Side Hustle Flops

Side HustleWhat’s going on everyone? I hope things are going well for you right now. If you’ve been reading my site for awhile, you know that I’m a fan of side hustles and looking for ways to make extra money. A lot of bloggers discuss only their successes. I like to tell you about my wins and losses. In previous posts, I’ve talked about selling stuff whether it’s been online or in person. Today, I want to share with you some of my side hustle flops.

T-Shirt Designs

I’ve been selling t-shirts on and off since 2009.  I’ve sold them on FB and on the streets of Savannah, GA during St. Patty’s Day weekend. I’ve done pretty well with my St. Patty’s Day design over the years. Not every design has been a hit, though. The “I love Decatur” and “GA Peach” shirts were great ideas in my opinion, but for some reason they never took off. Before I made the shirts people said they liked the designs. The funny thing is when I printed the shirts and started selling them all I heard was crickets. I took losses on both of them designs. I still like the ideas of the shirts, but I’ve come to the point where I know that they probably won’t sell. I will eventually donate them to one of my local thrift stores.

Affiliate Site

I had an affiliate site for a year. I won’t disclose all of the details, but I will just say it was in the beauty market (don’t ask). The site failed to generate any money except for a couple of Google AdSense dollars. I’m not mad because I only spent $12 for the website. I went wrong because I didn’t research enough about the product that I was selling. I thought I could ask a few people some questions and put up links based on their answers work like that.

The next affiliate site that I will create will probably happen next year. I’m going to choose products that I know more about. I’m also going to outsource most of the articles as well. I’ve learned so much about affiliate marketing since I started that site. You can make some decent, nearly passive income if you know what you’re doing.

Noni Juice

In my Things I’ve Sold for Money post, I told y’all that I used to sell noni juice. I tried this side hustle out for a few months. I can’t remember, but I probably only sold eight bottles of the juice. The noni juice company was a damn pyramid scheme. Unless you know people who will buy the juice religiously you won’t make any real money. My only check from that company was for $18 bucks. What could I do with that? Nothing really, so I stopped wasting my time with noni juice.

Those are my three side hustle flops. Have you ever had any side hustles that just didn’t go as planned? How did you react to them? Feel free to comment with your answer below.




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May 2016 Debt Update

May 2016What’s going on everyone? Memorial Day Weekend is here. Before you go out of town or start partying, I want to share with you my May 2016 debt update.

My debt went from $68,887.38 to $68,342.92. That was a decrease of $544.46. That is the most that the debt has gone down in one month. I received a $250 boost from winning the LendEDU student loan payment contest that I briefly discussed in my April update. Let’s check out the current numbers in detail.

Loan 2 – Down from $5860 to $5850

Wells Fargo – Down from $519.11 to $99.35

Bank of America CC – Down from $920 to $980.14

Chase – Down from $1935 to $1910

Navient – Down from $24,777.24 to $24,700.53

Nelnet – Down from $34,875.25 to $34,874.90

I need to see results like this every month. As the side hustles continue to grow I know it will happen. I’ve seen several bloggers have their debt decrease by thousands every month. My time is coming. I love the fact that the Wells Fargo loan is under $100 now. It will be gone forever by June 3rd. Once that is gone Bank of America is up next!

Previous Debt Updates

January 2015 Debt Update (The 1st one)

February 2016 Debt Update

March 2016 Debt Update

April 2016 Debt Update

If you’re paying off debt, how is it going? Did you have a good May?




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May Round Up

May round upHello. Today’s round up features 6 posts that I found interesting this month. Check them out when you get the chance.

Saundra from The Simple Dollar tells us about The Best Cheap Home Insurance.

David from Young Adult Money gives us 50+ Legitimate Ways to Make Extra Money at Home.

Jen from the Frugal Millenial has a great post the I a lot of us can relate to. No, I Don’t Want to Join Your Pyramid Scheme.

