CEX- A second-hand/trade-in store

I don’t know if you’ve heard of CEX? I hadn’t until about 3 years ago, I think. CEX stands for Complete Entertainment Exchange. I thought it was about time I wrote about them, since I now mainly use them to trade in old DVDs as there is no minimum amount required and the payment is instant. That is if you trade-in, in-store. Please check out their website for online trade-ins because I’ve not used it.

We tend to treat CEX a bit like a library in our house, as they allow you to buy, sell and exchange technology products. According to their website, they have stores in the UK, Spain, USA, Ireland, India, Australia, Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico and Poland. So there might be one near you? We mainly use them for DVDs, but they will also take CDs in some larger stores. They also deal in computer games for various games consoles, mobile phones, computers and associated peripheries, laptops, iPods, iPads and more! I once traded in my old iPod with them and it was very straight-forward. They check all electrical items like that, so you get a ticket and leave it with them for 30 minutes or so- to protect them and the next person who comes along to buy your old stuff. Everything you buy comes with a 12-month warranty, so you’ve got additional peace of mind. You can choose to either receive cash or a voucher when trading-in. The voucher is worth more and valid for 1000 years! So you have plenty of time to spend it!!! You can even now choose to donate your money to charity- how fab is that.

I love the fact that one of the founding principles of CEX was to save the environment. They really got on board with zero waste about 20 year ago! They saw built-in obsolesce as a business opportunity as they recognised the need to recycle. Happily, they also saw that not everyone has the money (or has enough sense!) not to buy brand new and they thought that there would always be a market for these types of second-hand goods.

So you see, I think CEX is proof that second-hand, minimalism (i.e. don’t hold onto stuff that you no longer need) and zero waste really can change the world. They are also a really friendly place 🙂

P.S. I don’t work for them and they have not paid me to write this blog post!

Coping with Loss

You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for the last week. I lost one of my beautiful cats called Willow and I’ve needed to just take some time out. As I knew it was coming, I chose to spend all my time with her. I’m so grateful for our Minimalist lifestyle which allowed me the time and space to do so and my online earnings, without which I would not have been able to purchase her the treatment she needed. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, as my heart is still in pieces and I am getting choked up, even writing this.

Willow was only 6 and we only discovered recently that she had an inherited genetic condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease. As you can see she was a beautiful, long-haired tortoiseshell. These photos cannot show her personality which was definitely full of ‘tortietude’! I know these are just pictures of a cat to all of you reading this, but I look at every picture and I know my beautiful girl, inside and out. In every single one of these photos, she was at her happiest – even though some were taken near the end.

Her death was quite unexpected in the grand scheme of things, although for the last 2 months we have known she was not well and for the last month, we knew what was to come. It has been one of the hardest times of my life, although I have lost several cats before- I think this one hit hard because she was the first cat that I have been solely responsible for, rather than a family pet.

We chose to bury her our garden which has been lovely because we know she is close and can visit her, or even talk to her from the window. But it’s still been really hard and I was really moved when my husband suggested we purchase one of these Willow Tree ornaments called ‘With Affection’.

It is truly beautiful in its simplicity and says more than words ever can. It’s hand-made and hand-painted, despite being manufactured in China. You do feel that some care has gone into making it. From a Zero Waste point of view, it’s solid wood and metal and comes packaged in a cardboard box. Unfortunately it is padded with polystyrene and wrapped in plastic. However flippant it sounds, in this circumstance I am not bothered.

As a Minimalist, you know I am not one for purchasing random objects but this angel gives me comfort whenever I glance over at it. Grief is a funny thing and when you are in the midst of it, you have to try and cope the best way that you can. I may yet purchase a locket, so that I can keep a photo of Willow close to me at all times. It may sound stupid and unnecessary and I know she is not in these objects, but it doesn’t diminish their importance to me. Finally, we are going to have a photo book printed with all of our memories of her in it. Again, we could just keep our digital photos online but there is something comforting about having a book, a physical object that can be picked up at any time.

