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Productive Week!

March 30th, 2010 at 06:26 am

It's only tuesday, and it's already a productive week Big Grin I love it! Wrote a few articles yesterday. I also conducted a couple interviews via phone for an article I'll be writing here in the next few days. This freelancing gig is treating me relatively well these days. Let's hope it keeps up!

Published a few articles within the last couple days:

Inexpensive Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids
Guide to Cleaning Grout: Make your life less stressful
Daily Haiku: An Ode to the Writer

I also put together the budget for April, and I'm well on the way to a good month, I think. I have good feelings about it...

It's certainly going to be an even busier week than it already has been, with all the writing on my plate, school stuff, and a holiday weekend (not only Easter, but my roomie's cousin from England coming to town-- it's going to be a regular drinkfest).

I'm trying to keep the spending down this week considering what a pricey weekend it was. I think I'll be able to manage, however. It seems I tend to get into the bit spending when it comes to restaurants... go figure Smile

Well, it's back to work for me. I hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday!

March Recap

March 28th, 2010 at 02:31 pm

Alrighty. Well, my "April" started today, so I figured I would do the breakdown of the month... as I said in previous posts, I went to Columbus this weekend. I ended up having a wonderful time, though I spent a bit more money than I had anticipated. Regardless, I have no regrets... my March was pretty excellent financially. Here is the breakdown:

March Goals:

[ ] Stay under budget
[x] Dont spend any money on clothes
[x] Pay off laptop 3/1
[x] Pay off tuition
[x] Don't use CC at all
[x] Write at least 12 articles this month
[ ] $50 max spending w/ BF per week
[x] Keep track of finances all month
[x] Put at least $500 in savings

March Budget:

As you can see, I was $34.79 over budget. What you don't see here, however, is that I put $764.77 into my savings account this month Big Grin So I really cant beat myself up too bad...

I made $50 more this month than I thought I would writing, so that's excellent. I'm hoping it to be even higher in these coming months.

In bad news, my hours got cut at work. The good news is, however, that I'll still be making about the same as I had anticipated, due to cutting my hours back for army training starting the 18th. So my budget is more or less unaffected for the next 2 months. I may start looking for another job once I get a car this summer, however.

Other than all that, there really is nothing new. Just busy with writing and getting everything set for later this month. It seems through networking and a bit of internet research that I'm getting some really great leads for freelancing. All very exciting stuff. I hope everyone had an equally wonderful weekend! Take care everyone!


March 26th, 2010 at 09:02 am

Here it is! The weekend is upon us! Very exciting, as I have quite a bit planned. Tonight going swimming at the rec with the BF. We're staying the night at his place, and driving to Columbus tomorrow afternoon to go see the Crew game (woo!). Hopefully the weather will be nicer there than it is here... snow?? Bleh...

I published a couple more on AC:

Daily Haiku Poem: Ohio Spring
Games that Strengthen Mental Acuity

Got another lead for a freelance job... so that's again good news Smile I'm calling him today.

Other than that, no real news. Just a packed schedule! I did put more $ into my savings account yesterday-- more revenue from writing. I'm now up to $74 in articles this month, and $796.77 in my savings! I feel I'm making excellent progress Big Grin

Mom got into quite a predicament changing jobs, and now has none... so that sucks, and I'm sure will be a big stress on her. I'm hoping things will pan out and I'm keeping an eye out for her. Said she has an interview tuesday, so I'm crossing my fingers.

Not sure what I'm going to do as far as the budget goes this week... it's one of those funky months where the last week half falls in the next month. So I'm not sure if I'm going to just stick it out through the 31st, or if I'm just going to start April's budget this week. I have about $2 left in the grocery budget, so there's no way I would stick to it this way.

At any rate, I hope everyone has a wonderful day and weekend Big Grin

Writing and Exercise... and closer to goals!

March 25th, 2010 at 08:12 am

Well, thinks are coming along just nicely. It's been a terribly busy week, but very productive nonetheless. Thanks to some great networking I've done, I've found a couple other places to submit my work (better paying too) and all sorts of great stuff Smile

Articles Published today:

Top 5 Family Movies that Send Good Messages to Our Kids
Daily Haiku Poem: Colorblind

As soon as I get paid for my last 2 articles, I'm going to transfer that money from my paypal into my savings account. I love progress Big Grin

I'm very much looking forward to this weekend... taking a trip to Columbus to see the opening Crew game. I'm really hoping that the weather isn't too crappy. I want to get some nice photos and not sit in rain. bleh.

