Blog. Money. Health. Write. March 2016.

hello-march-blue-photoBlink. Blink. And just like that, February is gone. I’ve never been a fan of February. It’s the shortest month. It’s all about Valentine’s Day which has never been a special occasion for me. It’s still winter. It’s just one of those blah months I seem to mettle through and this year was no different.

Basically, I did my taxes. I spent the entire month preparing for my busy trade show season at work. And I went to the DMV.  In that order. As far as my resolutions go?  Eh, they might have suffered a bit.  Let’s see how I did.

Money

InBox Dollars Account: $29.32
iBotta Account: $24.20
Receipt Hog Account: $3.54
Primary Savings Account: $40.00
Primary Money Market: $40.00
Credit Union Savings: $55.00
Capitol One Money Market: $176.22
Cash Savings: $52.00
Total: $420.28

My InBox, iBotta, and Receipt Hog accounts each grew a tiny bit and that’s cool.  I’m less than $1 away from being able to cash out my InBox account but I’m not going to plan on doing that. My iBotta account can be cashed out now but I’m going to wait on it too.  Receipt Hog takes the longest to grow but it’s still fun to use.

My primary accounts grew a tiny bit. Not as much as I would have liked but some of my tax return had to go toward a car inspection and renewing my license plates, and I also had two doctor’s bills that arrived in the mail at the end of the month.

My Cap One money market account continues to grow the most thanks to my automatic deposits, and like I’ve said, that account is out of sight and out of mind so I’m not tempted to tap into it.

And cash savings is finally picking up which is a good feeling.

I have to travel for two full weeks in March; one week in the beginning and one at the end. This means less money spent because my company will reimburse me for meals. I also won’t spend as much on gas since I fly and take cabs. So I’m hoping again to take advantage of this and be able to save more. My app accounts and InBox will probably suffer a bit though because I won’t have as much time to give them attention.

Health

Ha!  What’s that?  February wasn’t any better than January, and yeah, I Girl Scout cookies last week.  Sooo….

One positive thing is that I learned about an app on Shark Tank called Sworkit. It’s a personalized exercise app for people on the go who don’t go to the gym. It helps you with stretching, yoga, cardio, and strength.  I thought it was worth a look so I downloaded it to my Kindle and I am looking forward to using it next month when I have to travel for work.

I haven’t given up yet.  Winter is always hard to get motivated. With Spring coming, I know I’ll be getting outside and burning calories and I’m looking forward to making lots of progress in the coming months.

I’m probably going to stop using My Fitness Pal for a while though.  If anything, it’s helped me to control my calorie intake, what to eat, what not to eat, and the like. It’s a challenge to record all of your meals every day though and since March is going to be a very busy month for me, I’m probably going to stop doing it. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up on my eating habits. I just don’t want to be tied to an app to keep track of my calories.

Write

I spent the entire month of February editing a book I had finished a few years ago. I wrote about it in a blog post just a few weeks ago. That’s one big plus for the month!  I finished my edit and finally sent the book to my editor.  I should have it back by the end of March and then can work on polishing it for publication. As far as new writing projects go everything was pretty much put on hold for the edit, and with the upcoming work travel I usually spend any free time reading so there won’t be much progress made in March either.

So that’s February in a nutshell. Happy Leap Day! See you in April.

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