I took a look back at my October goals and was pleasantly surprised. I’m normally really good at setting goals, but actually meeting them is a whole different story. So, let’s recap our income from last month…
John’s September Income: $435
Sarah’s September Income: $1450
Keep in mind we had just moved and John was technically unemployed as he was getting his business underway. October was his first full month being self-employed. Here’s what happened…
Before we get into our income for the month, let’s take a look at my other goals…
Get more organized with couponing – fail
Didn’t happen. In fact, I did no couponing for the month. I’m kind of taking the mindset that other PF bloggers have that if your time is better spent elsewhere, it’s not always worth it to save a buck here and there. I’ll probably still coupon a little bit, but I don’t plan on getting crazy into it like I was before.
Set up IRAs – half-check
We both had IRAs from our previous jobs that needed to be rolled over. We got John’s completed, but not mine. I have to change my last name before I can do this, which requires sending in my marriage certificate and I just didn’t make that a priority this month.
Get Synchrony savings account finalized – check
You can read about our online savings account here.
Wake up earlier – fail
If I had a lot of work to do for the day, I woke up earlier. Ideally, I will wake up early regardless of how much work I have…so this is still a work in progress.
Research more on investing – check
We set up two mutual fund accounts and purchased two individual stocks…more to come on that!
Read one actual book – check
Go to Asheville, NC / Blue Ridge Parkway – check
We went up to Asheville for the day two weeks ago. It was a blast – beautiful weather, breathtaking scenery, incredible food and two well-behaved kids. What more could you ask for?!
My goal was to make $1700 and John’s goal was to make $3000. Well, I am happy to say that John majorly surpassed his goal…
John’s October income: $4,473
Woo-hoo!! Super proud of my hubby! He beat his goal by $1,473 and keep in mind this is just his first month working for himself. We have big dreams for him in the future!! John owns and operates his own handyman and painting company. If you want to read more about how he got started, click here!
Sarah’s October income: $1,805
I surpassed my goal by $105 which I’m happy about. (I did actually make more but am waiting on a payment…please see my question below!) I do have bad news on the work front, though. My main editing job is no longer in existence and my last day will be in the middle of November. I made a good chunk of money each month from that so I am sad to see it go. The one upside is that I’ll have a LOT more time to work on my blog and pursue more personal finance writing opportunities. I’m going to take it slow, though, as I do want a little bit more downtime to hang out with my girls and enjoy the holidays.
Keep in mind that all of my income is from freelancing and not from my blog. One day, I do hope to make money off of my blog and when I do, I will separate the categories so you can see for yourself just how possible it is to make a living from home!
Total October income: $6,278
Overall, I would say we had a great month. We both exceeded our income goals, we had a lot of family time, we went to Asheville, we invested some of our money in mutual funds and stocks, and we saved money! Stay tuned for our November goals!
How did your month of October look? Did you meet accomplish any goals you set? And for those who blog about income, do you share what you made for the month or what you collected? I’m having trouble deciding what I should do. Thanks!!