Cash Money: $5,331 in July Income and Blog Updates

cash moneyIt’s been a fun summer in the Johnson household, and I’m extremely sad that it is coming to an end.  I love fall and everything, but I absolutely hate winter.  I once thought it was weird that old people migrated south during the winter months, but now I totally get it.

Winter sucks, and old people are geniuses!

Anyway, several people have emailed to ask whether my daughter likes kindergarten or not, and I’m happy to report that she really likes it.  I’m also happy to announce the fact that my daughter is now in panties during her waking hours, and is only wearing a pull-up to bed.  (So no, we won’t be buying her a rocking potty)

We finally accomplished this feat by letting her piss all over herself until she finally got sick of it, and giving her a mouth full of pudding every time she went on a big potty.  I’m really happy about the fact that we’re slowly transitioning out of the diaper phase for a few reasons.  First, I am just tired of changing diapers.  And second, I am also tired of buying diapers.  Seriously.  Enough.

Cash Money Income Update

In case you’re new here, I always report my self-employment income once each month.  I do this to keep myself from slacking off and to show other people that it is more than possible to earn a living as a web-based writer.  With that being said, the total amount of cash money I grossed as a self-employed goddess in July was……*drumroll, please*


This total includes all of the money that I made from my various streams of income:

  • Credit Card Sales
  • Consulting
  • Freelance writing
  • Affiliate advertising
  • Ghost Writing

Please remember that I make the majority of my income from a variety of freelance writing jobs, not my blog.  If you’re interested in learning how to get freelance writing jobs, please check out this post:

How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs 

My Expenses

Having relatively low expenses is one of the perks of being a web-based writer.  Other than my laptop and an internet connection, I just don’t need much.  However, hiring writers for our travel site has wreaked havoc on our expenses for the last few months.  Hopefully it will be worth it!  Here is a basic rundown of my expenses from last month:

  • Staff Writing: $200
  • Blog Hosting: $12
  • Internet $51

Life Updates

holly gregMy earnings were pretty decent this month, but I do expect them to be down for August.  As I mentioned last week, I lost a fairly lucrative writing job in July which I have yet to replace.  I am also going on vacation for the last third of the month, which means that I am losing at least 7 days of productivity.  Right now I am merely trying to get ahead of things and prepare for my trips, but I do hope to refocus once I get home and things go back to normal.

Wish me luck this weekend as we navigate our first cruise ship for a short 4-day trip to the Bahamas starting this morning.  I have been having a lot of tsunami nightmares lately, so I am slightly freaked out about the whole thing!  #FirstWorldProblems

Don’t worry, I’ll write a full review of the experience when I get back.

Make sure to check out some of my most recent posts around the web:

Beginner’s Guide: Best Hotel Loyalty Programs Part One– Richmond Savers

Using the IHG Reward Club MasterCard for Family Travel-

The Easiest Way to Earn Cash-Back for Travel- Money Saving Pro

Does It Make Sense to Transfer My Balance to a Zero Percent Interest Card?- Money Saving Pro

How were your earnings in August?  Any big swings up or down?


  1. says

    Congrats on the potty training progress! I was a little freaked out before our first (and only) cruise as well, only I was worried about getting one of those cruise ship viruses! We ended up being fine and having a great time- hopefully your experience will be the same!

  2. says

    This is motivating to me as a fairly new blogger who is just now really starting to see some money from it. I will make this a full-time job. I have read your article on getting freelance writing jobs a few times. I plan to use every source possible for writing work, since I love to write! Thanks for being so transparent and posting your income. :)

  3. says

    Nice! Finally all of that credit card churning is paying off! And, nice work on the potty training! I’ve heard of doing what you did and just having a 3-day potty party, but wasn’t sure if it worked, LOL

  4. says

    Good work on the self-employment income, I hope you find a replacement writing gig soon! Also enjoy the cruise, I haven’t been on one yet and I am with Dee on the viruses that seem to spread like wild-fire on these things…

  5. says

    Woohoo on the Kindergarten success and on the potty training success!!! Rick and I hate winter as well. One of our first goals after reaching financial independence is finding a winter home somewhere down south. :-) Have an awesome time on the cruise, Holly!

  6. says

    I would so move to Florida for the winter. If you can get over people knocking you down to get to the early bird special and all the crazy geriatric drivers, it wouldn’t be so bad! Have a fun cruise.

  7. says

    It was a great month for you and you deserve a slower August with a great holiday.

    We’re starting to potty train our little fellow too nowadays and it’s more difficult than we thought. Well… everybody learns eventually :))

  8. says

    Congratulations to your daughter (and you guys!) for potty training! That’s awesome. I’m sure it is a lot of effort and hard work to potty train a child. You did great in July, but new sites do have the tendency to bulldoze the budget a bit.

  9. says

    Glad to hear your youngest is outta diapers–congrats! And how great that your oldest is rocking kindergarten :). Enjoy that cruise girl! Hope you’ll share photos with us landlubbers…

  10. says

    I also love the use of pudding as positive reinforcement. Our incentive of choice is M&M’s. One for One. Five for….well. Two. We had a breakthrough this week and hope to be joining the diaper-free (finally!) families. Hope the cruise was fantastic!

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