Several months ago, I posted about the National Consumer Panel and want to let you know that they’re once again accepting new members! The National Consumer Panel focuses on measuring consumer attitudes and behavior. As a panel member, they will provide you with a hand-held scanner. Every time you or members of your household shop, you’ll use the scanner to scan the barcodes on all of your purchases. Then, once a week, you’ll send them your purchase information. As a reward for doing so, you’ll earn gift points that are redeemable for name-brand merchandise, including electronics equipment, jewelry, household items, toys, and more!
Many readers have emailed me to let me know that their kiddos love to participate in the scanning process. It’s a great way to teach your kids about budgeting while making them feel very important! Make it a family activity and get everyone involved!
Interested? Head on over here and fill out the application and you’ll be on your way to becoming an NCP panelist! Keep in mind that not all areas may be needing panelists at this time, so you’ll need to first register to find out if they’re currently needing panelists in your area.
Check out what some readers have said about National Consumer Panel…
I was on the waiting list for 3 years and have now been scanning for over 1 year! Love it! The surveys are great too! I love saving those points for a really good prize of my choice!!!
I finally got accepted after applying three times! I’ve had mine about a month and it’s kinda fun! If you do have a huge trip to the grocery store with coupons and everything, it does get a little confusing but most of the time it isn’t bad at all. My son loves to help me scan things and put up the groceries now! =) You earn points for scanning and transmitting every week but there are other ways to earn points too such as taking surveys and they even gave me 1000 points just for being accepted!
I have been a panelist for over a decade now, have moved countless times and have been through graduate school, am the sole bread winner in my family and a single parent. Just like anything else in life, if you create some processes and a system to support the required scanning activities, participation doesn’t have to be all that time-consuming. I have redeemed my points for iPods and won $500 in one of the monthly sweepstakes. I’ve had to replace my scanner twice and have never had an issue with the customer service center. My experience has been mostly favorable with the Panel and I have always read the fine print to fully understand what I signed up for.
Side note, I know the National Consumer panel is not for everyone as I have heard good and bad reviews. However, lots of readers have signed up and been really happy due to receiving surprise cash incentives in the mail. So, even if you don’t get accepted to be a panelist, you may receive a surprise just for signing up! 🙂