Perhaps I have not come so far on my Minimalist journey, as it seems I still attach significance to objects. I would be interested to hear how others have coped after a bereavement.

3 months without a lounge

We’re coming to the end of 3 months without a lounge! No TV, no sofa or armchairs, no dining room table or chairs, no curtains, blinds, lamps- literally nothing! We emptied our lounge to carry out renovations and it’s been an interesting lesson in what we can do without.


We’ve been sitting on the bed, instead of in arm chairs or in the summer months- we would use picnic chairs in the garden. Whilst the picnic chairs were lovely on hot days- it’s not so much fun now it’s cold. Also after a while, they get really uncomfortable. The thing we both want back most of all is our 3 piece suite! Secondly, the dining room table was also missed greatly- it’s so important for conversations, good digestion and just a more pleasant meal occasion, including entertaining. It also proves useful for any other task you want to complete- like sewing, drawing or just spreading a large book open.

We’ve been using on-demand internet streaming to watch the occasional hour of TV and our laptops to watch the odd DVD. In a lot of ways we haven’t missed the TV, my other half hardly watched it anyway whereas I definitely watched it too much. I often put it on for company when I was in the house on my own all day. I thought I’d missed it quite a bit and then I turned it on again. Within 15 minutes I couldn’t take it’s blaring, loud and flashy programmes. Everything seems so fast-paced and over-the-top and I turned it off. I’ve much preferred the more thoughtful, intellectual and gentle content of Radio 4. It does make you realise how much they’ve dumbed down television and even on the BBC, it’s purely about entertainment no matter what the content. All that said, I think that I will want to watch some carefully chosen programmes on it and the occasional film. Time will tell if this is the case and whether we keep it longer term.

I think we own too many DVDs, given how infrequently we watch them and (thankfully) our cheap DVD tower hasn’t stood up to being stored in the garage and is splitting in the middle. That is not coming back in the room and so the DVD collection will have to be further downsized! (No, I promise I did not take a hammer to it!) A quick scan on the WeBuyBooks app uncovers that we have £200-£300 worth of DVDs sitting around our house! No doubt we will be selling and trading some in very soon.

We think that we are going to return our bookcase to the lounge, as I feel that there have been occasions when I have wanted a book and have been disappointed that it’s been packed away in a box (boxes!) However, we both think the bookcase is ugly and so I think we’d both secretly like it to go. My other half thinks I have too many unread books (it’s true!) and so, I am doubtful that most of these will be returning to our space either.

My one indulgence has been a china cabinet, as my other half points out – it serves only to display china – not minimalist at all! However, it is a piece of Art Deco beauty and I can’t believe I found it in a charity shop. I will use it to display some of our everyday crockery which is Portmierion Crazy Daisy and very beautiful. I will never tire of looking at it and I have never regretted putting a high quality dinner service on our wedding list. It is something that will last a lifetime and always look good.


We had inherited a dining table from family and it had a wonky leg, we both hated it because it was ridiculously large (seated 8 which we rarely need). It had these 2 additional leaves, but because they didn’t fold under they had these great big pieces of wood sticking out and were a nightmare to store. So we ended up having to have the whole thing out all the time. We took the opportunity to get rid of that and bought a much more sensibly sized drop-leaf table from eBay. It’s a really minimalist piece of design by Ercol known as the plank table (although ours has dropped leaves at each end). I think it’s an utter design classic and will never date due to its simplicity. Alongside this, an extended family member died and we were offered the opportunity to purchase any furniture we would like. We were fortunate to find that they had 2 blonde wood Ercol Goldsmith Carver chairs (like these) to go with our table and I had also picked up another Ercol Hoop-Backed blonde wood chair for £2 at a jumble sale! Here it is after rubbing it down, it was splattered with paint but it’s looking fine now. I just need to finish it with something to protect the beautiful wood.


