November Income – $2871.09

by Andy Hough on December 6, 2012

Here is a breakdown of my income for November.

Online Income






Cash Back


Mystery Shopping




Credit Card Bonus




My income was up slightly in November. My job income went up quite a bit due to it being a three paycheck month at my attorney job and my online income went down quite a bit resulting in a very small increase in overall income.

The amount of money I’m making from my jobs doesn’t seem like enough compared to how much I’m working.  When the online income was going good, I was making a lot more money from a lot less work.  I guess that couldn’t last forever.  Since I’m mostly sleeping at the part-time job, I can’t really complain about how little it pays.  I have taken some action that will increase my overall income and am looking for ways to increase it even more.

My sources of passive and alternative income didn’t add up to much, but every little bit helps. I got a nice bonus of $150 for signing up for a new cash back credit card. I got $34.04 from Mr. Rebates which was almost all from my referrals’ purchases. It is nice to have the residual income coming in without any more effort needed on my part.

I will likely have a significant decrease in income this month.  This is because I quit my attorney job so I could move to Kansas City.  I’ve already got a new job with higher pay at a local CPA firm.  It doesn’t start until January though, and it is only for the tax season.  For now, I am picking up extra shifts at my part-time job and might have a possible 1-2 week temporary job starting next week. Once I start working at the new job my income should be even higher than it has been the last couple of months.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 My Frugal Miser December 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Interesting maneuver. It is hard to stay motivated if you aren’t making much money but are spending so much commuting back and forth. Any idea what you will do after tax season?

2 John S @ Frugal Rules December 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Great work on the income! It never feels like what we make it enough for how much we’re doing, but it pays the bills I guess.

3 Mandy @MoneyMasterMom December 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thanks for putting your numbers out. I know a lot of bloggers that keep it close to the chest. Youèr e openess is refreshing.

4 Mandy @MoneyMasterMom December 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

blah, sorry about the è – My kids somehow changed my keyboard to french… SO ANNOYING, hopefully a reboot will reset it

5 Elizabeth @ Simple Finance December 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Which credit card gave you the $150 signing bonus? Does it have annual fees that’ll “take back” some of that? That’s far higher than cards I’ve heard about, which usually only offer around $50-$75.

6 Steve Irwin December 9, 2012 at 12:06 am

That is an interesting move to quit your attorney job and go to the CPA job. You do what you have to do when you need to make those decisions. Congratulations in finding a new job right away.

7 Andy Hough December 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I have some ideas but nothing definite. For now, I am just going to concentrate on saving money.

8 Andy Hough December 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

It does pay the bills. I’m working on finding work that is more rewarding.

9 Andy Hough December 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I like to see other blogger’s numbers as well.

10 Andy Hough December 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Mine was from Emigrant Direct. It might have been a targeted offer since I already had a savings account with them. There is no annual fee.

11 Andy Hough December 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I was happy to find another job so quick. The drawback is it won’t start for another month. I’ll do what I can to stay busy and make money in the meantime.

12 Blogging Banks December 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Sorry, but wasn’t the attorney job something that was a stepping stone for your career? The first job is tough, but the experience later on might pay big dividends?

I do not want to be harsh, and i do not have any of the information you used to make the decison, but on the outside this looks like not a very good decision.

13 Andy Hough December 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The job did give me some experience and now I know that I don’t want a job in a firm. If I do work as an attorney, it will most likely be as a solo practitioner.

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