Strange words from the 5 Year Olds mouth

Kids always come out with weird stuff dont they? Or is that just my daughter? Over the last few months she has been coming out with some rather odd stuff..

Admittedly having the parents she has its hardly surprising as we aren’t exactly ‘normal’ but even I’m a little shocked by the following things she has come out with recently…

  • Can I get a my little pony? Then cut its eyes out and chop its hair off, pull out the stuffing and colour it in and make a zombie pony?
  • Mum can I have some dead squirrels? So I can draw with them and make things out of them?
  • I’m going to buy vanish gold for my birthday. So I can throw it in your face and video it and put it on youtube. That would be so funny!
  • (Latest one! April) Mummy so & so has a willy, he told me! Daddy doesn’t though…

My Favourite product tests so far this year

I’m sharing my favourite product tests so far this year as it’s quite nice to see what is possible. The world of product testing and reviews is huge and I’m so glad to be a part of it.

My Favourite product tests:

LGG4

As I mentioned previously TheInsiders sent me my lovely LGG4 along with the LG Tone Infinim Bluetooth headphones back in may which was a lovely surprise as I entered the Campaign unsure if the site was legit or not even after doing some research.


Luckily for me TheInsiders really are legit and I was able to test both items. For the campaign I had to enter a photo competition which unfortunately I didn’t win as I was stuck indoors with a teething baby most of the time, I also had to write a review for them and was then allowed to keep the phone and headset. I have really come to love the phone as it covers the main things I look for in a phone, Good camera, good battery & speedy with good connectivity. 

The LGG4 has an amazing 16MP Camera as well as an 8MP front facing camera which is used daily by myself and both my daughters who now love a good selfie haha! The battery in comparison to my HTC ONE X I previously owned is impressive even with my overuse. The system keeps up with me at least 98% of the time even with my photo gallery overflowing and killing the memory.

I had a lot of problems with the ONE X when it came to wifi however with the LGG4 I’m not only able to connect via wifi anywhere in my flat but also approx 100-150m range from my home! Rather handy for friends with no credit/data to let us know they are here haha! All in all a perfect phone for me and one I would most definitely recommend!

Relentless

My second favourite isn’t technically a product test of my own but my Mr’s, He completed a survey and we received a 4 pack of relentless which just so happens to be my favourite drink 😉

Jacobs Cracker Crisps

Doing a campaign for Bzzagent I received a box containing Jacobs cracker crisps in all 3 varieties, Thai sweet chilli, Sea salt & balsamic vinegar and Cream& chive along with a few vouchers to hand out. I like the Thai sweet chilli but I can’t eat too many at once, Sea salt & Balsamic vinegar isn’t a flavour for me at all, however, the Cream and chive were absolute heaven! I could (and did!) eat a whole bag to myself, they are so moreish and lovely dipped in Philadelphia, these are going to become a regular snack for me.

Garnier Ultimate Blends

Another Campaign run by Bzzagent was the Garnier Ultimate blends nourishing repairer collection, In the box, I received a lovely big bottle of Shampoo, Conditioner and 2x 1-minute hair treatment. After testing them for a few weeks and having impressive result’s I have swapped to the range but I am currently trying out The marvellous transformer collection and again I am pleased with the results and has even made me make time to straighten my hair regularly. There is a wide range of collections available to suit every hair type I would most definitely recommend finding the right collection for you and trying it out for yourself!

Pretty flowers On The Way To Physio

I spotted these pretty flowers on my walk to physio last week. They really stood out so I had to take photo! I love seeing bursts of colourful flowers dotted around, it makes such a difference.

Pretty Flowers 

Pretty Flowers

Since winning my LGG4 I am really enjoying taking photo’s of everything. Last month a took a shot of my stretch marks which I’m quite proud of too. I love how you can capture the beauty of everything with a camera handy.

Do you enjoy taking photo’s 

Stretch Marks

My stretch marks after having my 2 beautiful daughters. Taken with the LGG4 I won!

