Monday, June 28, 2010

Mystery Shopping Information

So you want to be a mystery shopper. It sounds like fun, but isn't all a scam? Absolutely not! Mystery shopping is an excellent way to make some extra money. It can even be a full time job if you want it to be. I've been doing it off and on for about a year, and I'm starting to try to find enough shops for it to actually be a source of income for me.

There are some tricks to being successful with mystery shopping that I'm learning. Of course there are all the skill sets you need to actually perform the mystery shops. The important one being attention to detail. When I shop, I used to rush in and out and not pay attention to anything but what I was doing. Now I've learned to slow down my brain and notice things around me. You gotta be in the moment to be able to answer the questions later. Another biggie, you gotta be able to write. Some reports are just multiple choice. Others are just narrative. Most are some of both. But they want you to have good writing skills with good grammer and no spelling mistakes.

So how does it work? Start signing up with different mystery shop companies. You can't do just one. Certain companies have certain shops available based on company or location or industry. If you sign up with just one company you may NEVER find a shop in your area. I'm currently signed up with 29 different companies. And out of those there are 2 that consistantly have open shops in my area, and the other 4 sometimes have stuff in my area. The other 22 rarely have anything in my area. And 1 that I don't like to use because I've had bad experiences with them.

Each company you sign up with, you will have to fill out an application and be accepted as a shopper. The application is for all of your personal information, and usually has a small writing assignment. Something like describing a recent shopping trip. When you complete your essay, be sure to point out details like cleanliness of the store and how you were treated by workers. Also include descriptions of the workers, how long you waited, stuff like that. You want to talk about your personal experience, but try to stick to the facts. Very rarely do they care about your opinion. They only want to know what happened.

Another important point . . . you WILL have to give each company your social security number. The money you earn on mystery shopping is taxable income.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Amazing Medco Offer

I don't know how long this will last, so act fast if you're interested. I originally got the info at www.hip2save.com. Please follow that blog for up to the minute deal info.

Go to www.medcohealthstore.com. Add $10 or more worth of merchandise to your cart. They have toiletries, OTC medications, baby items, etc. You're sure to find items that you need. Then use the coupon code MHS10 at checkout to take $10 off of your order. And shipping is only 99 cents! My total amounted to 9.98, so I only had to pay 99 cents for the shipping for the entire order!

Even better . . . you can place a second order and use coupon code tenoff and do the same thing all over. I got a ton of stuff that I needed that doesn't usually come on sale with normal coupons and deals. Lots of baby stuff in my case. But look around at the site, find what you need, and get it for next to nothing!

Hello Everyone!

Well, I had intended to write a goodbye post. I don't have time to be on top of this blog the way I should be if I'm going to do it the right way. I had my second little one. Daelyn Olivia was born on 4/28/10 and weighed 7 lbs, 4 ozs. With Dawson and Daelyn and running Light My Fire Candles, that's about all I can handle. And then some! So I'm not really maintaining this blog anymore.

However . . .

I do still want to post amazing deals that I come across. So if you have an interest in deal shopping or couponing at all, then please enter your email address in the box on the right side to follow me. On the rare occassion that I do write a post about a spectacular deal, you'll get the info in your email. I still do a fair amount of research to save money for my family, and if I'm excited enough about it to come here and post, then trust me, you want to know about it! Although I'm not planning to pretty it up with pictures or anything.