Sunday, August 5, 2012

What's One More Project?

As if I don't have enough things to keep me occupied these days, I recently accepted a spot as a Nation Consumer Panel member.

The National Consumer Panel offered me the chance to share information about our household's purchases in exchage for points towards gift cards, home goods, and entries in their giveaways.

NCP sent me a scanner that I use to scan all the products we purchase each week. Not only do we record food purchases, but also gas purchases, meals eaten out, clothing and home goods, and online purchases. Basically anything that we pay for and bring into our home is scanned and transmitted to NCP. I was very excited to be chosen, as I'm always a fan of opporunities to earn things for free.

This last week was the first week we scanned in our purchases. I'll be honest, it's a little more involved than I thought it would be - you not only scan barcodes, but also list them by the store you purchased them from, enter the quanity and price purchased as well. You also have to record if you used a coupon on the item, or if it was on sale. Luckily I'm not a die hard couponer!

I'm sure once we get in the habit of scanning, it won't be so much work. I plan on scanning items as we put our groceries away each week. We live about 20 minutes from the town we shop in, so shopping trips are usually all done in one afternoon to save on gas. Scanning will all be done on our shopping day. I know some people who participate in the program actually take the scanner to the store with them and scan as they put the items in their cart. That defintely would not work for me - juggling two monkeys fire children while shopping AND trying to scan items doesn't sound like a day in the park to me!

I've already got a few items in the catalog picked out as prizes for my points I will earn. I figured this will ensure I scan and transmit each week to earn my points. To transmit our purchases, I connect the scanner to the computer and transmit my purchases to NCP online. It takes a few extra minutes out of my week, but in the long run it will pay off.

Is anyone else also an NCP member?

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