Every now and then I’ll enter into that gray area of time where you have too much time to do nothing, but too little time to actually do something. An example would be you have 10 minutes before you’re supposed to leave your house for an appointment. If you left now, you’d arrive too early. But the flip-side is 10 minutes isn’t enough time for you accomplish certain tasks on your list. What I do during this time is engage in an activity that I like to call as “Bored Money”.
Bored Money is simply doing some simple tasks online, which you get paid for your time. Most of this comes from doing some surveys and looking at ads. There’s no program out there that will make you rich during this, but a few bucks here and there have been helpful for our family. Here’s a list of things that I have done and had good results with. *My definition of good results is that I am consistently given tasks and paid in a timely manner.
Pinecone Research is probably the best and most difficult research group to get into. About once a week, a survey will be sent to my inbox to answer some questions about home products. The pay is $3 per survey and they pay you via PayPal within 2 business days. Occasionally, a manufacturer will want to send you a product for you to try out and give feedback on based on your answers. I was lucky enough once to get a product in the mail (not allowed to disclose) and it wasn’t a trial size item either. It is difficult to sign up though as they only open their membership every so often.
Opinion Outpost has been a recent addition to my “Bored Money” category. I get 3-4 emails a week from them with various surveys to fill out. Unfortunately, I do not automatically qualify for these surveys which is unlike Pinecone, where you qualify for every survey sent to you. There is some time wasted filling out the basic info and not being eligible, but there’s enough coming your way to make it worthwhile. Opinion Outpost pay rate various depending on the length of the survey. They also pay out in points which can be redeemed for cash. Current rate is 1 point = $0.10. Most surveys I’ve had have come my way have paid 10 to 35 points ($1.00 to $3.50). My biggest payout was $10 for a survey twice in the past month. The downside with them is their payout option. Currently they will only mail you a check, which can take 4-8 weeks to process and a 50 point ($5) minimum is required. I haven’t cashed out yet, so I can’t speak on that experience just yet.
YouData is the easiest “Bored Money” program I’ve come across, but the pay out is very low. YouData simply has you view ads from time to time and visit the sponsor’s website. The pay is microscopic for these ads, typically 10 cents per ad but the amount of work on your end is simply to click your mouse button a few times. YouData pays out automatically every week, regardless of what amount you have, to your PayPal account. Another downside to YouData is that you have to remember to visit the site to see if you have any ads to look at. But if you have a minute to kill, this is the right program for you.
There’s no way you’ll make a killing off of these programs but a few dollars here and there while you have nothing else to do isn’t a bad thing. I mean, there’s a reason why it’s called “Bored Money”.