Happy Frugal Frog Friday!
If you have been reading PaleoRunnerGirl for a while, you know that I love saving money—it makes me happy, what can I say! However, I also love making money in fun and easy ways. One way I do this is through becoming a mystery shopper.
I have been a mystery shopper for about 5 months through BestMark. The application process is SUPER easy. Most of the questions are basic and I think it took me about 30 minutes to complete. You can access the application HERE
Now for those of you who are wondering what exactly mystery shopping looks like, I will provide you with several examples of the “shops” I have completed:
I have only done one restaurant shop. BestMark rarely PAYS for you to complete the shop—they only reimburse you for the meal up to a certain amount. However, a free meal is payment in my book! After I signed up for the shop and received the email that confirmed that I was selected to do the shop, I read the information that BestMark wanted me to collect. Usually they ask for the name of the waiter helping you and the time it takes to order, receive drinks, and your food. I always bring a watch and a pad of paper to take surreptitious notes. I also note the quality of the food and the value for the price of the meal.
Most insurance shops are only by phone, which is awesome. While you do not get paid tons of money—typically around $7—it only takes 15 minutes maximum to make the call. BestMark will provide you with the information you need to collect, but you will want to either research an address you can use (if you don’t want to use you real address), and create a bit of a story. This is my favorite part! The last insurance shop I did, I used my real name but I performed the shop for an insurance company in Maryland. I created this whole tale about having just moved to the area and being unhappy with my insurance rates. I discussed my husband having a company car (totally untrue) and the kids we have (also untrue!). I have to be honest, for a girl who was NEVER allowed to lie, it is such a thrill to create these elaborate stories!
Some car shops only require you to make an appointment to get an oil check—evaluate the customer service of the phone call, fill out the survey, and cancel the appointment. (For these shops I always create a fake name–so much fun!) These shops typically pay all of $5, but again, you don’t do much. I always make sure to select a proper make and model of a car that fits the dealership. If the shop is at a Ford/Lincoln store, I am going to ask to get my “2005 Mustang GT” serviced.
Other car shops will have you call and make an appointment to see a car and then you actually have to go to the dealership to take a test drive. Chase LOVES to do these shops. We have two old cars, so it is nice to become familiar with the options out there. These shops typically pay around $17. They pay more when there is more time involved. Also, for these shops we actually use our real identities since the dealership often wants to see a copy of your license.
For store shops, you will be given a scenario (You are price shopping for an expensive camera) and questions that you need to ask. Many of these shops are for Best Buy so if you like shopping for gadgets, these shops will make you very happy! Often you are not required to buy anything, but sometimes they will ask that you buy something small (like a pen) and you are reimbursed for the purchase (up to a certain amount) and also paid for the shop.
After each shop you fill out a survey. Typically the survey must be completed and submitted by 10AM on the day after the shop.
I find being a mystery shopper a fun way to occasionally make money. The shops can usually be scheduled on weekends or weekdays—whichever works best for you.
I like BestMark because it is certified by the BBB and all of the checks and paystubs have been totally legit. It operates like a well oiled machine.
If you want more info, let me know!
Do you have any fun ways to make money? Have you ever considered being a secret shopper?