where each Monday I’ll share a tip on how to save money.

Are you a MySurvey user? What are your thoughts? Have any insider tips or tricks? How about other survey sites? Any recommendations? Add a comment!

11 Responses (including trackbacks) to “ – Get paid to take surveys!”

  1. RobY Says:

    Just a word of caution for your readers.

    MySurvey appears to be one of the legitimate survey sites and if you enjoy it and find it worth doing (at 40 points, ie. 40 cents for a 15 minute survey) then it is probably a good recommendation.

    However, most survey (“Get Paid for Your Opinion”) sites are scammy. Most say in the small print that participation is required. What this means is that in order to get the prize promised you will have to complete a certain number of offers. For example, join Netflix using a free trail. Whenever you do that they will get a commission. They know that most people will not do all of the offers (especially if the last one is to buy $1,500 of furniture from Rooms To Go) so the commissions they make on volume more than pay for the few awards they have to make and leave a lot of profit left over. I’ve actually visited one of these companies and seen how they operate from the inside.

    Stick with MySurvey but if you venture beyond that do so with a cautious eye.

  2. That One Caveman Says:

    I’ve not made enough to cash out at MySurvey in 6 months, but I have had great luck with Opinion Outpost and Your2Cents. I’ve made nearly $100 cash off of each of them so far this year.

  3. Pete @ biblemoneymatters Says:

    i’ve been doing mysurvey for a few months now, and am about half way to getting a $10 payout. seems like it may take a while.

  4. Kim @ What's That Smell? Says:

    I don’t see a whole ton of surveys from MySurvey, but they are legit!

    You will not have a problem redeeming for prizes!

    Overall, in about 5 years I’ve earned roughly 24,000 points which = $240.

    You will not get rich off survey sites, but if you participate in enough of them, as I like to say – you can cover the cost of Christmas gifts every year.

    Imagine earning on average $50 a year from 10 or 15 different survey sites, that is an extra $40 or so dollars a month. Some people have budgets that teeter on the edge of failure on less than that….

    If anyone is interested, the survey sites I list on my site are NOT spammy or fraudulent and I’d be glad to answer anyones questions.

  5. Erin Says:

    I’ve been a member of My Survey for years. I can’t even remember for how long, at least 5. They do offer higher paying surveys and even send products to test at home. I’ve gotten free baby items and other things to test.

  6. "Mo" Money Says:

    When I enrolled in several surveys, all I got was an email inbox full of hundreds of surveys. That was about two months ago and they still keep coming. I am retired and would like some extra income and have the time to fill out surveys, but I’m not convinced they are worth it.

  7. Make Friends, Earn Money Says:

    yep mysurvey is a good site and the review you’ve written is superb, thanks for taking so much time over it. Paid Surveys are a good way to generate some extra revenue but you’ll never be able to retire on it and anyone who promises you otherwise is not telling the whole truth. I have reviewed over 100 paid survey sites and Mysurvey is about mid table on my reviews list. Towards the top is Zoom Panel and IPSOS-I-Say along with the tried and tested American Consumer Opinions.

    If you’re looking for some more reviews of sites that we’ve tried out and which are geared for US residents, then have a look at the following page

    Also if you’re new to paid surveys and need some independent advice I’ve written a little tutorial to help out

    Hope these help. If you need to ask any questions feel free to respond to my post.

  8. Alison @ This Wasn't In The Plan Says:

    I really like My Survey. My experience has been the complete opposite of That One Caveman’s, I cash out several times a year with My Survey and have made very little with Your 2 Cents and Opinion Outpost. I think it’s really important to remember that everyone’s experiences with survey companies can vary widely due to a person’s demographics and experiences.

  9. Bettsi Says:

    I have been with MySurvey for only about a month now and I’ve already reached my first payout. Your review is very good. I have not had an increase in spam or junk mail since joining them either. They are legit. I am a 44 year old female and that seems to get me a lot of surveys!

  10. Lee Says:

    I’ve been with MySurvey for about a year now, and I’ve cashed $10 several times. Also, I’ve noticed that the longer I do the surveys, the more frequently I get surveys and also products to test at home. They are definitely one of my favorites. I’m a member of the other survey companies commented on and do okay with those. One I also like is GlobalTestMarket. It’s a point system that you can cash out at 1,000 points, and it’s $50.00 for the 1000 points. Also, each survey invite in your inbox is 5 points even if you don’t qualify. It takes a little while to build up the points, but it’s worth it. I’ve redeemed the 50. twice now.

  11. Get Paid To Take Surveys Online Says: is solid! I have been taking paid surveys for them for years. I also like Opinion Outpost, Global Test Market, and Pinecone Research.

    If you can find the legitimate sites that offer paid surveys then you will definitely be making money online.