As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been mystery shopping since December as a way to earn a little extra money. When I started, I tried a lot of different types of shops, from paint stores to fast food to banks and lots of other things.
Lately, I have become more picky about my shops. Now, I pretty much choose the shops that my family can benefit from and we can spend time together (restaurants mainly) and ones that are places I'd go to anyway, like the grocery store.
And the grocery stores have become my favorite shops to do. The ones I like best give a reimbursement of $10-12 for groceries. I don't mind looking around and evaluating the store for $10-12 in free groceries. I probably do about 3-4 grocery shops a month (sometimes more) and that means about $40 free groceries a month. Plus...you don't pay taxes on the reimbursements (only the "fees" mystery shop companies pay).
So out of curiosity, I added up how much I've been reimbursed for JUST groceries since January. Guess what? I've been reimbursed $356 so far this year!!! I love the fact that I get paid for doing something I'd have to do anyway...and because I'd be doing it anyway, it's not an extra trip, so I am not using any extra gas either. Yay!