New PineCone Research Sign-up Link (Paid Surveys)

PineCone Research remains one of the better paying and reliable survey companies, with a payout of $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. The hardest part is getting accepted, as they only accept applications intermittently.

Thanks to readers Tom and Bryce, here is the most recent application link at Pinecone. (It probably won’t last long.) Looks open to all ages and sexes. Only one person per household can sign up.

I’ve already shared my thoughts on Pinecone and paid surveys in general here. I call them Bored Money – not terribly efficient but you sometimes get to try some neat things.

The three survey sites that I have been most active with besides Pinecone are NFO MySurvey, e-Rewards, and SurveySavvy. I like it them because they consistently offer me paid survey opportunities, they pay upon request reliably (important!), and they don’t seem to mind if I don’t do every single survey offered.

New PineCone Research Signup Link (Paid Surveys)

PineCone Research remains one of the better paying and reliable survey companies, with a payout of $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. The hardest part is getting accepted, as they only accept applications intermittently.

Thanks to reader Tom, here is the most recent application link at Pinecone. (It probably won’t last long.) Looks open to all ages and sexes. Only one person per household can sign up.

I’ve already shared my thoughts on Pinecone and paid surveys in general here. I call them Bored Money – not terribly efficient but you sometimes get to try some neat things. Here’s a quick list of other paid survey sites:

The three that I have been most active with besides Pinecone are NFO MySurvey, e-Rewards, and SurveySavvy. I like it them because they continue to give me the most paid survey opportunities, even if I only pick and choose which ones I want to do. I’ve gotten multiple checks and/or rewards from all of them.

Joining e-Rewards is usually indirect, I get offers to join from my airline miles newsletters from time to time. Not sure if they still work, but you can try these two links for Continental and Northwest airlines (must have frequent flier account number).

There are several other sites with which others have reported varying levels of success: American Consumer Opinion, Greenfield Online, Harris Poll Online, Lightspeed Panel, or SurveySpot.

Assorted Links: Eating Doritos While Doing The ChaCha

Lots of links to share, so I thought I’d do the shotgun approach to blogging tonight.

What The World Eats, Part 1. This is a cool piece that shows what 12 different families from around the world eat in a week, and how much it costs. In Time magazine, based on the book Hungry Planet, via Bogleheads.

Speaking of eating… what about the incredible shrinking Doritos bag “Big companies are protecting profits with subtle repackaging, putting a little less into boxes of cereal, containers of ice cream, rolls of paper towels and other products. Guess who’s paying for it.” One thing I’ve also noticed is that means generic packages often hold more product despite the outside box being the same size. This makes store brands an even better buy these situations.

ChaCha is a service where you can call or SMS text a question and a human will text you back the answer. Currently free. You can also apply to be one of those humans (“Guides”) and get 10-20 cents per query answered. Thanks to Frank, who says you can earn a flexible $6-8/hr. Use his e-mail frank.heilig@gmail.com as referrer when signing up.

A related site is Mahalo Greenhouse, where you get paid to research and write up results for the Mahalo search engine. Pay rates unknown, and you only get paid if accepted.

AishCafe is paying college students $250 to take an online course to learn more about Judaism. Interesting idea. Seems like a decent time commitment, must go through interviews.

Frugal Freedom has shared her early retirement budget, and it’s only $600 per month! I’m worried that her healthcare costs are too low, but she is living in an paid-off RV so her housing costs are minimal.

Is tipping really so hard? The Freakonomics blog notices that “out of 59 apps in the finance section [of the iPhone App website], at least 15 of them help you calculate a restaurant tip.” Seriously, what’s wrong with using the built-in calculator?

Quickies: Paid Survey Links, Costco AmEx $10 Bonus, Free Credit Monitoring

Here are a few more tidbits that may be of interest:

E-Rewards Signup Links
E-Rewards is a paid survey site that is only open via invitation. It is often linked to an airline, so that you can can redeem your rewards for frequent flier points. Here are two open links for airlines, must have a frequent flier account number. I am a member; they aren’t the best in my opinion, nor are they the worst. I get a lot of survey opportunities, but they don’t pay as well as others. More information about other paid surveys here.

$10 from Costco American Express Card
If you have a True Earnings Card from Costco and American Express, they are offering a promotion where you can earn a free $10 Costco Cash card for paying your wireless phone plan automatically with the card. This card is one of the better gas rebate credit cards.

9 Months of Free Credit Monitoring
One of the three major credit bureaus, TransUnion, apparently lost a class-action lawsuit and the settlement involves offering up to 9 months of free credit monitoring service to anyone who has ever held a credit card over the last 20 years (i.e. lots of people). This includes free access to your credit score in addition to the report, as well as e-mail alerts when something changes. There is also a “potential cash payment” option, but it doesn’t very tempting given the number of eligible claimants (small pie, millions of slices).

