Money Matters: A Recap of Our 2010 Finances

I’ve decided to join Carrie and post a re-cap of what happened in my household for January and February. I don’t think people realize how the little savings here and there can accumulate. Below you will get an idea of how beneficial every tiny effort can be for your family.

For those of you who are bloggers and are interested in monetizing your blog or making money taking surveys, I have listed my affiliates and survey sites along with what I earned so far in 2010.

January & February Savings

Sale Shopping $2,032.26 $1,143 (Totals were paid for with SwagBucks gift cards)
Nine $80.01
Belk’s Clearance $265.78
The Limited $44.04
Tulle $445.07
Walmart 75% Off Sales $54.36

Free Items $1,679.09

Disney Tickets (FREE) value $1512
Block Buster & Red Box Rentals $21
Free Magazine Subscriptions $55.82
Walgreens Collage $7.98
50 Shutterfly photos $12.50
Free Magazine Subscriptions $55.82
Hot Prints photo book $13.97

January & February Grocery Savings $1967.85

Rebate Shopping Sites $106.97

Bing $100
Shop at Home $1.48
Ebates $3.50
Upromise $1.99

Total January & February Savings – $5786.17

January & February Earnings

Grand Total January & February Earnings – $1,512.16

Linkshare Affiliate Network

Logical Media Affiliate Network ($25 Sign on Bonus)

Ready Site Affiliate Network ($25 Sign on Bonus)

Pine Cone Research

My Survey

Survey Spot

Opinion Outpost

My Savings Affiliate Network

Escalate Media Affiliate Network

Shop at Home ($5 when you sign up & make first purchase)

Ipsos/I say Online Panel

Panthera Affiliate Network

Bank Bonuses



Total Overall Impact to my Family – $7,298.33

Our families biggest financial milestone this year is that we have paid off all of our consumer and revolving debt this month. We’ve also fully funded our Baby Emergency Fund (for the millionth time).


  1. Monica says

    Thank you for sharing the savings and the possibilities of making money by blogging & affiliate marketing. Please share more! Great info!


  2. Melanie says

    This is awesome! Way to go! I’ve been considering doing a blog with affiliates, but wondered if it was worth it money-wise. Your savings are earnings are fantastic!


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