$3,700 in Extra Income in October and My Goals

Hey everyone! I have a giveaway for an iPad Mini and cash starting tomorrow on my blog, so make sure you come back. And yes, you read that correctly, I made $3,700 in extra income in the month of October! I didn’t think I was going to beat the $3,275 that I made in September,…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: May 25, 2023

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Hey everyone! I have a giveaway for an iPad Mini and cash starting tomorrow on my blog, so make sure you come back. And yes, you read that correctly, I made $3,700 in extra income in the month of October! I didn’t think I was going to beat the $3,275 that I made in September, but I did WOOHOO.

This is proof on my online income since some of you have asked. This is for the month of October and before fees and expenses (expenses were around $907) being taken out. The other income categories that are listed below were mainly cash and check dealings.

October was good for us. We stayed under budget even though we bought some extra things for ourselves.  I love that it’s finally November. The holidays put me in a great mood and I LOOOOVE decorating 🙂  Work is going great for me, and W is still loving his job. WOOHOO

October Goals Update

  1. Cut my food budget down to $500. PASS! We’ve been doing really good with this! We did eat out a bit, but it wasn’t more than what our entertainment budget is.
  2. Workout at least 4 times a week and lose 3 pounds. FAIL. I actually gained 2 pounds. BOO!
  3. Make an extra $1,500 this month. PASS PASS PASS! I made $3,700. See above.
  4. Do all of the house stuff from last month that I did not do. FAIL. I did some, but not enough. We still need to get carpet. I priced it out, now I just need them to come in and measure our living room. I also am looking for a new dining room table and wall decor to put in the dining room.
  5. Find an awesome Halloween costume. FAIL. I just wore one that I had from a previous year. I did save lots of money on it.
  6. Plan a girls trip to KC to see a friend. FAIL. AHH so many fails yet again!

November Goals

  1. Keep our food budget down to $500. Our goal is to continue eating at home Monday through Friday.
  2. Workout at least 3 times a week and lose 3 pounds. Wish me luck.
  3. Make an extra $2,000 this month. I increased this by $500 since I seem to be beating my goal like crazy. I also plan on starting to work on affiliate income streams as well. Do you have affiliate income? What are your sources? Tell me everything and anything about it!
  4. Start decorating the dining room. I pretty much know exactly what I want. I’m just waiting for a good deal on the exact one I want (haven’t found that yet). I’m tired of the dining set we have now and want a new style.
  5. Finally GET CARPET MICHELLE. This is something that I’ve been putting off for about 3 years. So if any of you are tired of me saying this, I am sorry. Have any of you gotten carpet recently? How did you bargain?
  6. Spend no more than $50 on clothes. I’m really trying not to buy anything, but I’m putting $50 just in case there is something that I just absolutely need to buy. Anyone else really trying to cut back on their clothing spending?


Blog Goals (I’m not focused on numbers, but it is interesting to see where I’m going).

  • Twitter Followers: Goal was for 350 and I’m currently at 1,460. I’m hoping to get 1,600.
  • Alexa rank: Goal was to be under 90,000. And I’m finally starting to drop. I’m currently at 79,000. I noticed that right after I switched to WordPress that it started dropping quickly. Does anyone know why this could be? My goal for November is to be at 70,000.
  • Guest post at least 2 times this month. I’m pretty sure this is a fail because I can’t think of any guests posts that I did.

 

Extra Monthly Income in September

  • Online Income (this includes staff writing, and is after all fees) – $3,054
  • Selling Clothes – $0
  • Miscellaneous – $300
  • Mystery Shopping – $21
  • Rent – $325

So I made $3,700 extra last month!

How did you do in October? Any extra income?


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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. Allison

    Wow! Michelle please do a post on your extra income. I am doing some surveys and have some stuff to sell on ebay but I'm kind of intimidated by it.

