If you like cool gadgets and participating in surveys, consider applying to the Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel. It measures consumer attitudes and behavior to help manufacturers and retailers decide on what products to develop or improve. Those accepted to be panel members, receive a hand-held scanner. Every time you or members of your household shop, you’ll use the scanner to scan the barcodes on all of your purchases. Then, once a week, you’ll send in your purchase information. Active participants earn gift points that can be redeemed for name-brand merchandise, including electronics equipment, jewelry, household items, toys and more. And the longer you stay on the panel, the more points you’ll earn. To join, simply fill out the registration form. Those who make the cut will be asked to fill out a comprehensive survey. They don’t those give scanners to just anyone. LOTC Tip: This is one panel that will require you to divulge a considerable amount of personal information so be sure you are comfortable with that before applying.