On the income side, last week I mostly looked for mystery shopping scraps. By scraps I mean that most of what I did was the reject stuff other shoppers through under the table for the dog. It's not as bad as it sounds. I do get paid more for picking up the leftovers, plus the editors aren't so anal when they are facing a deadline and need to get a shop done. Still, I only earned $297.48 in fees and $254 in reimbursements. I am finding the Tampa Bay area a much more competitive market. There are still shopping opportunities, but they don't tend to pay crap.
When I wasn't shopping I was exercising. On some days I combined the two: Saturday we biked 11 miles round trip to shop a fast casual restaurant. It feels good to save a gas, burn some extra calories, and make a little money. I am building stamina and taking longer bike rides. Several of our jaunts have exceeded 10 miles.
This week looks depressing. I have several restaurant shops scheduled, most of which are reimbursement-only. When you're handed lemons, you make lemonade, right? At least our food budget will benefit. Next week I have to return to Birmingham to evict one of my tenants. I put together a solid mystery shopping route around this so that I won't come out of pocket for gas and will earn about $500 in fees during the trip.
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