Tuesday, May 4

A Week in the Life of a Mystery Shopper

April 25th - May 1st...

I set a new weekly record: I earned $1,008 from mystery shopping, even though I traveled to Omaha and spent most of Saturday at the Berkshire Hathaway meeting. I also received reimbursements totaling $183.

Tip for newbies: the last week of any month can be your most lucrative, so be flexible and don't plan too far ahead. Schedulers desperately look to fill canceled shops and other last minute opportunities before the end of the month, and are willing to pay big bucks to do so.

Sunday
The quietest day of the week, as usual. I went to 3 restaurants.

Monday
Busy day, mostly restaurants. I'm feeling guilty about all the food that went to waste. I shopped 6 restaurants, 3 banks, a retailer and a mailing center.

Tuesday
I drove 30 miles for a fast food breakfast, stopping at a truck stop along the way for a coffee shop. Then I completed a gas station, did 3 merchandising jobs, one bank and three fast food restaurants. Everything, including the merchandising jobs, was bonused. The merchandising jobs paid $24 instead of $12; the fast food varied but the lowest paying job paid a $10 bonus.

Wednesday
I did my first oil change mystery shop today. How cool is that? A free oil change - and it was a really simple assignment. I also did two restaurants and two merchandising jobs. This was the second slowest day after Sunday.

Thursday-Saturday
En route to Omaha for the shareholder's meeting I did several gas station shops. Before leaving Thursday I completed 4 merchandising jobs and two restaurants. Total for Thursday and Friday was $549. Even better, I barely extended the route I would have taken anyway to get to Omaha. On Saturday, the only shop I did was Chinese takeout for dinner.

April turned out to be my best mystery shopping month ever!

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