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How I Got Free Beer & Made $5000/Month By Auditing Liquor Stores
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by - December 12, 2010 - 46 Comments

Professional Beer Buyer might not look good on a resume, but I’ll tell you it’s a kick ass job. If you have ever worked at a grocery store or a gas station you might know that there are undercover auditors who try to buy beer or cigarettes just to see if you ask for their ID.

Yeah – I’m that guy.

For the last year I’ve worked as a compliance auditor trying to buy cigarettes and beer from unsuspecting cashiers at places like Wal-Mart, Winn-Dixie, Exxon Mobil, and others. My job is to observe whether the cashier asks for my ID, which most do.

Regardless of whether they ask me for my ID, I have to buy the beer, submit the receipt, and fill out a quick report in order to get paid for the audit. All of this is done with the hopes of re-training the cashiers who aren’t checking IDs before they get caught by a different kind of auditor. The kind that carries handcuffs.

How to Become an Alcohol Compliance Auditor

1. You’ve got to be between 18-30 for this job. Sorry dad.

2. Fill out an application with the following auditing companies: Corporate Research, TrendSource, & Sinclair Customer Metrics. They are the middle men. Companies like Wal-Mart hire them to audit all of their stores around the country. They hire you, collect your report, and then pass it on to the brass upstairs.

3. Each site may ask you to take a small test before getting hired. They are pretty easy, but if you can’t spell your own last name than you might consider a different job.

4. After you’ve been hired (only takes a day or two) you can starting searching for assignments. The assignments are self-assigned meaning that you get to pick which stores you want to audit. Depending on your state, there might be hundreds of locations for you to choose from. You can audit one of them or you can audit all of them.


5. Submit your report. The reports only take about 5 minutes to complete and they require that you upload a scanned copy of your receipt. Each assignment pays between $5 and $30 with the average being somewhere in the middle. However, I have had jobs pay up to $50 for locations where the company has had a tough time finding an auditor. The company will also reimburse you for any purchase that they required.

6. Drink the beer. Well, technically that’s not required in order to get paid. Consider that a bonus.

Good luck Penny Hoarders!

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  • Jonathan

    Awesome idea. Thanks!

  • http://gottabethin.com BeckyMinx

    This is the opposite of rehab? Pay for not drinking :)

  • Roberta

    Sounds fun, can’t wait to hear more about it.

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  • http://mstgal.proboards.com/ amardkcihc

    this is great addition for the terri list … tia a bunch :)

  • Tamma

    Too bad that I’m over 30, because I wanted to try that! :\

  • http://www.whatisa529plan.com CollegeBoy

    You sir, are a genius!

    • Kyle Taylor

      Lol! Thanks!


  • http://www.greenlightincome.com Sean

    I remember the first time you posted about your getting paid to buy beer adventures….Great work keep it up!

  • Andrew Toby

    I am interested in applying for the beer auditor.

  • ray allen

    Some states require ID to be checked no matter what your age, so the age restrictions might not apply in those states.

  • Abe

    I do a lot of these audits as well. There are dozens more companies than the three listed in this article. There are also tobacco shops, not just alcohol shops. You can do them at grocery stores, gas stations, bars, restaurants, and more. $5000 a month is significantly more that I make though. I’m closer to $4-500/month. But this is a side gig for me, not my day job.

    • Yazmin Prek

      Can you tell me a bout websites where I can get grocery stores, gas stations, bars, orrestaurant shops ? thanks

  • http://www.digitalextrememediagroup.com/ William Imhoff

    HAH Im to old to fill this job.

  • http://hackingthebank.com Will

    This is an old article, but man does this seem cool. I am going to sign up and give it a shot. Definitely in to make a few hundred dollars extra per month (plus the beer!).

  • mike

    Why would I want to aid the nanny state in enforcing the asinine drinking age law? So you all agree that 18 year olds are not mature enough to make a decision to buy a 6-pack of beer, but mature enough to understand the consequences of cancer resulting from buying a package of cigarettes? You also all agree that 18, 19, and 20 year old men and women are mature enough to carry explosives and automatic weapons and fight and die in our battles overseas, but not mature enough to go to the bars with their friends for a good night? Really?

    • Austen

      Yep, thats the us governments logic….pretty fuckin stupid

  • http://financeviking.com/ FinanceViking

    How does $5 to $30 per assignment become $5,000 in one month? It seems you would need to work long hours and spend a lot of time driving between stores to create that much revenue. Is that right?