Stretch marks

I used to hate my body before children and it’s been a learning curve since. One thing I have learnt to love is my stretch marks. They remind me my body has been useful enough to carry two healthy girls into this world. It might not be ‘pretty’ but these stretch marks tell a story.

Product Reviews & WOM Campaigns

I take part in Product Reviews and WOM campaigns alongside taking surveys. With most of these, I also receive vouchers to hand out to friends and family. I hand these vouchers out when I tell people about the product I have received.

Product Reviews

Several of the Survey site’s I use randomly invite me, however, there’s also 2 specific product reviewing sites that I use and have absolutely loved reviewing for.

Buzzagent

The one I use the most is Bzzagent you regularly check the site for surveys and once invited to receive a product you are given several ways to spread the word and write reviews earning you reputation points towards your Bzz Score. The higher your Bzz score the more likely you are to receive products to test and review. I’ve been with this site now since 2013 and have received a range of products from Ribena, Vanish, Jacobs amongst others. You usually get a few money off vouchers to share with your friends to help spread the word too! If you are a Tesco Clubcard holder you can register to earn points for Bzzing too!

TheInsider

The second site I’ve joined within the last year, TheInsider has invited me to join 3 campaigns so far, one for Purina Cat food which I never received but admittedly forgot to chase up and the second is the reason I’m still signed up… An LGG4 phone with an LG infinitim Bluetooth headset!

I signed up to test the phone thinking I would never actually receive it until to my amazement it arrived! For 6 weeks I had to take part in competitions testing the phones camera capabilities (amazing even for a total amateur like me!), reviewing both products and showing friends and family the phone and asking them to take part in a questionnaire on the phone once I’ve let them have a play with it. All 200 participants got to keep both products in the end. You earn points based on your activity throughout campaigns, the more active you are, the more points you earn and the more likely you are to be chosen for future campaigns. The third campaign I have just signed up for and if I’m lucky ill be blogging about it soon!

Survey sites, do they really pay?

A lot of people that know me know I use survey sites as well as write product reviews and constantly ask me how to get started and how they all work, so here’s a few Q&A’s. Check out my latest post on Survey sites here too.

Survey sites

Survey Sites do they really pay?

Q. Do they really pay out?

A. Yes. If you are actually willing to put the effort in. Come on people you cant expect a miracle, if you’re not the type of person that can sit at a computer for hours on end asking similar questions properly then just don’t even bother setting up accounts, to earn you have to be dedicated.

Q. How long does it take to earn my payout?

A. This one I cant give a time frame for as it all comes down to the individual site, survey frequencies, and time put in completing surveys. Some sites can build up in weeks others literally will take you years.

Q. How do these sites payout?

A. Some pay via BAC’s, bank transfer, Paypal, Amazon credit, High street vouchers & gifts.

 

Q. Which sites are best?

A. Each site is unique so it all depends what your interested in sharing your opinions on, how regularly you want to be doing surveys, and what rewards you would prefer.

Q.How long does it take to receive my rewards?

A. Some sites are instant others can take up to 6 weeks, I have noted on each listing below how quickly they payout.

Most survey sites will give you free prize draw entries on completion of surveys, some you can use your points towards more entries too.

Here is a list of 10 survey sites I find the best for me.

