$1,175 in Extra Income, Life, Food Weekly Update

Happy Monday everyone! Above are some pictures from my weekend. I’m really loving having an iPhone 5 because it makes everything much easier. Expect more pictures from me! Also, if you scroll through my Twitter, you will be able to find my Instagram (I posted it multiple times), so follow me! Yes, I will make…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: May 25, 2023

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Happy Monday everyone! Above are some pictures from my weekend. I’m really loving having an iPhone 5 because it makes everything much easier. Expect more pictures from me! Also, if you scroll through my Twitter, you will be able to find my Instagram (I posted it multiple times), so follow me! Yes, I will make it difficult and not post it directly on my blog. 🙂

Thanksgiving was really great for us! I love going to the Boy’s Grandma’s. So many family members go (well over 100 I’m guessing) and it’s a lot of fun. Just check out the dessert table that I posted on Saturday, so many awesome desserts! And I also got my ears pierced on Friday. Yes, I know, truly sad.

I also updated my blog a little bit, I think it looks better, what do you all think? I also added an Extra Income tab above so that I can keep everyone updated and my readers can quickly click on each update without searching too too hard.

I also wanted to thank everyone for your support for my aggressive $38,000 student loan payoff plan. I am excited to finally start putting more effort in this, and I can’t wait for it to be done.

My updates:

Spending:

We are still doing good with our spending. We have bought some Christmas presents for each other (the Boy is completely done), but I still need to tell him what I want! And then we still need to get presents for my sister and the Boy’s family. Still not sure what to get everyone.

I did go shopping over the weekend. Bought a dress, a shirt and a cardigan. Yes, I probably didn’t need these items, but I know that I’ll enjoy them! Did you do any Black Friday shopping? I wasn’t and never will be brave enough to shop with the crazy crowds.

Extra Income (this is on top of my salary from my job):

Yet another great week. I made around $1,175 from online income (staff writing, website, etc.) last week. This is before fees and everything else though. I am still in the middle of drafting my extra income explanation post, but if you have any questions, remember to ask.

Food: 

We’ve been doing well with our food spending. We ate out a couple of times last week but it was all cheap food. This is something that we are of course still working on and we will be working on it forever most likely.

I’ve been thinking about this, do any of you do batch cooking? I tried it once and it didn’t go great for me, mainly because I have no patience to cook all day?

I forgot yet again to do a meal plan yesterday, so here it is below:

Being healthy:

I’ve been doing MUCH better with this, but mainly only with me eating better. I ran with my dog a couple of times, but it was so cold last week that each run was not for a very long time.

I did lose 3 pounds last week. I am very surprised how just eating better helped me lose so much weight. Here it goes to future weeks/months/years/decades of better eating!

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


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Hey! I’m Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I am the founder of Making Sense of Cents. I’m passionate about all things personal finance, side hustles, making extra money, and online businesses. I have been featured in major publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Time, and Business Insider. Learn more here.

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  1. As you know from my constant commenting on the topic, I can't wait for your extra income post! My goal is to bring in $1k/month from Young Adult Money, but I may not be taking full advantage of other side incomes (spreadsheet stuff I do, freelance writing, etc.) so I will be interested to see what you do to bring in that cash.
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    1. I can definitely see YAM bringing in at least $1K a month soon.
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  2. Great week of extra income again! I am SO looking forward to that detailed post. I’ve never done batch cooking, but one thing I love is my crockpot! This time of year i love making soups & it usually makes enough to feed the bf & I for 2 nights. Oh, and try for working out girl!

    1. I keep meaning to look at the site, will do it soon!
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  3. plantingourpennies

    Eating well is definitely something a lot of us find tough – but I just try to remind myself – junk in, junk out.

  4. nicoleandmaggie

    The way we do batch cooking is to make double what we need anytime we make something and freeze half. So we'll do a 9×3 casserole in two smaller square pans and freeze one, or we'll freeze half of the stew etc.
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  5. Living Debt Free Rocks!

    It sounds like you had a great week-end and a healthy extra income week too! I too have been doing my best to eat clean but I don't really sweat it when I occasionally succumb to my sweet tooth.
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    1. I have a bad sweet tooth. Right now I'm eating Reeses Pieces!
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  6. Holly@ClubThrifty

    Good job on your extra income and staying on track with your spending! I was afraid that I would fall off the healthy eating wagon over Thanksgiving…but I didn't. Whew.

    Have a great week!

    1. I was afraid that I would too, but thankfully I did not.
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  7. You are such a tease.with your extra income post. I am sure it will be a smash hit.

    1. Haha I know. I need to finish drafting it.
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  8. SavvyFinancialLatina

    That's so awesome!!! Side income is so nice. I really need to make a plan for my blog, and figure out how I'm going to monetize it. I would love to make some side income. I am such a procrastinator though.
    Spending has been meh. We just keep having things pop up. Plus, we are not controlling our spending on food as much as I would like. It's hard because we are young, and just want to enjoy ourselves.

