Money Diet November: All Tallied Up

Money-Diet

Money Diet = Frugal Living Awesome I’m a huge fan of having periodic money diets in order to kick my savings into high-gear. This particular one was motivated by my upcoming move to Canada, which certainly ain’t gonna be cheap. Nothing says “frugal living” than posting all your spending online in a Facebook group with other people, and then also doing a post about it on here. Money Diet March: Some Previous Results Here are…

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Frugal Living: Eat Vegan

I’m all about frugal living, which I’m sure you know if you’ve been reading this blog for the past year. And, now that I’ve decided to move back to the ridiculously expensive mother-land (Canada) in a year from now, I’ve jumped back on that bandwagon with even more motivation. One of the ways that I live frugally is by eating vegan, a lot-probably 80% of my meals contain no animal products whatsoever. I will eat…

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Money Diet Challenge: Top 5 Tips

And so it Begins The money diet is starting tomorrow and although it’s been a few years since I’ve gone on a diet, I’m super excited for this challenge. In years gone by, I’ve totally kicked butt at money diet challenges and don’t think I’ve ever lost one. Here are my secrets and even though they’re secrets I’m going to share with you because I want to help my readers be as awesome as they…

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Delicious Salad for your next Christmas potluck party

It’s that time of year when parties are in full swing and many of them involve potlucks of some kind. Most people bring heavy, meat and dairy filled items or sugary deliciousness dessert items but neither of these things are really my style and I never cook them for myself at home. Although I do indulge in them every once in a while, I prefer them more as a side-dish instead of the main event…

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November 2014 Passive Income Report

November 2014 Passive Income came in at $288.14. For the breakdown and comparison to the previous few months, check out: Passive Income Report The bulk of my income came from dividend paying stocks and Hubpages (formerly Squidoo), as usual but a nice addition was $42.68 in sales from my my new Ebook, How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams. Compared to previous years: Nov. 2013: 268.98…

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Passive Income Report October 2014

October 2014 wasn’t a great month for me in terms of passive income with a total of $253.44. Check out my October 2014 passive income report. Iherb and Amazon were pretty disappointing partly due to Iherb not offering any free shipping to South Korea and traditionally dividends are not plentiful in November. Compared to previous Years: 2013: $268 2012: $296 2011: $352 2010: $28 Onwards and upwards! My Ebook should be coming out in the…

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How to Write an Ebook: choosing a topic

This past week, I haven’t had classes at my day-job due to midterm exams, so I’ve been busy working on my first Ebook. I’ve wanted to write one for a while because I think diversity is the key in trying to live off passive income. I really have no idea whether affiliate marketing on Amazon or Iherb will be successful in the future, whether Hubpages will shut down, or whether there will a huge crash…

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Frugal Pot-Lucking

I’m pretty convinced that homemade hummus is always one of the most popular items you can bring to a potluck party. It’s delicious, goes well with a million and one dipping items and is reasonably healthy. No matter how much I seem to bring, it’s always gone by the end of the night no matter how much or what kind of other food is there. And, perhaps even best of all, it’s REALLY cheap to…

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Frugal (and Healthy) Living…Snacks and Meals at Work

This semester, I have breaks between all my classes which means that I end up spending a lot of time in my office and eating 6-7 meals at work. I most definitely do not want to eat out for all those meals, for health reasons as well as it goes against everything frugal living. Plus, I get a fabulous box of organic vegetables delivered to my door each week, so I can’t let them go…

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Frugal Living: Don’t get Sick

Getting sick costs money. Even if you get paid sick days at work, employers won’t look favorably upon someone who is often not there and you probably won’t exactly be next in line for that big raise or promotion. And it also costs money to go to the doctor, for over-the-counter medication and it’s very easy to give in to impulse buys when you’re feeling weak and not like your normal self. So, the moral…

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August 2014 Passive Income Report

August 2014 was a pretty slow month in terms of passive income, totaling $216.46. But, I added up the total, year to date and it’s around $2500. Not bad for the very little amount of time and energy I put into it. You can see my passive income report here. Something I am happy about is Iherb, which I am getting an increasing amount of money from each month. Something that seems to be working…

