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FrugalMom’s list of Recommended Online Survey Companies

Survey Scout & The Survey Scout Scam Claim

We receive a lot of emails from people asking us about Survey Scout. FrugalMom can no longer recommend Survey Scout.  When we originally reviewed this program several years ago, it was what it claimed to be.  We signed up and used the program before recommending it.  Today the quality of the companies that they promote seems to have gone downhill.  I know that one of the concerns that many people have is wondering if Survey Scout is a scam.

Whether Survey Scout is actually a scam or just of questionable value is a fine hair to be splitting, and we won’t try.  Survey Scout seems to promote a number of companies that do not give good value. There are also complaints about not being able to get the money back guarantee refunds – see for more details.

For these reasons, we cannot recommend Survey Scout, but we can recommend several online survey companies. Scroll down to see our picks for paid and free online survey companies…

Online Surveys Are Still Great Ways to Make Money From Home!

Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water, there are good online survey companies out there that are not rip off’s or scams.  I have a small listing of good online survey companies here on Frugal Mom (see below), however, there are many, many more out there, many of them are scams or disappointing at best.  It takes work and research to find reputable online survey companies, but its a lot easier to find the scams, rip off’s and spam sites. We’ve included our top picks of survey companies that are not scams, below.


Frugal Mom’s Favorite Online Survey Companies & Reward Programs:

There are a number of free survey company lists, but so many contain questionable companies that just end up spamming you, and of course it’s hard to know which are which until its too late! No worries here,

  • Plink Join Plink and earn Cash & Rewards from Amazon, iTunes, Home Depot, Facebook and more … just for eating and shopping at some of your favorite stores and restaurants. You’ll earn rewards at more than 35,000 locations nation-wide. Free to join.
  • MySurvey:  This was the first survey company I ever joined, and it’s still one of my favorites. 
  • American Consumer Opinion This is another one of my favorite free survey companies.  They pay really pretty well and they do pay reliably!  As a member of American Consumer Opinion®, you will have the opportunity to participate in surveys, test new products, and evaluate new commercials.
  • Opinion Outpost: Opinion Outpost is a research panel.  You can earn points by taking surveys and redeem the points for cash!
  • Inbox Dollars: Members are paid to read emails, take surveys online, play games, and go shopping! New enrollees also receive $5 just for joining!
  • SwagBucks: I like this one a lot and have fun doing the different things on their site to earn swagbucks! is an online portal dedicated to helping you earn digital dollars called “Swag Bucks”, which can be redeemed for exclusive merchandise. Things like PayPal and Amazon gift cards, toys, clothes, collectibles, games, electronics and more… is a 100% free, no strings attached, free prizes, no shipping charges, no membership fee’s. has already rewarded over a million users with gift cards, and all kinds of quality products, to members across the United states, Canada and UK.



Online Survey Tips and Info

The work from home survey concept is this: you get paid to give your opinions on various topics, products or websites. As I began applying to companies I realized that while this isn’t a way to earn lots of money – it is a way to earn some extra money. And guess what – I got a check in the mail yesterday for $12.00.  That takes my kids to McDonald’s for lunch!  Okay, that’s not very frugal of me.  That gives me $12.00 to buy meat in bulk!!  Many of the survey companies enter you into drawings and winning a drawing is the only way to get paid.  This is OK, as long as you understand what you are getting into.

The point is that paid online surveys are a great way to add to your monthly income and they take so little time.  I did a paid online survey this week that required me to visit a website of a large hotel chain and answer questions about how easy it was to make online reservations.  For my time (about 45 minutes) I received a gift certificate for $10.00 to Amazon.  I then used the gift certificate to buy a book for my 9 year old son.

TIP: Create a separate email account to give to the survey companies as your inquiries will generate a LOT of email and unless you are quite discerning (or lucky) a good portion of it may be spamish.  Our advise is to get a free account on yahoo or msn that you use solely for survey offers.

Some of the companies pay in cash, others pay with gift certificates or prizes and some will enter you into their monthly drawings for chances to win money.  You can also earn money by referring your friends.  When they sign up, you get paid!

So if this is something that you’d like to do then you’re going to have to invest a little bit of time applying to the companies.  Once you are in their database they will send you emails inviting you to take a paid survey.    Have fun!

One more thing – you may want to consider downloading Passkeeper to keep track of which companies you’ve applied to, your username and password.  It’s free and I couldn’t live without it!

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    Cassandra says:

    I appreciate this post, because I have always been curious about the online survey companies. I signed up for a few when I was younger, but I never seemed to get anywhere. I will certainly check out the ones that you recommended. To me, $12 is $12! If it’s easy earned, it’s more fun spent!

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    Dave says:

    Hey Frugal Mom,

    I like your website as well as

    I wanted to start one similar called frugalstudent,but it’s taken 🙁

    I just wanted to say, I love your site and hope you are doing well with it.

    Since Frugalstudent is taken I’m thinking about

    What do you think?

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    I too have had good experiences with opinion outpost, not enough to make me rich, and there are times when it seems I cant qualify for anything, but a small cheque in the mail now and again is always useful!

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    umar usman says:

    i apreciate about that article, its goods to try. but l have some question, that survey for US only or for international. because i’m Indonesian????

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    Candice says:

    I joined one a yr ago called pinecone research. It’s usually 3 surveys a month and you get paid $3.00 for each one. You can have a checked mailed to you or set it up to a Paypal account. They pay you in two to three days. I also like American consumer as well.

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    lotusblossom101010 says:

    I tried this program and did not receive any type of profit. There were several websites that committed to $5 for signing up, etc. which leads a person to believe that the money will stack up after completing surveys. However, to collect on your time and energy you have to hit a “tier” of points or $. Which means all of the money I have earned, I cannot collect unless I am willing to spend hours upon hours hitting the “tier” (typically around $50 for higher paying sites and $5 for lower paying sites, which pay something like $0.80 for a 30 minute survey). The most generous sites I found (listed on the homepage of MPS which are said to be the “most profitable) give $1 for a 10-15 minute survey–less than minimum wage if you consider this hourly compensation. In addition, I received endless phone solicitations welcoming me to “free” educational programs or memberships. The “free” educational program quoted to me actually costs $5000 to $30000 and is not even accredited. The memberships that put you into a sweepstakes actually involve magazine subscriptions, or the like. Meanwhile if you state during a “confidential” survey that you are shopping for insurance or continuing education, you will be bombarded with phone calls from these groups.Do NOT sign up for Maximum Paid Surveys. If you are interested in online surveys (though I do not recommend it) search for top rated survey sites on free websites– that way, you will not lose money in addition to time. Finally, I had a man call me from MPS saying that I needed to sign up for a mentor program to start up my “home based business” which would require a loan of at least $5000 from the bank. He also said that I wouldn’t make any money just doing surveys. Kind of different than what the website gives– and estimate of up to $250/day in paid surveys.