March felt like it lasted for 500 days.
April, in contrast, felt like it lasted for 4 hours. Man it was a quick month.
This is a weird year to be doing a no spend challenge because it’s almost deceptively easy. Everything’s closed. I can’t go shopping, can’t go to the movies….I don’t really have anywhere to drive to besides work either.
Despite that April was probably my worst month so far in terms of my no spend challenge. I blame food. I ate out a couple times at work when I didn’t need to. I know what you’re thinking, Amanda don’t be hard on yourself, but when the year started I put eating out (except for one monthly trip to Panera) on my wants list. That being said sometimes, when you’ve had a super long day, a strawberry limeaide from Sonic is the best thing ever.
Speaking of work, this last month my employer changed our work shift schedule from 48 hrs on/96 hrs off to 24 on/48 off in anticipation of the Covid 19 spike in TX. Funny thing is they changed it in order to help us conserve energy but in truth I feel more exhausted than ever. Thankfully the schedule switches back this week because the change in schedule also meant I was having to drive to Houston twice as much which meant more mileage on my car and more money spent on gas.
Thankfully gas is super cheap right now which is AMAZING. I spent $1.17/gallon the other day. I never thought I’d see prices go that low in my lifetime.
Some other notes from April…
- I finally got my stimulus on the 30th! I had to manually enter my direct deposit info so it took longer. I’m going to use some of the money to take a small road trip once this mess is over then the rest will most likely either go to the dentist or my car.
- Thankfully I’m an essential employee so I’ve been working this whole time which allows me to pay all my bills without issue. I have student loans from my paramedic degree with Nelnet and from my earlier Bachelors degree through Navient. The Nelnet loans are deferred with no interest thanks to the CARES act but I wasn’t so lucky when it came to the Navient loans. Regardless though, I decided to keep paying on both. I’ve got the budget so why not.
- I read 10 books this last month! That’s the most I’ve read in a month every I’m pretty sure. One book I owned but the rest where all checked out from the Library on my Kindle using the LIBBY app. Considering all the libraries are closed it’s been a lifesaver and I love it.
- I made $10 via side hustles this month, all from Field Agent. I couldn’t justify making unnecessary trips to the store to complete jobs with a stay at home order in affect, but since I was already in Walmart I went for it. I got some free Febreeze too so it really worked out.
- We were gifted a lot of food this last month while working from from citizens and local businesses alike. Jersey Mikes to McDonalds. I definitely feel very blessed by these gifts.
And finally, money I put towards debt in April…
The amount may be the lowest yet, but every little bit counts right? Even better is that I’ll be able to pay off my credit card this month (May)! That being said hopefully I’ll have really exciting things to report by this time next month!