Nielsen's Homescan Consumer Panel is looking for consumers to join their panel. Have you ever heard of Nielsen's TV ratings? Homescan is from the same group, but they influence consumer products that we buy every day like groceries and household goods.
What's in it for me?
Each week that you enter your data, you earn points that you can redeem for prizes. Also, they will periodically send you small gifts in the mail. Plus, you are influencing consumer products by what you buy. So, if it sounds interesting, you can join the panel. If you decide you don't like it, it's as easy as sending back the scanner in the prepaid box.
Basically, when you submit your information, you will either be accepted, go on a waiting list, or you'll get a message that they are not looking for people in your area (at least that's how it worked when I registered 2 years ago).
I signed up a couple of years ago, and I was accepted into the program a couple of months later. They sent me a scanner to scan the UPC codes for all the products that I purchased as well as enter any coupons, etc. that I used. Once a week, I'd connect the scanner to my computer and upload the data.
It was fun to do and I wanted to continue, but I found it a little too much for me at the time. However, if you have preschool or school-age kids, it might be a fun project that they can be responsible for.
Kids love to scan items, just like they see at the grocery store. Plus, you can teach them lessons about budgeting and using coupons at the same time.