Earning Report I: January 2018

Before I started this blog, I did some reading on how to make money online and I stumbled upon Making Sense of Cents. She makes a lot of money with her financial blog, and she has great financial tips to help manage money and pay off debt. But what I really liked was that she posts a monthly income report, showing how much money she made from her different income sources. It is fascinating to see the high numbers she is making now, but also be able to see the low numbers she started out with.

I will share my numbers from the beginning, which are still low numbers, and hope that I will be able to post higher numbers as time goes by.

This month I only have two side income sources, my caregiver work, and some peanuts from Ibotta. I will add more over time.

I worked 17.5 hours as a caregiver, at $20 / hour, so I earned $350. This is before taxes.

‘Free’ money!

I made $25.25 on ibotta. If you use this link to share, you will get $10 after you redeem your first $10 of coupons/offers.  And I will get $5 for successfully referring you. Not a lot of money, but it is fun to see whether I can make this grow.

I am not going to count this as income, but I want to mention that we exchanged credit card rewards points for $300 worth of Amazon gift cards.

And technically, I found one penny, but I don’t think I will count that either 🙂 Thank you, Iliana!

Grand total this month is $375, most of it from my caregiver work. Which is a nice side hustle, not taking too many hours, but very rewarding.


Make Money With Ibotta

This is my very first blog post with an affiliate link to kick off the ‘How to make money with blogs’ part of my story. I have been using Ibotta and have been happy with the offers and payout I get just for shopping for things I buy anyway.

I started in 2016, made $24 pretty fast, but never got around to transferring it to my bank account. When I started this blogging journey, and when I saw how much debt our liabilities added up to, I decided to check it out again.

Started using it a week ago and made $7 already. Which admittedly is not much, but on the other hand I spent 10 or 15 minutes working on it, taking pictures of receipts and bar codes. $7 for 15 minutes of work is $28 per hour.
Today I transferred my full balance ($31) to my paypal account and from there to my bank account, so I can report that that works fine too. Planning on using this ‘free’ money towards debt and get a baby step closer to being debt free 🙂

My next goal is to refer my friends, or my readers to sign up for ibotta. Whoever signs up gets a free $10 start once they redeem their first offer, and I get a kickback to kick off my journey to financial independence. Click here if you want to try ibotta and support me.

Update 1/28/2018: Ibotta only works for readers in the USA. Too bad.

‘Free’ money!