If you haven’t signed up for the Nielsen Consumer Panel yet, you might want to consider doing so! It’s not a typical survey company (you get prizes instead of cash), but it has a good reputation, and the prizes can help save on your Christmas/Birthday budget! Basically, you buy what you would normally buy, and then you (or the kids!) scan the UPCs with a little scanning device. Every time you scan your purchases, you earn points that you can redeem for prizes.
Here’s how it works:
1. Sign up for Nielsen Homescan National Consumer Panel HERE (Free to join).
2. Nielsen will send you a hand-held scanner in the mail.
3. Whenever you shop, use the scanner to scan the bar codes on all of your purchases.
4. Once a week you will upload the information from the scanner onto your computer and send it to Nielsen.
5. Earn points to redeem towards free products!
Not everyone qualifies for the program (and sometimes it takes a while before they contact you), but if you do qualify you have the option to try it out for a little while and if it isn’t a good fit for you then you can return the scanner (they even pay for shipping it back).