$1,193 in Extra Income, Life and Picture Updates

Happy Monday everyone! Another Weekly Update post here so I hope you all enjoy. I don’t think I’ve had one of these in a couple of weeks so I hope you’re ready for me to ramble on. I loved all of the holiday celebrations and we had a great time on Christmas, Christmas with W’s family and on…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: May 25, 2023

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Happy Monday everyone! Another Weekly Update post here so I hope you all enjoy. I don’t think I’ve had one of these in a couple of weeks so I hope you’re ready for me to ramble on.

I loved all of the holiday celebrations and we had a great time on Christmas, Christmas with W’s family and on New Year’s Eve. Probably spent too much money but who honestly doesn’t spend too much money on the holidays?!

I’ve been meaning to post this but keep forgetting. Thank you to everyone who actually reads my blog. I hope you all continue to enjoy reading what I write in 2013!

My weekly update posts were extremely popular in 2012, mainly because of my extra income updates within them I am assuming. My Extra Income tab was also popular, and I really need to continue working on it. My travel posts were also well received. Click on my TRAVEL tab above (I just made it yesterday and is currently a major work in progress, so keep that in mind).

Below are my most popular posts in 2012 according to page views (in no particular order). This is a long list because I also wanted to share so many of these again with you:

  1. My $38,000 Student Loan Payoff Plan
  2. Buying a House at 20

 

Here are some Instagram pictures from our trip to St. Thomas and St. John. And the balcony picture below was actually  OUR VIEW from our room!

My updates

Spending:

We did great with our spending since my last update. I don’t think I’ve bought anything. I did try finding stuff at the mall since I have a couple of gift cards but I didn’t like anything. Doesn’t that always happen? You have gift cards to spend and then you can’t find ANYTHING? And then you’re tempted to buy something that you might like just because you have the gift card to buy it with?

Extra Income (this is extra income & does not include salary from our jobs):

I only included the first 5 days of this month in my extra income update because I wanted to start the year over and not include 2012. I figured this would make it easier to keep track of 2013. I made $868 last week and I also received $325 from my sister for rent. So I made $1,193 in extra income so far in 2013.

This is definitely a good amount. I realize that this past week was still a vacation week for most because of the day that New Year’s Eve and Day fell on, so I’m sure next week I will be super busy with things to do.

Food: 

No meal plan for this week. I’ve been kind of winging it this past week but thankfully it hasn’t been killing our food budget too badly. I’ve just been lazy about it lately. If you have any recipes or you posted any on your blog recently, then share it in the comments below! I’m always looking for something new.

Being healthy:

I’ve been doing pretty horrible with this and I noticed that I gained a couple of pounds since the last time I weighed myself. We still haven’t looked at gym equipment for our little gym yet but I really do want to start Insanity since we already have the DVDs. Will have to actually start forcing myself!

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


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  1. Nice work! No extra income for me. Trying to figure out how to drum that up. Any suggestions?

    Happy Monday

    1. Hey Allison! Maybe finding a staff writing position, part-time job, freelancing, virtual assisting? So many things out there! 🙂
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  2. Nice work! No extra income for me. Trying to figure out how to drum that up. Any suggestions?

    Happy Monday

  3. Wow, the pictures are superbly cool. I love them. But I love your extra income most of all. This is just terrific, and I am working doubly hard to make something extra myself. It seems I'm given the opportunity this year, I just hope it will go on until the year ends and even after. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  4. Love the pics from St. Thomas! Also I remember reading many of those posts. You had some really great ones in 2012.
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  5. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Great pictures! My wife and I were just discussing our next big trip, which will be for my birthday next year. We're thinking it might be without the kids so that definitely opens up the possibilities. I am thinking maybe something Caribbean as well. 🙂

  6. Sam

    Totally feel you on the gift card problem! haha this happens to me Every.Single.Time!!
    Love your pictures from St. Thomas 🙂 You make me even more excited for our trip to Mexico next week.
    You are already KILLING IT with extra income this year [No Surprise!!] so way to go girl! Are you still planning on doing an in-depth post on this?? Otherwise, maybe I can email you to get details on how you are a freaking rockstar.
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    1. Jealous of your Mexico trip. Have fun!

      And I still want to do a post, but I have to be careful with how I word it so I am still thinking about it. And yes, you can always email me 🙂
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  7. Glad to see things are still going well. My extra income has slowed down a little but I ha e begun losing weight this year so that is a major plus!

  8. Ah! Your extra income posts are so inspiring! I'm really hoping to drum up some extra income this year since I'm starting a new career and will be making about 1/2 as much money as before! Great job and keep it up!!! 🙂
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  9. Those pics are lovely! Hope you guys had fun.
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  10. mycanuckbuck

    Pics look awesome. Didn't make any extra income last week – expecting 65 bucks this week with luck!
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  11. Love the vacation pictures! That is definitely a place on my list.

    I know what you mean about gift cards. I got about $160 in gift cards to Kohls for Christmas and I went the other day to spend them and walked out without buying anything!!!
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    1. Thanks! We had a great time.

      And yes that always seems to happen!
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  12. Jason Clayton

    Always wanted to visit St. Thomas – it's now one of my must visit places ( great pictures!)

    As always, nice work on the extra income. I'm always impressed!
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  13. Where did you guys stay in St. Thomas and St. John? The pics look amazing.

    1. We stayed at a Sugar Bay Resort in St. Thomas. It was great!
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  14. therandompath

    Congrats on the extra income Michelle!
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  15. SavvyFinancialLatina

    Pics look amazing!
    Loving your extra income!

  16. So jealous of your pics. Makes me want to go on vacation really badly.

  17. Happy_Homeowner

    What an amazing view! 🙂

  18. Good luck! I'm sure you will be able to.
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  19. I would die if I had a lululemon gift card. I'd be in heaven!
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  20. I hope you get paid soon. I dislike it a lot when people take forever to pay.
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  21. studentdebtsurvivor

    I made $50 in extra income last week. I'm still working on that 😉 I'm imagining that yellow frozen drink is a mango margarita or something tropically and delicious.
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    1. Good job!

      And yes it was a mango margarita 🙂
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  22. munchkin

    love your vacation pics!
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  23. Probably Rachel

    I loved St. Thomas when we were there (on a cruise). Hope you had a wonderful time!

    I've been intrigued by your extra income posts (because honestly who doesn't want some extra income?). Then my husband earned $20 from doign a survey about his car and I emailed in a rebate from ordering contacts and I thought about your posts and how that's really extra income, just on a small scale. So thanks!

    I'm a big fan of quick, easy and healthy food. We ended up eating chicken quesadillas about once a week because of that.

  24. I did not notice you created an extra income tab! I'll have to look at that.

    Ah, pictures of fruity drinks and beaches. You make me jealous!!
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  25. The Blonde

    Love the pictures! looks amazing! also, congratulations on the extra income:-)