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Hey everyone! The weekend went by way too quick, but I took a half day for today so at least I have that to look forward to today. The weekend was fun. Went to a bunch of bars and just hung out with friends. Then on Saturday we drove around and went shooting since the…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: May 24, 2023

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Hey everyone! The weekend went by way too quick, but I took a half day for today so at least I have that to look forward to today. The weekend was fun. Went to a bunch of bars and just hung out with friends. Then on Saturday we drove around and went shooting since the boy got a new gun.

Today I’m going to the dermatologist for a bad skin problem that I’m having right now (I got really bad spots on my back after Hawaii and it’s spreading) and I’m FINALLY getting it checked out with a second opinion. Wish me luck that it’ll finally start going away!

Then I’m going Halloween costume shopping and going out to dinner with some friends. Still not positive on exactly what I want to be, and I really hate spending $75 or something on a costume that I’m only going to wear once. What are you being for Halloween?

This weekend was pretty sad if you’re a Cardinals fan 🙁 Hopefully we can make up for it tonight!

My updates:

Spending: We spent a lot again this weekend. Mainly on going out to eat and drinking with friends. This is something that we definitely need to work on, but we still had fun so I’m not too upset.

The boy did get a new gun, but he ended up doing a straight trade at Cabelas, so we didn’t lose out on any money.

Extra Monthly Income (this is on top of my salary from my job): This was another good week. I made around $950 last week from my extra income side hustles. The money would have been much less this week since it was slower, but I was paid and actually received the money for past work just last week (I don’t say that I’ve earned it until I actually have it just to be safe).

A lot of you have been e-mailing me about my extra monthly income lately, so if any others of you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

Food: We’re doing better still but not the greatest. I am going out to dinner with my friends tonight, but other than that our goal is to make dinner Tuesday through Friday of this week.

Being healthy: I’ve been doing ok, if you just look at the numbers (I weigh 120 right now). Everywhere else though, I’ve been doing bad. I’ve been eating MUCH better, but I really need to work on running more. I still need to get more toned of course.

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


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  1. Praying your skin problems are nothing serious, and congrats on the consistent extra income! I have a hippie costume that I bought last year but didn't end up wearing so if I end up doing anything for Halloween, that's what I'll be going as.
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    1. I went earlier and I am fine! Just some sort of bacteria that I must have caught.

  2. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Wow. Another awesome week on the side income! I agree that the weekend went by entirely too quick. Why does that always seem to be the case? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I've given up on Halloweeen. Having little kids, I just enjoy it through them….plus after buying there costumes, I did not want to spend anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our daughter is going to be a princess and our son a pirate.

    1. Thanks! And yes, I wish the weekend was longer. And aww yours kids' costumes sound cute.

  3. Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence

    Still going strong with the side income! Any chance that it could become a permanent income?
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    1. Haha I wish! It's not stable so that scares me.

  4. kimateyesonthedollar

    I only bought hand soap and two pumpkins this weekend, so not too bad. Like DC, I have a hippie costume with polyester green bell bottoms or a witch costume that I alternate each year. I only wear it to the kiddie trick or treat downtown, so no one really looks at adults. Great job again on the side income. Hope your Dr. visit goes well.

  5. sorry about your skin problem. i have been having a similar situation myself. ugh.
    yes, definitely a bad nite for the cardinals. they better kick it in gear tonite.
    so jealous of your side income. i need to get a hold of you for details, girl. you're lucky!
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    1. It turns out that it wasn't a huge deal, I received about 6 months worth of pills.

  6. Ali

    I'm going as Eloise, as in Eloise at the Plaza. Typical black going out shirt, white button up and a pair of suspenders that I am glittering. Throw on a pair of white knee highs and a red bow and I'm done! Cheap and fun ๐Ÿ™‚
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  7. Hope it’s nothing serious when you go to the doctor. Keep us posted!

    1. I'm good! Turns out it was something that I must've rubbed up on and it spread.

  8. Good luck on checking on your back. Do you have any idea what it could be? Nice income there coming in. Wish I could bring in an extra 900$ per week that would really nice. Spending for me has been on point need to get ready to buy Xmas gifts and I stopped with the Halloween ideas when my son and I figured we would end up spending 75 each.
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  9. That's one heck of a side hustle- great job!!! And 120 lbs? I don't know how tall you are, but I'd kill to weigh that (actually, I'd probably be sent to a home for anorectics if I weighed 120 – I'm pretty tall).
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    1. Thanks! And haha well I am "skinny fat." I am around 5'4 and could use a lot of toning.

  10. Nice work on the extra income! ~ $1K is some serious side hustle!
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  11. Pelican on Money

    You can never go wrong with a second opinion. I'm glad you chose to get another derm's opinion on this, I would too. Hopefully its nothing serious, I even suspect it won't be. Your side income is amazing…
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    1. It's nothing serious it turns out, thank god!

  12. Nice, but I see a little bit of lifestyle inflation. More money = more spending. As you are now getting some good money from the boy and your side hustles I noticed a lot of your posts stating that you are going out a lot more than before. Maybe I am wrong just reading what your writing.
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    1. We actually don't go out nearly as much as we did before. We used to go out 3 or 4 times a week, and now it's only once a week thankfully! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Nice job on the side hustle ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm sure you're probably already keeping track of your monthly side income. Would be great to see a graph of how you've done over the last couple of years or something.

    1. Haha yes I should make a graph, except that I am extremely lazy and have poor graphing skills ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Budget & the Beach

    OK seriously, how are you making that much on side hustles per week. That's just amazing!
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  15. momoneymohouses

    I have no clue what I'm going to dress up as for Halloween and I may just bring out my old flapper dress from a few Halloweens ago unless I can think of something better. I also need to get more into the groove of running.
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    1. I was thinking of maybe being a flapper! It's a cute idea.

  16. Thanks! I am fine, it was nothing serious it turns out.

  17. E-mail me if you're interested ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 120?! How tall are you? I'm like 135 and 5'5 and now feel obese LOL. The boyfriend and I really struggle when it comes to not spending money when we go away somewhere even for the weekend. We're usually pretty good during the week but then just seem to forget all our saving skills come the weekend…urg. I do a lot of extra design work and it's nice to have all of that income on the side of my guaranteed full-time job's income. What do you for extra money? My email is chelsea@yourstrulyblog.com if you'd like to respond that way! I'm very interested to know ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. what is your side job? amazing!

  20. Read some previous comments, and I'm glad that your skin condition is nothing serious!

  21. Kristine@TheFoleyFam

    Ok girl! I need more info on your side jobs too please!! Our one income fam would benefit I'm sure ๐Ÿ™‚ Any little bit helps so bring it on!! Glad to hear your skin probs are fixable and all is better there. My aunt got M&M pirate girl costumes, so I think the Hubs and I are following suite! Our little pirate fam, hopefully we can still find something since it's already next week! How did that happen?