June 2012: How I make extra money

by Erika Torres
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Every month, I keep track of how much extra money I made through what I affectionately call “The Side Hustle.” I already met my 2012 goal by making $2,500 in side hustle income this year. I hope to double my goal, or make $5,000, by the end of the year.

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
In May 2012, I made $1,156.66
In June 2012, I made $676.49

I have made $4,616.92 in extra money this year.

How I made extra money this month:

Advertising: $349.92
Staff Writing: $120
Mystery Shopping: $200.57
Surveys: $6

The Future of the Side Hustle

I don’t think I’m going to mystery shop anymore. As much as I loved it, I’m kind of worn out by it. I would rather focus my time on some other stuff. I may do a shop here or there, but I’m not as gungho about it as I used to be. In fact, I think I only did one shop this month.

How the side hustle has been used

Of course I don’t just have $4600 laying in a bank account. In late May, Eric and I went to Vegas for a few days just to get away. We spent money from the Side Hustle (which is reserved for vacation trips) to pay for it, and it was a good feeling knowing we weren’t accumulating any debt and could pay for it with cash!

We also recently bought a Groupon for a two-night getaway in Temecula (where we went for our mini-moon after we got married)!

Of course, these trips are just teases until we can go on our real honeymoon. Eric keeps promising me he’ll set a date any day now, but I’m not holding my breath.


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10 comments

Amber September 14, 2012 - 7:26 pm

How motivating! I love that you’ve made so much money and maybe one day I can make about half that with side jobs! Love your blog by the way. Just found it and I’m definitely gonna keep up with it. And I like the green and white striped background.

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Felicity @ Waist & Wallet July 6, 2012 - 8:14 am

Just found your blog. Nice job on the side hustle. It’s awesome that you’re consistently bringing in extra. I’ve got to up my game! Thanks for the inspiration.

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femmefrugality June 30, 2012 - 4:10 pm

$200 for one shop?!

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SavvyFinancialLatina June 30, 2012 - 1:31 pm

I am glad I am not the only one who has not gone on their honeymoon!

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Carla June 29, 2012 - 5:50 pm

Wow!! Way to go on the extra income & paying for vacation in CASH!! 🙂 Well done!

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CeCe @Frugalista Married June 29, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Ooohh. Temecula. Not too far from me. Wine country. Props to you for making so much side income.

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Michelle June 29, 2012 - 11:34 am

I know EXACTLY what you mean with being worn out by it. The pay just isn’t as good for the horrible surveys that I have to fill out. I’ve cut back a ton.

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Financial Samurai June 29, 2012 - 11:32 am

Pretty cool you made $200 mystery shopping! Do you have a post for that topic you can highlight in this post?

thx!

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newlywedsonabudget June 29, 2012 - 11:46 am Reply

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