Cafe Chat Discussion

  • Rainbow
    Rainbow
    Posted on:
    20th Dec 2011 04:07pm

    Last Post 27th Dec 2011
    Replies     41

    What new year's resolutions will you be making for 2012?

    Do you want to make big changes in your life next year? Is it time to stop procrastinating and start living the life you've always dreamt of?

  • Toxypops
    Toxypops
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 07:23pm

    Toxypops says: My New Year's resolution will be to appreciate others and life more. I have lost too many people in the last half of 2011, and a very good friend is very sick. We are positively hoping we will not lose our friend in 2012. I'm tired of bad news. I need a fresh start to a new year. So positivity will be my moto

  • MariaG
    MariaG
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 08:04pm

    Toxypops says: My New Year's resolution will be to appreciate others and life more. I have lost too many people in the last half of 2011, and a very good friend is very sick. We are positively hoping we will...

    MariaG says: I'm right there beside you Rainbow. I lost my baby bro in July and have my oldest sis currently battling the same disease. Xmas 2010 was the last with bro and 2011 will be the last with sis. II make no resolutions for 2012 except to say "appreciate everyone while I have them in my life" and "embrace every sunrise as a wonderous thing". I offer blessings of peace, love & happiness to all but prosperity is something that doesn't equate any more. This year has given me a greater understanding of what really matters.

  • Paulie
    Paulie
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 07:26pm

    Paulie says: My New Year's resolution is to reduce my Survey Sites, to those which: a.) Don't discriminate because of my age; b.) Do offer surveys regularly; c.) Don't make me wait months for rewards... . :D Happy to supply a list of survey sites which respect these basic necessities!~

  • glendaj
    glendaj
    Posted on:
    22nd Dec 2011 08:55am

    Paulie says: My New Year's resolution is to reduce my Survey Sites, to those which: a.) Don't discriminate because of my age; b.) Do offer surveys regularly; c.) Don't make me wait months for rewards... . :D ...

    glendaj says: I'm with you all the way. Would like the list as I wish to do the same. Also annoying is when the survey arrives in your mailbox, you answer it immediately and then be told you have already completed it. Very annoying!

  • Paulie
    Paulie
    Posted on:
    22nd Dec 2011 06:40pm

    glendaj says: I'm with you all the way. Would like the list as I wish to do the same. Also annoying is when the survey arrives in your mailbox, you answer it immediately and then be told you have already...

    Paulie says: Hi Glenda & Laur, Thanks for your replies. First my situation... I'm 64, happily retired, don't qualify for a pension. I participate in surveys so that I can shower my 90 y o mother with gift cards. A pensioner, she'd never accept cash or any form of charity, but I guess she figures I get the cards *free* so it's no big deal...! Yes, I do appreciate the opportunity to comment on a variety of consumer, environmental and political issues... .

    I 'belong' to well over twenty survey sites. Over the years I've shed at least a quarter... for a variety of reasons. The first of these were unfulfilled promises, points schemes which failed to materialise, or slave wages! The second occurred on retirement, when suddenly I was no longer a 'professional'... I was a retiree. Suddenly I was screened out of 25% of surveys. I didn't matter that I enjoy a high income in retirement... most times I was ditched the moment my occupation (Retired) was entered. Perhaps even more insulting were those formats which encouraged participation for 15 - 20 minutes... THEN screened me out... having gathered a lot of data. There's a third group of panels which allow one to accumulate _almost_ enough points, then cease offering surveys.
    Pretty frustrating!~

    OK, I had intended to list the panels I've ditched over the years (I'll do so if requested. Maybe they've worked for someone else.) But my priority is to list the best here, those which regularly offer one surveys, pay generously, offer the best incentives... and reply to an email quickly, if there's any issue:

    1.) Valued Opinions: I received thou$ands from this group. They even enclose a letter of sincere thanks. Nice people, says mum, who gets all cards directly, at her address...

    2.) Pure Profile: Pay very well. You can only get a payout every two months, so make sure you get $50 at a time. Very interesting, quick, regular, short surveys.

    3.) Your Voice (Now SSIS/OpinionWorld): Was Neilsen, may still be. Not as active as they used to be, but still regular payers. Did they lose interest when I retired??

    4.) Research Panel: Have started to become more active and regular.

    5.) Rewards Central: Incremental, but they pay out regularly. On a par with...

    6.) ... Global Test Market. Again incremental, but regular payers. On a par with...

    7.) What Do You Think? Again incremental, but regular payers.

    8.) My View: Have been more productive recently...

    9.) My Opinions: Have been more productive, recently...

    10.) Mint Surveys (really ORU... but they follow-through... unlike ORU)

    OK... where's Cafe Study, in there? It's in a very different category. Maybe it's really a Social Networking site, with an occasional reward(?) Has a lot going for it, but there are very, very few paying surveys... .

