She might be fiscally responsible, but isn't this the same woman who possibly spends hundreds of dollars on Rare Transformers Action figures? Doesn't she also go to Disneyland and the Cheesecake Factory a lot? Also can't forget about her alcohol consumption, that will take away a good amount of her income. She also mentioned having about $60,000 in student loan debt so she still has to deal with that.https://twitter.com/thelindsayellis/status/1290075608349683714She doesn't disclose anything but the raw number of supporters, but we can guesstimate. Some numbers and half-assed estimations:
At the moment of writing, Lindsay has 9391 paypigs and 2 levels of support, $2 and $10 per month, which puts her at #58 of the top Patreon accounts. Using Todd's account with similar levels and more disclosure as a model, he has 3168 paypigs of which 181 are listed in his last video as $10/vid pigs or 5.71% of his overall patrons. Lindsay apparently lists the $10 pigs in her vids too but had to limit it because there were too many. So say 6% at $10 as a conservative estimate, which gives 9391*0.06=564 (round up) at $10 and 8827 at $2 so (564*10)+(8827*2)= $23294 per month (min $18782, max $93910) in Patreonbux. (and ignore the mixed sigfigs, this is just light mathing for fun)
Patreon fees come in multiple levels (4, 8 and 12%) and since she has mentioned getting contacted by Patreon before during the Omegaverse kerfuffle and the Pro level includes some time of management advisory shit from them, let's guess she is doing the 12% fee. So that's 23294-(23294*0.12)=$20499 monthly we're down to pre-tax. Still a hefty chunk of change when it's a monthly fee regardless of content creation.
In addition to her Patreon paypigs, there's also money coming in from AdSense from weirdos who somehow don't have adblockers. Looking at data from Graphtreon, Socialblade and Speakrj, Lindsay's videos average around 1.5M views (min 300K, max 3M). AdSense pays around $2-8/1000 views so taking the average at $5/1000 views that's ((1500000/1000)*5)=$7500 per video (min $3K, max $12K). Sponsorships pay a further $10-50/1000 views (over a given time frame, but we'll ignore that here by assuming the vast majority of views are within the applicable period). Using the same 1.5M views estimate as before with an average $30/1K views gives us 1500*30=$45000 fucking hell per video (min $15000, max $75000). I hope to heck that is an overestimate because I'm starting to hate the world right now.
On top of this, there is income from her podcast Musicalsplaining which has 1-2 sponsors per episode and is #45 on Apple and #42 on Spotify for podcasts per Chartable. Couldn't really find any numbers for streams or how sponsorships pay out on podcasts, but that's more money coming in. Then there's whatever she makes writing and doing the It's Lit series for PBS (no idea what something like that pays) and the money for her seminal literary masterpiece Axiom's End (idk ask @Boston Brand ). So that's all the money coming in, and assuming she produces one video per month gives 20499+7500= $27999 per month or $335988 per year after Patreon fees, including AdSensebux but before the additional big chunk from sponsorship pre-tax. With my sponsorship estimate, it's $72999/mo and $875988/yr pre-tax and now I'm MATI.
But then comes the expenses. Lindsay lives in Long Beach, California where self-employment tax is 15.3% and using the higher yearly estimate that alone knocks it down to 875988-(875988*0.153)=$741962. There's undoubtedly many other taxes that I won't even begin to estimate and she's probably got a shitload of writeoffs too. She employs Elisa as a YouTube comment mod (lol) and assistant, Angelina as a writer and maybe Nella too idk? Lindsay has griped before about having to form a LLC and paying for health care insurance for Elisa in North Carolina and Angelina in Pennsylvania before so each of them has associated benefit costs as well as salaries or whatever. If she hires out for video production and editing, there's additional monies getting paid.
Short answer then is that if she is at all fiscally responsible, she could easily save enough money to do whatever she wants and float along on aerospace engineer cuckband's salary in a year or two.