One of the problems with only getting paid once a month — and towards the middle of the month, at that — is that my updates come significantly later than everyone else’s. But hey, I guess that means they don’t blend in with the rest, right? Right?
Here’s the money that got dumped into savings:
- $20 from my mom to cover one of Tim’s presents
- $65 from Nadine for Tim’s/my mom’s Christmas gifts
- $100.08 from Adsense
- $287.76 from saved savings
- $642.18 leftover from our general income
That’s a total of $1,115.02, which means — drumroll please — we did it! We reached our goal… sorta.
Technically, we need $25,000. But $20,000 was pretty much always the realistic goal, with the hope that I’d get another bonus this year.
And given that we started at $10,276 in April, the current $20,261 in savings is pretty sweet. That means we saved just under $10,000 in eight months.
A lot of that came from my taking on a weekend of overtime each month. It gives the other gal two full days off each month. Much as it sucks, my boss also allows me to bill for double-time. So my monthly income went up nearly 25%. Which is why it’s especially frustrating when we can’t even put that much into savings each month. But that’s a rant for another day.
Another $875 came from tax refunds.
An unexpected editing project brought in $1,500. Not to be repeated, I’m sure. But by golly, it was nice to throw it in savings.
Saved savings meant another $1,481.22 over eight months. That accounts for not just sales and coupons we used to save, but also the $92 a month we save from cutting the cord. (Starting last month, there’s an additional $30 monthly savings from using Ooma instead of Vonage. This month: monthly $20 drop in our Internet bill. Next month: $15 monthly from downgrading Netflix.)
Now it’s just a matter of waiting to see whether I get a bonus and, if so, how much it is. Hopefully, it will be enough to make up the difference.
I hope so because, as you guys know, our income is decreasing significantly next year.
How’d your month go?