Paid surveys http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/556/all en-US Free Diapers: How Persistence Got Me Into a Diaper Study http://www.wisebread.com/free-diapers-how-persistence-got-me-into-a-diaper-study <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-diapers-how-persistence-got-me-into-a-diaper-study" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Flickr AForestFrolic.jpg" alt="diaper rolls" title="diaper rolls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some things sound too good to be true. Try, &quot;Diaper Study: Free Diapers, and Get Paid to Use Them.&quot; My overly-analytical (okay, suspicious) mind would question, &quot;What's the catch?&quot; Another mom who had taught me how to do couponing explained to me that she had done this to get free diapers when times were tight in her budget. She walked me through the process.</p> <p>Even with her help, my initial concerns about following through with this money-saving tip were as follows: Would the diapers leak? Would they really pay me? What was the catch? Would I complete this whole survey, and find out that my answers were not what they were looking for, and have wasted a lot of time? Would I be charged for shipping? Would the diapers cause a rash? However, with two little bottoms in diapers, it was worth a try.</p> <p>First, I had to call the company to see if they had an opening for a survey in my children's sizes. I had to call more than one time. The first time I called, the answering machine kicked on, told me to leave a message, and they would call me back. I left a message, and did not hear back. I called back several times, and finally, a live person answered the phone.</p> <p>They requested my name, address, telephone number, age and weight of the child that would be wearing the diapers. An appointment was set up at this time, for a survey-completion phone interview. (An emphasis was made that I would not get paid unless I completed the phone interview.) Four days later my twenty diapers showed up at my front door. My initial concerns were alleviated: the diapers did not leak, and they did not cause a rash.</p> <p>Second, I had to fill out the survey. The survey is 3-4 pages in length and all of questions are easy to answer if you use the diapers as specified. Common questions the survey asked were:</p> <ul> <li>Did the diapers gap at the legs?</li> <li>Did the diapers leak?</li> <li>Did you like the appearance of the diaper?</li> <li>Did the side panels stay attached?</li> </ul> <p>The interviewer, a female with a southern drawl, was very professional and prompt, and the interview lasted just under ten minutes. My opinions about the diapers were valued and written down. I was told a $10 check would be mailed four to six weeks later. It actually arrived within two weeks of the phone interview. Since most packs of diapers sell anywhere from $8.99-$11.49, in the end, I received the equivalent of two packs of diapers for free.</p> <p>There are different companies offering diaper surveys, so you need to find out the completion requirements before agreeing to take the survey. How can you find legitimate companies that are doing product testing? A good place to start is to ask your mom friends. That is how I happened to hear about the one I tried. Another way is to do a search online under DIAPER STUDY or PRODUCT TESTING, or check out sites like <a href="http://www.afullcup.com/">A Full Cup</a> to see what other companies people have used, and to get specific questions and concerns answered.</p> <p>Surveys can be done more than once with the same child, or with multiple children. If you have twins, they would count as two participants, and you would be able to do two surveys, one for each child.</p> <p>So the next time you hear about an offer that may sound too good to be true, look into it a bit more and you may just see it is worthwhile. It literally paid for me to be persistent, and call back repeatedly. Also, it was important for me to keep my end of the bargain. This meant keeping my appointment time and completing the survey. In the end, it was definitely worth it.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Maggie Walters, a freelance writer, educator, and enthusiastic extreme couponer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maggie-walters">Maggie Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-diapers-how-persistence-got-me-into-a-diaper-study">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Big Dire Straits fan here. But in the case of this article, and my subject of choice, it&#39;s completely true. You&#39;ll see and hear an awful lot about online surveys. You&#39;ll find outrageous claims, too. Let me assure you, right now, that taking a survey here and there is not going to let you quit your day job. Or any other job. This is not a way to make a fortune. This is not a path to riches paved with gold. Let&#39;s face it, if everyone could sit at home doing surveys all day, everyone would be doing it. </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>But as a way to make a little extra spending money, checking a few boxes when you&#39;re already online is not a bad way to do it. And it doesn&#39;t take a whole bunch of your time. In the past month I&#39;ve earned over $100 in cash and rewards, all for a simple opinion here and there. So, let me give you my recommendations and also some advice on what to avoid.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Never pay to take a survey.</strong><br />That also means never join a website that asks for a sign-up fee in order to take surveys. Legitimate survey companies pay you for your time, not the other way around. So if anyone is asking for cash upfront, either as a one-off or a monthly fee, run away.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Is it worth your time?</strong><br />Simple question but one worth figuring out. Some surveys offer some pretty nice incentives. I&#39;ve had as much as $60 for just 40 minutes of my time. Not so bad. Other surveys take as little as 5-10 minutes but only offer $1 in either cash or reward points as payment. Not so good. Then again, if you&#39;re just buzzing around the net looking for something to do, $1 here and there soon adds up over time. Surveys are generally a take them or leave them affair, so pick and choose based on your personal situation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> Don&#39;t expect cold, hard cash.</strong><br />It&#39;s a rare occasion when companies dish out the green willy-nilly. These days, a lot of survey sites offer online points to exchange for magazine subscriptions, money-off vouchers and other goods. It&#39;s not quite cash but it often works out good for your wallet. One site I enjoy offers Blockbuster free rental vouchers. It&#39;s been a long time since I&#39;ve paid for a movie rental. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> Fill out the extended profiles.</strong><br />The more the survey sites know about you and your hobbies, the more surveys you&#39;ll get to take. Simple as that.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><br /> An invitation to a survey may not lead to payment.</strong><br /> After signing up to a survey site, you may get many offers in a week. But a set of pre-screening questions can rule you out of the paid section of the survey. You may find ways to get around this, basically by fibbing in order to move on (it&#39;s often easy to see where the survey is leading and play along in order to get the payment). I&#39;d avoid this for several reasons. First, it&#39;s dishonest. But if that doesn&#39;t bother you, the endless boredom that ensues by filling out surveys on hi-tech computer servers or company insurance policies will soon put you off for life. Be honest, surveys should be a fun way to spend your time. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><br /> Your spare time means just that.</strong><br /> It&#39;s fine to do it in your lunch hour or at home. But if you start taking surveys while you&#39;re at work, you&#39;re not only stealing time from your employer but also jeopardizing your paying job. And if you lose that, no amount of surveys will make up for that lost income. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> The big question - where do you start?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I can heartily recommend THREE sites to start the ball rolling for you. They are:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.greenfieldonline.com/TrafficUI/mscui/page.aspx?cid=1&amp;ptid=4&amp;utcoffset=7">Greenfield Online</a> - Great site, pays you back in cash and the surveys are a nice mixed bag.<br /> <a href="https://www.surveysavvy.com/ss/ss_index.php?action=home">Survey Savvy </a>- Again, a great site that pays you in cash for your opinions.<br /> <a href="http://www.e-rewards.com/welcome.do?ln=en&amp;cc=us">Erewards</a> - This one pays you back in reward points which can be exchanged for goods and vouchers. I love it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, there you go. A surveys 101 for you all. I hope it gets you on the path to money for nothing, and that&#39;s something we could all use. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-money-for-nothing-your-checks-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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