We barely stop waving our red, white and blue flags and craning our necks to see the fireworks before the back to school ads and the latest college dorm accessories are lining the aisles.
And some of us have not yet even had a chance to laze away an afternoon, dip our toes in a lake, river or ocean, or slurp up a double dip ice cream cone!
It is amazing how the marketing cycle can rule our psyche, but we can profit from it!
Mixed Up Seasons
We are no longer able to savor the aroma, feel or afterglow of the current season before the next one is thrust upon us by retailers. Anxious to get to Black Friday and understand their bottom line for the year, store promotions rush us from one holiday to the next.
As mystery shoppers, however, this consumer-focused atmosphere works to your advantage.
Retailers need to evaluate and assess their staff and stores prior to the busy holiday shopping season so as to be sure everything is working as expected. They need your feedback so as to tweak, train and make changes to maximize sales.
Mystery Shopping Bonus
An added bonus to making money while you shop is your opportunity to use coupons, apps and loyalty cards to help you save money while making required purchases for shops.
Do the math: Making money + saving money (plus tax deductions) = More Money in YOUR Wallet
Be creative in the way you think about how to apply the purchases and savings for shops you do. You can easily apply payments received and reimbursements to items you need – making these costs almost ‘free’ for you!
No one in your home goes to school? Perhaps you or someone you know needs office supplies? Or can you donate the items you need to buy for the shop to a local school or charity? (Another tax write off!)
When you conduct a grocery store shop, use it as an opportunity to purchase specific snack and lunchbox items – they will be ‘paid for’ when you get your compensation for the shop.
Think about holiday, birthday and thank you gifts for others when you shop. Reduce your expenses by purchasing gift items when doing your mystery shops.
Mystery shopping may be WORK for you – but you can make mystery shopping work FOR you as well.
Be smart, accept shops wisely and use the tools available to your advantage to maximize your profits!
Note: Not all mystery shopping company clients allow use of coupons or gift cards during a shop – so always double check with your scheduler if you are not sure!
Do you have a way you ‘earn’ extra or make special purchases when you mystery shop? Please share in the comment section below!