I have decided to focus Friday's mostly on doing food delivery since it gives a nice boost to our income and it is also usually the best day to earn the most money doing it.
So, for the most part, my day was spent delivering food, however here are a couple other things that went on financially.
1.) Bought My Wife Some Valentine's Treats
While it is great to be frugal and financially conservative, by no means should anyone get to a point where we won't ever spend any money, especially on someone else.
Valentine's day has become very commercialized, however, it is still a great time to take a moment to show your significant other how much they mean to you.
That being said, I still tried to be smart about how I went about it.
As you know if you have read my previous posts, my wife had to make sudden travel plans and therefor had to leave right after work today.
Since she is a teacher, she got lots of sweets and goodies from her students.
So, I didn't want to load her up with chocolate since she is also trying to watch what she eats. I also didn't end up buying flowers (terrible I know) but the simple fact that she will be traveling on a bus and train over the weekend means she would not be able to enjoy them. Plus, I might just have a some flowers in mind for when she gets back
So instead of those things, I went to the store and bought here some of her favorite travel snacks she can enjoy while on the road.
I didn't want to get her nothing but I also didn't want to be pressured into getting the "normal" valentines day gifts when I knew they wouldn't mean as much right now.
I personally think that it is good to try to be more thoughtful with the way you spend money, but I am curious to know, what do you think?
Since my wife was out of town, I decided to take my sister out to dinner and was able to spend some nice time catching up with her a bit.
2.) Payed for and Picked Up Some Items Won at an Online Auction
I will be honest with this one. I actually didn't realize I had won these items and was late picking them up.
That being said, I also probably should have been more thoughtful and not bid on them in the first place.
It's not that the items I won are bad, and I should be able to sell them for a profit, it is just the fact that I really didn't need to get more stuff and I just got caught up in the excitement of bidding on stuff.
Of course, by reading this you are probably realizing this isn't exactly what you would call a financial win...
But I share it because I want others to see that not every financial choice I make turns out being a WIN.
However, I can turn it into a WIN by taking it as a learning experience, and not making the same mistake of bidding frivolously on auctions again.
That being said, I spent a total of $77.16. Most of the items I got will sell over time and I should be able to recoup my money, but it will take a while and in hindsight, I should have just passed up on them.
FUN FACT: Auctions can actually be a great way to save some money on things you are needing to purchase. I bid on an auction site called K-Bid which features auctions all over the country. Some of the auctions for things like cars, furniture and household items end up selling at a very reasonable price.
Those 2 things are the major things that affected my finances today, but I figure I will also continue sharing my earnings from doing food delivery as I hope someone will find the information helpful in deciding whether or not food delivery is a good idea for them.
Today I delivered for Instacart, Postmates, and UberEats
In the morning I did Instacart since a lot of people order in the morning for their weekend. I only did two orders but one of them was really good pay.
In the afternoon and evening I mostly did UberEats but switched to Postmates for a couple orders.
Here is the breakdown:
I spent about an hour doing 2 deliveries, although part of that time I was tracking an UberEats delivery which I ended up cancelling because it took to long and I got the Postmates order.
On those 2 deliveries I made a total of $16.93 before tip and I have not yet received a tip on those. I did however get a tip from yesterday's Postmates delivery for $3.74 on top of what I earned yesterday!
As I mentioned, I only did 2 orders this morning, but one of those orders alone was $53!
In total, I spent 2 hrs and 27 minutes doing these orders and earned $72.88
Today, the orders were fairly consistent, as they tend to be on Fridays.
I also got some decent tips, I am assuming due to the holiday.
I spent 3 hrs and 57 minutes logged onto the app and did a total of 9 orders in that time period.
My earnings including tips so far is $76.04 or an average of $8.45 per delivery.
You can see just by comparing the numbers, why Instacart is quickly becoming my favorite!
LESSON FROM TODAY: Giving makes us a better person and we should never be too stingy to give. It doesn't just have to be giving money though, other things such as giving time can be just as valuable.
Today's post was a bit long I know, and I wouldn't blame you if you just skimmed through it. But I do hope that maybe you at least found something helpful.
Do you have any WINS to share?
What about any financial mistakes you have made that you are not proud of but learned from?