October Blog Income Update

Well guys, it’s time to report on my 3rd month of owning RDS and though I’m a little late with the post this month, I’m still holding true to my promise that I’ll report my earnings from this blog.

Again, you need to know that I didn’t have to “start from scratch” so that’s helped me to earn money from this blog from the get-go. I purchased this blog because it was already established, which makes it easier to monetize. I also leveraged Budget Blonde’s advertising network from the past few years which helped a lot.

So, without further ado:

Third Month’s Income:

Earnings:

Affiliate and Direct Advertising: $631.00

Expenses:

Help With the Blog: $412

Guest Posts: $60.00 (since the beginning of RDS, because I forgot to count them before)

As many of you know, I have help in the form of two virtual assistants here on RDS, and I also pay Grayson to regularly update the technical side of things. Combined, their services cost me $412.00 last month.

So, Earnings – Expenses =

Total Income: $159.00

Seeing this in print is somewhat disappointing, but I knew October was going to be slower as soon as it started. It started off REALLY slow, so much so that I thought I would be in the red for this month. But, it finally picked up a bit at the end. The good news is that some advertising income that I started working in October wasn’t finished until after November 1st, so we should have a good November!

Also, I got some important things accomplished which were very much worth the expense. One of my VAs added over 100 bloggers to the RDS twitter feed so that we can start promoting other sites. If I forgot to add you, please e-mail me and I’ll get her to add your site as well. We would also so appreciate a mutual tweet back if you noticed we added you this past week!

I also spent a good bit of time training Kayla to handle advertising for RDS in October as well as a few other important tasks. As always, she picked it up super fast and so now I’m calling her the official blog manager for this site. She is pretty much running it by herself with the occasional question answered from me or occasional post from me, and thus she has become invaluable to me.

If you want to grow as an online entrepreneur by adding new sites to your portfolio, a trustworthy blog manager is everything. One day I hope to implement some more of the ideas I have for this site, but for right now, just having it provide good content and support for those in debt is good enough for me. It’s a big expense to buy additional sites and have other people run them, but hey I made $159 dollars in October that I wouldn’t have had otherwise if I hadn’t made the investment in growing my online business. So, I’m calling it a win. :)

How did your side hustles go for October?

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Going Out to Eat: If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em!

I’m ready to admit it. I’m pretty much a terrible PF blogger.

Why?

I still pay for TV service.

I pay for a gym membership every month.

I pay someone to clean my house.

I like to eat out.

There I said it. I LIKE TO GO OUT TO EAT!

As much as I’ve talked about how to cook for one and how to save on groceries, I still like to eat out even though I’m in debt (and apparently I’m not the only one).

Now don’t get me wrong. I like to cook and eat at home most of time, plus it can really save you a lot of money and make your meals healthier. But I still eat out probably 2 times each week with friends or family. The reason you haven’t heard a lot about this is that I don’t really budget for it with my FT job’s income (which is the only income I use in my budget reports). I pay for my eating out with my PT job or side hustle income.

Even though I like to eat out (and do so regularly), I do try to keep it as frugal as possible without ruining the enjoyment of it. Here are a few things I do to help cut down on eating out costs:

Go Out for Lunch

I try to go out to lunch rather than dinner with my girlfriends as often as possible. Lunch is so much cheaper! At my favorite restaurant, the portions on the lunch and supper menu are the same but the lunch menu is about 25% cheaper. If we absolutely can’t go to lunch and end up out for supper, I usually try to order something they have on special, or I politely ask if I order off the lunch menu. Sometimes they say yes and sometimes they don’t, but it doesn’t hurt to try!

Split Meals or Take Home Leftovers

One really good place to eat in my hometown is a locally owned coffee shop that also serves different dishes for lunch everyday. It’s delicious, moderately priced, locally owned, and filled with homemade food. The best part about this place is the portion size – they are huge! Usually I split a meal with my friend or I take 1/2 of my lunch home and eat it for supper that night. Two meals for the price of one!

Skip the Drinks

Another way I cut down on the cost of eating out is to skip drinks with my meals. At my lunch dates I don’t get pop. I just order water, which is complimentary.

Skipping alcoholic drinks will save you even more money than skipping the soda, but sometimes I splurge on one alcoholic drink with my meal. If I decide to do this I order mind fully. For instance, the mexican restaurant’s margaritas are $8.50 while their daiquiris are only $4.25 so I always get the daiquiri if I decide to order any alcohol. Skipping alcohol with my meal isn’t usually a problem because my friends and I will often go home and have some wine or homemade daiquiris or margaritas instead! :)

Do you like to eat out? How do you make it cheaper?

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