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Alongside documenting my income streams, I’d like to also share my money-saving/money-making goals. Writing them down for all to see attracts a certain determination and accountability. I want to ensure I meet these goals as best as I can!
Above all, these goals need to have a SMART focus – especially when juggling them around everything else. Family, work, house, life, writing a novel (yes, I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year, too!). In order to be Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed, I’m keeping the total at a level I think is feasible.
I have a part-time job, but the hours aren’t guaranteed as it’s a casual contract based around hubby’s shift work. Some weeks attract more hours than others, so any additional income from that is more of a bonus. Therefore I’m focusing on a small goal of £150 this month, outside of part-time employment. It was £200, but on reflection I’m not sure that’s realistic, given that I’m having to carve out a couple of hours each day for some serious writing, too.
The money-saving/money-making breakdown
I’d like to think it’s do-able, and I’ve broken it down as follows:
- £100.00 Matched betting profit. I do matched betting through Profit Accumulator. So far, I’ve got £7.95 profit, and another £14.00 or so lined up (just waiting for the bets to settle). If I keep at this regularly throughout the month, I’m fairly confident I can reach this target.
- £25.00 Selling goods from inside the home. Our unwanted possessions can easily be another person’s treasure! I have some bits to list after clearing out my eldest’s bedroom, which I hope should go fairly quickly. Failing that, there’s always the toy box to empty, with Christmas coming up! Anything over can go towards our Christmas pot. We have a budget this year, and I won’t be using ANY credit to pay for it.
- £20.00 Task apps/Mystery shopping. I’ve already completed one mystery shopping job this month, so only need to do two more and I’ll be there.
- 5.00 Survey sites/apps. This was originally £10, but to be honest I don’t often get a lot of time to sit and do surveys, as I seem to be bouncing from one place to another, or one job to another, and unless I’m sitting on the sofa watching telly (rare!), it’s a difficult one for me to fit in. Especially as my latest novel is currently taking priority.
What are your money-saving/extra-income goals for November? And is it going towards debt repayment, or Christmas, or something else?
Please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!
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