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Thursday, May 2

My Frugal Miser - April Income: $10,556

April was a strong month on the income side of the ledger.  My deadbeat tenant occupied the townhouse the entire month, so I had to file an unlawful detainer with the county.  I am optimistic that he will be gone in the next week or so.  Once a new tenant is found, I will have even more rental income.  I did very little mystery shopping in the second half of the month.  There is some intense competition in the Tampa Bay area for mystery shopping and I refuse to work for the paltry sums others are taking... that's supply and demand in action, folks.  Of course, most shops are paid the month after they are done, so the income I am reporting, which was significant, is primarily from work I did in March.

April Income
$3,150 Mystery Shopping
$7,361 Rental Income
$46 Other Sources
$10,556 Total Income for April

  • I don't include transactions in my retirement accounts.  This includes rental income, dividends and capital gains and losses.
  • I include merchandising and hospitality work in the mystery shopping category since the companies that I shop for provide this extra side work. 


  1. That is a good amount of income from mystery shopping. Supply and demand does affect how much you can make. I never get offered any bonuses here in Kansas City but they still call and offer me bonuses for rural shops where I used to live. I'm only doing shops I like now. None of the shops pay enough for me to bother doing a shop I don't like.

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