February Recap

Oh my, it’s been a hot minute since my last post. For the first time in what seems like a while, I am happy, and apparently, it seems, I have less to blog about when I’m happy.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want this trip to happen. I want to experience the world, and I will in no way stop saving for it to happen. In the mean time, however, I won’t stop living my life waiting for my dreams to become a reality.

I have to make them a reality, and for the last two months, I’ve been saving pretty diligently. Here’s a recap of February:

* Bulk transferring in mass: If I get any extra unexpected cash during the month, i go ahead and transfer it without giving it a second thought. Most if the time, I won’t really miss it that way.

*Money Saving Challenges As I mentioned last month, I’m doing both the Penny a Day Challenge and 52 Week Challenge. Between January and February’s deposits, there was already a $15 jump (from $30 in January to $45 in February).

*Rollover from January: In January, I did a couple odd jobs that I didn’t collect on until mid-month February.

Total for February: $577

It’s still not a lot, but it’s $577 more dollars than I had set aside this time a month ago.

What are your favorite saving tricks?

Weaknesses

** Happy Valentine’s Day!! This post isn’t really what I had planned for today, but such is life. I guess this is what happens when your Internet craps out (or more like your computer’s wireless receiver). Otherwise, this would have been a much lovey dovey-er type pose

Weaknesses. We all have them. Unfortunately, this means that not even I am above them, especially when they pertain to eating out and running races (and maybe cookies too). Continue reading

Turning Unused Gift Cards Into Travel Funds

** Update 1/15/13: Less than a week later, I received the full value promised for all three cards, which I mailed in and were quickly verified. The payments were issued promptly via Paypal and are now sitting happily in my savings account. No complaints what so ever!

If you’re at all like me, you get a handful of gift cards each year to places you only sometimes, maybe frequent, and then, months or years later, you stumble across the in the depths of your closet or junk drawer or wherever. Ring any bells?

So surprise, surprise when I stumbled across not one, not two, but six unused gift cards scattered about my room after this past weekend’s big clean. Though I’m sure I could use them if I really put my mind to them, certain ones more so than others, I’m not so sure I even want to. A few of them are for pricier chains that, if I were to shop at, I’m sure I’d end up with a total way more than the gift card amount. Funny how that works, eh?

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