My first full week is complete. I have now completed 34 of the 157 shops on this route.
Last week I started in the Memphis area, worked through Arkansas, Oklahoma, and finally east of Dallas. The weather was amazing: low humidity and most days were in the 70s or 80s. Much of the drive took me through rural parts of the country I have never seen.
If I had stopped myself at Sam's Town, I would have done really well this week. I almost stopped while I was about $500 ahead, but then I started drinking and got stupid. Fortunately I was still ahead for the week. I only paid for 5 nights in hotels and my spending on food - for the entire week (!), was just $27. I rarely ate restaurant meals, opting for food at supermarkets. I authorized two small repairs on the truck that are not reimbursed by the mystery shopping company.
Week One Gross: $2005
Week One Expenses: $1232
Week One Net Income: $773
I set a goal of having $879 in weekly net income. I narrowed the what would have been an even larger gap by doing two more shops last week than planned and by keeping my other expenses down.