The Side Hustle: December Recap

by Erika Torres

Since October, I started keeping track of all the extra money I’ve been making. This extra money will help fund vacations–and hopefully a honeymoon!

In October, I made $346
In November, I made $573.73
In December, I made …$900.51!!

To say I’m thrilled would be an understatement. I am so happy that we are able to put money aside for some of our travel dreams without affecting our bottom line.

How I made extra money in December:

Selling on $9.44
Surveys: $12
Mileage Check from Work: $80
Internet Refund: $76.69
Mystery Shopping: $87.03
Blog Staff Writing: $100
Blog Advertising: $535.35

We currently have $1577.43 in our travel account and $127.01 in our Paypal account, for a grand total of $1704.44!

I am now staff writing for two blogs, ImpulseSave and Everything Finance.

Blog rankings:

Alexa ranking: 255,446
Facebook Fans: 31
Twitter Followers: 485
Feedburner subscribers: 30
Visits: 7,730
Pageviews: 40,960
Avg. Time on Site: 2:38

January Goals:

  • Lose 8 pounds from Jan. 1st weight (already down 2! I know there’s a lot of water weight…)
  • Get at least 25 bloggers to participate in 10-Pound Challenge (Lose 10 pounds in 12 weeks, win $$$)
  • run 3x a week
  • spin 1-2x a week
  • Reach 200,000 Alexa rating
  • Make at least $400 in extra income
  • Pay $750 toward Credit Card #1
  • Pay off Amex credit card
  • Keep monthly extra expenses under $500

As seen in..
Carnival of Personal Finance at Money Cactus
Yakezie Carnival at Passive Income to Retire
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
Canadian Finance Carnival at Canadian Finance Blog
Carnival of Wealth at Control Your Cash
Carnival of Financial Planning at Skilled Investor Blog
Personal Finance Whiz at Personal Finance Whiz
Yakezie Carnival at The Ultimate Juggle
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
Totally Money at Help Me to Save
Festival of Frugality at Funny about Money
Canadian Finance Carnival at Canadian Finance Blog
Carnival of Financial Planning at Skilled Investor Blog


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This is exciting and inspiring! I just started my blog a little over a month ago and didn’t even realize there were opportunities to make money with it! I hope I can see the success you have, and in the mean time just keep on writing! Excellent post and motivator!

Angie January 7, 2012 - 7:09 am

That is awesome!! Way to go on the side hustles, it’s great to see all that extra cash coming in and taking note of it!

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Great work on the side income and for setting all of your goals. Making it public is a great way to hold you accountable. Good luck!

Desi January 5, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Definitely in on the weight loss challenge! Signing up at the gym tomorrow. It’s more expensive than I’d been wanting to put into my budget right now, but I’m realizing preventative maintenance will lower my health care costs in the future. Gotta invest in myself!

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months January 5, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Great job, Erika!

I’m so jealous of your travel account 😉

American Debt Project January 5, 2012 - 4:07 pm

You totally rocked it! This makes my day. i’m going to start keeping better track…I swear it ends up making you more!

Lisa @ Cents To Save January 5, 2012 - 11:44 am

You are rocking it girl!! Congrats!

Tushar@EverythingFinance January 5, 2012 - 11:22 am

Good to have you on board. Great work so far!

Andrea January 5, 2012 - 10:46 am

Nice job on the sidehustle!

Jackie January 5, 2012 - 10:43 am

Nice increase month after month!

Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents January 5, 2012 - 7:08 am

Ahh for some reason my comment yesterday didn’t go through.

You’re doing great! I’m jealous. And good job on your travel account, I hope you go great places in 2012!

Ashley January 5, 2012 - 7:03 am

Wow, congratulations! That is pretty awesome…

Aaron Hung January 5, 2012 - 5:42 am

Very nice income figures! it’ll keep going up and up 😀

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin January 4, 2012 - 6:14 pm

Wow! You got some nice side income going for you. Great job!

Teacher Girl January 4, 2012 - 5:24 pm

That’s a lot of money! Congrats girlie!!

Jai Catalano January 4, 2012 - 8:33 am

Wow congrats.

Stef (City Girl) January 4, 2012 - 8:19 am

That’s awesome!!! Congrats!!! Everyday she’s hustlin’ ;).


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