    1. I will definitely do one soon! Everyone keeps e-mailing so it would be easier if I had a post ๐Ÿ™‚
      My recent post $3,700 in Extra Income in October and My Goals

  2. I am also starting to explore affiliate income streams. There are some good affiliate networks out there like Commission Junction and Flex Offers. I haven't spent a ton of time on it as of yet, but I hope to have a better understanding soon of how I can implement it effectively on my site.

    Congrats on killing it with the side income! I don't know how you do it while also working full-time.

    1. I signed up for Flex offers recently and plan on getting the ball rolling with that soon.
      My recent post $3,700 in Extra Income in October and My Goals

  3. Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence

    Congrats on the extra income! I only have a few affiliate links for products I use and like, and would recommend even with no link. I wouldn't promote anything because it has an affiliate program.

    1. I agree, I wouldn't promote a bad product.
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  4. Living Debt Free Rocks!

    You are killing it Michelle with extra income!!! Great job indeed! Do share the secrets of your success ๐Ÿ™‚
    My recent post The Boiling Frog.

    1. Thanks! you can e-mail me if you have any questions.
      My recent post $3,700 in Extra Income in October and My Goals

  5. A part-time job is still extra money ๐Ÿ™‚
    My recent post $3,700 in Extra Income in October and My Goals

  6. Nope I just have this one! I also staff write too though, so that income is included.
    My recent post $3,700 in Extra Income in October and My Goals

  7. Do you think $500 is too little or too much? There are 2 of us. And our going out for dinner is not included in this (we put it in our entertainment budget instead).
    My recent post $3,700 in Extra Income in October and My Goals

    1. Lauren

      My food budget is $500 for 4 of us (granted, the kids are 6 & 2)! I bet you guys can spend $400 per month on food.

  8. kimateyesonthedollar

    Wow on the extra income! How much would you have to make to give up your day job or is that even a consideration?

    1. Hmm I'm not sure. Probably at least $10-$15,000 a month.
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  9. Budget & the Beach

    Wow my jaw dropped. If I could get even close to that I wouldn't be stressing about freelance work so much. Congrats!

  10. Christopher @ This that and the MBA

    That is awesome great job…extra money is always helpful around the holidays….hope you knock it out of the park in November!!!!

  11. therandompath

    Congrats on the extra income Michelle!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  12. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Wow, that is AWESOME! Like you've said, you need to do a post on doing this. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am just starting to look at opportunities myself and am signing up for both CJ & Flexoffers like DC had mentioned. I look forward to the possibilities.
    My recent post Festival of Frugality #361, Election Day Edition

    1. I will definitely make a post soon!

  13. Kate

    Wow, That's amazing! Please do a an updated post on how you're earning extra income ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Erin

    Please do a post on how you are earning all that extra cash! That's freaking awesome :).

    1. Haha I definitely will!

  15. Amazing Michelle! You worked really hard building your site alongside work and school. Your success is much deserved!
    My recent post The FIVE YEAR PLAN will soon become a FOUR YEAR PLAN

    1. Thanks, I really appreciate that.

  16. Congrats on the income. I can only hope my online income gets there one day. IR you annualize that it is $36,000!

    1. It's so crazy to think about! I'm sure you'll get there VERY soon.

  17. Breanna

    That's awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Breanna ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Good work, girl! You're knocking it out of the park!
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  19. studentdebtsurvivor

    Wow, $3700 in one month is so amazing. Congratulations, I'm sure it was hard work!

  20. AverageJoe

    Awesome month. Nearly $40k of extra income a year is a nice pace!

  21. Way to go!! Don't get too down on yourself for missing some of your goals. Sometimes life just happens and we miss them here and there.

    I'd be curious to know how much writing you did for that income and how you came up with the topics. I've been looking into writing more, but am not sure how much more I can write and am concerned about finding topics to write about!

  22. Canadianbudgetbinder

    Good for you! You did beyond what I would ever dream of getting from my blog. I don't make any money at all as I don't advertise or staff write although I'd be open to that. A post on how you do it would be very helpful. Mr.CBB

  23. That is awesome! Way to go on bringing in the dough!