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There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a weekend… let alone a weeknight for a home cooked meal. Since moving to Seattle two years ago I have found some wonderful businesses where you can either assemble entrees and side dishes yourself… or have them do the work for you!

For 2 hours and ~ $200 your freezer will be stocked and your weeknights will be tasty.

For 2 hours and ~ $200 your freezer will be stocked and your weeknights will be tasty.

For about $200 a session (less seafood or less steak less $$$) and 2 hours of your time it’s a great way to have ~36 portions ready and waiting… just pop a bag in the fridge in the morning and in less than a half hour at night dinner is ready.

 Menus change every month and some companies now offer organic sessions… a couple are even organic all the time! 

Here is a list of some of the places that we rotate through on a regular basis in no particluar order:

Month of Meals Inc (www.monthofmeals.com)

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I have performed shops in 3 different parts of the US. It has been a great way to learn a new metropolitan area. I have not made a huge profit… but I have helped some deserving people get recognized for performing terrific customer service and had some great meals along the way!

Here are some tips and tricks that helped me get started:

1. Don’t pay for access to information about shops

That’s right… you can get all of the same information for free.

Two great sites are:

MSPA (Mystery Shopping Provider Association)- http://www.mysteryshop.org/

This is the organization that runs the certification programs (more on that in a second). The job posting section gives a great first look at all of the different opportunities… not heavy on detail on purpose… companies are very secretive on the actual chains / indy stores names… you will see ‘bank’ or ‘dinner’ or ‘oil change’ at the public level.

Job Slinger – http://www.jobslinger.com

This site is about a year old and has a wider range of offerings from MSPA and non-MSPA companies.

2. Companies don’t share

There are 2 major software companies that support mystery shopping companies, Sassie and Prophet and they do not share information between clients. Prophet does provide a single log on… so once you
fill out a profile with one you don’t need to fill in the basic demographic information again. There have been some mergers over the last 6 months that have combined some companies and they are really good about pointing out what sister sites you can fill out a profile with to get more offers.

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