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Frugal Living Tip: Online Paid Surveys

Updated on September 17, 2014

Why should I start doing paid surveys?

Doing surveys online is a fast and easy way of making extra money without having to leave the comfort of your own home. It’s a great way for lazy people like me, who want to make some extra money without having to waste much energy. Taking surveys online is basically giving your opinion on a certain subject and getting paid for it. This is how it works, you make an account on a paid survey website, take a few surveys, and then when you reach the amount of money needed for a payment, you will receive your earnings in the mail or through a Paypal.

How much money can I expect to make?

Each survey can range from a quarter to twenty or more dollars, depending on the survey you take. The prices for surveys usually vary depending on time, or how long it will take you to complete a survey.Sometimes you can get lucky and find a survey that will pay you decently for only a few seconds of your time, but that isn't very likely.

Even if you take a bunch of surveys that only pay a dollar for your time, the money that you earn does add up. In just an hour you can make over thirty dollars if you wanted to.

How do I know it’s not just a scam?

This is a commonly asked question, because there are so many scam websites out there, it’s a fact. Many websites will try to steal your personal information to expose it to other companies or use it to their benefit in some way. If you want to keep all your personal information secure, do not put out any personal information like your SSN or any financial information if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.

If you really want to be safe, Paypal is a great way of collecting money without having to give out any personal information. How Paypal works is it acts as the middleman, the paying website will give the money to your Paypal, then you can collect it from there. Before you sign up and make an account with any paid survey websites, you can check to see if they use Paypal. Most of the time they will.

Some paid survey websites that I recommend are Inboxdollars and Cashcrate.

Inboxdollars and Cashcrate Quick Review

Inboxdollars and cashcrate both allow you to get paid through Paypal, and from personal experience, I’d say are completely safe. Both websites will give you a list of surveys that are available for you, which also show you the amount of time is required to complete the survey and how much money you’ll be making.

On Cashcrate, before you take a survey, you can fill out a small questionnaire (Like a pre-survey survey) which asks some questions about your personal interests. Once done, Cashcrate gives you a list of surveys that would relate to your interests. Another thing I enjoy that Cashcrate offers as well as inboxdollars does, is the paid video option.

What the paid video option is, is you get to watch a quick ad that could range in time, from ten seconds to about two minutes. Each video is usually an ad from companies trying to get more exposure to a certain product or cause. You get paid for every ad you watch, which in my opinion, is even easier than taking surveys. I say this, because all you have to do is click on the video and watch it. You don’t need an opinion towards the product at all, you just need to know that it’s out there.

Sometimes I like to have my ads playing, mute the computer, then click on another tab I have open. When I go back onto my Cashcrate/Inboxdollars tabs the total money I’ve made for those two sites has significantly increased.

These two websites also have a lot of beneficial things to offer for just making an account. The sites will actually pay you to download coupons. That sure beats buying a coupon booklet! There’s no catch, the reason these sites exist, is because companies pay these paid survey websites to get exposure and criticism from us. Making money through these sites is that easy! Plus, it’s free to sign up.

Would you start taking online surveys?

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