Hit the rec yesterday with a friend, and worked out: 10 min on the elliptical machine (which usually doesn't kick my butt so hard), and ran a mile on the track outside. I definitely need to get in shape... lol

Regardless, time to get back to work! Hope you all have a great day.

Great News :)

March 24th, 2010 at 10:07 am

Well, all sorts of news abounds in the Freelance writing world! I managed to network with another freelancer in my area, and she gave me some insight to other places to publish and find work. I found one gig that pays significantly more, and is more of a one time thing Smile It seems this can be even more lucrative than it already is!

So next month I'll dabble even more into this whole freelance writing gig. I did publish a couple articles on AC today:

Daily Haiku Poem: Ping Pong
Top 10 Songs by Radiohead

Things are coming along nicely! Other than working, writing, and all that jazz, I'm hitting up the Rec with a friend of mine after work today, which will be a good time and get me some exercise in for the day Big Grin

Packed lunch for BF and myself today, so I wont be spending any money on that. Yay for cheap!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and enjoying the sunshine if they have it (we do-- so exciting)! Later guys!

Being more active means more sore! :)

March 23rd, 2010 at 09:09 am

So yesterday I managed to hit a yoga class AND swim laps at the pool after work-- which was much harder than expected. Who knew swimming laps would be so much harder than floating around the lazy river? Big Grin

Consequently, I'm feeling pretty sore today! It's a good feeling... makes me feel like I actually did something. lol.

Today has been pretty ho-hum. Woke up entirely too early to get my day started. Wrote an article and submitted. By the time I finished, it was about time to work! So that's what I've been doing!

Only published a couple articles as of yesterday:

Daily Haiku Poem: Love in Spring
How to find a tree service you can trust

Hopefully I'll publish a couple more in the next few days Smile

I did get an offer to submit a much higher value article... about Cleveland. I wish I had a bit more experience with the city (I'm in Akron), but I'm certainly willing to take a trip up there to do some research! The article is $50... which is much higher than my usual $2-4. lol. We'll see if I have time...

It's such a nice feeling... every time I publish an article I get a bit closer to my goals. I do so love achieving those goals!

Alrighty, back to work. Hope everyone has a great day!

Internet being poop today :(

March 22nd, 2010 at 11:43 am

I work on the internet-- mostly through social networking sites, and my internet has been running like crap. Consequently, most of the work I did today is for naught. So frustrating!

In other news, I published a couple more articles today... so things are moving along nicely.

Daily Haiku: Spring Break is Over
Neverland (also a poem)
Conversion and Other Somatoform Disorders

In other news, I was getting frustrated about this army training next month due to transportation, and having to pay everything out of pocket to begin with (I would be reimbursed, but still). BF mentioned a really awesome option: buying a bike while I'm out there to use for transportation. Not only would it be far less expensive than renting a car for a month, but I'm thinking the army may pay for it. Mind you, I mean a bicycle, not motorcycle. lol.

I love riding. A lot. And the idea of getting to ride around on bike trails in AZ and use it as my main form of transportation is really exciting. Hell, I'll ship it back to Ohio in the end... I've wanted a new one anyway Smile

So that's certainly an exciting prospect.

Going to the rec after work on campus today. Going to swim some laps... I really need to get in shape. Then class. Joy of joys, so much to do til the end of the semester!

Speaking of which, I better get back to work Smile Hope everyone has a great night!

Army Weekend Over.... Back to the Grind.

March 21st, 2010 at 03:37 pm

Well, I'm done playing army for the weekend! Whew! Now back to the grind. Got a bit of homework done, but there is much more to go... it's going to be a long night, and an even longer week.

In good news, however, I hit $50 income in article writing for the month Big Grin And still more yet to come... very exciting! Here are the 2 articles that put me over the top:

Hook, Line, and Drinkers: Excellent Bar and Restaurant in Ak...
Welcome to the Music Industry- A beginners Guide to Independ...

I went grocery shopping, and I'm still under budget for the month. I only spent $23.51- because I have so much left over from last week. I basically bought stuff for lunches over the week. And stuff for dinner last night. Very nice.

Hopefully we'll keep up the low-spending trend. If I do through this week, I will be under budget for the first time really EVER. lol. Crossing my fingers...

