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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Just thought I would take a second and let know that Nielsen Home Scan is currently accepting new applications to join their panel.  This is an interesting way to be a part of the grocery marketing industry, helping to show what people are buying in certain areas of the country.  There are also opportunities to review products and give feedback on various surveys.

You are rewards with cash or other prizes based on your activity level.

Have you done Nielsen?

    • Anonymous

      I have seen this posted numerous times over the past year and wonder if its really worth the effort required to earn. Do you personally participate? Thanks for all you do

    • K Cook

      I tried it for a while, but my scanner was defective and they wouldn’t replace it – just kept having me reset it. The system is so out of date – the scanners are out dated and then you have to hold the scanner up to the phone to transmit, which take multiple tries.  Anyway, I found that the whole thing was way more hassle than it was worth.

    • Staci gover

      has anyone ever done this before? and if so, is it worth it?

      • mari

        to be honest it wasn’t for me.. too time consuming, too many typing in of information (what store, how much, did you use a coupon, was it on sale, how muich was it, etc) for EACH item.. way to time consuming.  Mine went back.

    • Carrie

      I do one large shopping trip per month and buy almost everything my family needs for the entire month, and then only go as needed for the perishable items. I decided to try the Home Scan program because I thought all you had to do was scan the item and you were done. However, you actually have to scan the item, put how many of the items you bought, if you used any coupons (if so, what kind, how much, etc), was the item on sale, and then the price of the item; as well as how much your total bill was. This process took so much longer than I understood it would take. You also don’t earn many points each week, so I realized it was going to take a long time to earn enough to get any rewards. With a one-year-old, I would barely have enough time to scan each item, much less do everything that I later learned I’d have to do. I sent back the equipment and withdrew from the program, because it just took so much more time than I could allow.

    • Sox

      i am currently a member and i’ll tell you that the equipment is super easy to use and if you chose to scan every single thing you buy into the system then, yes, it could take some time.  However, I will also tell you that there is no points incentive to scan everything you purchase.  You get the same amount of points if you scan one item that you do if you scan 500.  I know the point is to get an idea of what you’re purchasing, but without an incentive to do so, i simply scan a couple of things every week and collect the points.  I figure that it’s not that much work to rack up points and eventually, I could get something nice for it.

      • Kelleyharold

        When I did it, they told me just the opposite – that it was very important to scan EVERYTHING I purchased.

      • MarySC

        Really?  If you aren’t willing to do what you agreed to do, then you should not participate!

        • Hilary007

          exactly, every trip for gas, every snack you purchase, every trip to CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger… it is crazy that you are not paid for the effort if you are doing all that they ask.  Sure you can cheat…

    • Liz

      I just joined about 3 months ago, and I personally have found it to be super easy.  The scanner I have is very modern, so it must be a new model they’ve come out with.  When I initially applied, they asked me if I had a router with an open port, and I said yes.  So, they sent me an ethernet cord with the scanner, and I plugged it straight into my router/modem.  It transmits on its own every Monday night (in the wee hours of morning).  I never have to worry about the transmitting.  As far as the scanning goes, I simply scan my items, enter the price, if a coupon was used and the total spent.  If you can’t scan during a week (due to vacation, illness, etc.), they have a barcode in the book they send you that you can scan and they will still award you the points for the week.  I would say I spend about an hour a week messing with this.  It’s worth it to me for the possible prizes.  And, it’s no strights attached…..if you have a life change or just don’t feel like doing it anymore, you can send it back postage paid.

      • Liz

        no strings attached! lol  sorry for the typo.

    • jane doe

      What about privacy issues?

    • Hmcgillem

      I was accepted into this program and let me tell you, it’s a pain to scan everything. Sure, the equipment is simple to use. However, you scan an item, enter the quantity purchased, then the price, answer if coupons were used, and if yes, the amount of the coupon. If you have large shopping trips, this will definitely take up some time.

    • marciamarsha

      What do you REALLY get for it?  It just says prizes.  Can anybody give me an idea?

      • Hildawins

        Cheap phones, anything you could find at Big Lots, Dollar General, and junk bins.  They have what you get from a promo company – like at a trade show.  Really save your time, if you coupon it is a nightmare to remember what coupon you had as we all know, they do not scan the coupon after the item, but at the end.!

    • I tried this a couple of years ago and had a similar experience to K Cook- equipment defective and the scanning is quite time consuming.  I was pretty diligent but never earned enough to get any prizes or money.  Just my experience.

