Spending, Life, Income and Food Updates…

Hey everyone! It’s Monday again… Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We didn’t do too much. Went to the JRDF walk on Saturday morning and then Oktoberfest later that night. Tons of people at the festival and it was a lot of fun. It was also a pretty cheap weekend. As some of you…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: May 24, 2023

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Hey everyone! It’s Monday again… Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

We didn’t do too much. Went to the JRDF walk on Saturday morning and then Oktoberfest later that night. Tons of people at the festival and it was a lot of fun. It was also a pretty cheap weekend.

As some of you know who read my Twitter over the weekend, a lot happened with my mom. A lot of you have emailed and text me and I promise I’ll get back to all of you, just tired from it all still. I also don’t want to get too into it on my blog, but she’s still continuing her old ways and wants me to give her money even though she’s stolen tons from me. Old news…

Anyways, enough with the sad stuff. I’ll be announcing the winner of my giveaway soon! So check this post again in a couple of hours and maybe your name will be right here 🙂 Katie is the winner of the giveaway! I have emailed you.

Old picture from Kauai, I like to have a picture in every post 🙂
My updates:

Spending: Not a ton of shopping this past week. Almost caved in and made a pretty big purchase on something due to all of the extra money that we brought in this week, but decided not to.

We need to stop shopping just because we’re bored or if we think we have extra money, it needs to go towards extra debt payments!

Extra Monthly Income (this is on top of my salary from my job): Extra income was great this past week. Between staff writing and online income, I made around $900 (after referral and Paypal fees, and everything else) last week.

The boy also received an unexpected check from his old job. Still not sure why he got it, but it said adjusted pay with no hours worked, so I’m assuming they messed up on checks from when he worked there. He also made $200 over what he thought he was going to make at his new job due to us miscalculating his commission, so in total we brought it over $1,400 last week alone for EXTRA income. We are VERY happy of course.

Food: As I said yesterday, we’ve been doing ok, but not the greatest. We talked last night and made a goal to eat in everyday for the next week. Hopefully we can do so! We have a great meal plan ready.

Being healthy: Doing much better. I have a goal to lose 1 pound this week, as I’ve noticed that I’ve added a little extra weight this month. I’m totally blaming it on all of the extra stress 🙂

How’s your spending, working out and extra income going?

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  1. Melissa

    Score!!! 🙂

  2. It's always a good thing when you are doing well in the income department. $900 in one week is pretty dang good! My current goal is to make $1k extra income…monthly! I like reading your weekly/monthly updates because they motivate me to keep at it.
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    1. Thanks! and yes, keep at it!

  3. gregjohnson975182420

    Looks like you are doing well! Maing an extra $900 a month is awesome!

  4. Budget & the Beach

    Wow all that extra income is amazing!! I picked up a video job this weekend and although I only worked about 4 hours on it total, I'm getting $700 for it. I would normally feel bad I didn't put in the hours for it, but I've been doing so many low-paying video editing jobs I don't feel bad at all. 🙂
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  5. therandompath

    Sorry you are going through all that stuff with your mom 🙁 I know it's tough.

    Oooh, Oktoberfest! Sounds fun! Haven't been in years. We always had a good time.
    My recent post Recap: Goals For September

    1. Yes it stinks. She's finally gone though.

  6. mycanuckbuck

    Whoo – haven't done Oktoberfest in years..so sorry to hear about things with your Mom but yay on the exta income! Spending – not too bad. Extra income- not much, alas. Working out- both days on the weekend – WOO! Tried to tweet this, but it wouldn't work – maybe my browser?
    My recent post My stats for the month of September 2012

    1. Hmmm I'll check that now.

      EDIT: Worked for me? hmm I wonder why it doesn't work for you.

  7. SavvyFinancialLatina

    Great job on the extra income!!!!
    I did nothing this weekend! Seriously! Last week was a rough week at work and in life, so I took time off mentally and watched hours and hours of tv in bed.
    Have some major catching up to do this week!

    1. I need to relax and take time off mentally as well.

  8. DebtsnTaxes

    Our spending has been ok this past month. The working out and extra income was non-existant but that is because I'm still on light duty at work. Sorry to hear about you having problems with your mom again. I know it's tough but you have to stand your ground and not let her take advantage of you anymore. Hope you have a good month and awesome job on the side income.
    My recent post September Budget & Net Worth Update

    1. I do have to stand my ground. It's definitely hard.

  9. Unexpected income is always a bonus! Good job with the online work!
    My recent post 10 Ways to Save Money When Buying a New Car

  10. herlatenightcravings

    My husband and I get lazy and start picking up food instead of eating at home and we could so start saving money even if we just ate out 2-3 times a week. 🙂 Lazy I tell ya!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  11. Congrats about all of the extra income and sorry about your mom. Congrats to Katie for winning although I do wish I won! Did it help a lot with sign ups for feeds aand twitter followers?

    1. It helped a little, but I didn't notice anything ton.

  12. $1400 extra? Thats great!

  13. Thanks! I'm pretty happy with it.

  14. Thanks! And yes, it's hard to not spend it.

  15. I need to be healthier as well. I just can't stop eating! 🙂

  16. I agree, we are just so lazy and need to eat in more!

  17. Thanks! I hope it gets sorted out as well.

  18. I will definitely have to read that! I used to always shop out of boredom. So bad!

  19. kimateyesonthedollar

    That's awesome about the extra income. It's so hard not to spend when you get a huge bonus like that. Glad you stayed strong.

  20. Canadianbudgetbinder

    Good for you bringing in some extra money, it always helps. The hard part is not spending the money. That could be a good blog post for you. Why we spend money when we're bored and how to Stop. We try not to go into any shops if we don't have to as something always says , "buy me" although we both have each others backs and say "No" or reason the purchase if we have to. Nobody said life was easy, right, baby steps. Good luck with your weightloss goal… you can do it!! Keep your mind focused on the goal. Cheers mate… Mr.CBB 🙂

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