Good morning, party people!  I simply cannot believe that this year is more than halfway over.  Where has the time gone?  Seriously.

To be honest, we have been sooooooo lazy this summer.  Since Greg has been working a ton of overtime, me and the kids have mostly just hung around. Since it doesn’t cost anything at this point, I’ve mostly been taking the kids to the neighborhood pool so they can expend some energy and have fun with their friends. We also go on walks, ride bikes, and play in the back yard.  It’s been a fun and relaxing summer so far!

pumpkin

My mom says this is a pumpkin. What do you think?

Oh, and my garden has totally gone gangbusters.  I’m pretty sure I’m growing a pumpkin at the moment which is pretty strange since we did not plant pumpkins.  Riddle me that.  In addition to spending time obsessing over our mysterious pumpkin, we ate a few of the tomatoes that ripened over the weekend.  They were awesome!  I have a cucumber and some banana peppers that are just about ready to pick too.  I love gardening!

Cash Money Update

Even though I took several days off in June, it was still a great month for me in terms of income.  The total amount of cash money I grossed as a self-employed goddess in June was……*drumroll, please*

 $5,615

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 earnings have managed to plateau in the $5,000- $6,000 range, and I truly hope to change that one of these days.  On the other hand, I’m fairly happy with where I’m at for now.  I work about 30-40 hours per week and am able to be flexible for my husband and the kids.  My daughter starts kindergarten in a few weeks and, because of my flexible schedule, I will be able to take her to school each day and pick her up.  You cannot put a price tag on that!

If you remember, I set a goal of earning $4,000 per month when I left my job in April of 2013.  I have had good months and bad months since then, but I have always surpassed my goal.

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: $240
  • Blog Hosting: $12
  • Internet $0

You’re probably wondering why my internet didn’t cost anything last month.  I called AT&T to bitch about an outage one day and they gave me a $80 credit which wiped out my bill for the month.  Huzzah!  No matter how you cut it, complaining usually works!

That’s about it, folks.  Make sure to check out some of my most popular posts from the past few weeks:

USA Today: The ‘American Dream’ Now Costs $130K

Sorry Kids, We’re Broke: 4 Reasons to Live Like You’re Poor

Credit Card Rewards: What Am I Doing Now?

Also, check out my most recent post at Richmond Savers:

Points and Miles: The Best Transferable Options

How was your income in June?  Did you meet your goals?