Senior citizens and mystery shopping: A great combination

Here's why you should look into becoming a secret shopper if you're as a senior citizen.

Mystery shoppers are all kinds of people. The job is popular among stay-at-home moms, full-time students and anyone else who is just looking to make a little extra money. However, for senior citizens, secret shopping can be the perfect part-time job. 

If you're looking to pick up a little extra cash on the side, but don't want the commitment and stress that comes with traditional employment, consider giving mystery shopping a go. Here's why you should look into becoming a secret shopper if you're as a senior citizen:

No heavy obligations
Oftentimes in retirement, senior citizens want something to do, but don't want any large time commitments. Full-time and part-time jobs alike can have strict schedules because they require a certain set of hours for individual workers. However, as a mystery shopper, you don't have to worry about that. Most secret shopping companies allow you to make your own schedule, and it can generally be flexible. 

You can spend time with the people you love while mystery shopping.You can spend time with the people you love while mystery shopping.

In addition, you can plan your work hours around your shopping or eating schedule so you can actually save time and money while making cash on the side. You can pick up as many or as few jobs as you want, depending on how you're feeling. Sometimes, jobs don't even require you to leave the phone, like pizza deliveries or online shopping.

It doesn't feel like work
If you are retired, the last thing you want is to feel like you have yet another stressful job in your life. Well, mystery shopping requires you to do the same kind of things you'd normally do, like shopping in stores and eating at restaurants. That way, it never feels like work, yet you're still getting paid to do it.

In addition, many jobs allow you to bring someone along, no matter his or her age. You won't have to skimp on any family or friend time. You can hang out with your children or grandchildren while doing your job. 

"Like your body, your brain needs to be exercised, too"

It may help with memory
As you get older, you may notice that it's hard to remember some things. Although this is a normal part of aging, taking conscious steps is a great way to help trigger memory.  As a mystery shopper, you'll be required to remember a lot of details, such as employee's names, overall store appearance, etc. Over time, this will become easier, because the mind, like the body, needs to be exercised, too. The Mayo Clinic says that stimulating brain activities may help with memory loss. Putting yourself in new situations and challenging your brain can help in the long run. Healthy habits like switching up our regular restaurants or breaking habits can give your brain a healthy workout. 

You'll discover new places
One of the best parts of being a mystery shopper is learning about new stores and restaurants you didn't know about before. If you've lived in your town for years, you may think you know everything around you. However, this may not be the case. Being a mystery shopper could drive you out of your comfort zone and into new and exciting venues.

Picture this: Maybe you're a regular at your local family restaurant. You have a specific meal you eat, and you haven't really tried anything else. Say your mystery shopping company assigns you to this restaurant, but it requires you to order a specific meal. You try it, you love it and now it's your new favorite meal. Without putting yourself out there, you may not have ever discovered a new dish. 

It will get you out and about
Keeping your brain healthy is essential, but don't forget about physical activity. If you take up mystery shopping, it will help you get those limbs moving. Regular exercise, even if it's walking, is good for your body and mind. 

There are plenty of reasons you should consider mystery shopping as a senior citizen. These are just a few. Give it a shot and you'll get to enjoy retirement the right way!