Thrifty Thursday – Mystery Shopper

I had heard of Mystery Shopping before, but thought it would be difficult to get a gig like this. Last week I signed up to Market Force, and after completing a test that confirmed I was able to express myself in words, I became a Mystery Shopper. I was able to limit my possible assignments to within a five-mile radius, as I did not want to travel too far. Immediately there were eight possible assignments. But they have loads of assignments at airports and major train stations, so I will definitely look into those when I next do some traveling. 

My first assignment was last weekend. Although I am a Stay-At-Home-Mum and can complete assignments during the week, I like the idea of going off at the weekend and having some free/comped family time. I also like the idea that sometimes I can have some ‘me’ time whilst getting paid.

So off I went last Saturday. My son was napping, and my daughter and Husband were building a robot. I went to a coffee shop, where I had a lovely pot of tea and a very delicious slice of carrot cake. My assignment even required me to use the WIFI, which I happily did. What a treat to have 20 minutes to myself, away from the house. And for my trouble, I had my tea and cake reimbursed. Plus I will be paid £2.75 for the assignment. 

I’ve decided that this money will go into my ‘Night Out’ fund. I don’t go out very often, but if I complete 2-4 assignments each month then I will have money for the occasional Mums’ Night Out. And I won’t have to ask Husband for booze money. 

If you would like to check out Mystery Shopping, then I totally recommend Market Force:
I have also signed up with Grass Roots (recommended by Emma from From Aldi to Harrods), but they haven’t had any available assignments so I cannot vouch for them.

If you want more tips on Thrifty living, check out Gina from Cold Tea and Smelly Nappies, who runs a Thrifty Thursday linky.

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19 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday – Mystery Shopper

  1. Ooh, how interesting. Actually getting paid to treat yourself too! I will have to look into this, it is something I have thought about before.

  2. Brilliant, getting paid to have some ‘me’ time, you lucky girl! I have often thought of mystery shopping, but never got around to actually having a go. Maybe it’s time.

  3. Sounds like you have gained some good assignments – I used to have a lodger who was a mystery shopper – he once got all my shoes resoled, brilliant!

  4. I’m a mystery shopper too but so nervous doing them!
    I have a link to the fast food chain mystery shoppers too but I haven’t passed the test to do them yet!! #thriftythursday

  5. If you could just do coffee and cakes, this could be a perfect job for me and my special needs daughter – she would love it!

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