Hope everyone had a good weekend, and has an equally good week! Later, all Smile

It's Friday!! Closer to reaching those goals ;)

March 19th, 2010 at 08:23 am

Well, it is yet again another beautiful day... and it's FRIDAY-- which happens to be the topic of today's daily haiku:

Friday Haiku

Today is also payday, so I did a little money managing... namely to put another $100 in my savings account. That makes $756.43 total, and only $443.60 to go to make my goal of $1200! This is going to be used to pay first month's rent/safety deposit when I move out either June or July. I cant believe I'm so close already! I absolutely love reaching goals.

This weekend is drill, so I will likely not be spending too much money... though it's my roomie's b-day today, so I'll be going out to dinner with friends tonight. Sushi... Mmmm...

Regardless, I cant believe spring break is almost over Frown I feel like I got a lot accomplished as far as writing goes, but not nearly enough school work done... ah well. That just means I have to work harder over the next month.

Here are some articles I published yesterday. Hope you enjoy Smile

Gender Roles in Disney's New Alice in Wonderland
Is Music Mastering Important?

I've been funneling the revenue I recieve from my articles right into that savings account, so reading is for a good cause Big Grin lol. I dont really make much on page views, as I dont get nearly enough to make anything substantial. But I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read anything I post. You guys are great!

Hope everyone has a great day!

Writing, and enjoying the warm weather!

March 18th, 2010 at 07:22 am

Well, it's another gorgeous day here in Ohio, and I'm getting a whole lot done! A bunch of writing... published a few more articles yesterday-- and I'm one article away from hitting $40 for the month! That's double what I budgeted for. Very exciting! Smile Here are a few of the articles posted yesterday:

Building Relationships by Managing Money as a Couple
Tips and Advice for Paying off Student Loans while still in ...
The International Baccalaureate Program: Is it worth it?

And today's daily haiku is about ZOMBIES Smile lol.

Zombie Haiku

Today it's lookin like BF and I are going to be going for a hike. We've been taking the soccer ball to the park for the last 2 days, as it's been incredibly warm. Gotta love those *free* activities!

Hope everyone is having as good a week as I am!

Happy St. Patty's Day! And Groceries...

March 17th, 2010 at 08:34 am

Not sure the 2 are related, but ya know Smile lol. It is indeed St. Patrick's day. What are my plans? Nada. Going to the park to kick around a soccer ball with BF after work (it's absolutely gorgeous outside). We're also going to the Rec center on campus. And very likely making dinner at my house. Because I spent quite a bit on groceries yesterday... $46.72, which I guess isn't terrible, though I got a few unecessaries (a bag of reese's cups and Starbucks Java Chip icecream. Mmm). This is why you should never go grocery shopping hungry! lol.

Regardless, working and writing today. I did my daily Haiku poem on St. Patty's Day Smile Take a look if you'd like!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Everyone be safe and have fun!

Writing and Achieving goals.

March 16th, 2010 at 10:08 am

So I'm plugging away at my goals. Wrote my 12th article this month yesterday Smile I'm trying to surpass it by quite a bit. Published a few new articles within the last couple days:

Teen Love: Giving Healthy Relationship Advice to your Childr...
Best Bikini Swimsuits for 2010
New Super Mario Bros. Wii: In the Bubble and Out of the Time...

And my daily haiku for tuesday Smile

Haiku: Inspiration

Other than that, I'm just enjoying a rather inexpensive spring break. I spent a lot of time last night writing-- working towards those goals of mine. I'm trying to funnel all of the income I get from writing into my savings account... which put me up another $16 yesterday. I'm hoping make a bit more before the close of the month.

That's about it! I'm going grocery shopping either tonight or tomorrow (likely tomorrow). Tonight there's a free yoga class I'm going to drag BF to. That should be a lot of fun Smile

Either way, I hope you all have a great day and I'll post again soon!

Mondays :)

March 15th, 2010 at 07:55 am

I know, I'm the only one that likes mondays. I love the idea of a fresh start... and I've got some lofty goals for this week.

I wrote my daily haiku poem about mondays, actually. If you want, you can read it here.

Financially, just trying to keep up with these articles, and promotion of them. I'm 2 articles away from my goal for the month. But it's looking like I'm going to surpass my goal and then some Smile

I'm going to the rec center on campus after work. That's a free activity, and great for me Smile I'm also going with a friend, so it's a social activity as well.

Sometime within the next couple days I have to hit the grocery store, though I have some stuff left over from last week, so it shouldn't be too hard a hit on the wallet.

That's about it for today. Things are going well. I hope that's the case for all of you as well Smile

Weekend Recap :)

March 14th, 2010 at 08:37 pm

So the weekend was a bit spendy, but I think it could have been much worse.

