I’ve spoken about how to become a mystery shopper, but now that I’ve been doing it for about five months, I wanted to share some of the perks.
In the past five months, I have:
- eaten meals at restaurants we can’t afford
- had my dog’s annual vet exam covered
- gotten an oil change on the house
- received $60 in free groceries
- had frozen yogurt at a popular yogurt shop
- received $40 in free items at a popular high-end home decor store, on top of being paid
- drank several coffee drinks for free at a popular coffee shop
- mailed packages for free
- tried on $1600 dresses at a high-end fashion retailer
and these are just the ones I can remember!
My proudest mystery shopping moment yet came last week when I went to the mall and made $65 in two hours at the mall, in addition to $40 in free merchandise and then on the drive home, I picked up $20 in free groceries.
Essentially, that’s $125 for only a couple of hours of my time, plus about an hour to do all the reviews. Now granted, $20 of the “free merchandise” was because I had two Victoria’s Secret free undies coupons they send in the mail. And I’m lucky that this mall has two Victoria’s Secret locations.
But the other $20 in free merchandise was to a high-end home decor store that I love but can never afford.
I haven’t made a ton of money mystery shopping, but I have definitely benefited from the free perks. Eric and I have been able to keep our monthly dining out budget to under $100 in recent months because of gift cards and restaurant mystery shops.
There are the negatives to mystery shopping:
- it’s time consuming
- it costs some money up front to pay for the oil change, restaurant, groceries, etc, but you always get reimbursed in addition to getting paid
- the pay is low (most shops pay between $10 and $20)
The very first shop I did I was super nervous about screwing it up. But once you figure out how to perform a shop, they get easier and easier.
This is definitely not something I would do if we had more disposable income or if I weren’t trying to save for a honeymoon. Because while it is nice to get perks and dinners for free, it’s still work and it still requires some time commitment.
However, if you’re a broke newlywed, or are trying to make extra money, mystery shopping would be a good fit. You do have to be a decent writer and have good attention to detail.
Now that I’ve been mystery shopping for five months, I know which companies are my favorite, which shops I love to do, and when to check for my favorite shops.
If you’re interested and want more information, check out How to become a mystery shopper.