So I've started the side hustle. Basically, I can complain as long as I want, but it's not going to change anything [uh, unless I win the lottery. But I can't even afford the ticket. [Boyfriend is still doing freelance, but it's unpredictable and slow at the moment. And he's looking for a full time job]. I've been taking on freelance work. I just finished a 1000 dollar contract. I've been selling stuff on ebay, half.com and craigslist. So far, I've made a few hundred dollars from that over just a couple weeks. And for practically NO effort! And for stuff I've been wanting to just get rid of for a really long time now. I've got another 50 dollars coming my way from craigslist tonight. Sweet! All in all, our emergency fund has grown significantly in the past month or two, and is now at 4500. Which is awesome. Nearly a third of our goal!
So my ambitious goal is to have the thing at 10k by the end of the year. [This of course, assumes that Japan won't happen. If it does, this will have to be revised]. Which will definitely take some effort, since I'm nearly +1k short of anticipated monies.
+ 1500 (freelance work)
+ 1450 (freelance work)
+ 1000 (Christmas bonus)
+ 100 (savings contributions from regular budget)
Which leaves us with 8850. Hopefully, I'll have a lot more sales of my stuff. Which will increase that number quite a bit. I also have that other freelance contract (but I can't count on that, because it may take several months to start… I have to finish the first half of it first, which is what I'm doing now.) This also discounts any freelance monies from BF, since that is so unpredictable.
So I'm going to really hustle. How great would it be to start the new year flush with 10 grand in my pocket? It'll definitely make our 15k+ goal achievable next year. Which takes my stress level down about 15,000 notches.