BF and I had a date night friday, which was incredibly well worth the money. We did dinner and a movie, and it's been about a month since we went anywhere to get dinner (except fast food here and there). Saw the new Alice movie, and it was alright.

The remainder of the weekend we didn't do too bad. Went to lunch with friends that were visiting from out of town. Had to pick up my prescription, but thankfully I get it discounted, so it's only $36 for 3 months. Woo!

Cooked dinner at home saturday night, and it was just delicious... at our local grocery store, I can buy 4 frozen tilapia fillets for about $3. I marinated them in this hawaiian luau marinade... and used a bit of pineapple juice and coconut milk instead of the oil and vinegar it calls for. Broiled the fish (my new favorite cooking method). Then I made a sort of relish or salsa... whatever you want to call it. lol. It was basically diced mango, pineapple (canned), black beans (canned), corn (canned), and sauteed diced onion. Added a bit of salt and pepper and it was fantastic. All that with a side of sauteed asparagus with garlic... Mmm. Not too pricey either, and I like that most of the ingredients are either canned or frozen-- not because of the salt, obviously, but because I dont have to fear all of it going bad.

It's spring break, and I'm going to make a conscious effort not to spend too much. Thankfully, I have PLENTY of homework to keep me busy, and work. I've also got drill this coming weekend, so I'm sure that'll help.

Other than that, just published a couple more articles:

A Review: Dockside Sea Grille in West Palm Beach

And a couple poems:

About Love: A Haiku
Spring: A Haiku
Post-Modern Joe

Hope everyone has a great week!

Ticking off the Goals :D

March 12th, 2010 at 04:59 am

So a few goals have been met...

Got my tax refund today and immediately paid my tuition, so that's one debt gone! From now on, it's saving up for moving and paying off the CC. It's going to be a strong campaign, so let's hope it goes well Smile

In other goal-reaching news, I put added $20 to my budget for article-writing revenue this month, and I surpassed it yesterday. I'm not even halfway through the month, so that's great Smile I've published a couple in the last few days. Here are some links if you wanna check them out:

Easy and Delicious Camping Recipes
The Best Beer is Microbrewed: America's Top Eleven Breweries

I haven't quite hit my goal for 12 articles, per se, but I'm getting there. I believe I'm at 9 currently. So just a few more Smile I'm working on my networking and exposure as well-- as the more views I get, the more I make also.

Today I'm going to lunch with my boss, which will be nice. I haven't seen him in months. Then after work I've got a busy, yet enjoyable night ahead of me. Going to the rec center on campus first with BF, we're going to utilize the free swimming pool. Then we're going to make dinner together, and finally go see Alice Smile I love date nights, and it shouldn't be too expensive given we're cooking at home. Love it!

What a fabulous day for achieving goals! Hope everyone is being equally as productive!

Another article and grocery shopping.

March 10th, 2010 at 10:17 am

Well, it's been a busy publishing week! AC accepted another article:

Surviving a Long Distance Relationship

Other than that, just working today! I'm writing another article to submit. Trying to do one a day. I've already made $10 this month... hoping to meet my goal of $20, and I don't see it being a problem.

I went grocery shopping yesterday, and I'm still well within budget-- I was a few dollars over for this week, but I was about $15 under last week, so it's more than balanced out.

Today is wednesday, which means coffee with the BF after class tonight

Vacation, and More Articles!

March 9th, 2010 at 07:27 am

Well, vacation came and went. I very much wish it would have been longer, but it's back to the real world now...

Great news about vacation (other than it being warm and very fun): I budgeted $75, and only spent $23 Smile The family totally spoiled me. But that means $52 more towards savings. I'll be adding that as soon as I deposit the cash I've got on hand.

Three more of my articles got accepted:

*Dr. Seuss gives us hope for racial equality: The Sneetches
*Surviving Bootcamp: What to Expect
*Top 10 Restaurants in Akron, Ohio

So all together it added up to be $9.65. Hopefully I'll get a decent number of page views! Regardless, every little bit helps. I need to keep writing, though!

I'm supposed to get my tax return friday. Let's cross our fingers! Then the tuition will be paid off. All bills except that one are paid for this month. Woot.

As for today's plans, I'm working, and I'll probably run for a bit on lunch. I need to start getting in shape again. Then after work I'm gonna walk down to the bank and make that deposit. Do homework, then class tonight. Busy busy. I cant believe it's already tuesday. I love 4-day weeks!

