How I Got a Free Subscription to the Wall Street Journal

Some of you may have noticed references to the Wall Street Journal in a few of my recent posts. This is because I began receiving a print subscription of the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago – for free. I am a member of the e-Rewards program, which offers rewards currency in exchange for completing market research surveys.

I have joined many survey programs before, but this is the only program that I have found to be reliable. With consumer surveys for market research, there is often a pre-screening survey that you have to fill out to see if you qualify. Some of these pre-qualification surveys take about 10 minutes to complete, after which you find that you are not eligible. With e-Rewards, they give you a small reward – $0.50 in rewards currency – even if you don’t qualify. It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing. And it adds up fast.

e-Rewards currency can be redeemed for a number of rewards such as magazine subscriptions (subjects range from fashion, to fitness, to business, etc.), Blockbuster video rental coupons, Borders Bucks, ariline miles, hotel points, coupons for dining and luxury merchandise stores, and more. Click here to see a full list of rewards.

Unlike other survey programs that try to enroll as many members as possible with referral programs, e-Rewards is a little more exclusive. In order to join, you need to be invited – often by a company that has hired e-Rewards to conduct market research surveys.

However, you can email them through their Member Services page to request an invitation to join the program (click on the last selection “Invitation Request” under “Subject”).

I’m not promising that you will receive an invitation; I’m not 100% sure how it works. I was invited through a Borders monthly newsletter. But it’s certainly worth a try.

My subscription to the Wall Street Joural is a free 6-month daily print subscription ($40 value) delivered to me via USPS (we live in a remote area) six days a week. This reward has no limition on redemptions so I can continue to renew my subscription through my e-rewards.

I spent weeks trying to decide on my rewards – I was divided between fashion, home decoration and business magazines, but finally settled on the Wall Street Journal because I figured it would give me some good blogging ideas. And it has. I just haven’t had the time to blog about it all. But it’s still very educational, covering a broad range of topics, and helps keep me abreast of what is going on with the economy, finance and business world, which at this time is really important.

The only problem is with the paper delivered 6 days a week, they’re piling up faster than I can read or blog about them.

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