Thursday, November 1, 2018

Side hustles October 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 November!  Can you believe Halloween is behind us and Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year are coming up?!  How was your October? 
We had a nice month without any financial emergencies.  The stock market has been on a wild ride lately.  At one point, our investment portfolio lost over $40,000 in value in just a few days!  We’ve been investing for a long time so it wasn’t too much of a shock for us.  While there was a minor correction in the market, it’s just a normal part of market ups and downs.  A stock market crash is coming but we continue to invest for the long term.  When prices go down, we pick up more shares.
Our son loves exploring the neighborhood.  We are lucky to live in an area surrounded by parks, trees and playgrounds.  One thing we’ve noticed is that there are rarely people at the playgrounds – so we get the whole place to ourselves!  Our son enjoys the little things right now such as: slides, swings, balloons and playing in the sand. 
This was the first year our son went Trick or Treating in the neighborhood and he loved the experience of walking up to neighbors and collecting candy!  He is too picky to try eating the candy but he collects all the goodies and pretends they are treasures.  Same with our daughter, she loves the crinkling sounds of the candy wrappers.
Here’s our monthly summary of side income that we have generated in the previous month of October.
Cash Back
On 10.2, I received $10.23 deposit in my Discover Cashback Checking account.
On 10.8, I received a $20 statement credit in my AMEX Blue Cash Everyday credit card from AMEX Offers.  This promotion was for 10% cash back on purchases related in insurance.  This was perfect timing as we paid off our year of home insurance. 
On 10.13, I received a $25 statement credit in my AMEX Blue Cash Everyday credit card for cash back redemption.  This is our go to credit card for grocery store shopping.  It earns 3% cash back at grocery stores and has no annual fee.
On 10.18, my wife received a $10.37 statement credit on her new AMEX Gold card.  Part of this card’s sign up bonus is 20% cash back on restaurant purchases up to $100 cash back within the first 3 months.  Also, she will earn 50,000 Membership Rewards bonus after spending $2,000! 

Survey Income
On 10.5, I received a $25 check for doing a medical survey with M3 Global Research
On 10.5, I received a $10 check for doing a medical survey with M3 Global Research
On 10.17, my wife received a $30 Amazon gift card for doing a survey with Amazon Preview

On 10.30, I received a $30 check for doing a medical survey with My Impact Network

Rental Income
On 10.5, we received a net profit of $430 from our rental property.

Website Income
On 10.22, I received a $125 direct deposit in my checking account from Commission Junction.  Thank you for your continued support!

Miscellaneous Income
On 10.9, my wife received a $5 Amazon gift card for getting her flu shot at work.
On 10.20, my wife received a $2.86 check from Spectrum internet as a refund for cancelling our home internet service.
On 10.28, I received a $5 Amazon gift card from MyPoints.  I earn Amazon gift cards from them for clicking on emails and doing the occasional survey.

Monthly Totals:
We earned $65.60 from cash back
We earned $95 from survey income
We earned $430 from rental income
We earned $125 from website income
We earned $12.86 from miscellaneous income

All of this totals $728.46 from our side hustles for the month of October!  What are you doing on the side for extra income?

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