    1. I agree, side income is nice. And I know what you mean, we spend more than most as well.
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  9. therandompath

    I want to do batch cooking too! But it seems a bit overwhelming..May be I'll have to start with one recipe and work my way up.

    Can't wait for your post on the extra income. I am indeed curious 🙂
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    1. It does seem overwhelming, and I'm always worried that we won't eat the things that I batch cook.
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  10. I do the same as you and always start to get serious about my health / exercise right around the Holidays (when it will be the hardest!). Nice side income – that's all from one week ????
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  11. Jason Clayton

    Nice work on your extra income. I look forward to reading your post about how you make this a reality, as I could use some extra income. 🙂
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    1. Will be publishing hopefully this week or next! 🙂
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  12. Veronica Hill

    Also looking forward to your extra income post. You do so great in this area and everyone wants to know how!
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  13. Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin

    I love following your progress especially the firing range 😉 My wife begged me for the iPhone 5 but we chose the 4S because it was a cheaper option at the time. We’ve tried batch cooking before but it didn’t go too well due to the fact we were staying at my parents while our home was being built. Now that we’re in our new home we plan on trying it out again next week!

    1. The 4S was cheaper for me as well, but I decided to splurge. I really love it so far!
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  14. I just got an iphone 5 too and love it! Also, congrats on paying off such HUGE debt! I absolutely love the craziness of Black Friday but never end up buying very much because I've noticed that many of the items are not really at their all-time lowest prices :/
    My recent post A Penny Saved is a…Dollar {or more} Earned!

    1. Thanks, I haven't finished paying it off yet, but I'm excited as well.
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  15. Anne_UGifter

    Once again, thoroughly impressed by your side hustle income! I keep meaning to try out some batch cooking, but haven't got there yet. I made a meal plan last week and that was awesome. naturally, I neglected to do it for this week and we will be off to a rough start. I have a meeting tonight that includes dinner, which will leave us scrambling for lunches tomorrow as my spouse will likely only make enough for one person tonight.

    1. Thanks! And if you do try batch cooking, you should tell us all about it 🙂
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  16. @danilee_13

    I can't wait for your extra income post!! I'm doing really well this month so far, but some of it is money I won't see right away. 🙂 Great job on everything you do!
    As for batch cooking, I'm going to try a new strategy in December. I'll be posting about it too, hopefully later this week!
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  17. edwardra3

    $1,175 in online income is pretty nice. I think I've made about half of that so far. But I'm still on track to be debt free in about 6 years.
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  18. Yup we did go to the range, we go every weekend almost! The Boy has enough guns for an army, so it's always a lot of fun 🙂
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  19. Yup we went to the range yesterday, it was fun!
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  20. Your extra income figures NEVER fail to amaze me! The shooting looks fun… need to try that sometime 🙂
    My recent post Do young people need to think differently about retirement?

    1. Yes shooting is a lot of fun 🙂

  21. fromshoppingtosaving

    So glad you're on instagram so I can keep tabs on you more =) Glad to see things going well!!! Looking forward to the extra income post, especially since I will be quitting my job soon and winter break is coming up!

  22. Kim@Eyesonthedollar

    That's an amazing side income. I can't wait to see the details. I'm jealous you lost three pounds with Thanksgiving and all!

    1. Haha I know! I was very surprised.

  23. Tie the Money Knot

    That's nice side income….for just a week! Great job on the healthy eating too…what a nice week you had.

  24. Holly

    Here is my secret to batch cooking:

    Each week I make 1 dish w/multiple servings, usually on Sun

    Recently that has been soups:

    Chicken stock

    Gumbo

    veg/mushroom/barley

    On my list of to dos is:

    meatloaf muffuns

    6/more servings of chicken (usually split flavors: lemon, BBQ, oven fried)

    lasagne

    I have in the freezer some lentil stew, chicken cassarole, rice & beans, salisbury steak, swiss steak.

  25. mycanuckbuck

    Yes, I do batch cooking – chili and ham/lentil soup. A little time on the weekend, and then meals for several weeks. 🙂 That is amazing on the weight loss – healthy eating does definitely make a difference!
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  26. I batch cook almost every week. This is how my wife and I eat throughout the week and month. I am interested to see your side income post. It is nice to see how other website owners monetize their site along with other freelance work. Nice job so far.

  27. Chelsea

    I think I'm most interested to know where/how you find the staffwriting/freelance jobs?
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  28. Elena Moiseenko

    Even going out to cheap fast food restaurants can be a budget buster for many of us. I would suggest making whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and a simple lettuce, tomato, cucumber salad 2-3 times a week which is healthy, will feed the whole family and will cost you almost nothing compared to even one trip to McDonalds.
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  29. Big bucks! Nice job. Do you do a net worth update as well?
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  30. Great job on the weight loss simply by eating better! my husband's out of town for a few weeks, and I hope to eat "girly food" like salads while he's gone to kick start some weight loss…or at least counteract Christmas weight gain that's on the horizon!
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