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November & December 2017 – Extra Income Update

What a year 2017 was, and 2018 is starting off no different. I’ve decided to track my extra income every 2 months instead of monthly since the posts aren’t extremely eventful. Most of my income sources still don’t generate revenue on a regular basis. Plus, only 3 of them actually have to potential to really GENERATE revenue, these are my YouTube Channel, my Blog, and my Amazon Affiliate Links. The 2 others only return part of my spending to me in the form of Cash Back, through my MBNA Credit Card or Ebates.

With that said, let’s take a look at the last 2 months of 2017!

Cash Back:

  • November:
    • MBNA Rewards World Elite Mastercard: $100.00
    • $0.00
  • December:
    • MBNA Rewards World Elite Mastercard: $50.00
    • $0.00

MY CC has been putting out a pretty regular return. I’ve managed to get $343.00 in the 4 months that I’ve owned it, which is on track to roughly $1,000 yearly. Of course, this is bittersweet because the more I get, the more I spent… But I have to admit to being relatively disciplined recently, even with the Holiday season.

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As for the Ebates return, I’ve only received one check so far. The reason being that they only pay quarterly. My Cash Back balance has been increasing progressively though. So far, the next check will give me $16.89. I did change the way I do things now, my wife and I order more household items on Mostly things we don’t want to carry back from the store – either too large or heavy – and get it delivered right to our door for free. Things like shampoo, garbage bags, laundry detergent, paper towels, etc. That way, we can Triple Dip: Lower Amazon prices + Ebates + cash back from CC. Win win win. You can have a look at the different products I regularly order here.

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Social Media Income:

  • November:
    • Youtube (Adsense) Revenue: $186.67
    • Affiliate Links: $0.00
    • Blog (Adwords) Revenue: $0.00
  • December:
    • Youtube (Adsense) Revenue: $186.13
    • Affiliate Links: $0.00
    • Blog (Adwords) Revenue: $0.00

My Youtube revenue is once again steady as a rock. God, I really have to make the time for more videos. You know how it is, holidays, laziness, business, etc. I really think this is something I could push a little more and potentially see the revenue get closer to $300. This channel is only 1-year-old ans has only been generating a revenue since April. I did manage to see a nice $1,643.85 in revenue in 2017. Sweet!   Channel

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In terms of Affiliate Links, a very small amount of revenue was generate but I have yet to reach the threshold for another payment. Most likely a direct effect of my YouTube slacking. Ah well.

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The Blog is showing continued signs of financial life. It has generated about $2 a month in the past 2 months but obviously hasn’t been returned to me because it hasn’t reached payment threshold. (NOTE: Making money from this blog is not a goal of mine) It’s costing me more than I will probably ever make with it, and that’s fine. The primary goal for this blog was to monitor my progress and publicly document my strategies in order to be held accountable and stop being impulsive. The net effect has been of the sorts:

  • Impulsive thought:  Man I should sell everything and buy a Lithium Mine penny stock and try to double my $$ in a short amount of time.
  • Blog Effect: How the hell could I logically back this up and explain this to other people? What would the comments on a post like that look like? How could I justify this as a smart move?
  • Sane action: Better be reasonable and if I’m going to do this intelligently I’d better take a small portion of my investments to try it, while keeping the rest safely tucked away in my trusted stocks. See My Evil Master Plan.

My young brain still gets a little crazy/impatient sometimes. With the Blog, I can dodge some bullets. That’s the real revenue I get from it.


Before 2017, my only source of revenue was my job.

So many things have happened this year – I’ve become a Blogger, YouTuber and… Twitter-er? Tweeter? Twit? – setting the stage for a very interesting 2018!

Thanks so much for reading my posts and for being a part of this adventure. I love reading your posts as well guys, this community is extremely resourceful and inspiring. Together we can contribute to each of our successes and push ourselves to strive for a better financial situation!




Don’t forget to check out my latest Dividend UpdateYoutube Channel, Amazon Store and Twitter

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6 thoughts on “November & December 2017 – Extra Income Update Leave a comment

  1. Nice income from Youtube. Adsense on my blog earns me next to zero. I don’t treat cashback from my credit cards as source of income. I think of it as a discounted buy. The rest ebates, swagbucks etc are fair game. I am planning to add my side hustle income going forward. Have a feeling its going to be higher than my dividends LOL.

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