While I'm still not earning as much mystery shopping as I was in 2010 and 2011, things are starting to pick up. One of the larger projects I used to work on, a major gas station retailer, will kick off again starting January 28th. I skipped this project entirely last year but in 2010 it was a big part of my income. I have signed up for 50 shops over the first 7 days of the program. That week I will earn $500 in fees and more than $300 in free gas.
Next week I am shopping 5 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area hotels. It's the closest thing to a paid vacation one can get.
I also picked up a few of the merchandising jobs I have done in the past. Before, I had a route of 21 stores that I regularly worked, earning around $400 over 3-4 days every 6 weeks or so. The company that offered these jobs cut their pay to below minimum wage so I stopped doing them. I was able to pick up a few locations at a fair but not great rate for later this month.
It looks like I'm back at it full time, at least for the foreseeable future. The newfound motivation comes from my desire to quickly pay off some of my debt.