You’ve missed this freebie, but you’ll find all of the Freebies hereNew openings may be available in your area to apply for Nielsen’s Homescan Consumer Panel. I’ve heard from my readers who are active in this program, and many find it a rewarding and easy way to earn free merchandise. Opportunities are limited based on where you live (they aren’t recruiting new households in my area) but I encourage you to apply to find out if there are openings in your area.

Please be aware that this can be time-consuming as you have to scan all of your purchases, so it is certainly not something that everyone would be willing or able to do. But since I’ve gotten positive feedback from several readers I thought it would be worth sharing with you. Read what my readers are saying about it here and here in the comments from my previous posts.

I’m listing it my “Money 4 Mom” series because I consider it an opportunity to earn things of a higher value than you normally would in a word-of-mouth program. But it is also a way to share your opinion and be rewarded for providing data for consumer research.

Here’s what one of my readers, Samantha, said about it:

“Hey I was wondering if you have told your readers about Homescan? Where you scan all the things you buy and transmit them everyweek and earn points to get free stuff? My mom has been doing it for a couple of years and I recently signed up, there is a slight waiting list to get a scanner, it took me only a couple of months though. But you also receive surveys by mail and email you can do and earn extra points, also if you transmit every single week you get extra and so on. I got my scanner in mid-December and that’s when I started and I’m almost up to 4000 points. To me it seems like it would be great for Christmas shopping. I’m planing to get my mother in law a digital camera for Christmas this year just from scanning my groceries! You can get TVs and all sorts of things. Its totally free to sign up, you don’t pay for anything.”

Who is Nielsen? A well-known marketing company that produces the TV ratings, and they also are known for sending people cash in the mail in hopes they’ll complete a short survey about their TV viewing habits. Nielsen also named me as a 2009 Power Mom, a list of 50 influential mom bloggers. It’s quite an honor for me to have made that list!

You’ll find more useful resources in my Money 4 Mom series where I’ve shared how you can make money by blogging, working online, doing in-person market research, participating in University studies, selling on eBay, and even viewing YouData ads on my blog. I hope you find this series a useful resource if you are looking for sources of extra income.