I've been talking recently about simple things that anyone can do to earn a little extra money or gift cards from home. So far, I've shared about Swagbucks, MyPoints, and Ebates. Today I wanted to share a very unique opportunity which is currently accepting new applicants–the Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel.
If you are accepted as a panel member with Nielsen Homescan, you will be sent a small hand-held scanner and will scan all the bar codes of everything you purchase. Once a week, you'll transmit this information to Nielsen and you'll earn points which can be redeemed for a variety of items from the Nielsen Gift Catalog.
The Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel is a "mini-USA" that represents all
types of Americans. Manufacturers and retailers will look at the
information you send to them to decide what products to make and sell to
consumers all across the country.
While I have personally not been a part of this panel, I have known many who have. From them I have heard that it takes awhile for your points to add up but you can earn some fairly nice prizes–like electronics and household items–if you stick with it.
If you are interested in signing up, they are taking applications for their panel right now. Go here to read more and sign up.
If any of you have had experience with the Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel, I'd love to hear your thoughts and how it has worked for you.