Turns out your mom isn’t the only one who values your opinion. In fact you can get money and free stuff for telling people what you think. Think that sounds too good to be true? Keep reading.
Focus Groups - All kinds of companies want to know what you think about their products. Use FindFocusGroups.com to find legitimate focus group requests all over the country. For instance, if you live in Atlanta you could earn $75 by taking a 75-minute long survey about cell phones. Another company in Seattle is paying $75 to men to play video games for an hour and a half.
Secret Shopping - Secret shopping is a fun way to combine two activities most people enjoy—shopping and giving their opinion. Check out MarketforceShopper.com. They often have secret shopping opportunities for restaurants, retailers and banks. Just watch out for scam companies that ask for money up front.
Online Surveys - There are plenty of websites offering to give you cash in return for your two cents about products. Some companies pay in rewards rather than money. Check out sites like SurveyClub.com or SurveyPayoff.com. You can earn points and redeem them for prizes. Just beware that it may take you quite a while to get enough points for any item that’s got much value and again—don’t give anyone any money to do this. But if you’re looking for something to do in your spare time, this might just be the perfect activity.
Blog Writing - Popular bloggers can get lots of free stuff. Send emails or letters to companies that manufacture products you’re interested in. You may have to provide some stats on your readership so they know that they’re getting quality advertising in return.
Book Reviews - Join the "Tell Harlequin" Reading Panel and they’ll send you free books in exchange for your opinions. You can also give your opinion on book covers and new book ideas. Christian publisher Bethany House has a book review program as well. They’ll send you periodic emails alerting you to available books. Once you request a book you agree to post a review on your website as well as on a retailer website like Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
By Alison Storm
Bare Necessities - Okay, so it's not free, but their buy one, get one 50% off bra sale through 08/31/2009 is a pretty darn good deal. Shop for brands like Vanity Fair, Playtex, Glamorise, and more.
Nike Store - Save an extra 20% off clearance prices with coupon code NKESTYLE through 08/24/2009. After all, if you're going to be out secret shopping a lot, you'll want to wear comfy shoes!
Park Seed -With your newfound free cash, spruce up your garden - maybe even plant some fruits & veggies to save on groceries! - and save $15 on orders over $49 with coupon code CHICSHADE, until 08/28/2009.
* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.
To make Black Friday shopping a little easier, here is a collection of the most popular stores and their ads. Click on a store's name, then start planning your shopping tactic by making a list and sticking to it. And don't forget to wear comfortable shoes, chances are you'll be waiting in long lines! Keep checking back, we'll be adding more as we find them. Enjoy and be safe.
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