Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Update: New Relationship Takes Over My Life Edition

Ok, it's time to get serious! I've been ignoring lots of my real life for the past few weeks as I've been happily immersed in a new relationship, but it's time to get things back on track. Here are my lofty goals for this week.

1. Begin researching prices for Internet access. I did not get Internet when I moved into my apartment, because I didn't want to become a hermit. Instead, I promised myself I would wait six months, which would mean I can get internet on August 16. Reasons to look into getting Internet early: My electric bill is substantially cheaper than I expected, so I can afford it. I'm suddenly all over an online RPG and can currently only play from New Boyfriend's apartment. I'm starting to feel a little bad about doing certain life-maintenance activities online at work (like checking my bank accounts and blogging. Which, yes, I'm doing right now). It would allow me to start mystery shopping with more regularity (I've had to cancel most of the shops I've scheduled in the last three weeks because I couldn't get ANY signal in my apartment, and couldn't rpeort the shops I did). Reasons to wait until August 16: I said I would. I'm not going to be home all that much over the next six weeks because of work, classes starting up again, and some major performance commitments. I think I'll wait until I find out exactly how much it will cost me per month before I decide for sure.

2. Automate more of my financial life. I make the same transfers from checking to savings and ING every pay period, but I'm still doing this manually. It's time to set it up to work automatically and just check to see that it happens.

3. Find more time for reading. I've been neglecting my book pile lately, and not only do I have a lot to catch up on (for my three book clubs) but I borrowed eight books from various friends over that last month. Time to get serious!


  1. Can I ask how you got into mystery shopping? Does it pay well? Do you think it's worth it? Thanks!

  2. I got into mystery shopping through a friend of mine about eight years ago. I've been shopping consistently for about five years now.

    Mystery shopping is NOT quick, easy money. It is most rewarding if you live in or close to a major metropolitan area and can commit to shopping frequently and regularly (three to eight shops per week, every week) in order to get paid in a consistent manner.

    See my field guide to mystery shopping for more information.


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