They are supposed to allow claims starting today, June 16th, on the official settlement website. You don’t need to supply your full Social Security number (needs last 4 digits) or a credit card number, and you won’t be automatically signed up for any paid subscriptions after the free period.

Small Rewards Programs For Grocery Shopping

GroceryMiles
If you shop at Safeway or one of their partner stores Dominick’s, Vons, Pavilions, or Genuardis, you can get 125 United Airlines Mileage Plus miles per $250 spent. I’ve probably earned thousands of miles over the last few years. You simply have to go to GroceryMiles.com and register your club card. Today, I got one of those “Catalina” coupons that offered an additional 1,000 mile bonus if you sign up by 6/30. Although there seems to be no mention on the website, here is a scan of the coupon:

UPromise
Mentioned previously, there are a bunch of different ways to accumulate money at Upromise. The main one is as a cashback site like eBates. But there are two additional ways to earn some money through UPromise without changing your buying patterns. For one, if you link up your grocery club card (Safeway, Albertsons, and Publix are examples) you can get free cashback when buying certain brands.

Next, if you link up your credit card, if you shop at a qualified brick-and-mortar store you can get a rebate (1% at Bed Bath and Beyond, 3% at Eddie Bauer, etc.). You can also link your credit card to a dining program that automatically gives you a rebates when you dine out at participating restaurants. I never look at the list of restaurants, but occasionally I’ll get a couple bucks by chance. Right now if you sign up with UPromise and make a purchase through their cashback portal you can get a $10 bonus. (Also an $10 bonus for cashback portal eBates.)

Now, none of these programs will make you rich. But if you are bored just sign up, link up the appropriate cards, and forget about it. Just continue to spend as usual since they will just credit you automatically. With UPromise, supposedly the money is for college or student loans, but you can also request a check to be sent to you.

New PineCone Research Signup Link (Paid Surveys)

PineCone Research remains one of the better paying and reliable survey companies, with a payout of $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. The hardest part is signing up – I just ran across a banner ad for a signup link at Pinecone. (It won’t last long.)

I’ve already shared my thoughts on Pinecone and paid surveys in general here. I call them Bored Money. Here’s a quick list of other paid survey sites:

The three that I have been most active with besides Pinecone are NFO MySurvey, e-Rewards, and SurveySavvy. I like it them because they continue to give me the most paid survey opportunities, even if I only pick and choose which ones I want to do. I’ve gotten multiple checks and/or rewards from all of them. However, I see that e-Rewards is currently not accepting new people.

There are several other sites with which others have reported varying levels of success: American Consumer Opinion, Greenfield Online, Harris Poll Online, Lightspeed Panel, or SurveySpot.

Free Sample Friday: Smell It Like Beckham

Got your junk e-mail addresses ready? Unfortunately, no free razors to be found. First stop, free samples at Wal-mart. Currently available (refresh page as necessary):

- South Beach granola snacks
- Dove and Head and Shoulders shampoo
- Friskies dry cat food
- “Intimately Beckham” cologne/perfume

Also found in the Slickdeals Freebies area:

- Free 8-week membership to Bally fitness. (Be prepared to deal with the usual gym hard-sell.)
- Free Jamba Juice smoothie if you are a 24hour Fitness member.
- 5 free music downloads from Rhapsody (Are these any good?)

New PineCone Paid Survey Application Link

Paid surveys can be a reasonable source of additional income for certain folks. On a strictly per-hour basis, they end up at around $5-9 an hour and can get tedious. But hey, you can do them during downtime on the job or late at night while watching Leno in your pajamas, while adding up gradually to hundreds of dollars over a year. Personally, I find myself being more and more picky about them as time goes on.

PineCone Research remains one of the more elusive and better paying survey companies, with a payout of $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. Thanks to Barry for sending me the most recent recruitment e-mail, which states that they are looking for new members who are male and 18+. Here’s the new PineCone application link. I’ve anonymized the link, but this still won’t last long!

*Two important tips to keep the PineCone gravy train running:

- Whatever info you sign up with, keep it up to date and follow it exactly. For example, if your profile says you’re 35 and in a later survey you state that you’re 46, you may mysteriously stop getting any new surveys.

- Fill the surveys out as soon as you get them. If you miss enough survey deadlines, they will also remove you.

Other Paid Survey Sites
In my experience, NFO MySurvey. and SurveySavvy continue to give me the most paid survey opportunities, even if I don’t do every single one. I’ve gotten multiple checks from both now.

I don’t get hardly any surveys anymore from American Consumer Opinion, Greenfield Online, or Lightspeed Panel, but that may be due to my long periods of inactivity. SurveySpot only gave me sweepstakes entries.

Pinecone Survey Application Link, Other Paid Survey Sites

Paid surveys can be a reasonable source of additional income for the right people. On a per-hour basis, they are rarely a great deal and can get tedious. But hey, you can do them during downtime on the job or late at night while watching Leno, and they can add up to hundreds of dollars over a year. I find myself being more and more picky about them as time goes on.

