I woke up at 4 AM this morning in Guntersville, AL. Unfortunately, my first dealership doesn't open until 7 AM. With so much opportunity this week I am finding it hard to sleep. Sort of like a kid on Christmas morning... except every morning I wake up with the gift of more shops to do.
Yesterday I set a new record. I earned over $600 from mystery shopping in a single day. Does that help explain my inability to sleep? I'm ready for more! I am picking up random shops along my route since there are some good bonus opportunities. Yesterday I did a gas station audit for $50 and a Lowe's for $30. These were early morning and evening shops when the dealerships were closed (the dealerships pay more than that; I don't want anything to slow my down from getting to those!).
I'm keeping it frugal on this trip. I was able to book a Hampton Inn for tonight for 5,000 points. There are very few Hilton properties available for 5,000 points - these are special "opportunity" level redemptions. I don't think they have a single property in Florida for that level. What's even better is that I am spending even less than 5,000 points on my hotel. Even on free stays I earn 500 points for reserving with my AMEX card and 250 points for being a Diamond member. This is a cheap stay!
Last night I stayed in a Super 8, as it was the cheapest hotel in the area. I have only paid for one meal so far this week. Mystery shopping has fed me the rest of the time. This is an amazing week!