It’s time to talk income! As a recap, I’ve been freelance writing and editing for almost three years and am also a stay-at-home mom to a 2 1/2 year old and a 1 1/2 year old. Life is busy, but it’s fun! For a while, I would work early in the morning, during nap time and sometimes during the evening, but we recently decided to put our girls in daycare part-time to give me some guaranteed time to focus on my writing. That’s been a huge blessing and has allowed me to gain new clients and spend more quality time with my girls when they’re at home.
February Freelance Income: $1,290 (up $70 from last month)
I had the honor of writing a few articles for GOBankingRates that was both challenging and fun. I also wrote for my regular clients and continued searching for more work. Freelancing is a never-ending quest to find more work, at least in my case. If you have a regular clients that keep you busy and give you consistent work, consider yourself lucky!! Most freelancers (including myself) have to hustle, hustle, hustle every month to land that next gig.
I did a post on how we slashed $900 in monthly expenses and am hoping to continue that trend of living on less. To recap, we added up our expenses (not counting bills…this is all variable expenses including food, gas, household items, shopping trips, etc) in October and were shocked at how much we were spending. Now, we keep track. Our goal is to spend $250/week or less on all miscellaneous items. I know that this seems high to some people, but to us it’s doing good.
In February, we went slightly over our budget and spent just under $1,300 for the month. Not bad, but we can certainly do better. We’re actually set on food for the rest of this week so I’m hoping to not have to grocery shop for a while. I’m bad at grocery shopping though. There’s always something I forget (like milk…or apple juice for my little one…or we’ll run out of shampoo) and I feel like I’m at the store every other day.
At Costco yesterday we bought a 20-lb bag of Basmati Rice for this recipe from the Frugalwoods. We also will use the rice for teriyaki meatballs, stir fry’s and more. I’m guessing this will last us 6 months, so for $20.79 it was a good purchase.
And to end this semi-random post, I’m so happy that warmer weather is just around the corner! Our utility bills have been high and I’m looking forward to going on walks, playing outside with the girls and barbecuing! Here’s to a great month!
How was your February spending? Did you reach your goals?
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