If you like sharing your opinion about things and earning cash, gift cards to Amazon, restaurants, and other prizes while doing it, then I hope to teach you a little about the survey opportunities available online.  A couple years ago I tried a few survey sites and got frustrated because it was never making enough to actually request a check.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve been able to find reputable survey sites that I’ve actually earned gift cards and cash through.

My husband and I go out on a date each week and every little bit that I earn from doing this helps out.  Gift cards for restaurants, cash for the babysitter.

I ordered Wii Sports Resort for FREE on Amazon with credits that I’ve earned through surveys and Swagbucks.

Here are the survey companies that I’ve been using so far.  One key to these companies is to fill out as much of your profile as you can.  It allows them to match you with surveys that you’ll qualify to take and in turn earn you more money/gift cards.

Toluna Opinions

Earn $1-$5 each time you qualify and take surveys. Test products for free and share your opinions! Plus you will get an entry for a $2,500 sweepstakes when you register!

Within the 1st couple of weeks, I was already invited to test a product for them and complete a survey about it.

Opinion Outpost

This is my favorite survey company!

Earn points to redeem for Paypal cash or gift cards.  50 points = $5.  Also refer a friend and once they complete their 1st survey, you’ll receive 20 points = $2!    Sign up for Opinion Outpost.

I’ve earned over $68 so far.  Yay!

Ipsos I-Say Panel

Complete surveys and earn points that you’ll be able to trade in for gift cards.  Sign up for Ipsos I-Say Panel.

{Other Ways to Earn}


Swagbucks are digital dollars that you earn by searching the web, and shopping at your favorite online stores. It’s FREE, easy, and fun.  I just use it instead of google and earn Swagbucks while I search the web.  I even head to my own blog through their search engine.  Amazon $5 gift card are only 450 swagbucks.

Plus when you refer a friend, you’ll earn Swagbucks when they earn Swagbucks for their 1st 1000.  This adds up fast.  Remember that 1000 Swagbucks is enough to buy $10 in Amazon gift cards.  A great way to earn money for Christmas presents for 2010.


Here’s another easy way to rake up points that will earn you gift cards.  You’ll earn points from shopping online and reading bonus e-mails (my favorite).  1550 points will earn you a $10 gift card to a bunch of different restaurants such as Applebees, Fridays, Red Robin, Olive Garden, or Red Lobster.

  1. Go to MyPoints and sign up for an account.
  2. You’ll receive 100 points just for signing up.
  3. After you sign up you’ll want to go into your account (click on “my account” in upper right side).
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and one the right click “manage e-mail subscriptions”.
  5. Subscribe to bonus mail.

When you start receiving the e-mails, you’ll see something similar to this along the top of the e-mail.

I’ve earned a $10 Olive Garden and a $25 Olive Garden gift card so far.