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 May! Did you have a good April?
It has been a busy few months but our home renovation is finally complete! No more sharing one single sink or toilet for the whole house. No more doing dishes in the bathroom sink, or having the whole family sleep in a single bed. We’ve used this opportunity to purge a bunch of unused items such as clothing, furniture, toys, dishes, etc. We’ve been slowly selling, donating and trashing items over the last few months. It feels great to reduce clutter.
We’ve been able to take our kids out to more fun places as they continue to open up (with covid safety protocols). We were super excited to visit the Natural History Museum again. At low levels of capacity, we felt like we had the whole museum to ourselves. We’ve also been able to visit the Los Angeles Zoo, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the La Habra Children’s Museum.The weather has been great lately. It’s been perfect for going on walks around the neighborhood. Here’s our monthly summary of side income that we have generated in the previous month of April.
On 4.4, I redeemed 670 Citibank ThankYou points towards an Amazon purchase of $5.36. While this wasn’t the best value use of ThankYou points, we still got to save money. We are currently not collecting ThankYou points so we did not have much use to hold onto these points long term.
On 4.1, I received $10.53 from the Mr. Rebates cash back portal.
On 4.6, my wife received a $10 statement credit on her AMEX Gold credit card. This card offers a $10 dining credit every month on select restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory or Shake Shack.
On 4.6, my wife received a $30 statement credit on her AMEX Platinum card. This was for $30 off $30 on purchases made with PayPal checkout.
On 4.22, I received a $29.77 statement credit on my AMEX SimplyCash Business credit card.
On 4.28, I received a $6 statement credit on my Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card from Chase Offers. This was for 10% cash back on purchases made at Petco.
On 4.5, we received a net profit of $740 from our rental property.
On 4.5, I received a $25 PayPal deposit from GLocal Rewards for completing a survey.
On 4.5, I received a $25 DoorDash gift card from Evolve Medical for completing a survey.
On 4.6, my wife received a $25 Gap gift card from Gap Inc. Insiders for completing a survey.
On 4.6, I received a $25 check from E-Rewards Medical for completing a survey.
On 4.7, I received a $5 Amazon gift card from The Vision Council for completing a survey.
On 4.13, I received a $15 check from M3 Global Research for completing a survey.
On 4.14, I received a $30 check from My Impact Network for completing a survey.
On 4.17, I received a $25 Amazon gift card from My Impact Network for completing a survey.
On 4.20, I received a $110 Amazon gift card from M-Panels for completing a survey.
On 4.27, I received a $25 Amazon gift card from M3 Global Research for completing a survey.
On 4.16, I received a cash payment of $4.62 for recycling a few bags of plastic water bottles and glass beer bottles. We’ve never been paid for recycling before - just never thought it would be worth trying. With our home renovations underway, we’ve been drinking water from plastic bottles and thought we would give paid recycling a try instead of our usual city recycling bin pick up.
On 4.30, my wife received $20 cash for selling a sleeping pack through Facebook Marketplace.
We earned $91.66 from cash back income
We earned $740 from rental income
We earned $310 for completing online surveys
We earned $4.62 of miscellaneous income
We earned $20 of sales income
All of this totals $1,166.28 from our side hustles for the month of April!
Our home remodel has been our biggest splurge in the last 8 years. We love our neighborhood and don’t see ourselves moving anytime soon. Hustling for more income on the side helps us fund our splurges - as well as our financial freedom. Keep hustling my friends.