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Saturday, October 13

Just Shopping

I haven't had much to say because I've been doing so many mystery shops.  This has been a solid week as I have earned about $600 from mystery shopping in the last 7 days.  My routes have included gas station audits, hotels, several restaurants and car dealerships, and a few random shops thrown in for good measure.

I expect November and December to slow down.  Lately I've earned the majority of my income from one company (Maritz Research) and most all the projects I've been working this month are supposed to span the rest of the year.  Since I've already picked up every shop in my area, there probably won't be many opportunities through Maritz unless another shopper cancels shops they were assigned to or I create a route outside this area.  Taking Maritz as an example, there are only SEVEN open shops within a 50 mile radius of my house, and I can't think of any new projects they will be releasing for 2012 completion.

Looking back at previous years activity, December tends to be the slowest month of the year.  I suspect most MSC try to close our their year before the holidays, which pushes some work to November.  We are taking a 7 day cruise December 9th-16th and then I will likely be visiting family for the holidays.


  1. I'm doing my first gas shop this week. That, plus a Medicare shop. Last week I was oncall for two all day exit interviews. The didn't call, but I earned a cool $50.

    1. $50 ain't bad just for making yourself available. Best of luck with the gas shop. They usually aren't too bad as long as you don't overlook something. I had to re-visit one last week because they didn't like my 45 degree angle shot. The pumps were at an angle to the canopy (yes, unusual) and I took a 45 degree shot based on the canopy and not the pumps. I never was good at geometry. LOL.