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by Cathie Gandel, AARP Bulletin, November 23, 2010
Looking for a little extra cash? Try taking a paid online survey. According to Tricia Meyer, owner of Sunshine Rewards, a site that lists pay surveys and other rewards, you can make more than $100 a month. You have to register on her site, but it's free. Rewards points and sweepstakes entries are other forms of compensation for giving your opinions online. Survey sites include Toluna, SurveySpot, PineCone Research and Surveyhead. Be prepared to disclose information about your age and income, etc. — the companies want to know what kind of people have what opinions. "Legitimate surveys should never cost you anything," says Meyer. "You should not have to buy a product to review it. ... If they want you to review a product, they will provide it to you." But before you sign up, it never hurts to check out a survey firm with the Better Business Bureau.
Cathie Gandel is a freelance writer based in the New York area.
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