Ideally, we’d like to find a 4th Ercol chair to complete our mismatched set. They are as solid as the day they were made in the 1950s (you can date them by their labels) and should last forever. Again, I don’t think they will ever date and this mid-century design is becoming the modern antique (hugely sought after).

Finally, we opted to get rid of the carpet which with cats was constantly getting ruined in various ways! After much thought, we decided to install real Oak parquet flooring. We could have spent half as much on a ‘plastic’ carpet which was not something we wanted to do. We could have spent the same amount on a wool carpet but in 10-15 years, it would probably have needed replacing. Instead, we opted for this beautiful hardwood flooring which is an art form in itself. It will certainly outlive us – the estimated lifespan is 150 years. We did look at installing second-hand parquet but there are many reasons (just search the net) why we felt this was not the answer for us. It is so lovely to look at and it looks different at different times of day, as the light changes which is much more interesting the flat, matte carpet. Now we have endured the disruption of renovating and putting this room back together, we will never have to worry about flooring again except for re-finishing in about 30 years time. The only other thing that will need refreshing every 10-15 years is the paintwork.


I will be posting some before and after pictures soon, just as soon as we are able to return all the furniture to the room. I don’t want to give it all away just yet! Have you ever had the opportunity to ‘lose’ a room like this? Did it spur you into minimising? Do share your stories in the comments.

Swagbucks- A ‘How To’ Guide

As many of my regular readers will know, I am talking about the ways I earn money on-line. These help me to pursue my Minimalist and Zero Waste ideals, allow me to work less and stay at home more and allow me to be more generous in my giving. Many of you have recently signed up to Swagbucks, following my endorsement of the site as one of the best ways to earn money on-line. I thought a ‘how to’ guide might be of use – I know it took me a while to get the hang of it.

Homepage tabs  – top to bottom on the left hand side

Shop: You can earn Swagbucks by shopping online with a wide variety of merchants. Click through to the site from Swagbucks to earn SB. I generally prefer to use the cashback sites I have previously mentioned, as I find the rates here poor. But they do have special offers from time to time. If you do choose to use Swagbucks, then make sure you clear your cookies and cache first, to try and ensure it tracks your purchase.

Watch: Earn points by watching Swagbucks TV, can watch videos from watch or via the SB toolbar (10 videos to fill the meter = 3SB). I find this fairly painful to do, as it doesn’t progress unless you sit with it open all the time. So I generally don’t bother – unless I’m really desperate!

Answer: Surveys, Daily Poll, Tasks
Gold Surveys: Answer surveys to earn points from various sources, including GlobalTestMarket, ResearchNow and Toluna. Points/length vary, usually you will get 1SB per survey disqualification (up to 5SB/day), unless it is starred to indicate no payout (usually when it goes through another router). These are your best bet to meet your target quickly and easily, so make sure to fill out your survey profiles for which you will also get awarded 2 SB per 10 questions. This is quick and easy to do. Sometimes you will get screened out for a variety of reasons, including; disqualification because you do not meet the criteria (usually established within a few questions), disqualification because you made an error (sometimes progressing too quickly, writing nonsense answers or making another validation error) or because the survey has met its required number of participants.

I recommend you take a screenshot of the completion page for every survey you complete, in case you are not credited and need to raise a support request to be credited later. This does not happen often, but it usually ensure you are credited for you time.

Peanut Labs Surveys (sometimes referred to as PL) are usually lower paying, so look here second. But they are useful on slower days and are sometimes really short & easy to complete. They will also give you up to 5SB per day in disqualification credits (useful on a slow day!)
Daily Poll: 1 question, 1SB per day (also appears on the homepage menu)
Tasks: Requires signup to Crowdflower. I’ve never believed tasks to be worthwhile and I feel they pay an absolute pittance. There are better and more reliable ways to earn. But if you’re used to crowd-sourcing sites, then you might like to give it a go.

