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September 13th, 2014 at 06:00 am

I received $30 for beta testing the latest version of the Media Insiders app. I also was offered to extend testing it for another $20 which I should receive at the end of the month.

I cashed out $12 from Pinecone.

Finally, I received a $100 voucher from Southwest for my fiasco flying home Labor Day weekend.

Needless to say, it was a great week for snowflakes!

Financial Update

September 9th, 2014 at 05:34 am

Total income from mystery shopping income for August is $1337.21. This was my best income month ever for mystery shopping, but I worked hard at it this summer. Most shops were completed within 25 miles of my house, but I did travel (as much as 150 miles) for a few highly bonused shops.

As I previously stated, I reworked the budget for fall (our income varies so I went on the low end). Savings will be as follows:

EF-Continue with $26.50 per week (easy version of 52 week challenge)
Short term savings: $50 per week
Roth IRA-$300 per month

If I make more than anticipated, I will split it between debt payments and savings.

My "guaranteed" monthly income is as follows:

$650-Mystery shopping (approximately 15 hours per week)
$1625-Tutoring (30-35 hours per week)
$550-VA Work (5 hours per week)
$600-Child support
$575-DH portion of household expenses

Total= $4000


Car:approximately 6k left on my loan (site is down so can't get exact amount at the moment)

Student loans: $27170.35

Updates-Reader's Digest Version

September 6th, 2014 at 08:01 am

I figured this would get very lengthy posting everything that has happened the last couple of weeks, so I will go with the short (er) version.

My trip to Michigan went well. Had a great time with friends last Saturday night (who also bought my drinks and dinner). It was fun catching up and having laughs. I really needed it. Sunday was the wedding and I saw a lot of family I hadn't seen in a long time. I had a great time there as well. The weather was perfect all weekend until I went to leave.

I had a flight delay due to heavy rain and without going into the whole fiasco, I ended up home at noon on Tuesday rather than midnight the night before and spent the night in the Chicago Midway airport. Now that I have finally caught up on everything, I will be emailing Southwest today to see if there is anything they will do for me. I realize they cannot control the weather, but the gate agents were incompetent to say the least.

My husband and I had a long talk and he is looking into getting some help for his depression. We are also actively seeking out a counselor. In the meantime the break from each other (11 days with both of our trips) made a positive difference. I also feel better after working out a budget for the fall. Since most of our income is not a set amount, I went on the low end.

Tutoring is also coming together. I have a few new students and found a good math tutor. I now feel comfortable to advertise more heavily.

It is a beautiful day so I am going to get out and enjoy it before the predicted afternoon storms. I hope everyone has a great weekend.