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July 2014 Passive Income Report

This month wasn’t great in terms of passive income, coming in with a total of $219.09, but I didn’t exactly put a lot of effort into maintaining my current sites or building new ones due to how busy I was at the day job, which is always a frustration. Plus, I was on vacation in Malaysia for a large part of it. Check out the specifics of my July 2014 Passive Income Report here. Comparing…

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The hidden cost of what we eat

The things that we buy in a store have a price, but this isn’t actually their real cost. The real costs of things are often hidden and perhaps not apparent until days, weeks or even years later. For example, a t-shirt might be only $5, but if you indulge in sales similar to this too often, soon you’ll have way too many clothes and need a bigger house to store all your things, which will…

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May 2014 Passive Income Report

This month, I earned $310.41 in passive income. Everything was pretty normal except for my Iherb earnings, which increased significantly to $24.99, mostly due to their free shipping special for most of May. Anytime I can earn over $300 for very little effort on my part is good news! Here’s how May 2014 compared to previous years. May 2013: $386.06 May 2012: $380.02 May 2011: $243.11 May 2010: $49.22

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Busy at the day job

These days, final exams are looming and I have a lot of grading and other stuff to do at the day job, so I’ve been neglecting my blogs and Squidoo and the social media that is so important to making it online. It’s frustrating. Enough so that I’m seriously considering limiting the amount of overtime that I do each week. My day job consists of 9 teaching hours, which requires an average of around 5-10…

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Frugal Living: Organic Vegetables and other things

At first glance, it wouldn’t appear that eating organic is cheaper or more frugal than just eating regular food from the supermarket. Organic food on average is maybe 1.5-2x more expensive than the regular stuff, and can be even more for certain things. So how could I possibly call eating organic living frugally? By taking a medium to long-term view of things. The healthier I eat and the less chemicals I put into my body,…

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Passive Income Report: April 2014

My passive income for the month of April 2014 was $274.64. You can see the breakdown of that in this Passive Income Report, as well as compared to previous months. Here is the data from previous Aprils: April 2010: 5.29 April 2011: 214.34 April 2012: 328.1 April 2013: 251.97 Overall, this month was a bit lower than other years due to decreased dividends. This year, March was a huge month for dividends, so it was…

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New Online Venture: Home Cooking in Korea

One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. I’ve talked about it before on this blog how cooking is an essential part of living a frugal lifestyle so this new blog I’ve started goes along with the frugal living theme quite well. Basically, I take pictures of what I cook at home, give a basic introduction of the dish, where I got all the ingredients and then a basic description of how to cook it, along…

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Affiliate Feature: Agoda

The other day, I was booking a room for my upcoming trip to Seoul and I was using the site that I always use: Agoda. I’m a very dedicated Agoda user for various reasons and would be happy promoting them, and I thought to myself, “I wonder if they have an Affiliate Program?”  As it turns out, they sure do and it’s quite generous.  Unfortunately, my application got rejected, probably because I don’t have a website…

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Friends on a Budget: is it Possible?

Building Passive Income: 2 Main Factors 1. Living frugally so that you have more money to invest in things like dividend paying stocks. 2. Putting the time in to develop the passive income streams through building websites, books, Iherb, Amazon, etc. Going Out in South Korea Usually Involves Drinking Living in South Korea as an expat (I’m originally from Canada), one of the things that frustrates me is that “going out” usually involves hitting up…

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Passive Income Report: March 2014

For my February report, please see this post. But, onwards to March.  You can see all the details here, but the total minus interest paid to my broker was $466.44 US.  The large majority of it was in Dividends, and a big portion of that was NPK (National Presto Industries), which paid a special dividend of over $100. Compared to previous years: March 2013: 251.97 March 2012: 455.72 March 2011: 156.86 March 2010: 7.02 Similar…

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Iherb Affiliate Program

Iherb: A Company That I LOVE I think that affiliate marketing can be a very valuable way to build passive income and it’s an area I’d like to explore more, with more affiliates and more niche websites.  However, I would NEVER recommend something that I don’t personally know and love because it’s just not my style. Iherb is one of those things that I just sort of fell into without even really knowing it had…

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