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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Time2Earn Tuesday - Neilsen Home Scan

Welcome to Part 3 of our overview of some easy alternatives to earn some extra money (or rewards) for your family from home.  The last two posts have featured survey companies:

Both of these companies are great sources for opportunities to complete surveys and polls in return for points which you convert into cash or gift cards.

Today, I thought we'd talk about a different type of opportunity to earn rewards for your family.  Almost everyone has heard of the Neilsen Company and their reputation as a trusted leader in marketing research.  From time to time they open up their Neilsen Home Scan Consumer Panel  for additional applicants -- and it is now open. 

If accepted into the program, you will receive a hand held scanner and be asked to scan all the groceries, household items and other purchased goods that you bring into your home.  (I picture this will be great fun for my daughter....she begs to scan groceries at the self check out).  This information is then transmitted to Neilsen, who in turn rewards you with points.

Your Neilsen points are redeemable for brand name merchandise, electronics equipment, jewelry, household items, toys and gift cards (my personal favorite!)

My friend Celeste is currently doing this for her family, and indicated that the longer you participate in the program, the more points you receive for your weekly data transmissions.    In addition to her weekly data points, she receives "bonus" points on her scanning anniversaries (3 months, 6 months, etc) PLUS super scanner points each month just for having transmitted the data each week.   She also earns points by completing short surveys sent periodically from Neilsen.

Click Here to apply for the program.  Please note that applicants are required to have a "land line" phone in order to be considered, so please include your home phone instead of only a mobile phone. 

Please come back and leave a comment and let us know if you're accepted.


  1. I applied and was accepted.
    Do you know how long it takes for the scanner to be shipped. Anxious to begin!!

  2. For me it seemed like a month long process but when they sent me an e-mail saying i was accepted it was like a week later

  3. I did this for years when I lived in the Atlanta area. It was great. Then when I moved to Chattanooga I had to drop out because of changing market areas. It was 2 years before they had an opening for me. Things had changed. It took way longer (2 years) to earn the reward I wanted and they no longer offered gift cards. I felt the rewards were now too low for the amount of time it would take to earn them. Scanning was fun at first and then my boys started complaining about how long it took to put groceries up. I enjoyed participating, but the lowered rewards weren't worth it to me. I would say give it a try. But after having been in the program where the rewards were earned faster, my second time was disappointing.



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