I take this responsibility very seriously; I watch my income and expenses like a hawk and get busy if I even suspect that there is going to be a dip in my income.
One of the most important things I do to ensure my success is to keep my bills as low as possible. I rent a small house on the cheap side of a small town, own an older paid-for van and make things do double or triple duty whenever I can.
To make things simple I have set a hard limit on my expenses of $500 a month. This breaks down to $16.67 a day.
While it doesn’t seem like a lot, $16.67 a day is enough to pay all of my bills and give me money to spare. Of course, any money I earn over this amount is saved or used to provide us with the little extras that make life more comfortable, but that’s another story!
It isn’t hard to earn $16.67 a day in a pinch. One can mow lawns, clean houses, do odd jobs or pick up cans alongside the road to make this small amount of cash.
Even better, you can go online and make that much easy enough too!
For instance, when I realized that my book royalties were not going to be enough to suit my comfort zone for this winter’s increased expenses (I’ve some repairs to do on my van, among other things), I took to Bubbling again to pick up the slack. To my delight, I’ve not only managed to supplement my income there, I’m on my way to being able to cover the full amount!
I wouldn’t be able to live this life if I had a lot of expenses so keeping the bills as low as they can go gives me the freedom to live life on MY terms. Instead of slaving away at some boring job or selling my soul to a man I don’t love I can hold my head up high and keep walking – I get to make my OWN path in this crazy world!
How much money do you need to make every day to survive? Please share your stories in the comments below.