How I make extra money: February 2012

by Erika Torres

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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Marissa @ Thirty Six Months March 4, 2012 - 7:03 pm

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

Amanda March 4, 2012 - 8:28 am

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

Julie @ Freedom 48 March 3, 2012 - 5:55 pm

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

Henry Drew March 3, 2012 - 4:36 am

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.

Jai Catalano March 3, 2012 - 3:48 am

I love it. Side hustle is doing well.

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin March 2, 2012 - 12:46 pm

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

After College Money March 1, 2012 - 6:45 pm

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.

Bryan March 1, 2012 - 4:29 pm

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

Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals March 1, 2012 - 4:14 pm

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?

Teacher Girl March 1, 2012 - 3:19 pm

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

Young Professional Finances March 1, 2012 - 11:19 am

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

Michelle March 1, 2012 - 6:35 am

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

SB @ One Cent At A Time March 1, 2012 - 4:58 am

Good job. February income is rocking.


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