All About The Many NCP Sweepstakes

I recently read a story about a 24-year-old suburban Milwaukee man who won a $768 million Powerball jackpot, the third largest in U.S. lottery history. The gentleman took a $477 million lump sum payout that was reduced to a “measly” $326 million after state and federal taxes.

Wow, what I wouldn’t do with a measly $326 million! If you’re like most people I know, you’ve also thought about winning a big prize and what you’d do with the winnings.

Now the odds of winning one of these lotteries is very small, perhaps only about 1 in 300 million or so (give or take a few million).

Although we don’t offer millions of dollars in prize money, NCP does have a wide range of sweepstakes, which are awarded weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly.

Best of all, participation in these sweepstakes is easy: As long as we receive your weekly transmissions, you’re automatically entered into the following sweepstakes:

  • $25 Weekly Sweepstakes (50 winners)
  • $200 Monthly Sweepstakes (30 winners)
  • $500 Super Scanner Sweepstakes (20 winners per quarter)
  • $20,000 Cash Giveaway (1 winner per quarter)
  • $500 Panelists of the Year Sweepstakes (10 winners per year)

If you’d like to see a list of who won our latest Sweepstakes prizes, head to the Rewards section on ncponline.com, click on Sweepstakes, then select a specific sweepstakes to view a list of our current winners.

Now, if you want to be in control of what you could win, check out our Pick N’ Win Sweepstakes. Each month we feature drawings for an array of amazing prizes. Use your reward points to give yourself an entry into a drawing. Enter as many contests as you want as many times as you want! (Note: The points you apply toward a prize are not credited back if you don’t win that prize.)

This month’s Pick N’ Win prizes include the following:

  • Amazon 8″ Fire HD 8 Tablet 16GB (100 points to enter)
  • Apple Wireless AirPods Headphones (200 points to enter)
  • Weber Q 1200 Grill (250 points to enter)
  • Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen.) (300 points to enter)
  • Dyson Tower Fan (300 points to enter)
  • Yeti Hopper Flip 18 (300 points to enter)
  • Samsonite Winfield 3 Piece Hardside Spinner Set (400 points to enter)
  • Sony PS4 Slim 1TB Destiny 2 Bundle (400 points to enter)
  • Hisense 55″ LED 2160p Smart 4K UHD TV (500 points to enter)

The last day to enter April’s Pick N’ Win Sweepstakes is April 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

To enter, all you have to do is go to the online gift catalog (www.ncponline.com/panel/US/EN/Rewards/ViewOrderGifts.htm).

  1. Then go to the Pick N Win Sweepstakes page.
  2. Select the sweepstakes that you want to enter.
  3. See how many points you need to enter that particular sweepstakes.
  4. Choose how many entries you want to place into that sweepstakes.

The more entries you make, the more chances you have to win!

Well, that’s certainly a lot of opportunities to win something. But remember, not everyone can win. But even if you don’t win a sweepstakes, by sending us your data every week you’ll be earning gift points that you can redeem for some great gifts. So please keep scanning and transmitting!

I hope you have a lucky weekend!

Best Regards,
Taylor

Cleaning Up On Earth Day

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. One of my aunts has told stories about going out with her class to clean up a wooded area near her elementary school during that first Earth Day.

The idea for a day to focus on the environment came from U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, of Wisconsin, after he had witnessed the damage caused by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969.

Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media, and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date, according to earthday.org.

On April 22, 1970, an estimated 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies, according to earthday.org.

Today, Earth Day is considered the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, “and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes,” according to earthday.org.

So what can you do on Earth Day – and every day, for that matter – to help save the Earth?

Here are just a few suggestions. (If you have any things that you do to help the environment, let us know by adding a comment.)

  • Recycle!
  • Reuse!
  • Reduce!
  • Stop using plastic straws
  • Switch all of your bills to paperless
  • Start a compost heap in your garden
  • Walk or ride a bike
  • Plant something
  • Opt out of getting “junk mail”
  • Change your lightbulbs to compact florescent or LEDs
  • Use reusable water bottles/coffee cups/shopping bags
  • Wash laundry with cold water
  • Plant flowers and plants to help save bees

Remember: Even the smallest of things – like not littering or leaving the faucet running while brushing your teeth – can help!

Have a great weekend and a great Earth Day.

Best Regards,
Taylor

It’s Tax Time

Monday is April 15th, the day our income taxes are due. I certainly understand this isn’t everyone’s favorite day of the year. But we do what we gotta do!

Anyway, tax day has an interesting history.

In 1894, Congress passed a national income tax, which was ruled unconstitutional the following year by the U.S. Supreme Court. Following that decision, Congress proposed, and the required number of states ratified (in 1913), the 16th amendment to the Constitution, which made income tax legal.

The first tax day was on March 1st. It was later moved to March 15th in 1918. Then, in 1955, the deadline was pushed back to April 15th, so the Internal Revenue Service could spread out the work involved with processing all the forms, according to constitutioncenter.org.

The very first tax form was four pages long, including instructions, according to constitutioncenter.org. At the time, the average annual income was $800.

Meanwhile, the highest ever tax rate was during World War II, when the highest tax bracket was taxed at 91% and the lowest tax bracket was 23%.

Here are some other taxing things to think about (from wallethub.com):

  • $1.76 trillion – Estimated revenue from individual income taxes in 2019 ($1.68 trillion in 2018)
  • 150M+  – Individual income tax returns are expected to be filed in 2019
  • 90% of returns this year are expected to be filed electronically
  • $2,957 – The average tax refund as of March 15, 2019
  • 91% of refunds are paid through direct deposit
  • 8.1 billion hours – Estimated total time that Americans spend preparing tax returns each year
  • 11 hours – Estimated time spent filing a tax return
  • 49% of taxpayers prepared and e-filed their own tax returns in 2019

Speaking of taxes, here’s a sales tax scanning tip …
When asked about the total amount spent when recording your shopping trip, please include the sales tax for all items purchased, even the ones that you might not have been able to scan.

If you have any questions about recording coupons and sales, please see our FAQ:

http://www.ncponline.com/wbcnt/Members/deals.pdf

Have a great weekend!

Best Regards,
Taylor

Meal Kit Mania

As I’m sure you know, it’s difficult trying to find the time to get something healthy on the dinner table. So that’s why the meal kit market has exploded recently. Meal kits, which are easy-to-prepare “kits” that are filled with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, make it easy to create a healthy “home cooked” meal.

Originally a mostly web-based offering, meal kits are now often showing up in retail outlets.

According to the latest Nielsen data, 187 new meal kit items were introduced within in-store retail outlets alone during the 52 weeks ended Dec. 29, 2018.

Interest in meal kits through both online and retail outlets continues to be strong. According to NCP data, meal kit users have increased 36% over the past year. In fact, NCP data estimates that 14.3 million households purchased meal kits in the last six months of 2018, reflecting a marked increase of 3.8 million households from the end of 2017. And there is still a lot more interest beyond that, with 23% of American households saying they would consider purchasing a meal kit within the next six months.

So have you purchased any meal kits? If you’re an NCPMobile App user, you can use the Non-Barcoded Items listing to record these types of purchases! (See image below.)

Note: If you use the Barcode Reference Booklet to record non-UPC barcoded items, you cannot tell us about meal kit purchases at this time. The booklet might be updated in the near future.

Meal Kit options as displayed in NCPMobile's Non-barcoded items list

Thanks, and have a great weekend!

Best Regards,
Taylor