It’s been a full year since I started tracking my alternative income. I look back on that post and remember how excited I was that I had made $17 that month. I was amazed that I had set up something that would essentially pay my phone bill. I closed out that first post with the words, “…this is going to be quite the journey.”
I had set a goal to reach the $350/mo. mark in alternative income in a year. My stretch goal was around $500 and I couldn’t fathom any more than that. I hadn’t counted on exactly how profitable advertisements on this blog would be. I thought that this blog would help me learn to expand my alternative income, but it actually became my biggest source by far. This month I finished with $1,165.28 in alternative income.
As part of this yearly update, I re-examined my necessary expenses. I have made good strides in this area in the last few months. I’ve paid off a great portion of my HELOC. My car expenses have gone down drastically as my job moved to a new office, less than 3 miles away from my home. My housing cost has gone down as I’ve been able to break even renting out my old condo in Boston. In the end, I need to make about $1450 a month to cover my expenses, leaving my alternative income around $283 short.