I’m one of those shoppers that steak house waiters, clothing store clerks, bowling alley staff (no, I don’t bowl), and movie theater workers hate.
Because I get paid to snitch on them!
They Pay Me to Snitch!
A lot of you know I have performed lots of “mystery shopping” or “secret shopping” over the years. Not to brag, but I’m rather good at it.
- Before I see a new movie at a theater, I make this decision: Do I want to pay for the movie, or do I want the theater to pay me to see the movie?
- Before we eat at a quality steak house or somewhere else, I make this decision: Do I want to pay for my steak dinner, or do I want the steak house to pay me to eat steak?
- Before I get the oil changed in a vehicle, I make a decision: Do I want to pay for this oil change, or do I want the oil change store to pay me after they change my oil?
The Answer is Not Always Obvious!
The choice I make to those kinds of questions is not always obvious. Sometimes, we want to eat or see a movie where there’s no Secret Shopper set up for that business. That’s fine. We never go somewhere we don’t want to go to just because one place is currently paying me to buy something while the one we want to go to doesn’t want to pay me.
We never avoid doing what we want. But if we can get paid and do what we want, we’ll get paid instead of paying them.
Note: The way it works is this: I act naturally like any regular
sap customer. I make a purchase but take note of some things that I’m hired to notice. Things like:
– Was there a line when I first arrived?
– Was the bathroom clean?
– Was the food delivered in a timely manner?
– Was the movie popcorn fresh and the drink ice cold?
When I get home, I send an email with the information the company wants, attach a scanned copy of my receipt, and they drop the payment and reimbursement into my bank account a few days later. It’s a lot easier, safer, and a far tastier way to get more from a bank than robbing them.
Stack Your Advantages
I’m big on “stacking” advantages. If I want to read a book, I always prefer to get it as an audiobook and listen in the car. (Here’s a shockingly good one that will motivate you to do more with your life no matter how good your life already is: Me, Inc. Written by a man you’d never guess that I’d ever recommend!) Audiobooks “stack” my time wisely, freeing up time I’d otherwise spend with my head inside a book when I couldn’t do something else at the same time. I also listen to books frequently when I exercise or work in our gardens.
You? Always look for opportunities to stack your time or expenses. Stack two things that can be done together to accomplish more or to add free time for relaxing. Do you think you watch too much TV? Put a mini-trampoline or treadmill in your TV room. No more guilt; jump to health while you watch NCIS!
Secret Shopping Stacks My Money for Me!
I’m a veteran Mystery Shopper. I work for several companies because I want to “stack” my expenses. I’d rather get paid to get an oil change than pay someone to do it.
Note: I super-stack when I can. I try to locate a coupon online before going to get an oil change (for example) so that I get paid for the full cost but the coupon drops my actual cost and I make even more… further stacking my financial advantages.
It’s a pretty simple formula.
Why don’t others do this?
Why don’t you?
If you stack benefits, productivity, income, or expenses, I’d sure love to hear what you do too – I have it on Good authority that “iron sharpens iron.”
So please, leave a comment below (I’ll quickly approve it. The approval process is there only to keep cursing liberals from spouting off.)