The 4 reasons why mystery shopping for students can help with your university finances
It’s only a few weeks into the start of the university year and if you are anything like the way I was then reality is starting to kick in. The fresher’s week celebrations are a distant memory and the partying is slowly being replaced with the studying. Welcome to student life! Mystery shopping for students can be a great way to get your hands on some free stuff.
The other thing that used to hit me around this time of the year was the fact that my finances were looking a lot thinner than they were at the start of term. Having a big chunk of money in my bank account was a real novelty (and it still is!) and the first few days and week saw pizza being delivered, taxis everywhere and “getting a round in.” But as that money raced away I turned to beans on toast, walking or hitching to every destination and counting the pennies to buy a drink.
And that is where mystery shopping can come in really handy for student life. It is flexible, convenient and can help to stretch your finances when you need it most. Mystery shopping for student is a breeze. You have to spend a little time in a shop, restaurant or bar and then write a report. All you need is a little spare time (I know students have plenty of this) and internet access. I file most of my reports within an hour of doing the shop so it feels like I’ve drawn a line under it.
But you need to know what you are letting yourself in for, so here is my guide to the 4 reasons why mystery shopping for students can help with your university finances-
4 – Presents
Meeting many new people when you go to university means that you seem to be celebrating someone’s birthday every week. The partying is great but if you need to buy gifts then this can put a strain on your pocket. Mystery shopping takes in gift stores and perfume shops so you can get access to great items that you can use as a gift. Saving your money for essentials such as food and heating is much easier if you can mystery shop for all the little luxuries in life. Try it!
3 – Stock up on groceries
All of the big supermarkets need their customer service to be assessed by mystery shoppers. The have extensive mystery shopping programmes so you can get that loaf of bread or your dinner paid for by someone else every now and again. The mystery shops at supermarkets and grocery stores are often among the easiest to carry out. You will have to go in, ask a question, buy something and the leave. It is a great way to get into mystery shopping when you start out.
2 – Cash – mystery shopping for students
When it all boils down to it, cash is king. You may like the little treats that mystery shopping can bring you but none of it replaces the cold hard cash that you can earn. Don’t get me wrong, mystery shopping can’t make you rich. The fees for mystery shops are usually under £10 but do a few of these a week and you can end up with a nice little extra income to help you along. Some more money every week can really help, especially now the weather is getting colder and the student loan feels like it is running o.
1 – Free food and drink
This can be a major issue when it comes to student life, especially if you live in a city. Eating and drinking can be quite a cost so anything that can help alleviate this burden is welcome. The top reason why mystery shopping can help with your university finances is to get free food and drink. There are many places that you can find mystery shops to carry out, including-
- Pret A Manger
- Morrison’s Cafe
- Bella Italia
If you want to get free food from these places then a mystery shopping account is the only way to go. You can get the chance to regularly visit these places and then report back on you experience. Check out our full guide to student jobs and whether mystery shopping is the answer.
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