Last week was a dry week with no income, but I knew I would be making money this week.  I just couldn’t have imagined that I would be making $1096.29 in one week!!!  All of that money is from freelance writing, virtual assistant work and advertising.  To be honest, I don’t expect another week like this in quite some time, but it is delightful to have a week like this!  I can’t wait to see what the rest of August brings!

How did my income spike?  I closed 3 advertising deals, and I have taken on additional jobs both as a freelance staff writer and a virtual assistant.  I am now so busy that my husband needs to give me time on the weekends to go away for a few hours to do the work I couldn’t finish during the week during nap time and after the kids are in bed.  This is good for my husband to spend more time with the kids, and it is good for our budget, but it takes some getting used to. 

I would love to say that the extra money I make this month will go straight on our debt, but unfortunately that is not the case.  Now that my husband is so close to finishing his degree, he has to begin doing the things in the academic world that will land him a full-time, tenure track position.  That means he is busy doing lab work and writing articles for publication and that he must attend and present at conferences to get his name out there.  The next conference he will attend is in Washington D.C. in September.  We are expecting this conference to cost us $1200 to $1500!  To do it without incurring extra debt is going to be tricky.  The hotel alone is very expensive, and the registration fee for the conference is $300.  After the Washington D.C. conference, he will attend a conference in Montreal, which will also cost a small fortune.  It is going to be very difficult to come up with the money for two conferences back to back, so all the extra money beyond our regular budget that I can make during this time  will be funneled towards this.

We now have $1096.29 saved for September expenses, which is an excellent start!

Check out my other updates from The Saved Quarter Challenge:

My Goals for The Saved Quarter Challenge

Update #1, saved $204.60

Update #2, saved $48 a month

Update #3, saved $14 & bartered more

Update #4, saved $50.67

Update #5, earned $163.11

Update #6, No Progress!

Update #7, Earned $85.87

Update #8, Another Off Week

Update #10, Earned $29

Update #11, Earned $10

Update #12, Earned $19.97

Update #13, Earned $269.10

Update #14, Earned $118.00

Update #15, An Off Week

Update #16, No Progress This Week

Update #17, Earned $220

Update #18, Earned $430

Update #19, Earned $41.25

Update #20, A Stagnant Week

Update #21, Earned $108.50

Update #22, Earned $253.76

Update #23, Earned $103.21

Update #24, Earned $273

Update#25, Earned $382.54

Update #26, Earned $319.47

Update #27, Earned $295

Update #28, Earned $75.25

Update #29, Earned $87.50, saved $16.05/month

Update #30, A Dry Week

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