I Tested Out This Survey Company & Scored FREE Lipstick AND FREE Cash!

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Here’s a legit way to earn a little extra spending cash this holiday season!

You’ve probably heard that you can earn money by participating in online surveys, but if you’re anything like me, you’re a little skeptical of anyone promising cash for something as easy as sharing your opinions.

Because I’ve tried lots of survey companies in the past that I have not been pleased with, I tested Survey Junkie for weeks to find out whether I could actually earn real money by taking their surveys from my couch.

Maybe you’ve even tried earning money this way before, only to come away frustrated. So many survey sites waste your time with impossibly high payout thresholds, countless spammy emails per day, or by taking you 75% of the way through a survey only to tell you that you don’t qualify.

I recently started taking surveys with Survey Junkie because I heard it was a totally legit and really easy way to earn some extra cash, and who wouldn’t want a little extra money to supplement the stocking stuffer budget this holiday season?!

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How does Survey Junkie work?

With Survey Junkie, you can participate in online surveys from your phone, tablet, or computer in exchange for points. Those points can be cashed out for eGift Cards or money that goes straight into your bank account or PayPal balance!

Ultimately, I found it to be one of the best survey companies I’ve ever tried! Read on to see why…

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Here’s what I truly loved about taking surveys for money with Survey Junkie:

1. A well-designed user interface

Whether you’re using your phone, tablet, or desktop computer, Survey Junkie’s platform is clean, simple, and easy to navigate. Your dashboard allows you to see all the surveys available to you, so you can choose one based on point value or how much time it’s expected to take. I love that!

2. Many different surveys to choose from

Some surveys can be completed in five minutes or less, with the higher-value surveys usually taking around 15-20 minutes.

Every time I opened my dashboard, there were lots of different options to choose from, and I could always choose a shorter survey when I just had a few moments of time in the pickup line at school or other brief moments of downtime throughout my day.

3. User support from real humans

I had a couple of issues come up during my first few weeks with Survey Junkie, and I was assisted by a real person (sometimes almost immediately) every time.

This is not always the case with other survey companies I’ve tested, so I was very pleasantly surprised and rather impressed by this.

4. Straightforward point system

Survey Junkie’s point system is easy to understand, and it feels fair. Each point is worth one cent, and I always got rewarded with at least a small number of points for my time, even if I only answered a few questions before being disqualified from a survey.

5. High qualification rate

While the company says that most users qualify for about 1 in 5 surveys, I’ve had even better luck than that, qualifying for nearly one-third of the surveys I start.

Hip tip: I think that fully completing all the user profile and demographic surveys at the beginning helped to filter out more of the surveys that weren’t a good match for me.

When I did qualify for surveys, I found them to be interesting, relevant, and worth a high number of points. Usually, they took me even less time to complete than estimated!

5. Low redemption threshold

There’s a 500 point ($5) redemption threshold, and I was surprised at how quickly I was able to earn and redeem my first reward. When it’s time to cash out, the redemption process is simple and straightforward.

I took my first reward in the form of a $5.26 transfer to my PayPal account, but I could have also chosen a direct bank transfer or a gift card from popular retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

After less than a week of using Survey Junkie, I got a FREE lipstick to try!

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In addition to taking surveys for money, you can also earn rewards by testing products. I was really excited to receive a free mystery lipstick to try and review after less than a week of using Survey Junkie!

When I was done testing the lipstick and ready to take the follow-up survey, I had an issue that required some technical support. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly a real person responded to my concern with a simple resolution for my issue!

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Don’t just take it from me! Check out what Hip2Save reader Evie has to say about Survey Junkie:

“I do this and make about $80 a month. It is rare I get 100 point surveys. However, there are a few I no longer consider since some surveys are very tedious and after a while only pay 3 points. But I love their 300 point weeks for completing 3 surveys!”

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Here’s what I didn’t love about Survey Junkie:

1. Answering redundant questions.

Like other survey companies that I’ve tested, Survey Junkie collects a ton of demographic information about you upfront. Then, many of the surveys start by asking you to answer these same questions over again.

This happened when I was redirected to a survey on a third-party site that didn’t already have this information, so I do understand the need to provide that information again. I just personally found this process to be a little tedious, but it wasn’t unlike my experience with other survey companies.

2. Not receiving credit for a survey I completed.

Normally, after completing a survey, you can see the points you earned added to your dashboard immediately. There was one situation where this didn’t happen for me. I did reach out to the company to have them credit me for my missing points, and I got a response right away saying that their support team would look into it.

As of today, I’m still waiting for a resolution. Because this survey occurred on a third-party site, I do understand that it may take a little longer to rectify the situation, so I will come back and update this post to let you know if/when my issue is resolved!

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Here’s how to sign up for Survey Junkie and start taking surveys for money:

After my experience with Survey Junkie, I can confirm that it’s 100% legit and absolutely worth signing up if you enjoy earning rewards for sharing your opinions.

While you won’t be earning a full-time income with Survey Junkie, it’s a really pleasant experience and I earned more money in less time compared to every other survey company I’ve ever tried.

Want to try it out for yourself? Here’s how to get started:

  • Head on over here and enter your name & email to register for an account.
  • Check your inbox for an email from Survey Junkie and follow the enclosed link to verify your email.
  • After your email is verified, you’ll be able to complete your account and take surveys to start earning points.

Before you even start taking surveys, Survey Junkie offers a ton of quick ways to add to your points balance. You’ll earn 25 points for signing up, 25 points for verifying your email address, and an additional 50 points just for completing your profile! 🙌

You can earn even more points by taking their short “How it Works” virtual tour, downloading their browser extension, and answering demographic questions that will help you to qualify for the high-value surveys.

New survey opportunities are added to your account all the time, so be sure to log into your account often for new opportunities!

Looking for more ways to bolster your holiday shopping budget?

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 3 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 6

  1. Tracy

    When I clicked on the links it said couldn’t establish a secure connection to the server.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Be sure to check back again. The links appear to be working for me now as I click through. Hope this helps!

  2. acgold

    I tried this site a few times. I wasted a lot of time doing the screener questions and never qualified for the high value surveys, only 25-40 points.

  3. NubianGoddess

    I signed up for Survey Junkie, and I had a bad experience with them. I was only doing surveys for about a month, and I took a survey about a tv show. I had to watch 3 episodes. After watching 3 episodes, I was disqualified. I emailed their customer support and they basically told me that they couldn’t do anything. After that happened the website now redirects to another page, and I cannot take any surveys. I emailed customer support, but they will not fix it, so I gave up. If you look on several review sites, they have a lot of complaints. There are other survey websites that are so much better.

  4. Amy

    It took me years to get accepted by Pinecone, but in the few months since they let me join I’ve already had two product trials. 😊

  5. Kris

    I joined in August & was hitting it hard for awhile. So far, I’ve collected $160. I cash out on Walmart gift cards. Easy-peasy.

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