Saturday, September 1, 2018

Side hustles August 2018

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.  Here I’ll share some of what’s been going on with our lives and our side hustles. 

Welcome to September!  How was your August?  Time is just flying by so quickly here in our household.  In between our work, caring for our kids and dog, it seems so difficult to make time for each other and ourselves.  I guess this is how so many people feel like life is just “passing them by.”  We try to enjoy the little things and appreciate all that we have.
One of our latest traditions is to go grocery shopping together as a family to Aldi every Saturday morning.  We find prices on groceries to be excellent value here.  Our son loves running up and down the aisles. 
Every morning, I’ve been taking our daughter with me to walk Abby.  Our daughter loves looking around at the trees and flowers.  
She’s really bonding well with our dog.  She just turned 8 months old and growing so fast!
Earlier this month, my wife snagged this sweet car ramp for $10 off the Facebook Marketplace.  Retail price is $97.99!  
We enjoy buying toys and household items used when we can.  This saves us tons of money and creates less environmental waste.  Buying toys used is great since our son can be so fickle and lose interest in things so quickly.  He can have more fun running around the neighborhood and holding our dog’s leash than playing with toys. 
Here’s our monthly summary of side income that we have generated in the previous month of August.
Cash Back
On 8.5, I received $20.46 deposit in my Discover Cashback Checking account.  This is a 1% cash back on my mortgage payment for our rental property mortgage, which allows for debit card purchases.
On 8.15, I received a $10 statement credit in my AMEX SimplyCash business credit card.  The 10% cash back on purchases made at Staples is still going on (up to $100 in total statement credits until 11.30.2018).  I used my credit card to buy $100 worth of Amazon gift cards.
On 8.23, I received a $10 statement credit in my AMEX SimplyCash business credit card for purchases I made over the last two billing periods. 
On 8.25, I received a $5 statement credit in my AMEX Blue Cash Everyday credit card from AMEX Offers.  This promotion was 10% cash back on purchases made at office supply stores for up to $5 in cash back.  This was an easy AMEX offer to redeem.  I just purchased a $50 Amazon gift card.

Survey Income
On 8.21, I received a $35 Virtual Visa gift card for doing a survey on E-Rewards Medical
On 8.27, my wife received a $20 Amazon gift card for doing a Amazon Preview survey.
On 8.31, my wife received a $15 Amazon gift card for doing a Amazon Preview survey.
On 8.31, I received a $45 check for completing a medical survey with M3 Global Research

Rental Income
On 8.5, we received a net profit of $430 from our rental property.

Side Jobs
On 8.15, I received a check for $162.50 for teaching at the local university. 
On 8.29, I received a check for $500 for providing fill in work at a colleague’s office. 

Website Income
On 8.29, I received a $11.42 deposit into my checking account from Amazon Affiliate sales through my website.

Miscellaneous Income
On 8.24, I received a check for $150 for a class action settlement with 24 hour fitness.  I signed up for a lifetime membership plan that was supposed to be $49 a year.  A year ago, they raised my annual fee to $99.  I still keep it since $99 a year is quite a low fee compared to other gym membership rates.
On 8.29, my wife received $10 for selling some baby stuff online. 

Monthly Totals:
We earned $45.46 from cash back
We earned $115 from survey income
We earned $430 from rental income
I earned $662.50 from my side jobs
We earned $11.42 from website income
I earned $160 of miscellaneous income

All of this totals $1,424.38 from our side hustles for the month of August.  This has been another nice month of bringing in extra money towards our savings and investments.  Are you doing any hustling on the side?

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