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National Consumer Panel: Earn rewards for scanning your grocery purchases

The National Consumer Panel (formerly known as Nielsen Home Scan) is accepting new applicants in many locations.

If you are accepted as a panel member with National Consumer Panel, 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 that can be redeemed for a variety of items from the Nielsen Gift Catalog.

While I have personally not been a part of this panel, I have known many who have. I have heard that it takes a while for your points to add up but you can earn some fairly nice prizes – like electronics and household items – if you stick with it.

Some of you have signed up in the past for this and really enjoyed it. Others of you have tried it and found it was too tedious and time-consuming. Feel free to share your experience in the comments!

Sign up here to get started.


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  • rocquel says:

    Signed up & excited to get after it with my 5 day plan! I love your page, keep up the good work!

  • Grace says:

    No state abbreviation for Hawaii. I guess it isn’t available here

  • Sherry says:

    I did this program from 2009-2013. it took that entire time, scanning every single purchase to get a Melissa & Doug kitchen set for my child, this costs about a $100. I kinda feel silly for wasting so much time actually. Now, I could have went out and purchased it for less than the time I put in for all those years. Its a nice idea but for me, it was not, in the long run worth the time. If you really want rewards, Pinecone research or Swagbucks is your best bet. Just some honest feedback, they are a nice company but its just not worth the time.

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