Online surveys and mystery shopping get a bad rap. Many people think that they are just scams but there are really some great (and legitimate) companies out there that will pay you for your time and effort. And to prove it, here’s what I earned from online surveys and mystery shopping last month, among other endeavors. I completed these mystery shops and surveys in the previous month (or earlier) and received the payment this month. Some of these mystery shops required me to pay something out of pocket to purchase a good or service (which I get to keep) but I was reimbursed for my purchase and was usually paid an additional fee. The amount I earned from mystery shops includes the reimbursement for my purchases.
Mystery shopping usually requires that you purchase something specific from the store you are evaluating for which you are then reimbursed. I usually charge those purchases onto my credit card so that I get rewards points and so that it does not use up my grocery budget for that month. When I am paid for mystery shopping I pay myself back and transfer the amount of money I spent on those mystery shopping purchases back to the credit card. The remainder is my profit.
Freelance Writing- $135.00
Blogging/ Ad Revenue- $15.00
BARE International– $16.85
Trendsource/MSI Services– $11.53
Corporate Research International/Stericycle– $62.40
Beyond Hello– $20.00
Service Sleuth/HS Brands International– $37.68
Sinclair Customer Metrics– $30.00
Valued Opinions– $20 visa gift card
Saving Star– $5.48
Shopmium– $4.78 (use referral code HGCCMKWQ for a free Lindt chocolate bar when you sign up!)
What did I do with this extra income?
So I have skipped posting this for a few months but I have keep hustling over those months, rest assured. With this money I earned in May I made payments to my sister and my mother toward housing costs for our upcoming family trip to England for my sister’s wedding. We have been paying at least $748.94 every month month just to debts! I throw more at debt when I can too. What a crazy number considering that’s about a quarter of our monthly income (not counting the side hustles, thank goodness for side hustles). The good thing is that we have been making progress and hopefully we will have some of these things paid off and can keep the debt snowball rolling!
Did you make any extra income last month? What are you using your side hustle money for?