Goals for March

Aside from selling our fancy car, February was a rough month financially. We had unexpected expenses (i.e., the shiny new computer I am typing to you on right now) and I earned only $776, thanks to a week with no computer of my own.

March may not be much better, income-wise: My boys’ on-campus daycare will be closed two full weeks for spring break, which makes it hard to get work done! (They usually go two days per week.) Still, I think if I hustle I can push it to a full thousand.

Money-making goals for March:

  • Earn a full $1000 through Leapforce At Home and my trivia job.
  • Consign boys’ outgrown summer clothes and my post-pregnancy summer clothes.
  • Consign one of the car seats from the CRV (keeping the other as backup) and the Graco Travel Lite Crib (basically a small play yard) that the boys used when they were tiny.

Money-saving goals for March:

    Cloth diaper.

    It doubles as crash padding. Regular size cotton prefold wrapped around BumGenius infant insert on top of 2 Hemp Babies doublers, with Econobums cover and Gerber pants over all. No leaks!

  • Save 3 disposable diapers per week. Big Brother has been sleeping in them every night. I don’t have enough heavy-duty ones for him to wear one every night, but hopefully we can swing a few nights a week. I’m thinking cotton boosted with hemp and/or microfiber, for the added bonus of feeling wet for him, and Gerber pants over the cover for better leak control.
  • Hit the spring consignment sale on half-price day to get Big Brother’s summer wardrobe started. Check his hand-me-downs for Little Brother; we might need to buy little or nothing for him.
  • Keep food spending over spring break to the dollar-per-person-per-meal level suggested by Mr. Money Mustache. (We usually eat our dinners in the dining hall, but it will be closed for spring break.)
  • Eliminate waste of edible food. I’m not going to start eating orange peels and whatnot and we have no place to compost, but throwing away the bread ends is soooo 2013.
  • Try the baking soda and vinegar method of hair care instead of buying new shampoo and conditioner. Stay tuned for updates!

What about you, readers? What are you trimming in March?


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About frugalparagon

I'm a part-time librarian and mom to two small boys. I blog about striving for the long-term goal of financial independence while running a tight ship at home.

6 responses to “Goals for March”

  1. mrplantingourpennies says :

    Congrats on selling the car! We’ll probably be doing the same soon.

  2. Rachael says :

    I was thinking about your needing a new coat. At the beginning of summer here I found a short coat for $7 and a trench coat for $10, both on clearance at Target, because it was the end of the season. Not heavy coats such as I would have worn in Canada, but great for the Australian winter. Reduced by about 90%. There are some great deals at the wrong end of the season!

    As to trimming, I’ll be trimming my bangs! That will save $30 for a haircut at uni. Plus I sold an old textbook for $40. Woo hoo!

    • frugalparagon says :

      That’s quite a windfall for one textbook! Nicely done!

      I’ll remember that tip about the coats! Although since I own six, it may be years before I can really justify buying a new one :-). I can’t shop at Target because I have to have petite sizes, but Kohl’s probably has good sales beginning and end of season, too.

  3. Ruth says :

    Awesome blog and great job. I found MMM a few months ago and LOVE it. I have been working on a side hustle and am wondering more about leapforce as I am a SAHM as well. You mentioned that you also have a trivia job….what is that and do you make more doing that compared to leapforce? Sorry, if this is to personal but I have been looking to increase income and your blog is the first to actually give me hope of finding a reputable work from home opportunity. Thanks for the help.

    • frugalparagon says :

      Thanks for the kind words! Did you read my detailed Leapforce post?

      My trivia job is editing and fact-checking for a company that does “pub quizzes”–you know, those trivia nights that you see in bars. I am paid by the set for that work but it does generally work out to better than Leapforce. On the other hand, when I am just writing, that doesn’t pay as well. It takes more intellectual energy than Leapforce. LF is really the ideal SAHM gig because you can forget about it when you’re not doing it! Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions about LP (and make sure to use my link if you sign up 🙂 ).

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