How I make extra money: April 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. All side hustle money is saved in a separate account, that will go toward travel expenses.

In January 2012, I made $515.41
In February 2012, I made $891.34
In March 2012, I made $636.26
In April 2012, I made $740.76

How I made extra money:

Blog advertising: $465.04
Staff writing for other blogs: $220
Mystery shopping: $307.79
Work Mileage: $62.02
Surveys: $3

TOTAL: $1057.85
Mystery Shop Fees: -242.09
Blog Fees: -$75
NET TOTAL: $740.76

My total for the year is $2783.77!! I met my goal for the year in four months!

This is absolutely nuts. I honestly am still shocked thinking about how I’ve been able to pull together this side hustle. I am obviously very happy with the outcome, and even if it were to completely stop tomorrow, I’d still be happy with how much I’ve accomplished.

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Rob August 5, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Just currious but where does your advertising come from? Do they contact you, are you part of a group?

Noticed you made almost nothing from Adsense, interesting

Thanks rob

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Megan - NewlyWife May 3, 2012 - 10:04 am

That’s awesome! Congrats!

laura @ no more spending May 2, 2012 - 11:59 pm

You did great! Are you setting a new target?

Mrs. Pancakes May 1, 2012 - 2:41 pm

oh wow lady…you are doing great…congrats!

Liquid May 1, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Nice, that’s quite a lot of side income. I have a part time job that brings in some extra money each month as well.

This Aggie Saves May 1, 2012 - 8:48 am

Too cool! Great job 🙂

Tanner May 1, 2012 - 4:24 am

That is awesome! Good job. Are you going to raise the bar for the rest of the year? Keep it going. That’s a very nice side hustle you got.

Emily April 30, 2012 - 9:27 pm

I hope you are booking plane tickets pronto to celebrate Eric’s recovery & being married!!!

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving April 30, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Congrats on reaching your goal for the year in only 4 months, that’s so awesome. So, now that you’ve killed it, are you going to shoot for $10,000 for this year?

Teacher Girl April 30, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Baller!!! I need to get on this in the summer for reals.

Adrienne April 30, 2012 - 4:11 pm

AH! Awesome girl! Way! To! Go!

Frugal Portland April 30, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Nice work! That’s really awesome.

In Budgets We Trust April 30, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Congratulations, this is inspiring! Will you create any new goals to maintain your side-hustle momentum?

shopping2saving April 30, 2012 - 11:06 am

This is awesome!!! Congrats! That’s a ton of money 🙂 Were the mystery shop fees because you had to pay upfront? Interested to hear more about em. Also what types of shops did you do this month? I always get too lazy to do mystery shops!

Remy @MLISunderstanding April 30, 2012 - 10:42 am

Way to go!! Now that you have met your goal for the trip, what will your side hustle earnings go to next?

Banjo May 30, 2014 - 11:18 pm

Of the panoply of website I’ve pored over this has the most vecairty.

Michelle April 30, 2012 - 10:35 am

Wow you did great!

my honest answer April 30, 2012 - 10:13 am

Congratulations! You’ve done really well, bet you can’t wait for those trips!


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