Discover: Usually not worth bothering with, many of the offers won’t pay out or will require payment of some kind. Almost always they require either an email address or a phone number which will then get spammed constantly. My advice is to sign up for a separate email account or phone number to use for these sign-up offers. You can also download and install iOS/Android apps onto your phone for SB. These must be brand new apps that you have never downloaded before. I do these from time-to-time, but often they don’t credit. But they can be an easy way to get fast SB, or a total pain if you have to chase it up with the offer wall!

Search: Random amounts of Swagbucks are won from random searches, up to 3 wins a day, sometimes you might be lucky & get 4 wins. But these days I only get 1 win per day and some users report even less. Still worthwhile doing your searches here for the SB, although they use Yahoo which isn’t a patch on Google! I always use the search bar at the top of the homepage to do my searches. You will almost always need to input a captcha to claim your search win SB.

Play: Earn points by playing games for free, 2SB usually awarded for every 2 games completed, up to a max of 10SB a day. I alternate between Swag Jump and Swagasaurus run as these are the fastest. You need to wait 30 seconds between each game, to try and ensure credit but they don’t credit reliably for me and I have to go out and come back in to it later. You don’t need a specific score, so click to play and allow the dinosaur to fall off the cliff or the man to fall.

Rewards: Rewards Store, Swagstakes
– Rewards Store: Link to the Swagbucks store where you can redeem your swagbucks balance against e-giftcards such as Paypal, Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, etc
– Swagstakes: Use your swagbucks balance to buy tickets for draws to win prizes. This is gambling, so I don’t know why you’d bother to waste your hard earned Swagbucks here, but maybe it’s your thing?

To Do List

  1. Daily Poll (mentioned above) – 1sb/day
  2. Daily nCrave (watch 1 series of nCrave video, takes about 1 1/2 mins)
  3. Daily Search (mentioned above, make 1 winning search win)
  4. Daily Watch (Earn SB on your phone)
  5. Daily Discover (Use one of the offer walls successfully, look for a 1 SB video or download an app if you can). But this is the one I generally don’t achieve most days).
  6. Daily Answer (Complete 1 survey)
  7. Deal of the Day (Click through to be taken to a shop & earn page, you don’t need to make a purchase).

If you complete 6 out of 7 on this list, you will be awarded a random SB bonus (usually only 1 SB, but sometimes more).

Quick Links
— SwagButton: Browser extension that will alert you about swag codes, some swag codes are only valid when submitted via the SwagButton (not the Swag Code box at the top of the homepage). I personally don’t use this as I had a bad experience with a previous version crashing my computer and it was full of spyware and malware. Use at your own risk!
— Mobile Apps: There are 6 apps (see below for more info), can get 60sb/day minimum (more if bonus offers appear). These are the main way I get to my daily target as they can usually be left to run unattended and on silent.

Homepage Top Nav – left to right at the top of the homepage

Search: Can search the web (for possible SB wins) or shop (to see current offers)

Swag Code: If there is a current swag code, can enter it here (see above re: some codes only being valid via the SwagButton). Codes are generally valid for 1 hour when posted and copying and pasting is the quickest way to redeem them. Some are only valid for a specific country. There is a thread dedicated to Swag Codes here: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5067514 so you can subscribe to get e-mail alerts instantly. I highly recommend you use this!

Daily Goal: You can enter more SBs by meeting your first or second daily goal (see below for more info)

Refer & Earn: Gives you forms/links to use for referrals

Inbox: Swagbucks may sometimes send you offers to your Swagbucks inbox found here, this can occasionally include survey opportunities and extra videos. Most of the time I find these hugely irrelevant and annoying, so I just trash them immediately. Unfortunately you cannot opt out currently.