Accordingly, my preference is to stock with sites that offer regular surveys and are upfront about payouts. I’d much rather know I’m getting $5 for a 20-minute survey than be entered in some vague sweepstakes drawing for $500. Here are the sites that I think best fit this criteria:

Pinecone Research is one of the more elusive paid survey companies, as they pay $5 for each and every survey you complete, as well as give some neat products to try out. With them, I used to* make a steady $10-$25 per month. Thanks to Kathy for sending me the most recent recruitment e-mail, which states that they are looking for new members who are male and 18+. Here’s the Pinecone sign-up link. I’ve anonymized the link, but this still won’t last long!

*Two important tips to keep the Pinecone gravy train running:

1) These guys are very strict. Whatever info you sign up with, you must always keep it up to date and follow it exactly. For example, if your profile says you’re 35 and in a later survey you state that you’re 46, you may mysteriously stop getting any new surveys. It’s best just to be honest.

2) Fill the surveys out as soon as you get them. I think this is why I was kicked out. For some reason they stopped e-mailing me survey alerts (multiple e-mails to Ms. Scott trying to fix this went unanswered). By the time I got the notices in the mail, the survey had expired. If you miss enough surveys, they boot you. I’m still a bit grouchy over this… :(

NFO MySurvey is another site that always tells you exactly what you’ll get before you do the survey. The payout rates are a little lower, but you can get a steady stream going. Some examples are 10 points (10 cents) for a 1-question survey to 250 points ($2.50) for a longer 10-minute survey. Occasionally you get a big one for more. You request payout svia check, and they send it out promptly. MySurvey sign-up link.

These folks are more laid back. You can miss several of these surveys, but you have to do one every few months to keep your points alive. They’ll send you an e-mail reminder to do so.

Other Surveys Sites
Here are some other ones, sorted in decreasing order of how often I get survey opportunities: American Consumer Opinion, SurveySavvy, Greenfield Online, Lightspeed Panel

Free Stuff: Museum Admissions, PC Magazine, Toiletries, Paid Surveys, and More

» Bank of America has a new promotion called Museums on Us for cardholders:

During the month of May, your Bank of America ATM, check or credit card or MBNA credit card will get you and a guest free admission to more than 85 museums across the Northeast and in California.

» Free subscription to PC Magazine via one of my Bored Money staples, StartSampling. If you haven’t stopped by in a while, I just also picked up a Florida travel magazine, free shampoo and Pledge dust wipes.

If you aren’t a member or don’t want to become one, you can try this link instead. (Looks like a certain magazine needs to up their circulation numbers to keep advertisers happy!)

» Lots more free samples of personal items from Wal-mart Samples: Dial Soap, Advil PM, Tylenol, deodorant, diapers, shampoo, and toothpaste. Even if they are trial sized, they’d be perfect for my travel bag.

» I also just received another check for doing paid surveys from MySurvey last week (another Bored Money mention). I like that their surveys are relatively short, and they pay cash reliably. I know that if I do a 150-point survey I’ll get $1.50. Good thing too, as it seems that Pinecone has forsaken me. I’m now in the same boat as everyone else, waiting for one of those elusive new sign-up links.

We’ve also been sent a huge box of shampoo from them to try out and provide feedback on. Is anyone else starting to realize that shampoo is a big-profit item?

Free Samples From Wal-Mart

Manufacturers often give away free samples of their new products that will soon be on Wal-mart shelves. Even if you don’t shop there, you can sign up for those free samples here.

Currently available:
- Dove shampoo for color-treated hair
- Digestive Advantage for lactose intolerance
- Sunsilk shampoo
- Viactiv calcium and vitamin supplements

My favorites are the free razors. You know how they add a blade every few months. (Next up… the Gillette Ocho!) For some reason I’ve been seeing a lot of free shampoo recently. Did anyone else get a big box of Pantene from MySurvey?

AGLOCO: Get Paid To Surf The Internet

I’ve been getting a steady stream of e-mails for months now about a company called AGLOCO. Apparently, they are starting an application that shows ads on the bottom of your computer screen (screenshot). They make money off the ads, so they pay you to run it. So why do people keep e-mailing me? Because you also make money if you refer other people, and if those people refer more people, and so on…

If you remember a company called AllAdvantage from years ago, this is very similar. I remember making about $100 a month from AA. Of course, they went bankrupt! The only way I see this company making money is if the payouts are much lower, perhaps in the $20 per month range for running it a few hours a day. Now, I have no idea what the actual payout will be, I’m just saying keep your expectations reasonable. It’s kind of like MyPoints is with e-mail, and fits nicely in the Bored Money category.

To be clear, I am neither a proponent or opponent of this application. I’ve done my due diligence and it appears to be legit with no spyware or other nasties, however, nobody will know for sure until the application is actually released. I went ahead and signed up and will see what happens.