June 2012: How I make extra money

by Erika Torres

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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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.

femmefrugality June 30, 2012 - 4:10 pm

$200 for one shop?!

SavvyFinancialLatina June 30, 2012 - 1:31 pm

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

Carla June 29, 2012 - 5:50 pm

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

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.

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.

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?


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