Surveys for Money – 4 That are Actually Worth it

Earlier this year, I was looking for a way to make money online that wouldn’t interfere with my day job AND would allow me to work when/where I wanted to. A tall order, I know. I didn’t know where I could find good surveys for money. I had read about joining as many online survey sites as possible in order to increase the chances of receiving a good selection of survey opportunities.

What I found is that a lot of the survey companies paid pennies for the time spent. Even worse, some surveys were sent to me that I was not a fit for and that wasn’t determined by their system until I had already spent fifteen minutes answering questions. If you are not a fit, then most companies do not pay even a nominal amount for the time spent. But, things changed when I came upon the following four companies: Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, and Pinecone Research. Sign-up is quick and easy. Do it now if you want to start earning today.

Online surveys can be good for extra cash but which ones?

4 Online Survey Sites Worth Using for Extra Money

The selection of which surveys an individual may complete is largely based on demographics. Some surveys may be looking for males under 30 while others are looking for moms of twins. Even then it’s not that simple. You may be eligible for more surveys than I am based on where you live, your income level, your relationship status, your occupation, etc. With that said, you never know until you try so here are a few of the surveys that are indeed legitimate but I personally did not have much luck with them. Some people claim to be able to make up to $1,000 a month by belonging to all of the ones listed in this post.

There are so many online survey sites and pay-per-click sites out there but the ones that you’ll hear the most about are:

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Varying opinions exist about which ones are more profitable but as stated earlier, it really depends on your personal demographics. In the end, the more online survey sites you sign up for, the greater is your earning potential. The online survey sites listed below should be at the top of your list. Once you’ve completed the available surveys for the day, then consider moving on to the others to maximize your earnings.

4 Online Survey Sites

#1 – Swagbucks

Some people call this a pay-per-click site. Whatever you call it, Swagbucks has it all. Surveys, trial offers for pay, pay for web searches, etc…As far as surveys go, the trick here is to only spend your time on the Gold Surveys. These surveys are usually short and pay the most. Payout options include gift cards and Paypal.

Sign up for Swagbucks here. (Currently offering a $10 sign-up bonus with this link.)

#2 – Survey Junkie

This one is a bit different in that you build a profile (not absolutely required but highly recommended to increase your earning potential) and they match you to surveys. You accrue points and the payout is sent via Paypal or a selection of popular e-Giftcards.

Sign up for Survey Junkie here.

#3 – Pinecone Research

This survey site is a favorite of the Earn It Save It, staff, And there is a reason this one is so popular.

You’re typically eligible for all surveys they send to you based on your completed profile. They also periodically send screeners via email. Pinecone is not always accepting new participants so you’ll have to check back frequently.

According to the website:

“However, we will be posting recruitment opportunities through banner ads on various unsolicited websites from time to time throughout the year. If you see one of these ads, please feel free to sign up with us.”

Payout: Amount varies but they have recently provided a PayPal payout option. They also pay with gift cards. They pay $3 per survey.

TIP: They have an extensive FAQ section. Once accepted be sure to read it from beginning to end.

Sign up for Pinecone Research here.

#4 – Fusion Cash

With Fusion Cash, you register (for free) and pick your favorite way of earning cash. We have paid surveys, paid videos, paid radio, paid-to-click, paid tasks, cashback shopping, paid-to-search, and more. Then, after meeting account and balance requirements, you request a “cashout” of your balance and get paid by your preferred method.

It’s super easy and each survey tells you approximately how long each survey should take.

Sign up for Fusion Cash in minutes here.

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#1 – Quick Thoughts App

Quick Thoughts (IOS App) 

Quick Thoughts (Android App via Amazon)

I can’t say enough good things about this app. It’s truly one of my favorites. Not only does it tell you how long the survey is before you begin but they tell you the dollar amount so you can decide if you want to complete it or not. There’s no penalty for not completing a survey. Your account balance is always displayed upon login.

There seem to be enough surveys available to consistently complete at least one a day. Surveys range from 5 to 30 minutes and pay $3.00 regardless of the length. A friend of mine in another state is only offered $1.00 per survey so pay may vary depending on your location or other demographic factors. I’m typically offered $3.00 per survey regardless of the length of the survey. I personally do not attempt any surveys over 20 minutes in length.

Payout: Once you reach $10.00 USD you can cash out in Amazon (Android devices) or I-tunes (IOS devices) gift cards. Payout is immediate. Gift card codes appear on your device and are sent to the email address on file.

TIP: If you have both an IOS and Android device you can complete surveys on both devices but cash out on the Android device if you prefer Amazon gift cards.

#2 – Surveys on the Go App

Surveys on the Go (IOS App) 

This app is wonderful because of its earning potential. Not only do they offer basic surveys ($0.10 to $2.00 for less than 10 minutes) they offer opportunities to participate in market research studies (if you qualify). The studies that I saw pay between $15.00 to $30.00. The only drawback to this one is that you do have to check the app fairly regularly so you don’t miss any opportunities. App alerts are buggy.

According to the website:

“Surveys On The Go® is a mobile market research tool that pays users for their opinions about various topics and issues. You can opt into categories such as business, politics, entertainment, news, sports, media, and technology.”

Payout: Once you reach $10.00 USD you can cash out via Amazon gift cards, Visa Rewards, or PayPal. During my last payout, they threw an extra $0.20 my way for choosing Amazon gift cards as the payout option. PayPal payment is immediate. Either way, you also receive a confirmation email regarding the payout request.

TIP: Check your app at least once a day for new survey opportunities since you may or may not receive automatic notifications.

#3 – 1Q App

1Q (IOS App) 

The only complaint I have about this app is that there are too few surveys. With that said $0.25 or $0.50 for a 1 minute (or less) survey cannot be beaten. They pay to PayPal almost immediately. You must also respond right away to any notifications regarding new surveys. They go quick.  PayPal has paid me numerous times without any fees. The other great thing is that you do not request a payout. It happens automatically.

Payout: $0.25 Minimum via PayPal – Immediate pay

Tip: Turn on phone notifications so you don’t miss a survey. They go quick.

By Lauren Hunter

I'm Lauren, and I've been on a journey to earn money and save money for most of my life. As the editor-in-chief of, and as a freelance writer, coach, musician, and entrepreneur, I love looking for new ways to make money and better ways to keep it. I'm also a wife and work-at-home mom (WAHM) to four kids, so budgeting is my middle name. I'm excited to be on this money journey with you!