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Weekly Money Update #24 for 2011

By popular suggestion, I will only be having monthly blog stat and income updates from here on out. But I am still a proud participant of The Saved Quarter Challenge!

The Saved Quarter Challenge Update

I joined The Saved Quarter Challenge this year and was aiming to save at least $21,000 by the end of 2011, but we hit that goal in mid-June!!!  My new goal is to save a cool $42,000 by the end of 2011 instead!  That would be a tiny bit more than 50% of our GROSS pay from our two full time jobs!!!

Here’s how I’ve done this week for the Saved Quarter Challenge:

I have better updates after the 13th of every month since that is when our billing periods end, but here is where we funnelled away money this past week:

  • 401(k) – $80
  • Blogging Income – $1000

That blogging income was a combo of freelance work and regular ads. I’m building my blogging income account at ING up to $10,000 by the end of September to be a backup fund when I start blogging full time.

The new $42,000 goal is hopefully going to be reached solely through 100% true savings – 401(k), Roth IRA, emergency fund/savings, home and auto maintenance account, extra cash for investments, and blogging income.

Total This Week: $1080

We can save what we do because we live off of a little more than my husband’s salary as a school librarian ($38,000 take home pay). That means we save most of what I make ($26,000 take home pay a year) and all of our hobby job incomes (reffing for Mr. BFS and blogging for me). Reffing usually brings in $2000-$3000 a year and blogging is bringing in $15,000 or more a year (we’ve already hit more than $10,000 for January-May 2011).

Total to date: $23,058 guaranteed, $18,942 to go.

Additonal Info

I will continue posting monthly and yearly blog statistics and income updates, so stay tuned at the beginning of every month!

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To learn more about the Yakezie, the blogging group that has helped me in SO many ways, check out my Yakezie page! Feel free to email me if you are a Yakezie member or challenger and don’t see yourself on the list!

If you are interested in seeing how I went from an 8 million plus Alexa rank to about 50,000 in less than 8 months, you can see My Blogging Checklists, which breaks down everything I do related to blogging. If you want to see how I brought in $6000 in less than 10 months, you can check out How I Make Money Blogging

I have also started a new site,


FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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