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May 2018 Debt & Life Update

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May was a pretty good month for me. I made extra money with my side hustles and paid some debt down. Today's post is my May 2018 debt & life update post.

Hopefully, May was a good month for you. It was pretty good for me as well. The side hustles are still doing well. I had a few t-shirt sales this month. Below are a couple of the designs that sold.

Related Reading: How to Sell Shirts on Teespring

I also had another good month with selling things online. I’m poised to have one of my best months of the year in eBay sales. I’ve also had a couple more sales on LetGo. I can’t believe that I actually thought this app sucked at one time. Man, was I wrong. I also got another sale on Mercari as well. I plan on keeping this momentum going. By the end of the month, I’ll be very close to making over $500 by selling things on eBay, LetGo, etc.

Even though I enjoy selling on different platforms, eBay is still the best one for me. If you’re interested in learning more about eBay, check out my course How to Make Money in Your Spare Time With eBay. In the course, I go over all things eBay related. It features six modules, PDFs, videos, and more. Click on this link to learn more about the course.

I set a goal at the beginning of the year to have two speaking engagements. In April, I had my first one. I spoke at the Activate Money Control Tour. At the event, I discussed how to sell things on eBay. I had a good time talking to the audience. They were very engaged. A couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail saying that I was chosen to be a speaker at FinCon. I can’t lie, I’m excited as hell. This is a huge deal. If you’re going to FinCon in September, be sure to check me out.

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Debt Update

My total debt went from $59,985.86 to $59,522.89. That was a decrease of $462.97. While that was better than April, I still have a long way to go. The good thing is that I’m able to add a little more money to it.

BOA – Down from $2388.62 to $1997.37

Earnest – Down from $22,811.26 to $22,742.40

Nelnet – Down from $34,785.98 to $34,783.12

I’m saving $28 per month on my private student loans and I received a lower interest rate when I refinanced with Earnest. Refinancing your student loans may help you as well.  If you’re approved for refinancing, you will also get a $200 bonus. Visit their site today.

I’m doing ok with the debt, but I have got to figure out a way to make even more income. This process is going too slow for me. I want to be able to apply $1000 or more to this debt each month. I’m tired of seeing these numbers each month. I have to stay on my grind and make it happen. I have a few products that I am working on including more shirts. Also, I realize that I have to do better promoting my existing things.

You can view all of my debt updates here.

How was May for you?

Resources That I Recommend

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