Have you heard of Nielsen ratings? In the 1950’s the Nielsen company started paying a group of families to report the television shows they were watching each week.
By extrapolating the families’ reports, they were able to provide valuable feedback to the networks about which shows were popular and how many people were watching each night. It’s always been a great way to make extra money, but becoming a Nielsen TV family is tough and usually by invite only.
While you might not be able to become a Nielsen TV family, the company has started a new venture called Nielsen Homescan than pays families to report the purchases they make at the grocery store each week.
Once you sign up to become a Homescan family, the company will send you a free scanner, like the one pictured below. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the barcodes on the back of each product and send your data off to Nielsen. Pretty easy, huh?
If you want to give it a try, you can fill out the application here: Nielsen Homescan Application
As an active participant, you earn gift points which you can redeem for different types of merchandise. You can choose electronics, jewelry, household items, and even toys for the kids. The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points towards prizes.
You also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include money, vacations, and brand new vehicles. This is a great way to make your consumer voice count and be rewarded handsomely for recording your purchases. You’re already going to the grocery store anyway, right?
Good Luck Penny Hoarders!