Mar 01 2012

How I make extra money: February 2012

Every month, I keep track of how I make extra money. My goal for 2012 is to make $2,500 in side hustle income so we can finally go on a honeymoon and also attend our friend’s wedding in Cancun in October.

In January 2012, I made $515.41
In February 2012, I made $891.34!

How I made extra money in February:

Blog Advertising: $802.40
Staff Writing: $80
Mystery Shopping: $152.08
Surveys: $3
Work Expense Check: $44.96

TOTAL: $1082.44
Minus Mystery Shop and Blog fees: $191.11
NET TOTAL: $891.34

Year to Date total in Side Hustle Income: $1406.75
Total Travel Fund: $3045.23!

Regarding mystery shop fees, sometimes you have to spend money to make money. I get reimbursed for certain purchases or for restaurant evaluations, but I have to pay upfront first. The good thing is that I can deduct the money from our travel fund, knowing I will be reimbursed in a month or two.

I am SO happy that we’ve been able to save so much money for our trips. I definitely think we’ll be able to take our honeymoon this year–as long as we purchase travel insurance to cover us in case of Eric’s crazy work schedule.

I don’t know how long my success in making extra money will last, but beginning next month, I plan to put any money over $500 toward paying off my student loans.

My goal is to continue to bring in at least $500 a month in extra side hustle income. Let’s hope the streak continues!

Did you make any extra money in February?


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  1. web Page

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  2. Marissa @ Thirty Six Months

    You had an awesome month! I totally jealous of your travel fund.

  3. Amanda

    Awesome!!!! Extra $$ is the best!

  4. Julie @ Freedom 48

    Great job on the side income! Needless to say you’ll be reaching the $2,500 goal well before end of year!

  5. Henry Drew

    Congratulations. This is a very good example of how we can generate savings by using multiple and small actions. We must promote a culture of savings.

  6. Jai Catalano

    I love it. Side hustle is doing well.

  7. Aloysa @ My Broken Coin

    Nice report. I noticed your travel fund is growing! Any destinations in mind? :)

  8. After College Money

    Good job with the side hustle. Keep it up!

    How did you make $150 in mystery shopping?? I have mystery shopped in the past and made about $75 max in a month. $150 is a good amount mystery shopping.

  9. Bryan

    Those earnings are amazing! I think I only made about $20 last month (between Fiverr and Adsense). Nice work!

  10. Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals

    Woo hoo! You are going to have to set new goals, because you are blowing past your initial standards. I’m curious if you thought the $3 you made doing surveys was worth your time, though, given your other (more profitable) sources of extra money?

  11. Teacher Girl

    This is awesome!! Congrats!
    How do you make $ in advertising? I haven’t had any luck with that.

  12. Young Professional Finances

    Great side income! Can you break down your blog advertising more? I’m curious what you find to be the most lucrative.

  13. Michelle

    Wow you are doing great! I’m super jealous of your blog advertising amount.

  14. SB @ One Cent At A Time

    Good job. February income is rocking.

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