In other good news, the SUN IS SHINING. So happy to come home to warmer weather Smile Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Vacation and Money stuffs :)

March 6th, 2010 at 06:49 am

Well, I made it to Florida and I'm enjoying my vacation thus far Smile

Dad gave me the money for the ticket-- more than I thought, actually. So this month is gonna be an even better month than I thought. I'm actually not spending a whole lot of money here at all. How fantastic Smile

Today I'm going with my photographer cousin to do a photo shoot-- promo photos for my music! Good stuff. And for no cost. What a great weekend.

Paid $200 on my CC today, and put $200 in my savings. More to come. I have almost every bill paid for the month now. So from here on out it's really just groceries, entertainment spending, and anything else that isn't a fixed expense.

After I get my fed tax return next week, I'll pay the tuition off. Then the rest of my extra income goes to my savings account for my security deposit/moving costs. Then the CC will be paid off quicker.

Alright. Time to get on the move. So much to do today! Smile

Writing writing writing...

March 3rd, 2010 at 10:05 am

Alrighty, wrote another article today,which brings me up to 4 this month SmileThat goal is moving along nicely. At this rate, I'll have it covered in 3 weeks! Good stuff... though they did decline one of my articles I wrote last week. It was too specific, wouldn't get enough traffic. I have, however, been reading up on SEO a little more. Both for my article writing and for work (that's what I do at work as well, it's just more specialized and the sites I submit to don't pay). So either way, it's good research to do.

Oh! Here's a link to the article that they accepted earlier this week:

"Be Yourself": Sometimes the Oldest Relationship Advice is t...

As for today, going over to my boss' house to clean. So that'll be a little extra income... even though I'm going to have to cut my workday short :/ I wish he would have had the water turned on Sunday when I went over there... would have avoided this mess. Ah well.

Time constraints as is, I'm going to have to work quickly-- as I have a meeting to complete my intercollege transfer at 5:30, then class. Busy busy busy as usual.

I'm so excited for vacation this weekend. It's so close! I cant wait for the sunshine Smile

Okay. Off to do more work. Everyone have a great night!

Sold the car, and grocery shopping results.

March 2nd, 2010 at 07:52 am

So my car is in fact SOLD! And gone, for that matter. lol. I ended up selling it for $500 cash, which is 100 less than I listed it, but 200 more than I would get for it scrap. Not only that, but he did pay cash, and he did come with a trailer to take it away, which basically lifts a weight off my shoulders. It's done.

I lost quite a bit of money on this car, but the fact of the matter is that I got probably the most I could get out of it, and I cant turn back time. One more thing to tick off the list.

In other news, went grocery shopping yesterday. Managed to spend only $25.25. I budgeted $150 for the entire month. That puts me $12.25 under my weekly budget. And I'm pretty sure I'm not going to use everything I bought this week, as I'm going on vacation friday. BUT I am going to eat the highly perishables first.

It's looking like today is going to be a no-spend day Smile Love it. I'm keeping tally of all the days I eat at home and dont eat out (like Wild Blue Yonder's challenge last month). We'll see how many points I can get! Vacation this weekend is going to make it difficult, but we'll see what happens.

I only budgeted $75 for the weekend. I'm hoping I'll be able to make that. I'm only going to take a carry on and purse, so I shouldn't spend any money on baggage. Really, all I'm worried about is food, and dad will likely cover the majority of that. Should be okay.

It feels nice to be in a good place financially, I'm not gonna lie. But I have to keep in mind that even though I have more than enough money to cover my bills this month that I still have quite a bit of saving to do, and debt to pay off. I feel like I'm going to accomplish a lot of goals here in the next few months, though. It feels really nice Smile

Regardless, I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Good news about car... and other financial updates

March 1st, 2010 at 11:59 am

Alright... so I paid off my laptop today Smile And rent. And put up an ad on craigslist for my not-running car... very good. The highest offer I've gotten for scrap is $300. I posted up the ad asking $600, and I've already gotten 5 emails about it. So there's a good chance I'll be able to get what I originally wanted! Woo! I have one person coming to look at it in the morning.

In other news, signed my new card up for National City Points, AND an article got accepted. $3.21. It's been a good financial day Smile

Going grocery shopping here in a few, and that should be really low-key. As I'm going on vacation friday morning, I'll only really need groceries for the next 3 days. So just a few of the basics. It's looking like it's going to be a lot of salads... lol. I'm also going to make sure to get some granola bars for the days I go to campus early. This way I'm not tempted by the vending machines. I'm sure I'll have some of those left over for next week as well.

So it's been a good financial day Big Grin After grocery shopping it's off to campus for me. Homework, class, then BF is giving me a ride home