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Doing Surveys for Free Stuff

Now that I have been eating out more than in, I have been paying more attention to my receipts. It is a whole different world when you actually take the time to read them instead of just throwing them away when you get them! It is amazing what opportunities are available by simply reading it and taking a survey. This article is going to look at a few of the recent freebies I have gotten, where they are from and about how difficult they were to get (at least in terms of the amount of time it takes to get them done). You may end up leaving surprised!

Where to Find Freebie Surveys

If you look at receipts, most of them have something near the bottom that says something along the lines of “do our survey for ” where the blank is what you will get for doing it. There are many things that are given away; some are guaranteed items, some are coupons and others are entries in to a drawing. All of these really work the same way, though, in terms of how the actual surveys work.

You may be asking why the companies even care enough to give something out in return for these things. Well, your opinions are valuable. For each person that answers a survey, they can assume thousands more completely agree. If you find something wrong, they know others have too but just did not want to take the time to share their opinion. This is called “response bias,” where not everyone is actually going to respond and those that do only do it because they are hoping to get something out of it.

Freebies I Have Gotten

I am still pretty new to all of this, but I have been doing pretty well so far. Here we go!

Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart offers up drawings for $1000 gift cards to their store. It does not say this until you are actually finished with the survey, but they apparently only do drawings for five of them every three months, and they appear to be based on every survey respondent in the United States; not just your local one. As such, the chances of winning one are pretty low, but I have met someone in the past that did win so it is really possible. The down side to their survey is that out of all of them I have taken the time to do, theirs is the longest. It took around five minutes to do it. Not super long, of course, but still, for something where you may or may not even win, it is a pretty fair chunk of time.

Jack in the Box. Jack in the Box has by far the easiest survey I have done so far. Their receipt holds the code you use, and that automatically fills in everything like the store you went to. This was awesome, since it really speeds things up. I think that the survey took about a minute or two, but it also has a guaranteed reward: a coupon for two free tacos on your next purchase. For how fast this was to finish, and the reward, it is well worth doing.

Subway. Subway is kind of in the middle. Their survey takes about five minutes like the Wal-Mart one does, but it gives a guaranteed reward: a cookie. There is not too much value in this, but if you are grabbing a sandwich or something and want a free cookie to throw in there, it works. It is a lot better than nothing. I just wish the survey was shorter or easier to fill out. Having to put in information like the store number is annoying, and the code you end up having to write on your receipt is long.

Cicis. Cicis is a pizza place where you can get an all you can eat buffet for around six dollars. On the back of their receipt is a survey, though, that takes only a minute or so to finish and rewards you with a coupon for either a large pizza or an adult buffet for less than four dollars. If we break this down a bit, that means you get two dollars for a minute or two of work, meaning anywhere from sixty to a hundred and twenty dollars per hour just for doing their surveys (note: this is in terms of doing them over time and adding up your savings as you go back. You are not really earning cash for doing the surveys).

Conclusion

While I have not been doing this for very long, I have been falling in love with the idea of being able to just do surveys and get free things. I am probably not going to be doing the Wal-Mart one or the Subway ones again, though, simply because I do not see enough value in them. Were they to be easier and faster to fill out, I could definitely do them every time I visit. As it is, they just take too much work and do not reward enough to compensate for it. I will be watching my other receipts in the future, and I am really hoping to run across places that are like Jack in the Box, giving easy surveys that give decent rewards. In any case, I am definitely grateful for what I have gotten so far! And you might be too, so be sure to check out all of your receipts before you throw them out. You never know what you may be missing out on!

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