Confessions Of A Compulsive Receipt Survey Completer

Some of my favorite places to spend money include TJMaxx, Panera, and Moe’s. Sure, I like their products, but there’s another plus: the receipt surveys. I’m convinced that if I’m diligent about completing those surveys, one of these days I’ll win a $500 TJMaxx gift card or $2,000 from Panera.

And they’re not for just cash or gift cards. At our local Moe’s, each receipt offers a free taco for completing a survey. That offer, combined with their generous Wake Forest student discount, resulted in a braggably cheap $1.88 meal for Kevin and me one evening a few months ago:

And, while incentives like a free taco are well and good (and delicious), I’m holding out for a “big” win, like Walgreens’ $3,000 prize.

Despite my optimism, I’ve been a compulsive receipt survey completer (CRSC) for a couple of years now without much to show for it (besides a Mellow Mushroom $5 discount here and there). I began to wonder: do people actually win these things, or are all the CRSCs out there being duped into giving companies our feedback and contact information for nothing? It was time to hit Google for some research.

The good news: According to a 2011 news report from CBS Boston, they are indeed legit.

The bad news: Many more CRSCs exist than I’d counted on. As many as one every 25 seconds even, as this Illinois NBC affiliate reports.

A bit discouraging, I’ll admit. I was kind of counting on being one of the few people who paid attention to the surveys. After all, I don’t know anyone else who’s a CRSC. (Most people toss receipts after finding them balled up in pockets or purses, right?) Still — I’m going to continue with my quest, and hope to one day be the proud recipient of a mega gift card or thousands of dollars in cash.

Are there any other CRSCs out there? Does anyone know a receipt survey winner to help give me inspiration to continue with this endeavor?

17 thoughts on “Confessions Of A Compulsive Receipt Survey Completer

  1. I love this! You are so cute Anna! I must admit I never complete the surveys. Maybe I should start sending my receipts your way!

  2. I always fill out surveys. It’s like playing the lottery for free so why not? One of my close friends won a couple thousand dollars through her grocery store’s survey, and I used to work at a drug store chain and we’d get a list of the 30 winners of the month for our province , so yes people do win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll win the $5000.00 survey draw for the grocery store I shop at.

  3. I’m about six years too late in replying to this, but I found it when I did a Google search. I’ve been in taking surveys for years and have never won anything. I go to Walgreens at least 3 times a week just up my chances of winning their $3,000 prize but no luck so far.

    1. You will have to up your game for Walgreens. I’m in a coupon group where a lot of the ladies go 3+ times a day and fill out as many surveys as the company will allow them to fill out. They go to every Walgreens in their area to repeat coupon deals as much as they can and have basically turned couponing for others into full time jobs. I have seen one winner post about winning in one of those groups, which is a much lower amount than I would imagine. I see tons of them get $500 gift cards when stores like JCPenny and Lowe’s give out random giftcards at the door or through text though.

  4. I will say they do help those in retail (a sometiimes thankless job) if you give good feedback. Some stores give bonuses if they get alot of good feedback. (where i worked we did)

    1. I’m glad to hear that people are getting rewarded when they get good feedback! That gives me even more of an incentive to complete them…

  5. Being a store manager how about just complete them to say something nice? Seems like people use them to just complain or enter contests:( these people work hard

  6. I just can’t be bothered most of the time. The surveys seem to ask so many questions that go into a lot of detail about the visit and I get bored with all that pretty quickly. To me, it just isn’t worth the time. I’d rather spend the time working on some skill set that will let me earn money outside my regular job, and the one day, perhaps be able to leave my job and make money with my hobby I enjoy.

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