All it takes is a week away from home to make you want to be back! Lucky for me I will be home later today. I arrived in Kansas City on Sunday evening after completing several gas station audits. I settled into the only hotel stay that wasn't either free by redeeming Hilton Honors points or free due to mystery shopping. Since I was paying and I'm tight with my money I stayed at a Days Inn, which was $37 with tax. It wasn't worth a penny more! I'm a stickler for cleanliness so the hairs in the bathroom were kind of gross and the stains on the walls were mysterious. Fortunately the sheets looked clean although I did wake up in the middle of the night feeling like something had bitten me.
Monday morning was a real treat. Andy from Tight Fisted Miser was in town to pick up a friend from the airport. I had a great time meeting him and sharing tales of frugality and mystery shopping bloopers. Our visit was too short due to the fact that I was driving 600 miles on Monday.
The drive wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I stopped in St. Louis at a hole in the wall BBQ restaurant and had some fabulous BBQ for lunch. I made two additional stops to break up the monotony and arrived at my hotel at 7 PM. I was pleasantly surprised by the hotel. It was a newer Hampton Inn on a golf course and pond in one of the most remote locations I've ever seen a Hampton... I'm surprised people find it but I was told it is a popular spot for Civil War buffs and those seeking outdoors activities.
This morning I am auditing four gas stations on my drive home. I also lucked out and found four gas stations to mystery shop (not audit) that are on the same route I will be taking. I have a new store merchandising setup job that is supposed to take several hours so I will probably be home by sunset. Fortunately the new store is only 3 miles from my house.
All in all it's been a great trip. I am under budget and made some decent money by mystery shopping. I'm not worn out like I thought I would be... I'm refreshed and energized. Hopefully later this week I can put together a post about the total cost of my trip along with how much I made by combining mystery shopping.