February was another great month for Club Thrifty LLC and for all of my endeavors, especially considering the fact that I took a week-long vacation to Jamaica and got trapped there for an additional two days. Still, the rest went pretty smooth. Even though I was MIA for part of the month, I still completed my regular staff posts at Get Rich Slowly and Frugal Travel Guy, as well as the posts for the lesser-known publications that I write for. Overall, it was bitchin’.
More good news: Greg did our taxes last week and we are getting a refund of a little over $6,000. For a few hours, we actually thought we were going to get almost $12,000 back (which would’ve been ridiculous). However, Greg had us listed as some sort of partnership other than an LLC, and our tax software wasn’t taking out the other half of my self-employment tax. Remember when I talked about that?
Anyways, I’m totally getting $6,000 back, which means that I need to pay a little less in this year. And that’s fine by me. I mean, who wants to give Uncle Sam an interest-free loan for the year? Not this gal.
Cash Money Update
Without further ado, the total amount of money of cash money that I grossed as a self-employed goddess in February was……*drumroll, please*
This total includes all of the money that I made from my various streams of income:
- Credit Card Sales
- 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 or starting a blog, please check out these posts:
Fortunately, the fact that I work from home means that my expenses are low, if not almost non-existent. (Hint: That’s part of the reason that my self-employment taxes are so high. I literally have almost nothing to write off!) However, I did spend a little bit of cash money on staff writing for our new website as well as this one. I also bought a cheap printer and ink. Sue me. Here is a basic rundown of my expenses from last month:
- Staff Writing: $200
- Blog Hosting: $12
- Internet $50
- Printer and Ink $98
Due to my new credit card rewards strategy, I finally earned the Southwest Companion pass. This means that I can buy BOGO plane tickets for Greg and I this year and next through Southwest, even if I pay for my own ticket with points. Winning! I know that it probably seems a little sad that I’m excited about it, but I love to travel…especially for free.
I also booked a $6,200 trip to Europe for this upcoming fall for a total of $197. I’ll be writing about that soon as well.
In other news, the Wall Street Journal asked me to participate in a debate about married couples with separate finances in their newspaper and online edition. I happily obliged since I basically take any well-paying job that comes my way. My debate piece will run in the paper and in the online edition on March 17th, and I am super excited! I will definitely link to it once it goes live. It’s going to be epic. Well, at least in my own mind.
How did your February go? Are you over winter yet, or what?