Grinding away at surveys to get paid a few bucks is no fun. Winning a $500 Visa gift card is.
I found this survey site while I was looking for sites that could possibly qualify as side-hustles to make extra cash with. But can you really make money with the CVS Advisor Panel survey site?
I’m all about the side-hustle mentality—and to be honest, we should all be. It’s hard enough to make ends meet (much less to get ahead) these days with just a ‘regular’ job. So having a side hustle can really help you out, in a number of different ways. Making extra money is never a bad thing.
But… finding a method that works? That's the tricky part!
Would this site prove to be side-hustle worthy? Would it make the cut and prove to be worth my time?
Here’s what I found out.
Taking A Closer Look At The CVS Advisor Panel
If when I say ‘CVS,’ you are wondering if I mean, like, ‘CVS’ the drug store—then yes. This is literally a CVS panel. Here is what the landing page has to say about it.
“What is the CVS Advisor Panel? It's a group of CVS customers who have volunteered to share opinions and feedback.”
The page also says that after you register, you will get links to online surveys a few times per year.
Right here, I can tell that this site (located at cvs.opinioninsight.com) is probably not going to cut it as a side-hustle—mostly because of the fact that they only send out a few surveys every year. But then again… I was not completely sure what this meant. Did this mean 3 surveys a year, or 12? Also, how much do you actually get paid for each one?
These were the next questions on my agenda to answer… so that’s what I focused on next.
I decided to take a look at the FAQ section first, just to see what I could figure out.
Taking A Look At The FAQ Section Of The CVS Advisor Panel
I learned some pretty interesting things from this part of the website. First of all, I learned that rewards are paid out as ‘ExtraBucks,’ coupons. So that is a little bit of a let-down. This means that you can really only use the rewards at CVS. So if you are not a CVS shopper, then this survey site just might not appeal to you… at all.
Luckily, I do have a list of things that I could buy at CVS each week. I do not always buy them at CVS… but I would if I had ExtraBucks to spend. So for me, this opportunity was not yet a total write-off.
I also learned that you do not receive any ExtraBucks for completing your survey profile. But then again, this didn’t really surprise me at all.
And finally (this might go without saying, but I will say it anyway), I learned that the surveys given out by this website are mostly about how CVS can improve their business. So yeah… that is what you can expect to be asked about if you sign up for this service and take their surveys.
So this pretty much covers what I learned in the FAQ. Now, the only thing left to do was to register. So that’s what I did next.
Signing Up For The CVS Advisor Panel
To begin this process, you need to find the ‘Join Today’ button, located on the menu at the left side of the page. Here is where I was taken after that.
This was the first page in what seemed to be an introductory survey, which would allow me to begin (and maybe complete?) my profile.
So I started to fill out the profile. I was asked for my birthdate, my age, and whether or not I worked for a marketing agency, etc. But then, I was asked to enter my CVS ExtraCare card number. I do not have one, so I tried to skip this question.
But it didn’t work.
After a little bit of research, I realized that I had overlooked something. In the FAQ, it pretty much states that anyone who would want to join this panel must also be an ExtraCare card holder at CVS. It didn’t catch my attention the first time around because the wording almost made it sound like I wasn’t required to do this if I didn’t want to… but I guess it actually is required.
You can apply to get a CVS ExtraCare card at any store, or by calling them at 800-SHOP-CVS.
I spent a moment contemplating my options here. I live in a pretty small rural town, and the nearest CVS is actually about an hour away from me. Granted, I do go to that town at least once every two weeks or so… but it certainly didn’t seem like it was worth a special trip just to sign up for this card.
I could have called them… but I am not a huge fan of using the phone to do these types of things.
So this left me with a choice. I could either use the phone (despite the fact that I am not usually into that) to sign up for the card, or I could just skip the whole thing and assume that this is not going to be a lucrative-enough side hustle opportunity to warrant the extra trouble
Some Thoughts About The CVS Advisor Panel Survey Site
As I was doing the research about this site and trying to figure out if it may actually be a good site for me to make some extra money on, I became aware of a few things about it that might be helpful to note. First of all, I noticed that it all had to do with CVS. If you do not like CVS and never shop there, then this is probably not the survey site for you.
Secondly, I noticed that you will not get very many surveys on this site. Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing… but it does keep it from being a side-hustle-level opportunity.
But I also noticed that you will be notified via email if you do get a survey—which means that if you want to join, you can just kind of sign up and then forget about it until a survey comes around. Then you can save up your rewards and go spend them whenever you hit CVS the next time around.
And of course… people who are already CVS card holders will benefit the most, as they can go ahead and sign up without having to go through all of the extra steps required to get themselves an ExtraCare card.
And finally—I noticed that there wasn’t much information provided on the website about the survey service. If you want to learn more, it would seem that you need to actually join.
Here’s what I think about all of this.
My Personal Feelings About The CVS Advisor Panel
I am most certainly out looking for ways to make some extra money. I am all about the side-hustle, and am very particular about how I spend my time when it comes to such things.
With that being said, I understand that surveys can also make you money without fitting into my requirements for a side hustle—and I think that this is how I see CVS Advisor Panel when I attempt to categorize it in my mind.
I do not necessarily feel like this process would really be worth my time. But then again… I am looking for a more serious side-hustle. I am not necessarily just looking for a way to make a little extra cash here and there.
If you shop at CVS a lot, then this may definitely be a worthwhile site for you to use. In fact, I might even recommend it… because being able to earn some quick money that you can use at CVS could really be worth the time.
I just don’t really see it in the cards for me right now. This site just doesn’t give me everything I need to qualify it as a side hustle. For that, I would need to be able to make pretty good money, I would need it to be consistent, and I would need it to be flexible.
I just don’t see the evidence that CVS Advisor Panel could do those things for me.
Plus, this is not money that I can use to pay off my car or save up for a vacation. And I am not sure that I do enough shopping at CVS to make it worth it for me. So that is another thing.
Our Final thoughts About The CVS Advisor Panel
Should you sign up and use it to make some extra money?
To be completely honest, doing online surveys will never earn more than minimum wage. In fact, most people rarely earn more than $1-$3 per hour, if they are lucky enough to get a payout.
You simply cannot rely on this for income.
If you want to legit make money online you need to invest time into building a website and putting advertising on it. Rather than spend an hour trying to answer boring questions, build a real web property that you can earn monthly income from.
It takes longer to accomplish, but yields bigger results that last longer. Instead of adding a second job to your schedule by looking for paid survey sites, add a second income by building an online business.
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