Wow, you guys, I totally didn’t intend to just go to total blackout there. I know those of you who follow me on twitter knew that I was really busy (so busy I haven’t actually logged into twitter for a while now) but still, hope nobody was concerned. It’s just been a combination of things: my day job, my two volunteer gigs, and my freelance work are all occupying a lot of attention right now. And I also think that with the combination of stability and uncertainty (financial stability is much greater, but I don’t know if I’m buying a house here or moving for a new job, which makes it so hard to think about the future) my interest in blogging has been lower lately. Not that I plan to give up the blog! But I will probably be much patchier about posting over the next few months, until I have a better idea of where my financial life and the rest of my life is headed. Just a heads up in case one of these two-weeks-with-no-posts things happens again.
In the meantime, I have been keeping up with recording my finances. This month, I had income from several sources again:
$3108 from my day job (net, including retirement contribution, after taxes & insurance)
$25.00 from Swagbucks
$22.44 from Ebates
$95.00 from freelance writing
$10.00 from credit card cashback
But I also had lots of travel expenses etc. Did I finally crack the mythical $35K barrier I’ve been working on for a while? To the numbers!
The only thing that’s really worth noting is the travel expenses, which were pretty nuts! They include all the expenses for my uncle’s funeral, plus the plane ticket for my new goddaughter’s baptism in April. Other than that, spending was exceptionally boring. Slush was one ebook purchase, plus a few meals I ate out. “Gifts” included a birthday present for my mom and a donation to a local group I support. I guess this was good, since it meant even with cash-flowing over $600 of travel, I still spent less than 50% of my income in February.
Also, *drumroll*, the markets did a bit better this month, so I was able to make a substantial gain and finally cross that $35K mark I’ve been going after for a while now. I ended February at $36311.02, for a gain of $1903.67, which is pretty good! I want to get over $50K this year so there’s still a long way to go, but I have to be pleased when I have such a high travel expense month and still come out well ahead. Good thing too since I know I’m going to have several big ticket items to pay for in March — this gives me a head start. Hope you all had good months too!