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Bringing Money In: July

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When I checked in with you at the end of June, I expressed frustration that I wasn't more actively pursuing money-making opportunities. Just after writing that post, I took the bull by the horns and posted some items on Craigslist, bringing in $155 in one weekend. That got me feeling good so now I'm cleaning out closets looking for more to sell. In the meantime, I'm a lot happier with this month's total of $1,106.96 in extra income. I was right to anticipate some car repair expenses, but we chose to do the minimum needed on the van to pass the safety inspection, postponing the rest because we plan to purchase a new-to-us van in January 2010. Even with our crazy house projects (fixing the kitchen ceiling and two bathrooms from the flooding in June), we came out ahead. Here's where my extra income came from in July:

  • Craigslist: I sold some leftover items from my May yard sale plus some others that were cluttering up my basement to the tune of $155.
  • Gift Cards: I earned a $10 AmEx gift card through my Washington Post Points. I picked up $25 in CVS gift cards by using pharmacy coupons on new prescriptions. I also received $37.94 in rebate cards and checks from Staples purchases last month.
  • Swagbucks: This has become enough of an income earner that it gets its own category now. I redeemed $240 in Amazon gift cards thanks to Swagbucks.
  • Prizes: Whoo hoo! I've told you before how much I love blog giveaways because the odds are good that you'll win. I won a $100 gift card to Home Depot over at Freebies4Mom.
  • Blog Income: At the beginning of 2009, I set a goal to earn $500/month with the blog by the end of the year. I'm think I'm getting close, though it's hard to tell because many of the affiliate companies pay every three months or whenever you hit a certain threshold. I hit several of the thresholds this month, because I was paid $539.02. That won't happen again for a while!

Looking ahead at August, we're not anticipating any big expenses (knock on wood). I've decided to splurge on something that will make me really happy, but of course I'm doing it the thrifty way. I've hired a housecleaner, a local college student who is eager to earn money for school, to clean my bathrooms. Not the whole house–just the bathrooms. She does it a lot faster than I can with the kids underfoot, and it makes me SO happy to have the bathrooms sparkle, all for just $50 a month (she comes twice during the month). A little splurge with a big impact!

There are so many ways to make money–selling on Craigslist or Ebay, taking surveys, have a yard sale. What can you do in August to supplement your income or your spouse's income?

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Monday 3rd of August 2009

Oh, that wasn't all in one month! That was about 6 months worth! I just apply for the $5 Amazon cards and let them sit in my Swagbucks account until I am going to purchase something at Amazon.

One of the ways you can earn Swagbucks faster is by referring others to sign up. You earn as many as they do for the first 100 they earn. That helps a lot! You can also earn Swagbucks through their contests and free codes that come out on Facebook, Twitter, and their blog (I get a lot of codes that way). Mostly, though, I use the toolbar EVERY time I search, and I always use it to enter a web address like www.target.com or www.moneywisemoms.com if I'm checking on my own site. Every click helps!

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Monday 3rd of August 2009

I do swagbucks and do decent. I would love to know how you are earning enough swagbucks to redeem $240 in amazon gift cards in one month?! That's 2160 swagbucks you would have had to earn and there is no way I'm earning that much, that fast. I'd love your tips and insight!


Friday 31st of July 2009

I linked your blog too..actually I grabbed your button! you have great tips! learning a lot! I'm new so i have a lot more to learn..you just inspired me to clean up some stuff and sell stuff in craigslist! thanks


Friday 31st of July 2009

Wow what a great post! Thanks for all of that information, I've started trying to earn a little extra money and that post was perfect for me to read. I'm going to link to your blog and come back often!

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