But let me ask you this. Do you make your dinner at home or do you still go out to eat? Do you still attend the annual charity or do your children still give presents during the holidays or birthdays? Well, so do I! And guess what?! I make money off of it.
MYSTERY SHOPPING! When I was younger, and I heard the word mystery shopper, I automatically thought that it would be for someone who already had money and just ate at upscale restaurants and had to do lots of paper work. But that is not the case now-a-days. It’s super easy to start and you don’t need any experience to start getting paid from $5 - $50 per visit. Here’s what you need...
1. Internet Access and Printer (you can use the local library)
2. Notepad and pen OR a good memory
That’s it! It would also be a good idea to have the mystery shop stops to go along with your daily routine; that way you are saving even more money rather than wasting gas. So the next step would be to visit www.MysteryShop.org. That is the Mystery Shop Providers Association website so that you can learn all about becoming a mystery shopper and all of the legitimate companies that are associated with this association.
What do you do as a mystery shopper? Well, once you register with a few companies you will get sent some emails and you can accept or reject the jobs you would like. They range from fast food to shopping and even movie screenings. For the most part you will just confirm that you will complete it and print out a short survey and fill it out once you complete the shop. You would be evaluating customer service to quality of food/merchandise of the establishment. Return to the website and enter in the information. A few weeks later you get paid.
So take a casual summer day of a full-time mystery shopper. Wake up, stop for some coffee at the local donut shop (customer service mystery shop = $10 +reimbursement), then go to your work place or go back home. Then you have to stop at the post office and pay a few bills (Postal mystery shop = $23 + $5 reimbursement), stop at the grocery store to pay the bills (grocery mystery shop = $15), then stop to pick up nuggets for the kiddos (timely mystery shop = $8 + reimbursement). Put in some Facebook time and Johnny has his birthday party next weekend so you stop at the local party store to pick up some last minute goodies (party mystery shop = $10 + reimbursement). Call it a day and end up with $60 plus reimbursement for just one day. Can’t beat that!
I have been a mystery shopper for over 8 years and well over 50% of everything we spend we get paid back to us, gotta love it!
See below picture of my "Hubs" and "Eli," my 2-year old on the carousel at the biggest mall in our area. We go here every month for FREE because of mystery shopping (it's 30 minutes away and is like our little "vacation" time).