[XXX SB]: This is your current Swagbucks balance

[SB Icon/Your Avatar]:Drop down menu
– My SB: Swagbucks ledger of points received over the full history, can be filtered by earning types and date, and record of collectors bills received (see below)
– Redeem SB: link to Swagbucks store
– My Shop & Earn: record of shop & earn qualifying orders
– My Swag Ups: list of earned swag ups (can be instant rebates when redeeming SB, or be linked to SB shop purchases)
– My Gift Cards: Your received gift cards
– Order Status: Record of all giftcard orders
– My Referrals: record of your referrals and how much they have earned for you.
– My Swagstakes: Record of Swagstakes entries
– My Settings: including survey profiles

Daily Goal (Bonus Targets)
Swagbucks have individual daily targets for users, your target is shown at the top left of your homepage with a meter showing your progress. By hitting the target they have set you you will earn yourself a bonus for that day [daily meter bonus] (generally 10% of the target, so 100SB target = 10SB bonus).

You will have 2 targets each day (1st = blue and 2nd = red), if you meet the 2nd target you get that amount of SB, not the total of 1st/2nd targets (e.g. 1st target 70SB for 7SB bonus, 2nd target 90SB for 9SB bonus; if you earn 72SB you will get 7SB bonus, if you earn 90SB you will get 9SB bonus). You can earn larger additional bonuses when you consistently meet your daily targets in a ‘winning streak’, winning streaks are recorded by meeting your 1st/blue daily target only and run by the calendar month. You can see which winning streak you’ve achieved by clicking “Show My Winning Streaks”). A day can only count in 1 winning streak and it is the maximum number of days you get in a row, ie 15 days in a row in 1 month you would get paid 1 bonus for 14 days only plus the daily bonuses for all 15 days, you can get separate winning streaks though ie 2 runs of 7 day streaks that were separate in that month.
Winning Streak Bonuses (meter super bonus)
– 7 Straight Days: 25 SB + Daily Bonuses
– 14 Straight Days: 100 SB + Daily Bonuses
– 21 Straight Days: 200 SB + Daily Bonuses
– Full month: 300 SB + Daily Bonuses

I highly recommend you try to meet your full month target, as it adds a nice top-up each month for free! It is doable, I meet it everyday.

You can see your history of daily targets if you click the calendar icon in the top right next to today’s date, from there you can click on any day and it will display what your targets were and how many SB you earned that day.

Bonuses are paid once a month by the 5th of the following month (e.g. Dec bonuses paid 5th Jan), they are not paid daily. They are paid as 2 amounts 1 for the Daily Meter Bonuses and 1 for the Super Meter Bonuses (winning streaks). You have to opt-in to collect your bonus. Your Daily Meter dropdown will have a large badge telling you to check your bonus, if you click on that it will display the bonus you’ve earned. You have to click Claim Bonus to get your bonus amounts. You generally have 2 weeks to do this once the bonuses have been calculated at the start of the month.

Can be found on the Watch page, but does not appear all the time/for everyone. Usually the offerings are links that you can click on (need to stay on the pages for a set amount of time for it to credit), or pages with content/videos (sometimes these can auto-update if there’s a Discover toggle in the top left, you need to stay on the page for it to progress). Generally it’s 2-3SB per page and this can be repeated many times, so a good earner when it’s available. I usually only do 1 or 2 of these a day, as I think they’re a slow and painful way to earn!

Instant Surveys
These appear on the homepage in the Answer section. They will always be the first card displayed (immediately to the right of Answer) – they are green and say “Instant”. They usually go quite quickly (sometimes in a couple of minutes). Generally they’re only 1-2 questions and are worth anywhere from 4sb to 20+ sb. Well worth doing!

Mobile Apps (Available on iOS and Android)

All award 2SB for watching videos (15 videos for 2SB on all except SB TV which is 5 videos for 2SB). You can earn 10SB per app, plus any bonus rounds. Bonus rounds are awarded once you’ve reached your 10SB. It will say you’ve reached your earning limit but you’ve qualified for a bonus round and tell you to watch X videos for 2SB more. These can repeat so if you’re willing to let it sit for a long time you can earn quite a bit extra. Bonus rounds are random, so don’t count on them. Do SBTV first, as it’s quicker to pay out if you need the SB.

