I hope all of you have been enjoying the summer. It's only one more month before the kids go back to school. This year Bella is the only child of ours still going to school she will be entering 5th grade and her last year of elementary school before she heads off to the middle school. If you have been following you will notice I enter contest, giveaways and such because this year I don't think we will quailfy for any kind of assistance. It's a bitter sweet pill to swallow but that's what we have been focus on this summer. De cluttering our home making room for more blessings.
The summer was relaxing we took a lot of hikes and a trip to the beach. We worked on projects I put off for years like purging and sorting and Adam started a new job at a company that's full time salaries position in his field of work with benefits. I still kind of feel like I need to pinch myself on how well this position is for him Adam is so much happier and has not been coming home stressed out. I have been enjoying other hobbies this summer besides blogging such as photography and hiking
The one thing we have done is focus on our budget for the entire year. So far Adam and I we have stuck with it so far but we are only in the first month. We have benefits that cover us including myself and I will start the medical journey on my own health. I have been focus on Bella for the past decade but now I can focus on my own health care issues. I don't have to do it in small bits. I can take it all head on.
The gasteroparies has gotten manageable but I did gain weight as if you haven't noticed in the photos so I have to start a weight loss journey I might blog about that too but to be honest I don't know if I want to put that out all out there. The one thing I will share is a site we have used no this is not a sponsored post it's just something I wanted to share with everyone that I signed up for and have been using to help our family a little.
The NCP panel experience so far.
Nielsen has been in business for over 94 years and does more than just survey about television. In fact, Nielsen helps monitor consumer habits in 100 locations worldwide!
One popular program Nielsen has is its National Consumer Panel Home Scan. National Consumer Panel, or NCP, is a program in which anyone can earn rewards by simply scanning their purchases each week.
Here’s how it works.
National Consumer Panel Review: How it Works
Each week you scan all of the barcodes from the purchases you’ve made. If you have a smartphone you simply download the NCP app or request a handheld scanner otherwise. The data is then uploaded to NCP. They’ll occasionally ask you to answer questions or participate in surveys for additional rewards.
It typically takes around one hour per week to scan and submit to NCP.
Points are awarded when you submit your purchases and participate in surveys. There are a wide variety of rewards ranging from gift cards to electronics.
You can also be entered into sweepstakes and receive discounts from major retailers for being a NCP panelist. (Right now you can get discounts at AT&T, for example.) Money saving tip.
it has been 3 months since I have started to use the older scanner app the one with the vga cable that has a wire that hooks up to my scanner and that wire hook admit that it took a bit to figure out and I had to call customer service but they were very helpful although annoying and automatic but after a while of waiting I was able to get a real person on the other end and she was very helpful. The email system however needs some improvements. There was never a response to my email questions and I have a dozen emails saying the same automatic message they say to all of their users along with some emails that threaten to take away the scanner if I didn't transmit my purchase mind you I can can go a few weeks with out buying any products then once or twice a month we stock up. It really matters on where we fall in to the time of the month and where our budget is. When I got the scanner it was towards the end of the month when we are running out of almost everything. It's summer time and we go though a ton more then we do during the school year.
Over all I have yet to get anything in terms of rewards or cashing out that's a online earning term for gift cards or rewards I have earned points from them for my efforts that I am banking up except I am at 5000 plus points now it takes about 9,000 points before I can cash out for anything decent. Like a 10 dollar Amazon gift card. It is a ton of scanning just like the older hand held scanners we used to use as cashiers. It took a min to learn how to transmit on what I assume is the older scanner because I have one that's white and blue.
There is no real clear instructions I had to find a youtuber with the same scanner (I did a google search using swag-bucks and scored 5 swag bucks which are points for another online earning site. ) I have seen many others use the black scanner that looks more high tech and I have seen others like the ones a few of my friends have that is just the mobile app which I almost switched to after a dozen you have to return the equipment emails but after calling customer service things are all sorted out and working just fine now. I look forward to earning more points to cash out for a prize to cash out it's 9000 points. I'm getting there. I think another 3 months and I can cash out for a low end prize or keep saving.
I notice one of the perk is I'm much more mindful when I buy items like do I really want to scann that so I'll put it back and not buy anything sometimes. I have started to notice a trend and I have managed to save up by keeping track of what I buy after writing down each item for my own records because I wanted to know how much I spent on our family on grocery and house hold items most of the items we use are from dollar tree, Aldi, Meijers, or costco. I have been able to create a price list of all of the items we buy and when I go shopping I can say okay the cheapest place I found milk was at Aldi so that's where we buy our milk now. That's just one example of how the scanner has helped.
On the website there are surveys where I can bank up more points or enter contest and giveaways and if you follow me you know how much I enjoy entering contest and giveaways and earning gift cards that help our family while I watch tv or waiting at the doctors office.
Over all I think it would be better for someone who spends a ton more money on products and services then we do. I have to admit there are a few gas trips I have to log in for when my husband goes to and from work I need to record and his lunches but he takes lunches from home most of the time. It has been fun trying the scanner out learning how to use it.
Now I just need to keep a sticky note on my desk top to scan all of our purchase not just our grocery shopping trips.
here is a photo of what we bought the receipts and every item on that receipt I had to Scan. It took about 30 minutes of scanning sorting before I could put the grocery away. Adam gets a kick out of it and finding things for me to Scan. While Bella likes to help me Scan items and is looking forward to helping me earn and pick out a reward for my time and efforts.
here is an example of two weeks worth of grocery's for our home. The other photo is where we keep the scanner and what my work space currently looks like. I admit I have to make it nicer in appearance but it is functional for blogging, writing and photography.
So is is a photo of the recipt all items on it I had to scan one at a time.
or family of 4 for two weeks
healthy and on budget
Zero coupons 8 dollars over budget and 3 hours shopping with Adam at
Got Breakfast lunch and dinner plus snacks for 158
I use the ncp panel to scan everything for points towards things we can use
I hope you enjoyed my user experience of the Ncp panel.
As you know, one of the most important things to do as a panelist is to accurately scan your purchases. So keep these in mind …
The rules right from the website it's self it's pretty simple and easy enough to understand.
- The best time to scan your purchases is as soon as you get home from a shopping trip. This way the purchases are fresh in your mind! Use your receipt as a guide. That's why I shared the 3 receipts in the photo to show I scan each item.
- Make sure to scan the actual bar-code on the items purchased, and not the receipts from the stores!
- On-the-go purchases and gifts, like a bottle of liquor picked up on the way to a party, pose a unique scanning challenge. So instead of asking for the empty bottle to go, just write down the barcode numbers on the back of the receipt and key the entry when you get home.
- Many coupons have barcodes on them. Of course we want you to tell us about any coupons you use, but please do not scan the barcode on the coupon. Although the scanner may accept the barcode, the information is not readable to us.
- If the store you shopped at does not appear on your Store List, use a Store Type category, for instance, Drug Store, Department Store, Pet Store, and Restaurant. If you still can’t find the right Store Type, use All Other Stores. Even though you won’t be telling us the specific store, we can still use these information, plus you’ll be credited with having provided us with a shopping trip!
Not an NCP member yet? If you want to join the panel, just go to join.ncponline.com and sign up!
Thanks, and enjoy the week
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