This Reader Has Been Scoring FREE Stuff for a DECADE Just By Taking Surveys!

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Survey says… we LOVE surveys!😍

For years now, companies have been offering surveys to consumers as a way of getting helpful feedback about their products. As an incentive, they will often offer free items for you to test or even money for your thoughts! Not only are taking surveys a great way to voice your opinion while getting the opportunity to try new products but you can also score free gift cards or even make a little extra cash!

I can relate to this week’s Happy Friday reader, Alaina, and her passion for participating in surveys. I am always down to try out a new item and give my feedback, not only to help the company, but also to help the consumers… and hey, free stuff is always nice too. 😏

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Check out Alaina’s story…

I have been doing surveys since I was a freshman in college (almost 10 years now)! I use the gift cards that I get to supplement my lifestyle through gift cards to Starbucks, Macy’s, Burlington, etc., and to purchase gifts for friends and family when needed.


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I even bought my daybed on Wayfair with money from surveys! And as an added bonus, I now receive product testing opportunities through many of my survey sites.🙌


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Thank you, Alaina, for sharing your story with us on how surveys have not only been a big part of your life over the past decade but also how much you’ve gained just by being consistent with your efforts.

I think it’s so cool that you now get to test products (one of my favorite things to do), and by spreading the word, you are giving lots of Hip readers a heads up on how rewarding these surveys can be!

Check out Survey Junkie and Pinecone Research to get started on your survey taking journey!

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Comments 27

  1. Barbara

    I have been doing pinecone for years and love it.

  2. Lauren

    I have actually been getting a TON of free stuff from PinchMe to test. Lots of beauty products and free stuff. Once I got one and left a review, it really started picking up. I am pretty much always testing something out for them now. I love it!

    • sheena

      I’ve been checking into pinchme monthly but haven’t received anything in two years. Last time I tested something out for them was in 2018 with a sample so small that I couldn’t even use the lotion on both hands.

    • Amy

      I also get full size products from pinchme pretty regularly! The samples, rarely these day but the trials are more frequent for me!

  3. LG

    Awesome!!! ♥️ this!!!

  4. Donna W

    I have done Pinecone Research for about 2 years. In that amount of time I have received 2 products to review. 🤷‍♀️ Otherwise I get about 2 surveys per month which pay $3 each. I’m not getting rich from it, but I love receiving extra money!

  5. Tara

    The post about Pinecone, the signup link doesn’t show anything on the website to sign up. They may have closed it?

      • Candy

        The link to get to pinecone works. Once you get there, there is nowhere to sign up, only to log in.

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Yup! You’re right. Be sure to check back again later! Hoping they begin accepting applicants soon!

  6. Liz

    Can someone recommend a good place to start for surveys. I already do pinecone but that’s the only one that I’ve ever received invite to try products.

    • 804Chick

      SurveyJunkie is great. If you are a consistent survey taker, you can cash out with $50 to $100 on good weeks. I have been a member for over a year and a half and it has helped tremendously. I have made over $1,500 so far with PayPal.

  7. Kathy

    I’ve done surveys for years. Have gotten vacuum cleaners, blenders, deep fryers, irons, robotic vacuums, along with food and beauty products. I have paid for our last 5 cruises in a balcony cabin with money I’ve earned doing surveys and focus groups. With e-rewards points, I always get a suite to stay in the night before our cruises.

    • yellowcinderella

      Can you tell us what companies you use? I would love to know where to start.

    • 804Chick

      Love E-Rewards! I have used them for the past 6 years. Getting hotel points for free stays was the best pre-pandemic.

      • Samantha

        I have found E-Rewards to be pretty scammy. I took multiple surveys and when I finally had enough points to cash out, they disabled my account. I was able to email them and after lots of back and forth they were able to re-enable my account. I definitely would not recommend e-rewards.

  8. Deanna

    I uses to use an app called Quick Thoughts and loved it. Most surveys were $2 some even $5-10. If you didn’t qualify you get $0.10 I made enough to buy my son a big boy bed. I think they surveys are $1 now but still easy to use.

  9. Ana

    Here’s a survey site that’s not your typical. They don’t send products to try, but have really short surveys. I like how you don’t waste your time on all sorts of questions just to find out you don’t qualify for the survey.
    https://paidviewpoint.com/?r=58btxx

  10. Tara

    MyPoints is great. They send you emails and you can click the link in the email and get points and do things on the site like watch videos and take surveys and get points that you can exchange for gift cards to SO many places (including Amazon).
    Feel free to use my referral link 🙂
    https://www.mypoints.com?rb=22343793

  11. Csandst1

    I have difficulty qualifying for surveys. For every one I complete I’ve been disqualified from 25.

  12. Debbie

    If you aren’t a member of swagbucks yet, this is another great program to earn extra cash and (sometimes) freebies. You can get swagbucks (SB) through searches, shopping and surveys (most are surveys only but I have qualified for quite a few product trials too). I’ve been on this for a few years now and easily make a couple of hundred dollars/year by just doing the things I normally do… You can trade the SB for gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, PayPal, etc.. If you use my link, we each get 300 SB (worth about $3) if you earn 300 SB in your first month. Here’s my referral link:
    https://www.swagbucks.com/lp-savings-button?cmp=695&cxid=swagbuttonref&rb=184419&extRefCmp=1&extRb=184419.
    Thanks!!

  13. SG

    I also do these kinds of surveys and am aware that when you get a product to test that you have to sign a legally binding confidentiality agreement. Posting the pics of the test products here is a huge no no and can subject the person who violated the agreement to legal penalties. Fyi.

  14. 804Chick

    My List:

    1.Crowdtap
    2.Survey Junkie
    3.YouGov
    4. E-Poll

    If you are looking for reliable, fun, and easy ways to get side money or gift cards from survey sites, you should check these out.

  15. Amy

    I’ve done a ton of these over the years. Got a Ninja Foodi XL pro air fryer as part of a panel a few months ago!

    • Liz

      Can you mention which panel or survey site to join?

  16. Betsy

    Crowdtap is really good. I check for surveys almost every day and am getting $5 gift cards every other week or so- I just add them to my Amazon account and it adds up quickly. Nicequest is also pretty good- no gift cards there but you can save your points for gift items.

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