    I'd be interested to hear others' views.

    NB: Just bought mum an iPad2 and wireless/G3. I figure she can boost her pension with just the first three panels I've listed!~



  • glendaj
    glendaj
    Posted on:
    23rd Dec 2011 08:59am

    Paulie says: Hi Glenda & Laur, Thanks for your replies. First my situation... I'm 64, happily retired, don't qualify for a pension. I participate in surveys so that I can shower my 90 y o mother with gift...

    glendaj says: I've also noticed the age thing and the retired status cuts you out of a lot, I belong to all the ones you listed and find them quite good. I'm 69 and have been retired for just over 3 years and love doing surveys. Have a Merry Christmas.

  • laur
    laur
    Posted on:
    22nd Dec 2011 04:38pm

    Paulie says: My New Year's resolution is to reduce my Survey Sites, to those which: a.) Don't discriminate because of my age; b.) Do offer surveys regularly; c.) Don't make me wait months for rewards... . :D ...

    laur says: I am with you Paulie I am a young 76 and get screened out on a regulat basis

  • Paul
    Paul
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 07:28pm

    Paul says: Yep, i've held off for too long - Now's the time to give it up !

    Smoking of course !

  • GretaZ
    GretaZ
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 08:22pm

    Paul says: Yep, i've held off for too long - Now's the time to give it up !

    Smoking of course !

    GretaZ says: Good luck Paul. I'm down to 3 cigarettes a day. I used to smoke 50 a day. I can't leave them alone yet, but I just take each day as it comes. I'll be barracking for you!

  • Sallyanne
    Sallyanne
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 07:40pm

    Sallyanne says: My New Year's resolution is to place more importance on the things that really matter. Spend more time with family and friends, and be completely satisfied with what I have and not worry about things that may never happen.

  • Mr. Akubra
    Mr. Akubra
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 07:54pm

    Mr. Akubra says: One can only hope that one's health can improve , so I can start to enjoy life again

  • GretaZ
    GretaZ
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 08:20pm

    GretaZ says: I've promised myself that I will stop worrying about things and people who don't appreciate it. I worry for my friends and support them, and when it's all said and done, they forget they ever had a problem or even that I was there for support. It's frustrating and I'm the one getting stressed over it! It's over! I ain't doin' it anymore. I will let everyone look after themselves and only think of hubby and myself. I won't be selfish, because I just can't be, but I will try to put my family first. We've helped a lot of people and it's a general consensus that we always end up being the ones who get burnt! We will live each day as it comes and try to spend more time outside at the beach, fishing not swimming! That should take care of the healthy part of life, because we already changed our exercise and eating habits when hubby was diagnosed with diabetes. Bring on 2012!!!!!!

  • JILLEET
    JILLEET
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 08:23pm

    JILLEET says: Mine is to stick to my now new healthier lifestyle, having lost 26 kilos over the last 14 months i vow never to go back to that miserable and unhappy life i have endured for way too long.

  • helena
    helena
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 09:06pm

    helena says: I would exercise more than this year!

  • telperion
    telperion
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 09:19pm

    telperion says: Well if I was sent more surveys by Cafe Study and get paid for them, I could answer the question in a more positive manner.
    If I got sent more surveys there are things I want to get to make my home more lived in, which is my new years resolutiion

  • webster
    webster
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 09:20pm

    webster says: Not to maske ny resolutions

  • petrie46
    petrie46
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 09:46pm

    petrie46 says: yes i always resolve not to make any resolutions

  • michb
    michb
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 10:01pm

    michb says: I need to move forward after my husband's death at work 19 months ago. I have to open up to new opportunities that come my way without dwelling on the past. Now that I have said it, I just need that final push to do it all.

  • Jezemeg8
    Jezemeg8
    Posted on:
    21st Dec 2011 10:28pm

    Jezemeg8 says: I don't make New Year resolutions, instead I strive to be LIKE Jesus throughout the entire year, helping others in whatever way I can and showing others what God's Love really is. Merry Christmas.

  • mysteron347
    mysteron347
    Posted on:
    22nd Dec 2011 01:04am

    mysteron347 says: Last year, I resolved to stop being stupid. For forty years, I'd doggedly followed a personal buy-Australian campaign to the derision of my friends and acquaintances. It's hard to drop the habit of one's adult life, and a number of times I had to remind myself that no-one else cares and it only further harms my bank account, depleted after ten years' unemployment.

    This year, I'll just stop caring about the other issues - saving water, recycling, reducing waste and so on. All the other things I've been doing for decades but the government now spends my money trying to make me feel guilty about.

    And I'll stop torturing Centrelink and the Job Network, too. That only wastes my time and theirs - they have no inclination to make use of my experience and qualifications. Much more profitable for them to find menial jobs for no-hopers.

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