Saturday, June 17, 2017

Survey Spotlight: Paid Viewpoint


I take surveys, test products (see here, here, & here for a few examples), & attend focus groups on a regular basis. Why? Because besides the extra cash, I think it's a lot of fun & can do it in my spare time or on the go.

Going forward, I will highlight some of the sites I like best - full list here - & will try to give you the pros & the cons based on my experience with each site. These posts may contain affiliate links (disclosure policy here) & if you are a member of a great site I haven't listed, please let me know!

Why I like Paid Viewpoint (I've been a member since 2011):

Pros:


  • You qualify for every survey sent - there are no pre-qualifying questions. This a big pro because it will save you time & you will rack up earnings faster.
  • Surveys are usually short & sweet - another huge time saver, no pages & pages of questions. They are also very smartphone & tablet friendly.
  • Payouts are fairly quick (not as fast as Opinion Outpost - see here for more info).
  • Fairly low payout threshold at a $15.00 minimum (for some this may be a con), but it's never been an issue for me.

 Cons:

  • Small payout per survey (usually about 10 cents a pop), but again they are short/can be knocked out fast. They will also send requests for higher paying surveys, but you'll need to jump on those as they expire quickly & are first come, first served.
  • It can sometimes feel like you will never hit the $15 minimum to cash out.
  • Frequency: I wish I got more requests from this site as these surveys are so easy to do.

Worth it to sign up? Yes! I really like this site as it's fun, user-friendly, & payouts are fast.

Cheers,
S


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blog Stalking: Vol 2



I don't post these types of posts nearly enough, but I read such great content every week & it really should be shared!

So here goes...

I want to buy these towels now. We don't need new towels, but maybe down the road?

Make this beverage stand (it always pays to buy a cheap bar stool!).

I bought this super-cute top recently (on sale!) at J. Crew, but this lovely lady does a much better job of modeling it than I ever would!

Maybe the cutest playhouses in the history of playhouses?

Hurrah, Ellen!

On being brave.

I really want a letter board - can someone send me a letter board? OK, thanks!

Cheers,
S

Monday, June 12, 2017

Redbook Beauty School Beauty Box (Garnier)

This year's cute Redbook Beauty Box arrived with these goodies - see here for last year's box - always a happy mail day!

Garnier products were featured:

 
Some closer looks:

 


The one I am most excited to try:


The only requirement (that I can tell) to score one of these boxes is to be a subscriber. And as I mentioned last year, I am pretty sure I was able to get a free subscription somewhere out there.  I think it's a fun perk! Did you get a red box this year? If so, what do you think?

Cheers,
S

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Survey spotlight: Opinion Outpost


I take surveys, test products (see here, here, & here for a few examples), & attend focus groups on a regular basis. Why? Because besides the extra cash, I think it's a lot of fun & can do it in my spare time or on the go.

Going forward, I will highlight some of the sites I like best - full list here - & will try to give you the pros & the cons based on my experience with each site. These posts may contain affiliate links (disclosure policy here) & if you are a member of a great site I haven't listed, please let me know!

Why I like Opinion Outpost (I've been a member since 2006):

Pros: 
  • The frequency of requests: I get at least one request per day & usually multiple requests per day.
  • A variety of rewards - you can pick from:
    • PayPal (1000 points = $10)
    • MileagePlus (105 points)
    • Alawar Games (30 points)
    • Amazon (50 points)
    • iTunes (100 points)
    • Donate to the American Red Cross (5 points)
    • You can also use points for prize drawings (this one I don't recommend!).
  • Fast payout! When you redeem points for cash, the funds are in PayPal asap - I love this & very few survey companies are this fast. It's the biggest pro for Opinion Outpost.
  • Product tests - some surveys will lead to a product test. Product will ship to you (toothpaste, shampoo, soap, you name it) & then a follow-up survey to gather your thoughts. You often get to keep the item but sometimes, they will ask for it back (free to ship back), so they can analyze wear & tear or keep the product under wraps.

Cons:
  • Even though I get a lot of requests, I don't qualify for every survey sent to me which equals a waste of time (this is the case for all survey sites). 
  • Some survey companies will give a small compensation if you don't meet the requirements needed - Opinion Outpost does not. They will enter you into a prize drawing, but I've yet to win anything more than a few extra points here & there.
  • They also often have small, pre-screener surveys which I also find to be a waste/unnecessary (it feels like they want extra info with no incentive to the survey taker).
  • Their graphics & overall look feel a little spammy to me (they are not spammers); I wish their graphics looked a bit more polished & professional. A small thing, but I also think it matters.
Is it worth signing up with Opinion Outpost? Overall, yes. No, you will not get rich but it's fun & the super-fast payout is a huge plus.

Cheers,
S

ps: you can read even more about Opinion Outpost here via the Survey Police website.