September Investment Income- $32.01

My September investment income dropped to $32.01 from $34.87 the month before due to decline in the stock market at the end of the month.  This is the first time my investment income has dropped since I began tracking it and I hope it is the last. That makes my potential early retirement a little farther away.

I’ll be almost maxing out my Roth IRA this month.  That combined with my mutual fund hopefully at least partially rebounding should bring my monthly investment income back up to where it used to be.  I’m not going to be able to fund my Roth IRA for the $5,000 allowable amount because I haven’t had $5,000 in employment income this year.  I’ve only had a little less than $3,000 in income.  I waiting to fund my Roth with the full amount of my employment income though because I’m thinking my former job might force me to cash out my 401k.

I suppose I could set up a Solo 401k or SEP IRA to put some of my business income in retirement savings.  I don’t plan on doing that because I don’t have much more money to put in retirement savings this year.  I’ll probably do a post sometime weighing the pros and cons of opening a Solo 401k or SEP IRA or neither sometime soon.

September Expenses- $756.50

Here is a breakdown of my expenses for September.











Student Loan Debt/Education




I was quite happy with how low my expenses were last month.  I was lucky in that none of my irregular expenses were due and no unusual expenses popped up.  I won’t be able to repeat such a low amount this month because my $200 quarterly health insurance payment is due.  Most other expenses should remain roughly the same.  This is the first month I won’t be paying rent on my own apartment but rather contributing a similar amount to my GF as my contribution towards our household expenses.  This shouldn’t make much difference in my finances but we’ll see what happens.

September Income- $887.81

Here is a breakdown of my income for September.

Online Income $657.02
Bonuses $210
Interest $11.25
Surveys/Ebay/Cashback $9.54
Total $887.81

My income was decent considering I didn’t have any job related income. I won’t likely be able to repeat the amount of online income this month though. My income was higher than my expenses for September but it still needs to be higher for me to continue not having a job.

August Income- $1389.60

Here is a breakdown of my income for August.



Online Income


Bank/Referral Bonuses




Surveys/Selling Stuff




My income was decent considering I only worked for about half the month.  M y online income should be up significantly next month.  I use the cash method of accounting, I had a good amount of affiliate sales in August that won’t be counted until I receive them this month.  It will be difficult to make up the $864 in job income though.  I’m working on some ways to increase my online income but it will probably be a couple months before I see any results.