Every one (but me) who talks about FIRE, Financial Independence and Retire Early, miss this one stream of income! It is a very important one and it is always raining cash in cashback land. It is so important, that I made over 1.3 lakhs from this in 2019 alone!
Why I say it’s raining cash – Dec’19 updates
It is only after I started tracking to write and report to you my passive income, I realized how much I made in 2019. It took me a couple of hours to manually collate the respective programs, cashbacks and miles which I have spent in the past in 2019. But it was an eye opener.
I have earned and spent a total of Rs.98,155 in 2019 in the form of rewards, cashbacks and points! 🤑 Now, that is 1 full month’s salary for me. Think about it, by planning and timing my purchases, keeping an eye out for deals, I was able to get one full month’s salary more than you!
In the coming weeks, I shall write about the different programs and how you could also benefit from them and follow me in adding cashbacks and rewards as a serious stream of passive income to retire early. If you are smart, this can be a really great way to continue with your current lifestyle, and save up hard earned money for your retirement.
This is my second month tracking these and there are still a few loopholes to iron out. I have made one major change in the way I am going to report my cashbacks and rewards to you.
Earlier, I only showed how much I had in hand. So when I earned a cashback of Rs.300, and used up Rs.100, I could only show you I had Rs.200. My hard earned cashback never got reported correctly. So going forward, I will be showing this in two sections. 1.) Cashbacks and rewards in hand 2.) Cashbacks and rewards that I have used up.
Now for tracking purposes and towards my 5-to-5-in-12 goal, I will only consider the cashbacks and rewards in hand in my portfolio. However it is interesting to see the amount of money I have made which has offset my expenses and allowed me to live a more luxurious life on a lesser cost.
My Cashbacks and Rewards as of December’19:
All of these are in Rupees. I have used the most conservative (well below market) values to convert points and miles to Rupees.
Total October’19 November’19 December’19 American Express Points 3879.54 4824.54 6491.52 Cashkaro 1718.89 2055.64 2832.58 CRED 3536.29 4062.28 4091.4 Airmiles 12769.5 13437.5 13437.5 Flipkart Supercoins & Vouchers 1250 1270 2764 Hotels & Stay points 2593 2593 2593 Other points programs 700 700 700 Quickride 12000 8800 2032 IOC Rewards 0 201.9 207.9 Paytm Cashbacks & Balance 0 205 3745.12 Amazon Pay Card+Cashbacks 2870 3912 2113 Play Rewards 83 89 125.97 Total 41400.22 42150.86 41133.99
All updates for the month of December’19:
- My Investment Updates for December’19 – Year of Passive Income
- Blood bath on Dalal Street👺- My Stock Investment for December’19
- A ‘Meh’ month for Funds – My Investment in Mutual Funds for December’19
- My Alternate Investments Update – December’19
- It’s raining cash! My Cashbacks and Rewards update – December’19 <–You are here
- Make money by lending – My P2P Lending Update – December’19