Sunday, September 1, 2019

Side hustles August 2019


The great thing about doing side hustles to generate extra income is that you can hustle on your own terms.  The more hard work, time, and creative effort you put in, the more extra money you can make.  You can hustle as little or as much as you want, whenever you want.  It’s your extra money, and you can choose how you want to spend it.  Instead of focusing on what ideas don’t apply to you, try focusing on different side hustle ideas that you can implement to work for your situation.

Once a month (usually on the 1st), I like to post a short summary of our personal and financial situation for the previous month.  While I don’t often post articles, I am committed to documenting all of my side hustle income.  Here I’ll share some of what’s been going on with our lives and our side hustles. 

Welcome to September!  Did you have a good August?  It’s been quite a busy month for our family.
We continue to get lots of value from our passes to the Children’s Museum at La Habra. Our son has practically memorized the layout of the entire museum.  We went to visit the museum twice this month.  
We were kind of bummed to find out that the museum will be closed all of September for renovations, but we are looking forward to the new upcoming changes.
Another theme of this past month was exploring different playgrounds.  There are two playgrounds within a short walk of our home and several within a short driving distance.  Our kids love going down slides, climbing on jungle gyms and running around. 
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach recently completed their brand new exhibit, Pacific Visions.  This new exhibit includes an art gallery, theatre show, interactive media displays and more.  Since we can see ourselves coming back more than once per year, we decided to get annual membership passes for $159.  The aquarium was pretty crowded on this day; we look forward to visiting in the future when it’s less packed.
Through Yelp.com, we recently discovered the Jumping Fun Kids indoor playground located in Buena Park.  This indoor facility has tons of toys for every age group, as well as huge bounce houses and slides.  Our kids had so much fun running around, jumping and playing with all of the toys.
In other news, our son just started Pre-Kindergarten.  It’s been amazing watching him develop friendships, build social skills, and increase his vocabulary.  He’s no longer a toddler! 
Here’s our monthly summary of side income that we have generated in the previous month of August.
Cash Back
On 8.17, my wife received a $10 statement credit on her AMEX Gold card from the monthly $10 dining credit on her card.  This was for a $10 purchase through Yelp/Grubhub.
On 8.23, I received a $0.03 statement credit on my AMEX SimplyCash Business credit card.
On 8.23, I received a $4.00 statement credit on my Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card for 5% cash back at Kriser’s pet store.
On 8.30, I received a $0.82 statement credit on my Chase Freedom Visa card for 10% cash back at Starbucks.

Rental Income
On 8.5, we received a net profit of $450 from our rental property. 

Survey Income
On 8.8, I received a $15 Amazon gift card from M3 Global Research for completing a medical survey.
On 8.14, I received a $40 Amazon gift card for completing a medical survey with M-Panels

Miscellaneous Income
On 8.7, I received a $212 check for consultation fees.  This was for my remaining balance on testifying as an expert witness for a court case.  For this service, I billed at $125 an hour.
On 8.15, my wife received $20 Venmo payment for selling a baby bottle on Facebook Marketplace.

Monthly Totals:
We earned $14.85 from cash back
We earned $450 from rental income
I earned $55 for completing online surveys
I earned $232 of miscellaneous income

All of this totals $751.85 from our side hustles for the month of August!  While it’s nice bringing in extra income, our number one priority continues to be spending time as a family and appreciating the here and now.  I know that this blog has turned into a once a month side hustles and personal life update.  We are working on some new content, thank you for your support!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Side hustles July 2019


The great thing about doing side hustles to generate extra income is that you can hustle on your own terms.  The more hard work, time, and creative effort you put in, the more extra money you can make.  You can hustle as little or as much as you want, whenever you want.  It’s your extra money, and you can choose how you want to spend it.  Instead of focusing on what ideas don’t apply to you, try focusing on different side hustle ideas that you can implement to work for your situation.

Once a month (usually on the 1st), I like to post a short summary of our personal and financial situation for the previous month.  While I don’t often post articles, I am committed to documenting all of my side hustle income.  Here I’ll share some of what’s been going on with our lives and our side hustles. 

Welcome to August!  Did you have a good July?  We continue to try spending as much quality time as possible with our family.  I may have mentioned this before, but I have reduced my schedule so that I can free up more personal time.  I now work 36 hours every other week and 32 hours every other week. 
We enjoyed a fun time at our friends’ home for a July 4th BBQ and pool party.  It’s funny how there are now more children than adults at our parties!
We continue to get tremendous value from our season passes to the local children’s museum.  It’s such a fun place for our kids to explore.
Prior to the weather getting very hot here in Southern California, we’ve been taking our kids out for walks in our neighborhood and at the playground.  Looking forward to cooler weather so we can spend more time outdoors.
Here’s our monthly summary of side income that we have generated in the previous month of July.
Cash Back
On 7.9, I received a $1.64 statement credit on my Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card from Chase Offers.  This was 10% off any purchase at Starbucks.  I purchased some pastries to give away as a gift.
On 7.23, I received a $0.22 statement credit on my AMEX SimplyCash Business credit card for cash back on purchases made on the card.
On 7.30, my wife received a $2.25 statement credit on her AMEX Gold card from AMEX offers for 15% cash back on steaming services. 

