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November 2011 Survey Income

November 30th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

For the newbies - I'm a physician and get to do a lot of medical market research suverys (mostly online). I post my monthly income totals here in part to try and keep myself motivated as I tend to fall off the wagon and not keep up with the invitations and then I kick myself when I realize how much more I could have made.

For November, I earned $432. Looking at my sidebar, I see that was within $1 of tying for my worst month this year. I knew it would be bad. I've missed many, many opportunities. Sometimes it was because I was busy but honestly sometimes it was because I was spending time on the forums or facebook or doing other stuff that wasn't making me any money.

Once again, I'm trying to get back on track. I did a few surveys this past week and I'm going to try and keep at it more regularly and get back up to the $600/month range on a routine basis.

Time for a "new" car :(

November 11th, 2011 at 01:29 am

I took my wife's van in for service today. It needed an oil change and I also knew one of the window motors needed to be replaced so I was expecting a big bill. But then 2 days ago, the check engine light came on. I know many different things can cause that.

Turned out that two sensor banks were bad related to emissions. So the sensors and the emissions stuff all needed work. Also needs spark plugs, rear brakes and a couple of other things. All together, the work would come to over $2,000.

The van is a 2000 and has about 140,000 miles. I think putting that kind of money out at this point is going down a costly slope. I wasn't expecting to keep it much past 150K anyway. I just thought it would make it through the winter at least.

So time to start hunting. I'll scour the web this weekend. We'd like another Sienna but I don't know if I want to spend that much, especially since my car is even older and we don't know when that'll die.

October 2011 Survey Income

November 8th, 2011 at 07:02 pm

My medical survey income for October came in at $527. Not bad considering how little I feel I actually did. I can live with that even though I know I could be doing a lot better.