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Bringing Money In: May

Photo courtesy of Daniel Y. Go

I think I say this every month, but boy, time is flying! It's June, and as usual, I can't believe it. Of course, writing this post, I'm wistful for April and how I brought in over $1,300 extra for our family budget. Sigh. Not so this month, back to a normal amount of $339.96. Still good, I know, but I raised the bar for myself last month:

  • Gift Cards: I redeemed $16 in Amazon GCs through Swagbucks. I used the credit to buy
    two cheap magazine subscriptions for myself (All You and Smart Money).. I also earned a $10 off your next gift card purchase Cat at Giant, which I used to buy a gas card. Free gas is good!
  • Refunds: I know I'm not the only one with a bag or two sitting around that needs to be returned. Put it in the car, and you're more likely to get that errand done. I took back several bags to Walmart and Target for $53.50 total.
  • Credit: Do you recommend services to your friends? Sometimes hair salons and other service places will give you a credit for referring other customers–give it a try! I received a $24 credit at my children's preschool program for referring a friend who registered her son.
  • Gifts: New category! Will probably never come up again! I was surprised with checks for both Mother's Day and our wedding anniversary, for a total of $70.
  • Blog Income: Again, this is a very variable category for me. On the one hand, April was a big month for traffic because of the big Safeway promo that was running, so I earned $176.46 from my various sponsors/advertisers. On the other hand, that's not much money for the hours per week I devote to the blog. Since I'd like that to increase, I'm trying out some new programs in the next month or two.

On the up side, we had an “extra” paycheck in May. I plan our monthly budget around two paychecks; since May has three Fridays, the third paycheck was a bonus. It's going towards our 2009 financial goal of paying extra each month towards our mortgage. Looking ahead to June, I'm not sure what to expect. With school ending, we should be hanging around the house and swimming at the pool, not out spending money; on the other hand, it will be harder for me to bring money in since I'll be on kid schedule and not my own. I'm also seeing our grocery costs creep up, but that's for another blog post.

If you're looking to make some money to help your family budget, read Surveys 101 and Working from Home.

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Monday 1st of June 2009

Keep at it, Gina! About your gifts comment, check out Rainfall of Envelopes (I'm a founder) which enables people to buy money gifts using a credit card -- great for weddings, birthdays, showers, etc.

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