    • Kyle Taylor

      I can easily knock out 20 of them in 8 hours. You’re only in the store for 4-5 minutes, so the time spent is driving to the different stores. After gas money, it’s pretty typical for me to make $500 on a 1-day route.


  • http://financialfootsteps.org Jamie

    Now this is a job I could love! Do you work for the government when you do this? Are there background checks, etc?

  • http://www.thesavingsblog.co.uk/ Pam@thesavingsblog

    Interesting post, and a pretty interesting job as well.

  • Anthony

    Is this really legit?!?!

  • http://www.whatmommydoes.com Lena @ WhatMommyDoes

    Boy, I thought I was young enough to do most jobs (except perhaps be a hooters girl), but I guess I was wrong! No oldie oldersons allowed.

  • arneice nash

    I’m very intrested in doing that job.

  • http://www.mypersonalfinancejourney.com/ Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey

    Sounds awesome! I signed up a couple days ago for the three companies you listed in the post.

    There are a lot of Exxon Mobil, Bed Bath and Beyond, and pizza audits, but I don’t see any alcohol purchasing ones.

    Do you just have to wait until they come up? Or, do you have to mark somewhere in your application that you’re interested in doing this specifically?

    • sham

      how is every thing gong men? how did this job turned out do you make a good living from doing this? or you stop?

      • Kyle Taylor

        Hi there –

        Unfortunately, I’m too old to participate in most of these jobs now. But, I made a ton of money for several years doing them. I still recommend this as one of my favorite/easiest ways to make money…


  • http://nzmuse.com eemusings

    Interesting! I wonder how you get into this in NZ. I have been paid to buy booze and lottery tickets before, but through mystery shopping.

  • Kimberly B

    Wish they had jobs like that in Canada.

    • B

      There are many of these jobs in Canada, they’re called “Mystery Shopper” jobs … I haven’t looked at the other two sites mentioned in this article, but even the first company on here, Corporate Research has jobs available in Canada.


    Aw shucks. I am too old for this job. *pout*

  • Bobby Tarumi

    Wow you guys get paid A LOT to “buy beer”. Sweet!

  • http://www.escapingmydebt.com Alan@escapingmydebt.com

    You had me up until the under 30 part. Maybe I could get my wife to do this for a year to earn extra income.

  • http://www.wildaboutfinance.com John

    Any idea if they have this in the UK?

  • http://www.yourdailyfinance.com Thomas | Your Daily Finance

    I remember when I was younger and worked at a gas station. One of the girls there didnt’ ask for ID and she was fired. Apparently it was because she sold to an auditor. Thats a job that is great money and look at the perks. More beer in the frig.

  • cynthia v

    This is really good! I want to do this but I don’t know where to start.

  • http://www.solimartravel.com/ Kari

    Kyle. Your new name is Homer.

  • http://www.moneyahoy.com Derek @ MoneyAhoy.com

    Awesome job idea! Too bad I’m over the age limit :-( Sounds like a quick and easy way to make some $$$.

  • Bryce

    Hey Kyle, I’m applying to the companies you’ve listed above.When you were doing this kind work, did you work for multiply companies at the same time? Did you keep a log book for all the mileage you accumulated and for other expenses on each assignment for tax purposes? Just looking for advice because i want become proficient at this kind of work while going to school. you make it sound so easy. haha Thanks for any advice.

    , Bryce

    • Kyle Taylor

      Hey Bryce –

      Yes and yes! When I was a full-time mystery shopper, I was actually signed up to about 40 different companies. It was a lot of bookkeeping, but it’s how I was able to complete hundreds of shops each month. Yes, make sure you keep track of your miles for tax purposes….


  • Andrew Petrov

    Hey Kyle i’m only 16, so that means i cant buy alcohol. Besides alcohol, how much money can i make by visiting other stores and buying other stuff?

    • http://www.thepennyhoarder.com Kyle Taylor

      Hey Andrew –

      Unfortunately, all of the mystery shopping/audit companies require that you be 18. Sorry mate!


  • Kandie Kochka Humphrey

    Hi Kyle! My 18 yr old son wants to do this, but what happens when he is carded? I mean obviously the purchase is null, but would he start getting into trouble for trying to buy alcohol underage? I wouldn’t want him to ruin his good reputation. Thanks for your time and input! I’m going to try some of the internet money making ideas! Lots to choose from! :)

  • Elora

    I want to do this but I’m curious as to why is it asking for my social security number. Also, how do I handle this when tax season comes around?

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