I haven't posted in nearly a week because I've been mystery shopping so much. For March I set a new record. I earned $3,294 in fees and $1,130 in reimbursements. In case you don't have a calculator handy, that's close to $40,000 annually if I could keep up the pace.
It wasn't easy. In fact, I drove over 6,000 miles in March. That's $1,356 in vehicle expenses. Fortunately a large part of the reimbursement was for fuel, so the actual vehicle expense was less.
I did a little of everything last month, but gas stations were #1 by a wide margin, followed by restaurants. Some of the other shops included working out at a gym, checking out a mini-storage, confirming the right ads were playing at the second run movie theatre and getting my carpets cleaned.
I hope I can make the month of April just as busy, but I'm close to capacity as there were few slow days. My only hope is that I become increasingly more efficient with planning and paperwork/data entry.
Tonight I'll be spending the night at a business-class hotel as part of a mystery shop. Of course, I would never waste all that travel time: I'll be visiting 17 gas stations on the way and several on the return trip.