Thrifty Thursday: Saving for a cash Christmas!

Can you believe it’s July already? All month we’ll be talking “Christmas in July.” My goal for this year is to save for a 100% Cash Christmas. If you have a similar goal, it’s coming up fast than you think and it’s time to kick it into gear if you’re going to be ready! All month, I’ll be sharing ideas to help you stash some extra cash for your Christmas spending.

This week, I’ll be focusing on survey sites that pay. Completing surveys is one easy way to earn a little bit of extra Christmas cash, but nothing is more frustrating that signing up with a survey site and then being turned down every time you try to apply for one of their open surveys.  I’m sharing some survey sites that I have had great experiences with and also sharing the details on how they “pay.”

Epoll ~ Epoll is a survey site where you earn points for completing surveys.  The points can then be redeemed for gift cards (Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Pay Pal, Olive Garden, etc.).  The surveys are relatively quick and easy to complete and typically deal with TV shows or actors/actresses.

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MySurvey ~ I have been with My Survey for almost six years now.  You earn points for completing surveys and in the past, you could cash out the points for a check (in $10 increments) or merchandise.  Just recently, they added the option of cashing out for gift cards, too, and I love it!  Some of the gift cards that they offer are:  Amazon, Paypal, CVS, and Bath and Body Works.  They also offer gift cards for restaurants such as Applebee’s, Chili’s, and Cracker Barrel.  They will send you “screeners” which are usually worth 5-10 points and if you qualify for the survey, they will let you know how many points that is worth and about how long it will take to complete the survey.  I have also done product tests for them.  Overall, it is a great site!  If you haven’t already, check it out!

Opinion Outpost ~ I just joined Opinion Outpost on March 12th and it is definitely my favorite survey site right now!  In the past, they offered Amazon gift cards as a “reward” but for new members, they only offer cash rewards.  Every 10 points you earn from completing surveys is worth $1 and you have to have earned a minimum of $5 to cash out.  Since March 12th, I have earned $103.40 from completing surveys with them.  I usually get two or three survey offers each day and the surveys are usually fairly quick and easy to complete.  They are worth varying amounts ranging from 8 points to 50 points (based on what I have completed so far).  You can learn more about Opinion Outpost in this post here.

Don’t forget that Swagbucks has also added a “trusted surveys” feature so you can increase your Swagbucks earnings by completing surveys with them, too!

Are there other survey sites that you have had good experiences with or do you have other ideas for saving cash for Christmas? Feel free to comment or link up with those ideas and any other Thrifty Thursday tips you may have!

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For more Thrifty Thursday ideas, check out Coupon Teacher, Madame Deals, and Life as a Mom.

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Complete a survey about Black Friday, enter to win an Amazon gift card!

HotCouponWorld is conducting a formal research study about Black Friday and consumer shopping habits. You can click here to access the survey. If you’re chosen to complete a phone interview based on your responses to the survey, you will be compensated with a $100 Amazon gift card (WOW! That could go a LONG way to help you with your holiday shopping!) By completing the survey, you also enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

The survey has 49 questions and takes about 10-15 minutes (the questions are quick and easy to complete – for it me it was totally worth it for the opportunity to win the Amazon gift card!)

Join Pinecone Research! – Dead already?

People often ask me about “legit” survey sites and Pinecone Research is probably my FAVORITE one, but they only have open referrals during certain time periods and usually they hit their limit pretty quickly. If you haven’t joined Pinecone Research already, you’ll definitely want to jump on this offer by clicking here! They pay $3/survey (by Paypal or check) and payment is usually pretty quick!

UPDATE: It looks like the links for this offer are no longer working, so I’m guessing they have met their “cap” already.

A few of my favorite things: MyPoints, MySurvey, and Pinecone Research!

People often ask me for the names of “reputable” survey sites, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite places:

* – They will send you a few e-mails a week. If you click on the “get points” link in the e-mail, you will earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards. They have gift cards to pretty much every place you can imagine! You can also earn points for shopping through the links on their site and they also have an option where you can get paid for printing and redeeming coupons that are available on their site! This was one of the first sites I joined, and I have gotten several gift cards to places like Chili’s, Target, JC Penney’s, and CVS through the years! Click here to join.


* – You earn points for completing online and mail-in surveys as well as product tests. The points can be exchanged for merchandise or reward checks in $10 increments. The points add up quickly and the surveys only take 10-15 minutes a week to complete. Click on the banner below to join.

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*Pinecone Research – This is my absolute favorite survey site. You can only sign on with them during open enrollment periods and usually through a person who is already a member. If you would like to join Pinecone Research, click here (hurry because when they open up for new people, it usually doesn’t last long!)

**Don’t forget that today is the last day to sign up to join Swagbucks and get the 5 bucks bonus! You can earn a total of five Swagbucks if you sign up by clicking on the banner below and then enter the code melissacode (it is case sensitive). If you’re not familiar with Swagbucks, it is a search engine where you earn “bucks” for searching the web. The bucks can then be exchanged for prizes such as gift cards, Paypal money, and merchandise.

If you feel like you’re always missing the Swag codes when they come out and you haven’t downloaded the new toolbar yet, you should definitely check it out here. I love it because I get a message from TSG (AKA “The Swag Guy”) when a new code is out! It also helps me keep tabs on my Swagbucks and lets me know about other great promotions, too.

To find out more about Swagbucks or learn how to get more out of your account, check out this article here. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your “bucks” will add up!

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Join Pinecone Research today! (DEAD FOR NOW)

If you’re here for the Pinecone Research link, unfortunately, it is no longer available. I will post again when another open enrollment comes along!

I have posted before about Pinecone Research. It is definitely my favorite survey site. They pay $3 per survey or product test. The turn around time for payment is quick and they pay by Paypal! You can only join during certain periods when they are accepting referrals, and those times don’t come along very often. They are currently accepting referrals. You can sign on by clicking on the box below! This is a time sensitive offer for today only!