  1. Opinion outpost – This site builds up quite quickly anywhere from 5-25 points generally with the option to cash-out once you reach 50 points (£2.50) via paypal, Amazon or  build up 200 points (£10)for an Itunes voucher. This site does email you occasionally with surveys available but I find it is best to check in several times across the day and average payouts of £5-15 per month. (Please note all payout estimations are based on visiting and checking the site for surveys at least once per day). This site is an instant payout.
  2. Opinion world – Opinion outposts sister site, works in a similar way again with points. You can set the frequency of survey emails received or check daily. Again offering an Amazon gift card from 250 points (£2.50), 1000 points (£10) for paypal or Itunes or a £10 gift e-voucher of your choice from a fairly big selection. I’m unable to put an estimation on this site as I use this mainly for Amazon and only as and when needed but I imagine you could easily make the same per month as on Opinion outpost. Instant payout.
  3.  YourSayPays – Another good site to check daily! This site is the simplest one out of them all. You are paid anywhere from 5p per survey and can redeem once you reach £20 via PayPal or Amazon vouchers. I rarely receive emails from this site but log on daily and usually have at least 1/2 surveys a day to fill out. I average a £20 payout every 4-6 months. Up to 30 days to receive payouts.
  4. OnePoll – This site is similar to YourSayPays and is well worth checking daily. The payout threshold is £40 paid via BACS or paypal. It can take anywhere from 6-12months to build up depending on how regularly you check the site. Payouts can take up to 28 days.
  5. I-Say – This site regularly has surveys and if kept on top of you can easily earn the 1380 points (£10) every 2-3months. This site pays out via vouchers (Compliments, Amazon, John lewis & Leisure). Amazon vouchers are received via email & the others are posted out. This site gives from 5-25 points even if you don’t qualify for a survey. Takes up-to 4 weeks to receive vouchers.
  6. Univox Community – This site I’ve been signed up to for a while but forgot about it until recently, in the 2months I have been checking daily for surveys I have reached the $25 Amazon payout (£16.05). Most surveys I dont get through however the 5 points you get per survey you are disqualified from soon builds up! With the addition of the univox community forum & polls you have an even better chance of reaching your threshold sooner! Payouts can take up to 30 days to process.
  7. GlobalTestMarket – This site always has surveys available however I get through on very few yet still manage to get a payout once every 3-4 months. This site is great however the minimum requirement to redeem your points is 1000. This site pays out in a huge variety of ways including Paypal, Amazon, Nectar, Itunes, Boots, and many MANY more! I tend to go for Paypal (544 points x 2 to redeem = £30!). Physical merchandise and paper vouchers will generally be delivered to winners’ doors within 4-6 weeks from order date, unless otherwise specified in the Rewards Zone. Truck-shipped and speciality items are generally delivered within 6-8 weeks from order date, unless otherwise specified in the Rewards Zone.
  8. MySurvey – GlobalTestMarket sister site, this site works in a similar way however unlike global where you need 1000 points and have to order over 1000 points worth each time this site allows you to redeem your points as soon as you reach your target. Again this site like its sister site pays out in a huge variety of ways including paypal & Amazon from as little as £3 paypal.
  9. Vivatic – This site allows you to earn cash doing a variety of things including surveys, connecting to accounts, cash offers, polls/competitions, tasks & writing jobs. I cant put a time frame on payouts for this site as I tend to forget about this one, which is a shame as when I spend a bit of time on this site I can build up cash quite quickly. Payment threshold is £20 via paypal only and is credited to your account on the last working day of the following month.
  10. MyVoice – This site sends you emails regularly for surveys, once you reach 2000 points you can redeem a £20 voucher including Amazon, Argos, Boots & more. If you are screened out of a survey it pays out 5 points. (Taken from Myvoice FAQS – We gather your Amazon voucher requests and send them to Amazon once a week. We send Amazon codes every Thursday/Friday. If you requested your voucher on a Thursday therefore it can take up to 7 days to get it. If you requested your voucher on a Wednesday it will be up to 2 days.)

I have received payouts from all of these survey sites listed, some quite regularly with no issues so far.

To receive more surveys keep your profiles updated regularly, some such as Univox even credit you for updating your profile too!

Answering questions honestly and to the best of your ability enables you to access more surveys more regularly.

You do occasionally have hiccups where a survey might not work, usually passing on the details to the survey panel helps resolve the problem so the survey can be reissued, some will credit your account and others just acknowledge there was an error but it was unresolvable.

All in all if you have some spare time and are generally sat on a pc/laptops this is a brilliant way to make some extra cash, its never going to be a permanent well paying income but it helps out with birthday’s and Christmas and is well worth doing.

There are loads more survey sites out there this is just a broken down list of some I use the most however you may find others that are more suited to yourself, take a look around, read some reviews and see what you think.