Are you looking for ways to earn money from home to ease your household budget? Then becoming an IRi Shopper Panel member may be for you!
You can earn money by scanning your shopping with your smartphone
What is it? IRi Shopper Panel collects national data about Australian shopping habits to inform retailers and manufacturers on shopping trends. So being a panel member may influence what products are sold in the future!
How do I join? Firstly you need to complete an online survey to qualify as a member of the IRi Shopper panel. They are looking for a cross-section of people so if you do not fit into a particular demographic that they require, you may not qualify to become a member. If this is the case, you can try again later as requirements in certain demographic groups may change as panel participants drop out.
Once you are accepted as a panel member, you will receive a login ID and password. You will either be issued with a handheld scanner, or you will be directed to download the Scan n Go smartphone app, which is supported by both Apple and Android smartphone platforms. Bonus points and gift vouchers are awarded to new panel members for joining and downloading the app.
How do I earn points? Simply scan products that you or someone else in your household has purchased to earn points. Bonus points are awarded to Super Scanners for consistently scanning every week for 4 weeks. Points and prizes can also be earned by completing member surveys and by entering competitions.
How long does it take to scan my purchases? The Scan n Go app is simple to use. The more items you have to scan, the longer it will take to complete but overall it should not take more than 5-10 minutes. It takes a bit longer to enter items that do not have a barcode. If you regularly shop at the same stores you can set these up as a favourite to speed up scanning.
Tip: Take all of your shopping purchases out of your shopping bags and place them on your kitchen bench top. Scan your items then put them away. If you have kids, you can turn this into a fun shopping game at home with your kids who will love using the barcode scanner. Who didn’t use to play supermarket games at home when they were a kid?!
Is it worth the effort? Points can be redeemed through the IRi Shopper Panel website for gift vouchers and merchandise. It did not take a lot of time or effort before I had earned enough points to redeem a $50 gift voucher. Sure, this won’t make you rich but it helps with the household budget or to splurge on a treat or gift.
Make sure you inform IRi Shopper Panel if you are unable to do any product scanning in a week, for example if you are unwell or overseas on holiday (you can still scan purchases if you are travelling within Australia as it is a national program). If you do not do this, they will call you and ask if you are having any problems with your scanner or with the app and remind you to keep scanning each week. Email and phone support is available if you encounter any problems.