Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
I'm headed to Alabama to spend Christmas with my mom. I'll also visit my Dad's side of the family on Christmas Day. I am driving the 500 miles to Birmingham, but was able to find 9 mystery shops along the way to help pay for the trip. Today I am shopping 7 Exxon gas stations. With bonuses, I will earn $235 in fees and $42 in gas and inside purchases. The free gas should cover my fuel for the entire trip. I am staying at an Econo Lodge tonight ($54, paid with a gift card I bought at Winn-Dixie to earn Fuel Rewards). Tomorrow I am shopping two Chevrolet dealerships. I will earn $182 plus receive a free oil change and tire rotation. All these shops are within a reasonable distance from the route I would already be taking.
While visiting Mom, I'll take her out for gourmet tacos on a mystery shop. I'm also painting/repairing two mailboxes at my rental properties. I'm saving $80 in labor and the work should take me less than an hour.
I plan on returning home on the 26th. I'll spend the last week of the year doing some rideshare driving and setting my 2016 goals.