Hank from Money Q & A tells us How to See Sporting Events and Concerts for Free.

Chonce from My Debt Epiphany has a guest post that shows us How to Coupon Casually and Effectively.

Michelle from The Shop My Closet Project has a wonderful post titled Mental Health, Self-Sabotage, and My Money.

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Where I’ve Been, Where I Am, Where I Want to Go

whereI saw this topic in a post on J Money’s site Budgets Are Sexy. It’s a post topic that he’s had in his drafts for a couple of years now. I saw it and immediately knew that it would be an excellent post for the TBJ (The Butler Journal). I can the questions where I’ve been, where I am and where I want to go in six words: Miami Beach, Miami Beach & Miami Beach. I’m not in Miami Beach right now, but you catch my drift. Those three questions caused me to sit down and think about each of them carefully. Here are some of my thoughts about them.

Where I’ve Been

I’ve been a lot of places. I’ve been that smart dude that delayed and did things last minute. I’ve been that person that let situations hold me back. I’ve been that person who tried to look for easy ways out. I’ve been that idiot that thought certain things (getting a $50,000 instantly out of college) were supposed to happen because I did things the “right” way. I’ve been the person scared to speak up. I’ve been that person who ducked and dodged Sallie Mae….for years. I’ve been the bigger man far too many times. Last but least, I’ve been the Blue Juice KING. (Fraternity related).

Where I Am

I am in an interesting and unfamiliar place right now. I am meeting new and exciting people. I am happy for being in several positive Facebook groups that keep me motivated. There was a time where I thought the majority of FB groups were ratchet and full of bs. I was wrong. I am also a blogger who is paying off his debts. I’m amazed at what my site has turned into in 3 years. I also like seeing the debt snowball work each month. I am growing as a person. I thank God for that. Some of the things that interested me three years ago don’t do it for me these days. I am patient. I don’t have all the answers. I’m not perfect, and I still make mistakes. I learn from them and move on. I am enjoying where my life is going right now. I have a fun summer planned, and I won’t have to use credit cards to pay for it. A couple of years ago that wouldn’t have been able to happen.

Where I Want to Go

I want to go to another level. For that to happen, I will need to continue the grind. I will also continue to look for more ways to pay off debt. I want to go to new places.  The world is huge. I want to experience more of it. Last, but not least I want to be debt free and happy. I know that it will happen. At 32, I’m probably the most focused that I’ve been in my adult life. The funny thing is that I feel like I’m only getting better.

Let me ask you the three questions:

Where have you been?

Where are you?

Where do you want to go?

I’d love for you to share your answers in the comment section.



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Saving Money With Groupon

groupon12This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Can you believe it? May is nearly finished. With Memorial Day Weekend comes the unofficial beginning of summer. Summer is a great time to travel. The weather is great. If you have kids, they will be out of school. I’m sure they will be looking forward to going out of town

The price of traveling can vary each month. You may or may not know it, but you can save money with travel using Groupon. Groupon Coupons have a lot of travel deals out there for people that are looking for a getaway.

Some of the companies that have travel deals are:

Expedia

Hotwire

Marriot

Hotels.com

Travelocity

Vegas.com

There are literally a couple of thousand of deals to look through. A few of the deals I found included the following

  • 60% off hot rate Hotels
  • $50 daily credit
  • $20 – $100 rebate

If you are trying to save money while traveling this summer, I’d suggest checking out Groupon Coupons. I’m sure that you find a deal that you and your family can use. You can also give a friend a Coupon for a gift. I’m sure they will enjoy it a lot. I’ve purchased a few Groupons as gifts before. I didn’t have any complaints.

Have you ever purchased a Groupon Coupon?

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10 Gifts For Dad #FathersDay

Fathers DayHappy Friday everyone! June will be here before you know it. As many of you know, Father’s Day is in mid-June. It is never too early to grab a gift for your dad. Last year I wrote a post about Father’s Day gift ideas for lazy people. Everyone doesn’t want to or have the time to be searching hours for gifts. In today’s post, I will be featuring ten gifts that happen to be t-shirts that your father should like. They are all affordable and pretty nice.

