It’s been a crazy week. I’m off the hook busy at my day job and it seems we something going on every night too. Dropping the kids off at soccer practice, Tee Ball practice, or girl scouts, a work dinner that meant I got home late, terrible traffic every day (can’t anyone drive???), and always things to do around the house.
Tonight is the Powder Puff Derby where the girl scouts race homemade cars (boys scouts call it the Pinewood Derby).
Last year was my first time building Pinewood Derby cars and I had no idea what I was doing. but we had beginner’s luck on our side and both of my daughter’s won first place in their age bracket! They even had a special runoff for just the two of them since they were sisters and had the two fastest cars in the competition.
Here are last year’s cars…the Ice Cream Sandwich Car and the Bling-Mobile.
Anyway, even though I’m busy I still had to find time to share the latest update to my Creative Income Challenge. You can read more about the details of the challenge here, but the idea is to find new ways to make money and increase our income and then put that money in a separate account at Capital One 360 until we have enough for a family adventure to Disney World!
I’m super-stoked by this month’s results as we managed to add $237.58 into the account in just one month!
Add that onto the previous balance and we’ve saved up a total of $330.31.
Here’s the breakdown for April:
Consignment Shop – My wife took some old clothes that no longer fit our kids and sold them to a consignment shop for $26.50. Even better, getting money for something we would have donated anyway inspired her to dig around for more clothes and she already has another consignment trip for May scheduled.
Company Rewards – At my day job, we’re able to award our fellow workers with points for a job well done if someone does you a favor or really goes above and beyond. I cashed in a bunch of those points for a $30 reward.
Coin Jar – Every day I come home and take any coins that are bouncing around in my pocket and drop them into a jar sitting on a shelf in my home office. I took them to the bank to use the coin machine expecting about $35 to $40 but was surprised to find I actually had double that! BAM! $80.98 added to the till.
Health Incentive – So my company offered a one-time incentive for employees to go through a physical and health screening. I earned a $100 reward just for doing something that I should be doing anyway! And this is exactly the kind of one-off income opportunities that would just get lost and spent if I wasn’t doing this challenge. But now income like this gets added to the pot!
Interest – Ten cents earned baby! It’s not much but I’ll take it!
Watching our account grow is real motivation to keep plugging along. How about you join the Creative Income Challenge and play along with me?
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