    • knitwit

      I’ve been in the program for a couple of weeks.  Yes, there’s more to it than just scanning everything you buy, but the questions take a few seconds to push the yes or no button.  The biggest time consumer for me is entering the price of the item when it is part of a large purchase. (You have to find the price on the receipt).  The prizes vary from small to large depending on their point worth.  Of course the program isn’t for everyone, but it could be interesting.  I have mine hooked through my phone, not my computer.  I didn’t want anything attached to my computer, for secruity concerns.  However pushing a couple of buttons once a week to send your information isn’t a big deal.  I hope anyone who chooses to join will be honest and do what you agreed to to or don’t do it.

    • MarySC

      I joined about 3 weeks ago.  I scan my purchases as I am unpacking them.  It is easy and once you get into a pattern doesn’t take very long.  I will stick with it if the rewards end up being worth it… I’ll probably do it through the holidays and then evaluate.  The thing I like most is really seeing how much I have saved using sales and coupons!  (Love those zero CVS receipts!!)

    • Kelleyharold

      My perspective from about 1.5 years ago:  If you have a lot of time or you don’t use coupons, then go for it.  If you use coupons it takes a LONG time to enter all the information.  Sure, you scan an item easily.  However, I had to enter the price if it was on sale (which most everything I bought was on sale), if I used a coupon (mostly yes), the amount of the coupon.  I was always confused about whether or not I should count the doubled portion of the coupon, too.  If you have produce, you have to manually enter (using their codes) what it is and the price.  For every different item you purchase, this took a LONG time!  The prizes that I saw were the typical things like really cheap cookware, casserole carriers with their logo, etc.  Stuff that was not worth my time to really try to win when I could buy it on sale (with a coupon probably) some other time.  They did send me a reusable shopping bag not long after I started.  I did this for several months, thinking I’d get faster, but it was a huge pain.

    • Jessicastubbs2

      I have applied to this program at least 4 times.  Each time, they say they will email me, but no email ever arrives.  I check my spam folder and all, but they never send me an email.  I would so love to get in on this scanner program.  I think it’d be fun, and my kids would love to help with it.  

      • Staci gover

        sane thing happened with me :(

    • Abigail Warner

      I just started the program about 3 weeks ago. So far it’s been pretty easy, since I’m only shopping for a household of 2.

    • Lindsey

      Totally not worth it (unless you enjoy getting a jar opener or other random items for hours worth of work).  I was really excited when I got my scanner and for weeks I was pretty diligent about scanning my groceries.  You’re supposed scan every.single.purchase including gas.  This was just not feasible for me.  Even doing groceries took forever.  You turn the scanner on, choose what store you went to, choose who did the shopping, and choose if anyone went with you.  Then, you actually start scanning.  It asks you how much the item was, if it was on sale, if you used a coupon (if yes, was it store coupon or a manufacturer’s coupon).  Imagine doing this for EVERY item you purchase.  In return, you get some points that you can use toward more junk that you could just go out and buy at Big Lots or Kohl’s for a better price than the time you just wasted.  Save your time and your sanity!  

    • Stephie

      I just removed myself from this program.  Totally not worth the time and effort it took to scan each and every item purchased.  Takes years to accumulate enough points to get anything worthwhile and my time is far more valuable than that.

    • Hildawins

      Been there done that  for about 18 months.  Not worth the time and trouble for cheap items that they let you pick from.  And the coupons you use are to be input with each item as written below.

    • Kcblue2

      When I first heard about this a few months ago, it sounded really interesting. So I signed up. Then I started reading all the reviews out there. I decided it was too much to get myself into and didn’t accept the scanner when it was sent to my house. I felt bad about doing that and wondered if I should have at least tried. it But afer reading the comments below, I’m so glad I made that choice.

    • Courtney Mauk23

      I’ve been doing it for at least a year now. It’s totally not worth it. It would take you YEARS and YEARS to get anything out of it. AND they want you to take these boring and time consuming surveys all of the time. AND if you miss a couple of weeks they bother you via regular postal service to remind you to scan your purchases within the next 48 hours or they bump you from the program. I though it would be so cool, but really it’s not worth your time and effort.

    • Urstill

      I TOTALLY agree with Courtney Mauk23, I did it for about 1.5 years and you only earn points, not cash (unless they’ve changed).  You have to scan everything, answer brief questions about each one individually, and then transport all the information EVERY week over the phone. 

      • Liz

        Mine is hooked up to my router…It transmits automatically each week.  Really easy.

    • Hksteen

      Yes, I did it for about two years and it was a pain… I only earned enough points for about $40 in gifts….it certainly was not worth all the time it takes to participate.