I was asked to perform a high paying, relatively easy mystery shop earlier in the week so I jumped at it. Unfortunately, it was 1.5 hours away. Fortunately, I was given distance pay to make up for the drive. I decided that while I was so far away, I’d do a few other shops to help make the drive worth it.
-$15 of it is covered by the mystery shop.
-$45 reimbursed by mystery shops
$12.28 Fast Casual meal
-All will be reimbursed
$33.91- Take out restaurant meal
-all will be reimbursed
$1.49- McD’s coffee while on the road.
$66.34-Petco repeat delivery I forgot to cancel
It was a grueling day of mystery shopping, then I spent the night writing reports. Even though the fees I made was roughly the amount I make in a day at my job (before anything is withheld) I don’t know if it was worth it. Though, between the 3 grocery shops and the take out I was set for all my meals for the week.
The Petco order was a complete failure on my part. It arrived yesterday and I am keeping one bag of dog food but returning the rest. Little Bit isn’t eating the wet food right now since I found a dry food soft enough for him. Plus, I still have several cans from earlier in case he needs it later. I am putting the full amount spent though since it’s been charged to my card.
$16.54-Fast casual meal
-mystery shop will reimburse all of it
-mystery shop will reimburse $14.00
I miscalculated on my grocery shop, thinking I had bought all five items in the buy 5 save $5, but I only bought 4. Womp, womp. I got a good deal on the 4 I did purchase, so I let it go.
Mr. Beach Life and I went shopping for new curtains for his house and that took up a better part of the day. I found it hilarious that he chose the same curtains I chose for my house.
$148.44- Electric bill
$40- 1 month of yoga
My friend invited me to a yoga class and I said yes because I am trying to be more social and because I want to learn yoga and work on my body more this year. I was going to buy a membership to the city recreation center, but just hadn’t found the time to go in to do it. Then I thought, if I don’t have the time to buy the membership, what makes me think I’ll go to the classes? The memberships cost $40/month at the city rec, so I just decided to try this yoga studio for a month. I am determined to not only get my money’s worth, but get my body’s worth, too! So far I am loving it! I’ve been to two classes and have two more scheduled.
We had a bout of nice weather and I spent a lot of time walking the dogs. Sonny love love loves the walks. Little Bit not so much. I end up taking them both on walks when I get home and before bed, but then take Sonny on a longer walk in the middle of the evening since he loves it so much. I wish I could figure out what Little Bit loves so I can do something special for him, too.
$93.37-Amazon FBA stuff.
Mystery shopping is really overwhelming me right now. Because I owe so much I feel like I can’t turn any opportunity down, but on the other hand how busy I am is doubling my anxiety. I need to write an update, but FBA is working out pretty good. At the very least it is something I can do on my own schedule, instead of someone else’s.
I debated whether to continue since it does require an outlay of funds, but I am going to take a chance. I’ll take it on a month to month basis. If I’m not selling anything and I get deeper and deeper into the hole, then I will stop and reassess. I’m not going to go crazy buying inventory, but I have a couple of niches that I know work for me so if I find good deals then I will grab them.
$84.49-Amazon FBA inventory
I used a $25 gift card I earned from an earlier FBA inventory order and then chose the instore pickup to save $4. Since I aim to make a profit of $5 or more, every dollar I save helps!
Weekly Spending Total: $634.66
No Spend Days: 1
Even though I had so many grocery mystery shops and made some wise purchases, I am running over my budget and need to get more creative. It might have been a bad month to try for a $100 out of pocket grocery budget since there are so many staples I need to buy since I am starting over in my new house. I did buy 5 dozen eggs so that I can make egg sandwiches to keep in the freezer, in addition to my every day egg eating. I’m going to have to start getting creative.
I am burning out on mystery shopping. I know I can’t give it up completely, but I hope that selling on Amazon can make up for cutting back-or even exceed it!