Since September of 2009, I made a goal to put $2500 into savings to be used for our honeymoon using as little of our own 9-5 paycheck money as possible. I am happy to report, just 22 days away from leaving on our honeymoon, that we have succeeded in doing this. We thought outside of the box, and pulled in extra income through freelance writing, rebates, carpooling, etc. All of the hard work of saving is over for us, we’ve got our passports, the airfare and hotels are all booked, so needless to say, we are ready to splurge and enjoy ourselves!
Before we tally everything up, let’s look at how we did with adding money to our savings goal in March:
- $15 Oil of Olay rebate
- $10 eHow earnings
- $100 Freelance income
- $250 Wedding Shower money
This brings the total to $2334.78, with $165.22 still needed and only a little more than half a month to do this in. Unfortunately, I was not able to make up a larger portion since the last post (what I had to sell was not worth as much as I had hoped, but I will be holding onto it for a future use!). Even though we have half a month to go, and will probably make up the $165.22 before then, I would like to do an overall summary now and close out this savings goal.
Below are the final tallies for each category:
- Freelance Writing Income: $760
- Bank Account Opening Bonuses: $421
- Wedding Shower Cash Gifts: $325
- Rebates: $222.49
- Our Paycheck Money: $200
- Sold Stuff Craigslist: $141.29
- Carpooling: $104
- Research Study: $75
- eHow Income: $54
- SendEarnings Surveys: $27
- Miscellaneous: $5
I hope this serves as an example that while it may seem that putting small denominations of money into savings here or there, and getting a few rebates does not add up, if you give all of your miscellaneous money a purpose, then you can save up for something very large, and very tangible in your life. For us, it’s off to Austria!