March Report Card

Setting goals for March really helped me stay focused. The whole last week, I kept reminding myself that if I didn’t get another ten minutes of work here and there, then I would have to admit (horrors!) that I had not met my income goal.

Here’s how I did on my goals

Money-making goals:

  • Earn a full $1000: Done! In fact, I beat it by $10. That’s even though the kids’ daycare was closed for two weeks, cutting into my work time pretty majorly.
  • Consign baby equipment and clothes: Took a bunch of things to the consignment store* and gave away the leftovers to an expecting mom. I’ve already made about $20; the car seat sold immediately and it looks like some of the clothes have as well, but the Travel Lite Crib hasn’t yet. That should be another $25 or so depending on when it sells.

Money-saving goals:

  • Save 3 disposable diapers a week: Well, yes and no. SOME weeks I managed it, but then Big Brother got diarrhea, and I am not a martyr. And in fact, we were using extra diapers because he would wake up at night needing a change. But when I used them, they worked, so I’ll keep trying.
  • Spring consignment sales on half-price day: I only found a few items, but they sure were cheap. I wanted to do a second sale on “regular” price day so I could get better selection, but Mr. FP was out of town with the car.
  • Food spending: Mr. FP did the shopping and I didn’t go along behind him with a calculator, I admit. But we ate a lot of eggs and oatmeal and bananas, so I’m sure we did well.
  • Food waste: No edible food went to waste. Actually, I got so carried away eating bread ends that I forgot to save some for making bread crumbs!
  • Baking soda and vinegar hair care: I’m one week into this and it’s going well. Hair is squeaky clean and I don’t see any differences.

My new goals for April are so simple, they don’t need their own blog post:

  • Earn $1200.
  • Buy nothing but groceries and possibly clothes for the children (they still need summer things).
*In theory, it would be more profitable to sell things myself using Craigslist instead of letting the consignment store have half the money. But our area does not have its own Craigslist and we have not gotten good response in the past.
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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.

4 responses to “March Report Card”

  1. femmefrugality says :

    They let you sell car seats??? No one around here will let you. Congrats on EXCEEDING your goals and here’s to meeting next month’s! Excited for you!

    • frugalparagon says :

      That’s too bad! I know they say it’s safer to buy new but I think most people are honest–and what if you just want a cheap seat for Grandma’s car, for instance? I’ve actually sold two, one here in PA and another back home in Virginia.

      Thanks for the kind words!

  2. David says :

    Rummage sales? They don’t make sense for us, since I’d miss a weekend of work, which is more than we’d make in cash unless I did it on a Thursday or Friday.

    Some resale shops will buy up front.

    Haven’t tried baking soda and vinegar for hair, but seriously those two chemicals are amazing. Effing home companies and their ad dollars are really bewitching people.

    • frugalparagon says :

      Some consignment sales either start on Friday or have their half-price day on Monday–might be worth seeing what’s in your area. And there is often a presale for the consignors. As far as the baking soda, you should definitely try it instead of putting shampoo on the grocery list the next time you run out. If you don’t like it, you can always go back. But you have to rinse out the baking soda before you put in the vinegar–it’s not a science experiment :-).

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