Monday, April 1, 2019

Side hustles March 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 April!  Did you have a good March? The weather has been great in Southern California with plenty of sunshine well past 7:00pm.  Looking back, we spent much of the month outdoors on long walks and playing in the park around our neighborhood.  Sometimes I get annoyed at how much our property taxes cost each year ($7,588) and how much our HOA dues cost each year ($2,040), but then I experience the wonderful walking paths and playgrounds we have access to just outside our front door.  I am thankful to be a part of our neighborhood and community.
Abby waiting patiently at the playground while our kids play in the sand.

Our kids continue to grow so quickly.  Our son will be 4 years old soon and our daughter is already 15 months old!  They love spending time outside, reading, and playing with their toys.  We continue to try to make our time with family as joyful as possible.  It’s not easy when our kids fight with each other or when our son refuses to share and play nicely with others, but it’s all a part of growing up.  We continue to work hard as we push towards our financial freedom.
Here’s our monthly summary of side income that we have generated in the previous month of March.
Cash Back
On 3.1, I received $10.23 deposit in my Discover Cashback Checking account.  This is 1% cashback from paying our rental property with my Discover debit card.
On 3.1, I received a $4.00 statement credit on my Freedom Unlimited credit card from Chase Offers.  Chase now offers special cash back promotions on purchases made from participating retailers, sort of like American Express Offers.  This was 5% off purchases made at Kriser’s, a local pet store we get dog food from.

Rental Income
On 3.5, we received a net profit of $450 from our rental property. 

Side job income
On 3.29, I received a direct deposit of $187.50 for teaching at the local university.  Teaching continues to be one of my favorite side hustles.

Survey Income
On 3.16, I received a $10 check from E-Rewards Medical for completing a medical survey.
On 3.23, I received a $10 check from E-Rewards Medical for completing a medical survey.
On 3.26, I received a $20 check from My Impact Network for completing a medical survey.
On 3.28, my wife received a $10 Amazon gift card for completing an Amazon survey.

Monthly Totals:
We earned $14.23 from cash back
We earned $450 from rental income
I earned $187.50 from my side job teaching
We earned $50 for completing online surveys

All of this totals $701.73 from our side hustles for the month of March!  Our side hustle income has been on a downward trend lately.  I’ve been choosing to do less work, as I want to focus on being with my family more. 

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