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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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One of the leading names in home surveys and market research is accepting new members right now. The Neilsen name is well known as a great way to make your opinions known.

There are many ways that you can work with Neilsen, but the most fun way is if you get to use the home scanner. You scan upc codes on products that you purchase to help them learn trends, but in return you’ve got a great way to track what you’ve been purchasing for help in stocking up and learning prices. Not everyone qualifies for this (it is based on geographic area), but it never hurts to try.

You earn prizes and gifts for participation in programs, the more you scan in the more you can earn!

    • Autumnskies32693

      No for NC!

    • Bakananeko1989

      none in raleigh :(

    • Hildawins

      I  did this for about 16 months.  If you want to spend a half hour or more each time you shop ( you are supposed to do gas and a lot of other things too.)  I quit as the rewards did not equal the effort at all.

      • Martha

        Same here, to much effort for a few points. You have to scan ALL the products you buy plus gas. It took me too much time and decided to quit.

        • Me-in-NC

          Same here! My husband pleaded with me to send the scanner back.  I kept telling him to be patient and it would pay off.  It really didn’t.  I got two small appliacnes as a reward after being a member for one year. WAY to much work for for little in return.

          • Hildawins

            I earned  a cheap telephone worth $19.99, and they sent me a free gift at one year.  A Time Magazine sign up type gift, a book light tha worked for a little while!!

      • Steph_rnld

        Same here too.  It was too time consuming to scan everything and it took forever to earn any rewards.  It was not worth it at all for me.  I sent the scanner back.

      • Allybethany

        Same here. I am actually shipping my scanner back tomorrow lol. I just don’t have the time to do it anymore.

    • Latina71us

      That’s a no for Lexington, KY.

      • Chanel

        I live in Winchester, and I have on of those scanners and I’m ready to send it back. I can’t get it to work right and customer service is horrible…

    • mom2idtwins

      Was your no immediate?  At the end of my survey it said I would be contacted by email so I don’t know if that’s a maybe or to watch for a no by email.

    • I filled out the information and it said they were going to send an email to confirm my information. The email did not immeditally go through (as some sites do) so I am patiently waiting to see the response….. Hmmmmm

    • Okay so I spoke too soon. I just got an email saying they would contact me in the next few week to let me know my status. So, Since I didn’t get an immediate no does that mean I may be selected? I see some posting that it is was a “no” for them. Was that a immediate response?

    • Juel1979

      No info as yet, just did the information. I’ve done Neilson radio once and TV two or three times so far. Those were always fun.

    • I live in Greenville NC & it told me in the Email that it would let me know.. But with the reviews yall are talking about I might not wanna do it :/

    • My “no” was immediate for Albany, GA

    • Lindsey

      We did this for awhile, but it definitely wasn’t worth it.  You literally have to scan EVERYTHING you buy and it’s a series of questions they ask you for each item (did you use a coupon, was it on sale, what was the price, etc.).  Needless to say this was very time consuming.  It was fun for about 3 weeks.  

      • Anonymous

        I decided not to bother after reading your comment.  Thanks for posting.

      • Anonymous

        AGREE – did this years ago and it was not worth the trouble!

    • Anonymous

      They want a lot of personal info. entered before you know if you are in.  I don’t think it is worthwhile. 

    • mommy2boys1983

      I have one in Cary, NC and it takes a lot of time.  I confess I’ve kind of been slacking about the small purchases and have never recorded my gas.  With kids to take care of after you’re done shopping, its just really hard to spend 15/20 minutes re-scanning everything.  

    • Heather Leonard

      I didn’t like doing this. The initial setup time was RIDICULOUS and the equipment is so antiquated, and enormous to have hanging around. Maybe I’m a tech snob. They didn’t have most of the stores in my area (and I live on the edge of Atlanta, not in the middle of nowhere) so I had to enter the store info manually each time. They really need an update of their system. I would be interested if they developed a smart phone method or internet transmission method. 

    • Valerie

      It is not worth the time spent. I just finished doing this for over a year. It took so much time to scan and put in coupons after every shopping trip. At the end of the year of hard work, I earned a $50 itunes gift card. That was it. The scanner always failed to transmit too, so I would always have to call and try and fix it every week. It never did work the way it should have and I didn’t get credit for many shopping trips. The whole thing was a hassle and not worth the frustration and time spent on it.

    • Nicholas334

      I decided to try it about a year ago. It would be fine if you didn’t have to enter all the information after you scanned it. I sent it back after scanning just a few items and got tired of pressing all those buttons. It was stupid, and didn’t seem like it was worth it. I also could never remember what coupons I used, and for how much. There are several ways they could have made this better, but I guess they wouldn’t be able to get the data they want. I’d much rather do surveys than this.

    • She Coupons

      Does anyone like doing this?

    • Twinmomaaa

      Thanks for all the input everyone! Don’t think I’ll try to sign up after reading your reviews!

    • Coupon4Julie

      North of ATL here…I got a message that they will contact me in the next few weeks.  After reading the comments though, I’m not sure if I want to even if selected.  Anyone else who has participated…opinions welcome!  I keep a monthly spreadsheet of what I’m spending/saving.  I don’t break it down by item though.  It would be nice to keep track of “stock up” prices for my particular stores, but it seems very time consuming…and I definitely wouldn’t remember every coupon that I use.  If the “reward” is so small, that isn’t a very big incentive. 

    • mitchfammom

      I agree…. I did this for probably 5 years, mainly with grocery stores (I guess they didn’t actually get a full picture of what I was buying, but GAS?  come on…).  The rewards take forever to get and since I’m a big Aldi shopper, I got tired of having to manually enter so many prices.  Now that I don’t do it, putting away my groceries after a shopping trip is so easy.  :0)

    • Anonymous

      Just went to fill it out and realized, that as is the case on many forms, there is no option for DC under State.   I’ve begrudgingly accepted being a second-class citizen according to the government, but it’s really frustrating on things like this and especially on sweepstakes where the rules even say “residents of all 50 states and the District of Columbia”.  Grrr.