Rental Income
On 7.5, we received a net profit of $450 from our rental property. 

Side Job Income
On 7.12, I received a direct deposit of $187.50 for teaching at the local university.
On 7.22, I received a direct deposit of $187.50 for teaching at the local university.

Survey Income
On 7.9, I received a $40 direct deposit from GLG survey for completing a medical survey.
On 7.15, I received a $5 Amazon gift card for completing a medical survey with The Vision Council.
On 7.15, I received a $10 check from M3 Global Research for completing a medical survey
On 7.17, I received a $10 Amazon gift card from M3 Global Research for completing a medical survey

Miscellaneous Income
On 7.1, I received a $500 check for consultation fees.  I am to testify in a case as an expert witness and this check was for my retainer.  For these services, I bill at $125 an hour.
On 7.4, I received a $5 Amazon gift card from MyPoints.
On 7.16, I received a $5 Amazon gift card from an Amazon Prime Day deal.  Purchasing a $25 Amazon gift card earned a free $5 gift card.

Monthly Totals:
We earned $4.11 from cash back
We earned $450 from rental income
I earned $375 from teaching at the local university
I earned $65 for completing online surveys
I earned $510 of miscellaneous income

All of this totals $1,404.11 from our side hustles for the month of July!  We continue to enjoy our journey as we strive towards our financial freedom.  Since our finances have been stable, it’s been nice to just live life and let our investments continue to grow on their own. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Side hustles June 2019


The great thing about doing side hustles to generate extra income is that you can hustle on your own terms.  The more hard work, time, and creative effort you put in, the more extra money you can make.  You can hustle as little or as much as you want, whenever you want.  It’s your extra money, and you can choose how you want to spend it.  Instead of focusing on what ideas don’t apply to you, try focusing on different side hustle ideas that you can implement to work for your situation.

Once a month (usually on the 1st), I like to post a short summary of our personal and financial situation for the previous month.  While I don’t often post articles, I am committed to documenting all of my side hustle income.  Here I’ll share some of what’s been going on with our lives and our side hustles. 

Welcome to July!  Did you have a good June? 
Our son just turned 4!  It’s amazing how fast the years have gone by.  He began preschool a week after his birthday.  It’s been a big change from a much smaller daycare setting to a classroom setting.  The first few days of preschool were a bit rough with some tears, but now our son is getting used to it and thriving.  Preschool tuition increases our monthly expenses quite a bit.  Our daycare costs for our son used to be only $100 a week, and now preschool is $899 a month.
The Southern California weather has been great lately, with bright sunny days.  Our daughter is getting much better at walking and now starting to run a bit as well.  She enjoys going on family walks together and no longer enjoys being strapped into the stroller.
We visited the beautiful Fullerton arboretum, located a few minutes from our home.  It is the largest botanical garden in Orange County with over 4,000 plants from around the world on its 26-acre property.  There are many places to wander and explore here, from tall bamboos to grassy plains, to peaceful lakes and running streams.  Our kids enjoyed getting up close to rabbits, ducks, turtles, fish, plants and flowers. 
We visited the Cerritos public library, which has a great children’s section.  There is a big Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton here on display, as well as a lighthouse and space shuttle.  We came to check out the large aquarium, which unfortunately was undergoing maintenance during our visit.  The children’s library is so nicely decorated.  Just outside the library is a nice sculpture garden.  We will definitely be back in the future.  
Here’s our monthly summary of side income that we have generated in the previous month of June.

Cash Back
On 6.3, I received a $11.15 statement credit on my Freedom Unlimited credit card from Chase Offers.  This was 10% back on purchases made at 1-800Flowers.com.
On 6.3, I received a $0.20 statement credit on my Freedom Unlimited credit card from Chase Offers.  This was for 10% back on purchases made at Starbucks.   
On 6.5, I received a $4.00 statement credit on my Freedom Unlimited credit card from Chase Offers.  This was for 10% back on purchases made at Kriser’s, a local pet supply store we get our dog’s food from.
On 6.28, my wife received a $2.25 statement credit on her AMEX Gold card from AMEX.  This was for the 15% cash back for purchases made directly with select streaming services (HBO Now in this case).

Rental Income
On 6.5, we received a net profit of $450 from our rental property. 

Survey Income
On 6.18, I received a direct deposit of $46.66 from GLG Survey for completing a telephone consultation interview.
On 6.19, I received a $25 Amazon gift card from M-Panels for completing a medical survey
On 6.24, my wife received a $5 Amazon gift card for completing a survey through MSI research.
On 6.24, I received a $25 check from My Impact network for completing a medical survey.

Monthly Totals:
We earned $17.60 from cash back
We earned $450 from rental income
We earned $101.66 for completing online surveys

All of this totals $569.26 from our side hustles for the month of June!  It’s been a slow month of side hustle income, but every bit helps.  I expect to bring in extra money next month.
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