Club Thrifty Income Report: $21,566 for June 2016

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Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, party people. It’s a brand new month and you know what that means; it’s time for me to share our income report for June. Inquiring minds want to know, am I right?

In all seriousness, we share our income to ensure we always stay accountable when it comes to our goals. Plus, we hope to show how basically anyone can build their online blogging and freelance income over time, not just make $500 a month and still work your ass off at a 9-5 job! For many, blogging is more than an avenue to making extra money – it is their sole way of living!

Overall, I think we did pretty well in June considering the fact that we went on three vacations and only worked 13 full days.

But, our summer of travel continues into this month. Since my kids are out of school this summer, we are trying to squeeze in as much as we can. So, this month, we’re taking them to their in-laws in Minnesota for a weekend of fun, then going to Mexico. It’s going to be a blast! If you want to see pictures of me drinking beer and stuffing my face with burritos, make sure to join my private travel Facebook group.

June 2016 Online Income

As mentioned above, we had a pretty decent month! We didn’t clear quite as much as we did in April or May this year, but I try not to compare one month to the next too much. Since our expenses are so incredibly low, it doesn’t matter too much if our income tanks for a while or goes completely off the rails. In total, our household expenses average out to around $3,500 per month if you don’t count vacations or travel.

With all that being said, behold the amount of money this here website (and the person typing) made online in June of 2016:


In case you’re wondering, here’s an estimate of how that breaks down. I might be a few dollars or cents off here and there, but you get the point!

  • Consulting, Sponsorship, and Affiliate Income: $4,264.83
  • Content Creation and Freelancing: $17,301

Total: $21,566.83

In total, my husband and I made around $21,566 for our epic blog skillz and aggressive content creation efforts in June.

In case you’re wondering, our website and my freelancing and content creation business has grown tremendously over the years. Here are a few of our old income reports if you want to sort through the specific details:

Also remember, this is only possible because we have a blog or “online home.” Without it, it would be difficult to get new clients, demand the pay we deserve, or reach the inner depths of the interwebs. 

If you’re pondering the idea of starting a website of your own, we got the inside scoop on how to get started with a self-hosted WordPress account. Click here for our step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog yourself!

Website Expenses

While we are notoriously stingy when it comes to spending on advertising or basically anything that would help our website become better, we hired a partner to help us with website development a few months ago. As a result, our expenses are higher than normal. Don’t worry though; this upfront cost is only temporary. Here is a rundown of all the expenses we paid in June, 2016:

  • Internet: $51
  • Blog Hosting: $15
  • Misc. Advertising: $100
  • Website Development: $3,500

Total: $3,666

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmn, Gina. I feel broke just typing that out, but it’s all for a good cause. Sometimes you have to spend money to make money and all that jazz. Let’s all cross our fingers and say a prayer that it all pays off. The good news is, all of the dollars we dished out are straight-up business expenses we can “write off.” It doesn’t make them free, of course, but it does help us save money on taxes in the long run. And if you saw my tax bill, you would understand why I need all the help I can get.

Club Thrifty Blog and Life Updates

As I mentioned in our last income report, we wrote a book!

Yes, it’s totally happening. As you read this blog post, our publisher is combing through the fist manuscript of Zero Down Your Debt. In case you’re wondering, our book is about our favorite budgeting method, zero-sum budgeting, how it works, and how anyone can apply this budgeting strategy to get out of debt and improve their lives.

How do we know zero-sum budgeting works? Because we have used it ourselves for years and continue to use it to this day. If you’re curious about the details, our blog post on how to create a budget that actually works will give you the scoop!

On a personal level, my biggest goal this month is going to Mexico with my friends and not having to work while I’m there. A girl can dream, right? I mean, it would be nice if I didn’t have to work during my trip, but it’s also highly unlike that will happen. Most of the time, I get roped into doing something while I’m there!

At the end of the day, I’m so happy I am able to work and make money online, from the comfort of my home, or even on vacation if I must. Working hard on my own terms is much different than working hard for someone else, and I have learned to appreciate it over the years.

I might work occasional weekends or holidays, but I have the freedom to live life on my own terms.

This is my life and my career, and I own both the good and the bad. Fortunately, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Did you reach your income goals for June? What are your goals for July?

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  1. Congrats it is been aa great month and congrats for the book:D

  2. That’s seriously impressive for working less than half of the month! And congratulations on the book. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation in Mexico, Holly! You’ve earned it!

  3. Congrats on the book! Looking forward to it.

    A great month of income even with the vacationing! Our monthly expenses are very similar to yours, if we don’t count vacations. Have a great trip to Mexico!!!

  4. Yayy! Congrats on another high month and even more so on completing the first draft of your book. I’ll post my June income report tomorrow. I hit the $1,000 mark! And it looks like I’ll continue to make around that much if everything goes well. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  5. Hooray on the book draft! You guys introduced me to the concept of zero-sum budgets back when I was even too chicken to comment. I just lurked like a creep 😉 Your income reports are always crazy motivational. I’m so happy you continue to share them. Congrats!

  6. Nice work as always Holly & major congrats on the book – looking forward to checking it out. I hear ya on the working while on vacation. We’re usually doing it as well, but it’s worth it in the long run to have the freedom of working for yourself. We’re going on a short trip to Michigan next week and trying to fit something else in before we head out to San Diego in September.

  7. Yahhhzzzz! Nice work – I hope you get to fully unplug in Mexico. My 30th is at the start of August and my bf’s is at the end of July, the goal is to take a vacation WITHOUT working:)

  8. All in all still a great month! Thanks for the update. I hope you enjoy the vacation!

  9. Congrats on a great month and the progress on the book! I always enjoy these posts for the inspiration that they provide.

  10. Hey Holly, awesome job.

    It’s been great reading your words on Get Rich Slowly, The Simple Dollar etc, I always love reading your posts as they resonate with me. It’s inspiring to see how much you have grown in that time 🙂

    We have just started self-hosting our site and added ads onto it. We’ve already earned $2! Haha. Tiny compared to you, but it is a start which we will hopefully grow and grow from. Good luck for your next month. Website development is obviously worth it, as it improves your future earnings too (hopefully!). We’d love to get to earning a dollar a day ASAP.

    Congrats on the book 🙂


  11. Always intriguing to read about people building a site/business from the ground up!

    Thank you for sharing!

  12. Congrats on getting so much closer to publishing your book!

    My June was volatile, but I am on the right path.

  13. Hey good income, and it is sure to increase from here. As the bigger blogs keep getting more hits than the little guys. You worked 13 days only, that is impressive. How many daily hours on average to get that income?

  14. Oh wow congrats. Your income reports are amazing! You have some mad freelancing skills! I’m horrible at tracking my time when it comes to blogging full time and something I need to start doing. I know I’m working under 40 hours a week, but this is something I have got to start recording each day. It would really put things in perspective better. Awesome you have vacations planned 🙂

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