DIY: Make extra $$ as a Mystery Shopper

23 10 2011

Everyone has heard of people who ‘Mystery Shop’ and make additional income. Does anyone actually know anyone who does this? Now you do.

A college friend of mine posted on Twitter one day about being a Mystery Shopper and actually getting paid. I was intrigued. I sent her a few text messages asking questions and decided to give it a shot. Here’s how I did it.

Step 1: Go to and click on “Become a Shopper” in the top right corner.

Step 2: Click on the “Sign Up Now” link and fill out the questionnaire.

It's a couple of pages long.

Step 3: Wait 24-36 hours for your confirmation email that you’ve been accepted to be a shopper.

Step 4: Log in with your given username and password and search for open shops.

Log In.

Click on "Search for Open Shops"

Use your zip code (or zip code of surrounding area) to search of shops.

Once you find a shop you want to do, click on it and sign up. You will get another confirmation email and then begin the process of the shop. Before each shop you will have to open and “digitally sign” a couple of information forms that tell you what day and between what times you have to do your shop. The company will designate what they want you as the shopper to do and say. Usually you need to make some sort of purchase in order to prove you actually did the shop. Sometimes you need a receipt, sometimes a business card. The restaurant shops usually cover reimbursement up to about $30 but you don’t actually get paid. The retail shops require to you get a receipt but reimburse for about $2 so you can get a soda or something.

When you’re done with your shop, you have until 10am the next morning to go online and do your survey and upload a copy of your receipt. It’s a pretty simple process and actually kind of fun. I have done three shops so far and have about $45 worth of checks in the mail (they take about 4 weeks to arrive). Is it a lot of money? No. But it’s an easy way for me to make a little extra money to put away and save for new exhaust for my motorcycle next summer!

Oh, by the way, there are a lot more shops in metropolitan areas than in smaller cities. That is why I used St. Paul, MN as the search in the picture. My city only has about 5-6 open shops right now.


DIY: Homemade Beer Cap Magnets

18 10 2011

Who loves beer? Me. Who hates not having a magnet to hang something on the fridge? Me.

How do I fix the situation in less time than it takes to drink a beer? Check out this awesome DIY!

Time: Less time than it takes to drink a beer.
Difficulty: Easy…unless you don’t like beer.

Step 1: Open up bottle of beer.
Step 2: Drink some of your beer. This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’s the best step.
Step 3: Grab your bottle cap and a small circular magnet (sold in packs of 6-12 from any crafts store for $2-4)

New Belgium Hoptober.

Step 4: Put a little super glue inside the cap

Not a lot, it's SUPER glue.

Step 5: Let it dry and then use your favorite beer caps to hold up some of your favorite pictures.

Lookin' good!

DIY: Remove the badge from your car/truck/motorcycle

18 10 2011

If you’re like me, you like clean lines on your automobiles. Sometimes you just like it clean, sometimes you hate the logo, and sometimes you’re a wee bit embarrassed by the brand you own!

In this case, we’re talking about my motorcycle, which is a 2011 Honda Shadow Phantom. I love my bike and I’m very happy with the modifications I have done to it so far. However, it’s still a Honda. It’s definitely no Harley, Victory, or any other well-respected brand. On the bright side, Honda’s are built like a tank and will out-ride a Harley for about 1/2 the cost.

So, these DIY steps are how I removed the Honda badges from my motorcycle.
Total time: 30-60 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

#1: (If you can) remove the piece with the badge on it. This isn’t likely for a car or truck.
#2: Wash the area with warm, soapy water.

All clean!

#3: If you can remove the piece, soak them in warm water for 5-10 minutes. If you can’t remove the badge, park your car/truck in direct sunlight for 30-45 minutes.

#4: Once you’ve gotten the badge nice and warm, take some dental floss and put it under one end of the badge. Wrap the ends around your finger and pull.

Be careful not to pull too hard and cut your finger...

#5: If you got the glue nice and warm, the badge should come off fairly easily. If not, get it warmer. Now you’re left with the glue residue. Run water over the glue and rub with your fingers.

Nice and easy.

#6: If you can’t get all the residue off with water, use one of the many “goo-removers.” I used a little Goof-Off on a towel and then washed it clean again.

That’s it! Takes less than an hour and gives your ride a little bit of a cleaner look…or leaves Harley riders questioning what kind of bike you’re riding!


Homemade Coffee Creamer

16 10 2011

What could be more fitting for the first DIY on this blog than one that involves coffee? Coffee pretty much runs our lives. D is in the military so he is awake before 4:30am at least five days a week and usually works 12+ hour days. K is an accountant and taking her CPA exams at the same time. Needless to say, D&K drink a lot of coffee. Coffee is healthy so it’s all good…except we REALLY like our coffee creamer. Well, here is our DIY for homemade coffee creamer that is not only delicious, but it’s healthy! Go ahead, check out the label on your coffee creamer, can you pronounce all the ingredients? Didn’t think so. Give this a shot, you won’t go back to those chemicals.

Homemade Vanilla-Cinnamon Coffee Creamer

1 1/4 pints heavy whipping cream
1 pint whole milk
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pour the cream and milk into a sauce pan over low heat.
Add maple syrup and whisk.
Bring heat up to medium (4-6 if your stove is numbered).
Continue to whisk until warm.
Remove from heat.
Add vanilla and cinnamon.
Whisk until thoroughly mixed and cinnamon is dissolved.
Let sit until cool.
Pour into glass containers. We use a mason jar for the extra and put it in the freezer. When you’re on your last day of the first container, take the mason jar out of the freezer and you have another 7-10 days of creamer.

This creamer will stay fresh in the fridge for 12-14 days.

Second container for the additional 1/4 pint of cream not shown. You can go half and half if you want. I like it a little more creamy.

Cinnamon and vanilla give it an awesome flavor combined with maple syrup!

2-3 week supply ready for the fridge and freezer! All in less than 30 minutes and for about $4

Do It Yourself!

10 10 2011

Welcome to D&K’s newest blog!

We have been getting busy DIYing and decided it was time to branch out and start a DIY only blog.
Link us to your blog, bookmark us, send us to a friend or fifty. The DIYs on this blog will range from cooking to building furniture to auto/motorcycle repair, and beyond. Want to see a certain type of DIY? Send us some suggestions in the form of a comment. We are always willing to try new things and see what happens.

We hope you enjoy it and maybe learn a thing or two!



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