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Best Paying Surveys To Join

Updated on July 19, 2012

Bad Economy, No Money

Many Americans are struggling nowadays to make ends meet. If you're lucky enough not to be unemployed, disabled, or low income; then you know someone who is!

That being said, I fall into one or more of those categories and have scoured the internet at one time or another over the years for ways to bring extra money in. Okay, I'm still not a millionaire, but what I did accomplish was getting some free extra money.

What's the great thing about doing surveys? You don't pay anything back! You spend anywhere from 10 - 30 minutes on a survey (depending which one you want to take) and in return you get money. For example, If you're a stay-at-home-mom (or dad!) and you have some free time on your hand throughout the day, you could be making money from the comfort of your own home doing nothing more than answering questions about foods you eat, services you use or experiences you've had.

Surveys Are Fun

Surveys ARE fun! I can't tell you how many times I had the chance to preview movies before they are released, or try a new lotion that hasn't come out yet, or try a new cereal flavor. I have had products shipped to me to try out in my home. I've also been invited to focus surveys which pay MUCH more (I did one for $35.00 and one for $50).

Did I spend one cent? No! Did I make money that helped me out with a cell phone bill or gas for my van or money for diapers? Yes!

I don't know why more people don't get involved with taking surveys; it's basically a no-brainer. Unless of course you just don't have the time to do a survey. They vary, but you can take as many as you wish and just look at your account grow. All you have to do is give your opinions and request your money. Have fun!

Top Paying Surveys

Here are a few surveys you can check out, to get you started. Opinion Outpost is one I've belonged to for about 4 years. Currently, I've made almost $500 dollars on their site. sends you a daily email link to take surveys after you've signed up. They pay you $1.00 per survey. You can take as many surveys that you can qualify for and they pay you weekly (usually on Mondays) for all the surveys you've taken via PayPal. Opinion Outpost and SurveySpot also pay you through PayPal.

*For security reasons, I could not directly link you to each site from HubPages, but all these sites are accessible through Google or any other search engine. Let me know if you can't find any of them*

Opinion Outpost

Survey Spot


Pinecone Research




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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Good info! I will look them up. I am on one called Surveysavvy, but don't fall into the target population often and am not eligible.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Think I may sometime try this, from your list. I did sign up for one some time back, but I never qualified, and they kept asking for personal information every time I tried to start a survey. That one was American Consumer, just FYI. Thanks for your interesting listing here.

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Thanks guys, for commenting. Yes, there are some really good ones out there and you have to watch out for the ones that are full of empty promises! I hope these are helpful to you!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I did enjoy doing the surveys a while back. I liked reviewing magazines online and giving feedback on those. I could squeeze the time in now, but I am already on the computer so much. The information and sites listed are appreciated. A few are new to me. Thank you for sharing.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have tried several times to do surveys to earn extra money but what I kept finding is every time I went to take a survey, they always got people they needed or I didn't qualify. So, I ended up taking survey after survey of opening questions and then wasted hours to not earn a thing. I would love to do them if I knew I would do more than waste my time not making a thing! :(

      Great hub - maybe I will have to try it again and see what I can do! :)

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I'm so glad to hear it! Let me know how they work out for you! Thank you for commenting.

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      Rasna Aisha 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I've got to try one of these sites. Thank you for sharing it. Rated useful :)

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      You're quite welcome, DDE!

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A useful Hub thanks

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Thanks MsDora and tipstoretireearly:

      These are great ways to help make ends meet; which I'm sure most people could benefit from!

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted useful and interesting. I was not aware. Thank you for sharing.

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      Interesting way to earn a few dollars!