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Here’s a round up of how I made money in August…
Working at a supermarket – £562
This month I didn’t earn as much as I usually do at the supermarket but all my different income sources add up! It was also nice to have more time to myself this month, rather than devoting so much of my energy to the shop.
Renting out my spare room – £550
August was a difficult month when it came to being a live-in landlord. I’ve been having problems with my washing machine and it’s caused a lot of stress. If I lived alone, I don’t think I’d be as stressed as I am. I can take my washing to my parents’ house, my boyfriend’s house, and if they all get sick of me, the laundrette. But since I’m technically a landlord now, I’m not the only person inconvenienced by the lack of a reliable washer.
My mum has washed both mine and my lodger’s clothes a few times now but when I told my lodger that I’d be going on holiday for a week and wouldn’t be able to lug her clothes to and from my parents’ house, she made the inconvenience known by… demanding I pay for her to get her clothes dry cleaned (?!) rather than accepting my initial offer of paying for her to use the laundrette.
I’ve done everything I can to fix the problem from dropping £500 on a new washing machine only to be told a week later that it won’t arrive until November, to calling repair company after repair company to try and get someone to come and fix it. I’m just not having much luck.
I sometimes wonder if having a lodger is worth the aggro but then I think about how many more hours I’d have to put in at the shop if I was to live alone again. Both options suck but at least having a lodger gives me time to focus on growing Can’t Swing a Cat and other passions.
Can’t Swing a Cat – £484
Can’t Swing a Cat banked £484 this month, which I’m really pleased with. This consisted solely of affiliate/referral income rather than sponsored posts.
I should make even more money in September and October as I made plenty of referrals in August but won’t get paid for those until a later date.
I’ve decided that the easiest way to do these income reports is to calculate income as money received rather than work completed. So if, for example, I recommended a product to 10 people in August but I don’t receive the referral payments until October, I’ll include this in the October income report rather than August.
Matched betting – £128
I did a fair bit of matched betting this month and earned £128 from it. A lot of people assume you can’t make money matched betting when the football isn’t on but that’s not the case. Another benefit is that you can make a nice bit of tax-free income from the comfort of your sofa.
Profit Accumulator is my matched betting tool of choice. It guides me through the whole process, tells me exactly how much to bet and where, and saves me having to trawl the internet for offers or calculate how to make a profit.