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Monday, June 7

A Week in the Life of a Mystery Shopper

May 30th - June 5th...

I was having a lot of issues getting motivated last week. My earnings were okay but not stellar. Last week I made $466 in fees and $393 in reimbursements.

  • I signed up with a new company that handles gas stations for a convenience store company. The company doesn't pay a fee but does reimburse $10 gas and $3 inside. I did six of these shops.
  • I did a few other gas stations and restaurants. Nothing special.
  • I completed 10 merchandising shops: 4 as part of my regular monthly route and 6 one-time assignments. They were all super easy but the pay was just $62.
  • Some of the more interesting shops included a pool supply retailer, a gourmet chocolate store and a shop where I had to take the GMAT. The GMAT was an interesting experience. I always wondered what that test would be like and now I know. After this experience I think I'll just settle for the education I've got!
My biggest challenge now is storing all this gas. My tank and my partner's tank are full. I have a one gallon and 2 five gallon containers which are all full. The lawnmower's tank - full. This week I've already signed up for shops that will require me to purchase $99 in gas. This is an issue I have to figure out. Do I invest in a few additional 5 gallon tanks, take a trip to the casino to burn some fuel, or sign up for some out of town shops that I normally wouldn't consider?


  1. Save your money and avoid the casino. :-) Sign up for the out of town shops and burn some fuel that way.

  2. Hey Jan, that's definitely the more prudent thing to do. I ended up buying three more 5 gallon tanks. Now I'm worried about my garage exploding. Still, I have about $35 gas left to buy before the end of the week and nowhere (yet) to store it. I see a mystery shopping road trip in the not-so-distant future.

  3. think about giving your extra gas to a charity. or a relative. (I know you wrote this along time ago, but I wanted to put my 2 cents in) Hey, I just signed up with my first two mystery shopping companies.