SB Blog (http://blog.uk.swagbucks.com/)
Top right: Hourly Random Winner: If your picture/username comes up here you can claim 1000SB, check regularly while you are online.

Homepage cards
The majority of the homepage under the search box is made up of ‘cards’ these are links to various earning opportunities.

Other Useful Info
The Swagbucks day starts and ends at 8am our time in the UK (except when UK/US daylight savings times are offset, then it’s 7am). Their Facebook pages are a good source of info, though tends to be relating to offers in US rather than here (Swagbucks and Swagbucks UK).
Collectors Bills
Sometimes Swagbucks release limited edition collections of ‘swagbills’ of various denominations on a theme which you can earn on searches randomly (as you normally would get a search win). If you collect them all during a specified time limit, you earn a bonus (usually 25SB  which does not count towards your daily target).

Sometimes Swagbucks run ‘team challenges’, you can join one of the teams to contribute points to that team by going about your normal daily earning, the members of the winning team get a bonus (usually 25SB does not count towards your daily target).

Pay outs take between  1-10 days to receive once requested (they send an email once it is fulfilled), occasionally it takes longer! It is up to you when you cash out, but I personally cash out at the lowest amount I am prepared to lose (often £10, sometimes £25). Swagbucks has been around for years, but sometimes these internet earning sites do go down without warning. You will be asked to verify your order – this is via the verify link which will ask you one of your security questions OR by email. I use security questions. At some point, often when placing your first order, you will be asked to verify your account. This only needs to be done once. The option to do this via mobile phone does not work for UK users, so will have to be done via postcard sent to the address in your profile. Postcards take around 7 to 10 days to arrive and will contain a PIN number for you to enter.

I hope that helps you to get started and isn’t completely overwhelming. There is a great thread about Swagbucks on the MoneySavingExpert Forums which you really should read. I would like to acknowledge their thread as my source for this post. Please ask here if you have any questions too. Happy Swagging!

Zero Waste Grocery Shopping


I’ve started trying to cycle more recently. When I was a teenager, I cycled everywhere – almost every day of the week because it was my only form of transport. I went down about 2 dress sizes and felt better for it. Where I live, the local council has shut the main road for 4 months whilst major repairs are carried out. The resultant traffic jams are not something I wish to endure and so, I was encouraged to get my bike out again. I live a few minutes from an old railway cutting which is now used as a trailway and in the same amount of time it used to take me to drive and park to one of the nearest towns – I can cycle to it! The trailway is tranquil, full of wildlife and it’s now become something I really look forward to.

To aid my pedal-power journeys, I recently purchased this Cath Kidston bike basket (I’m not a brand snob, I found it dirt cheap in T.K. Maxx). On the up side, it’s mostly metal and can be removed and used as a shopping basket too – handy! I also bought this Gelpadz saddle cover, as after my first venture – my bum was killing me. I’ve had this gorgeous Hello Kitty Liberty Print water bottle for 2-3 years now – another T.K. Maxx find! On Cath Kidston’s website they were also selling a large, re-usable cloth drawstring liner bag for this basket. A great idea, as everything can be bundled in and then easily removed once home. I plan to make myself one ASAP.

Now, onto the important things, food – these cloth bags are homemade, I hope to put up a tutorial soon! They were made from fabric scraps and saved ribbons. That large blue print you can see is a Laura Ashley fabric – another passion of mine! I go to the local greengrocer and buy everything loose, placing it in my own cloth bags. I only have a few currently – need to make more – so I re-use brown paper bags for the rest. Today I bought carrots, bananas, apples and a cauliflower. We are lucky enough to have a choice of local butchers and they don’t mind at all if I take my own re-usable container for my meat – like for these tasty, local sausages.

