Time for back-to-school mystery shopping

The new school year is right around the corner, and many students and families are already wrapping up their back-to-school shopping.

The new school year is right around the corner, and many students and families are already wrapping up their back-to-school shopping. While current economic conditions have put a strain on consumer sentiment, some students are leveraging their jobs to alleviate their spending needs.

Students who work part-time as mystery shoppers can take on shopping assignments that fit with their back-to-school shopping needs. So before accepting an assignment, draft a list of what you need to buy and search for assignments in line with those needs.

"This may mean going through the kids' drawers and seeing what they have outgrown, checking last year’s backpack for holes, downloading school supply lists from the school website and more," writes the Mystery Shopping Maven. "With this list in hand, you will have a great idea of where you need to do your shopping - and your mystery shopping!"

Most importantly, you need to leverage your assignment reimbursements toward in drafting a shopping schedule. Stretch your shopping needs out over an assignment period so as to take full advantage of these reimbursements. And, without affecting your studies, continue shopping into the school year to supplement your income.