May Income Report – 2017 Money Pit Diaries
Hi Everyone, running a little behind again with the income reports. Life just tends to get in the way some weeks. Anyways, let’s get on with the May report:
EBAY Sales (9) $ 58.94
Etsy Sales (4) $ 62.52
Bank Deals $ 49.46
Ebates $ 28.78
Shopkick $ 10.00
1Q Survey $ 1.25
Checkout 51 $ 22.20
Savingstar $ 5.50
Mobisave $ 1.60
May Total: $ 240.25
Goal for May was $100, I had increased my goal for May to $160 which I went over the goal this month. Over doubled the normal goal of $100, Woohoo…May was a great month.
Here is what I did in detail:
EBAY sales were consistent for the month. In total, there were nine sales for a total of $ 58.94 profit after EBAY and PayPal fees.
Again, we fullfilled 4 orders on Etsy, the shops are not very active but I continue to get orders. The jewelry shop is Kattfive Creations. The shop is full of cute, trendy, reasonably priced handmade jewelry. Custom orders can be requested; we love doing wedding jewelry. The supply shop is My Destash Shop. This shop is full of extra supplies and craft items that we are de-stashing. By the end of the month we had made three sales for the month which amounted to profits of $62.52 (after Etsy and PayPal fees).
Our bank offers cash back if we use our debit/credit card with them at certain companies. This month we decided to take a very mini staycation. We spent the night down in Dana Point right near the beach. It was so nice to get over to see the water. It’s crazy here in LA. We live about an hour to hour in a half (depending on traffic) to the beach and we go every few months. Life gets so busy we don’t take the time to get to the beach, we need to change that going forward.
Anyways, back to the Bank Deal…Hilton was offering a percentage back for your hotel reservations if you used the bank credit card and were a member of Hilton Rewards. We received $49.46 (almost $50 bucks back) off our hotel stay in Dana Point. Great deal!
As you can see, I am an online shopper. I don’t get to the malls or anything like that much, so when I need something I turn to Ebates and the online vendors. This was the quarterly payout that Ebates pays. I had racked up $28.78 in rebates. If you haven’t started using Ebates you can sign up with them here at Ebates.
Shopkick is a new payout for me this month. It takes a few months (for me anyways) to get to a payout amount. I use their app and “discover” what they are advertising each day for a point. Then I redeem their “Kicks” at places that I shop. It’s nice when you go to the mall because you can rack up some points there. Once in a awhile I will scan something for “kicks” or scan my receipts for something they are offering. This month with my cash out I earned a $10.00 Sephora Gift card. This will be great when I need to pick up my eyeliner next time. Sign up for Shopkick here.
1Q Surveys is an app that I have on my phone. They will send you a quick survey, which is very randomly to complete. I noticed their survey and answered their questions on a few survey’s this month and received deposits of $.25 each directly into PayPal, for a total of $1.25. No wait time, immediately deposited. If you are interested in signing up you can do so at 1q.
We use the grocery apps on items that we would normally purchase anyways. It’s hard to ignore money that is just sitting there waiting to be added into the pool for the month. We do not earn a bunch using the apps and some would probably say it is not worth the time, but for me it was enough to push me over the $100 threshold this month.
Checkout 51 is another grocery app that I use on my phone. Much like the other apps listed here. The cash out is set at $20.00 and you receive an actual check. Our rebates amounted to $22.20, so I requested the check. I have earned about $108 in total using Checkout 51.
Savingstar Earnings: This app has a variety of offers for cash back. It is easy to use and with Savingstar you have a minimum cash out of $5.00. I had enough in rebates to cash out at $5.50 this month. If you are interested in giving this app a try, sign up with Savingstar here.
Regarding the MobiSave earnings, we only earned $1.60 in rebates by scanning my receipts with my smartphone. This app will automatically send you (via PayPal) whatever rebate amount that is due to you as soon as the purchase has been verified. This means a bunch of smaller deposits into my PayPal account. With MobiSave, we received $.85 back in rebates. If you decide to sign up, please use referral code XGYYIWBV to get you started. You can see more on their website here: MobiSave.
We will report our income reports on a cash basis. Meaning the actual cash has been received and able to be transferred to the allotted investment account or to debt repayment. We are not counting on funds that we are unable to have access to until a certain threshold has been met. We have been transferring the funds to an investment account and will to track the growth of the investment which is exclusively from this challenge.
It’s been a great start to the new year. I am looking forward to working hard on my blog and ramping that up with great content for my readers.
Until next month, on to the June challenge where we are upping the goal again…
April 2017 Income Report
March 2017 Income Report
February 2017 Income Report