April 20, 2015

Happy Monday everyone!

Can I tell you why I’m super jazzed? April has been the best month for my income in my whole life. I was waiting on a lot of payments and they all seemed to come in April.

So I far surpassed my old salary, and even went far over what I made with my full-time job and side hustling. Man does it feel good. I’ve been working my tail off wondering if it was all worth it. Yes, money isn’t everything, but considering how hard/much I’ve been working, it was nice to see this financial validation.

What does this mean? You’ll see some exciting debt repayment updates soon! Woo hoo.

I wanted to keep it short and sweet today as I’m currently drowning in work trying to get ahead, so I can actually take time off next week when I go to Spain. Ahhhh! I feel so unprepared. Like, not even excited about it yet, because I have so much work to do until I get there that my heart skips a beat just thinking about it.

Anyway, because I’m so happy about making extra money, I wanted to share some of my favorite articles on making money:

29 Smart Ways to Make Money on the Side in 2015 via The Penny Hoarder

50+ Ways To Make Money Fast By Side Hustling via The College Investor

How To Make Extra Money With A Side Hustle (That Pays Up to $50/hour) via Student Loan Hero, by yours truly 🙂

Also, just for fun, if you really need some laughs this Monday morning, listen to this hilarious podcast with my girls. Apparently, I’ve missed my calling as a phone sex operator. New side hustle? Haha. If you are really strapped for time, start listening at minute 42.

Now, go make that money!


Melanie is a freelance writer currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about education, financial literacy, and empowering people to take control of their finances. She writes about breaking up with debt, freelancing, and side hustle adventures at DearDebt.com.

Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. In addition to her love of personal finance, art and music, she is also a karaoke master. Follow the adventure @DearDebtBlog.

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20 responses to “Make That Money”

  1. Kirsten says:

    That’s so exciting, Melanie! Happy for you 🙂
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  2. Michelle says:

    Love it! Can’t wait to read the update. Make sure to schedule in some “Melanie time”
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  3. Congrats on the income! I hope to be to that point one day in my freelancing career. 🙂
    Robin @ The Thrifty Peach recently posted…Granny Chic Thrift- Learn How to SewMy Profile

  4. It’s so funny how busy we can be right before a vacation. I felt that way too…like I couldn’t quite get fully excited! I hope you do take time off there and enjoy yourself, and congrats on the loads of money this month!
    Tonya@Budget and the Beach recently posted…Listening to Life’s WhispersMy Profile

  5. Yay!!!!!!! I am SO proud of you!!!! It’s tough when you decide to go out on your own but if you work hard at it consistently, it will eventually pay off and you work your butt off so I am glad that it is paying off for you!!
    Shannon @ Financially Blonde recently posted…Music Mondays – SexyBackMy Profile

  6. Yay! That is always a great feeling. My last two months of freelance income have been great and it really helps me feel good about all the work I’ve been doing.
    Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore recently posted…Financially Savvy Saturdays Eighty Sixth EditionMy Profile

  7. Chonce says:

    Congrats on the amazing income month Melanie! Keep it up! I bet you’re super excited about Spain and you’ve got the right idea by working ahead to enjoy your trip.
    Chonce recently posted…Money Smart Week: How to Not Go Broke When Paying Off Your DebtMy Profile

  8. Kara says:

    Congrats, Melanie! So exciting!!!!
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  9. How wonderful that you’ve had your best month yet! Let it be a sign that you should NOT do the phone sex thing. Keep your socks on, Melanie! No man worth his salt needs to know about your ingrown toenail! You don’t need to compromise yourself by going down that path : )
    As for Spain, buen viaje!
    Prudence Debtfree recently posted…A Debtor’s Dilemma: “Enjoying” vs. “Tripping On” PurchasesMy Profile

  10. Paul says:

    Way to go! I see all that hard work paying off! Keep it up and you’ll be debt free and Stress Free!
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