The biggest movie of the year came out a few weeks ago. Captain America: Civil War has made millions of dollars in the short time that it’s been out. If you saw the movie, you know that The Black Panther stole the show. If your dad is a fan, you should consider this Black Panther shirt.

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If your dad is #TeamIronman, this shirt idea may be too his liking.

Ironman

If he’s #TeamCaptainAmerica, he will enjoy this one.

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Many people think their dad is the greatest ever. If you’re one of those folks, you can show him love with this design.

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If you’re looing for something nice and simple this Father’s Day shirt will suit him perfectly.

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Here’s another design for your dad if you think he’s the greatest.

Fathersred

Does your dad have a sense of humor? Does he have any daughters? This shirt will make him laugh out loud when he sees it.

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If your dad is your hero, let him know with this great design.

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Is your dad a fan of Superman? Do you think he’s a Superdad? Let him and the world know by getting him this dope design.

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Does your dad work out a lot? Is he always at the gym? If so, this Beast Mode shirt will be perfect for him.

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Those were 10 shirts that I’m sure your Father would like. They are easy gift ideas if you are having a hard time finding something.

Which one of these shirts would buy your dad? Did you purchase your Father’s Day gift yet?

This post contains affiliate links. Feel free to view my disclosure here.
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My Priceline Review

Priceline*This article was originally posted in 2013. It has been updated with more in-depth information about Priceline. 

One of my favorite travel sites is Priceline. Priceline is a website that helps users purchase hotels, airfare & rental cars at a discount price. Over the years, I’ve saved a decent amount of money by booking through this site.

Flights

When selecting a flight you have two options for booking. With the first choice, you can view the airline carrier and the flight times. By booking this way you will know the carrier and the exact time of your trip before you book it. The more attractive the destination, the more flights that you will see going to and from the location. Most of the major airlines advertise their fares on Priceline. One major airline, Southwest doesn’t do that for some reason. If you like to fly with them, you must check their site for prices.

If you want to roll the dice, you can use a feature on Priceline called Name Your Own Price (NYOP). The NYOP feature is cool. You can put bids in for flights, hotels, or rental cars. If a company accepts your bid, you are charged that price. I have seen bids that were 30 – 40% cheaper than the listed rates. I actually saved $54 on a flight from Atlanta – Chicago by naming my own price. The only thing with the NYOP deal is that you don’t know the carrier or flight times until after you have made your purchase. That could be a problem for some travelers if they have to be at their destination at a particular time. If you don’t have to be somewhere at a given time I would seriously look into using the NYOP service.

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Screenshot of how the Name Your Own Price page looks.

 

Hotels

When booking a hotel on Priceline, you have the same three options. You can book your hotel room by seeing which hotel brand has the best available price. You can also use the NYOP option. The third option is called Express Deals. Express Deals give you a discount price. The name of the hotel is hidden until you book it. They do list the star rating and the amenities. If you are trying to get a deal, this is the way to go. I used an Express Deal when I went to Charlotte last year for Fincon. I stayed at the Aloft hotel which is located near the Epicentre. I saved 25% by purchasing that deal.

Rental Cars

Booking a rental car is similar to booking a flight. You can book your vehicle by choosing your company and price, or you can book it using the NYOP feature. When you book it that way, you don’t know that rental company until you have a successful bid. I’ve been able to book cars for $13 a day using the feature. You have to try it.

Priceline also sells different types of vacation packages. I’ve yet to book one yet, but I’ve seen great deals on Walt Disney World, Cancun and Las Vegas on the site. One of these days I will book one through them.

Have any of you used Priceline before? Have you ever scored a deal by using the Name Your Price Feature?

This post contains affiliate links. Feel free to view my disclosure here.


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