Well, that’s all for today – I hope this post encourages you to get on your bike and shop locally. I’d love to see what Zero Waste gems you have found!

Surveys, surveys and a little more Swagbucks

I really hope that you’re getting on amazingly and making money already from all the different survey sites I’ve been telling you about.

You’ve seen me write about Swagbucks a lot on here, if you’re a regular reader. It’s a site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, John Lewis, New Look, or PayPal cash.

This month, you can get a 400 SB bonus through my site. How? It’s really easy:

1. Sign up through this link

2. Earn 300 SB before November 1st – that’ll get you a 300 SB bonus applied at the beginning of November.

3. Complete just ONE survey before November 4th and you’ll get an additional bonus of 100 SB.

So let’s recap – if you do all of those things, you’ll have at least 700 SB to spend. Plus, there are all sorts of great deals and other earning opportunities all October long, so why stop at 300 SB? You could earn A LOT more… like this fridge/freezer I was able to purchase FOR FREE a couple of weeks ago. Sign up now!

*I will earn some bonus SB if you sign up using my link, so thanks!

Viewsbank- Survey Site

Viewsbank* is a survey site I visit every few days. They are generally not high payers, but they offer lots of short few minute long surveys that pay a few pence each. This adds up each day and then they have some higher paying projects a few times per year. They have recently added Toluna surveys to their site, so surveys are becoming more frequent. (You can sign up to Toluna on their own site, but I got so sick of the high number of screen outs that I prefer to do them through other sites that assess your eligibility before you start).

If you input when your insurances are up for renewal, Viewsbank will contact you just prior and offer to pay you for getting your insurance quotes! This is usually around £25 and I think it is worthwhile for  getting 6 quotes and something I will be doing anyway. This payment then makes it easy to cash out with them. They are reliable payers, but unless you are going to to their insurance quote work, it is unlikely to be worthwhile. They upped their minimum payment threshold to £12 last year and it would take me years to get to that doing just their micro surveys. Although you may find it different, especially if you do Toluna surveys through them.

*I will get 10p if you sign up through my link.

YouGov- Survey Site

EDIT: September 2018 – I’ve stopped using this site as it’s now taking almost 2 years to receive a £50 payout, despite doing almost every survey they send me. In my eyes, that’s a ridiculously low return and they’ve added in a lot of ways to take more of your time and effectively get extra info for free.

YouGov is another survey site, although it’s more of a slow burner for me, as it takes me about 1 year to work up to the £50 needed to receive a payout. Most of the surveys are either related to the UK Government and politics, or ITV. Occasionally they also have product surveys. I guess that’s because of their major clients?

They regularly send out email links to surveys which pay usually from 50 points upwards. The great thing is that most of their surveys are short 5-7 minutes, some 20 minute surveys and occasionally a longer one for 45 minutes to 1 hour (usually when you watch and rate a TV programme).

You need to be careful at the end of the survey not to click to enter the prize draw (unless that’s your thing) and keep your points in your account, so you can withdraw them as cash. Personally I’d rather have cold, hard cash than a ‘chance’ at a prize! I’ve never had a problem receiving payment. But details of the prize draw can be found here if that’s your thing, there are 5 cash prizes each month and then some bonus points. I feel that the chances of winning are small, given that they claim to have 800,000 UK respondents. If you got 50 points for completing a survey, I believe that would equate to 50 entries into the draw.

Sometimes their surveys require you to watch a to programme, either from a video link or occasionally in real-time, in which case you need to download some software onto your smartphone in advance. But they email you about this in plenty of time and with full instructions. It’s quite nice being paid to watch TV and rate it, unless it’s an awful programme (which it often is in my opinion, but then I’m not a massive fan of ITV!!!) But then, at least you can tell someone that you hate it!

You must be over 16 years of age and reside in the UK to sign up. There may be a YouGov panel in your country, since they do operate worldwide, so I’d advise you do an internet search.