I did Mystery Shopping as a way to make a few bucks and try new stores and restaurants in the days before having kids. It doesn’t pay much, but we often went out to eat or got services like oil changes and salon hair cuts for free. In brainstorming money making ideas, being a secret shopper came up, and it is something I can do to add to the savings goal.
Yesterday, I shopped a party supply store, getting a few little Valentine’s Day treats that will be reimbursed, and making $7. I’ll post it in savings once it hits my PayPal account. Next week, I’m signed up to have my brakes checked for free, and I’ll be paid $12.
Here’s a great place to start in getting started looking for companies. I’ve worked for several companies working with the Sassie system, and here is a link to a bunch of their companies. Although they use the same system, you have to sign up for each individually. NEVER pay to get secret shopper jobs!
Edited to add: I found the site JobSlinger, which is great for searching multiple companies for jobs in your area. In the past week, I’ve signed up for kid’s clothes, golf, restaurant, appliance, oil change, and bowling shops.