Well, March was certainly a very exciting month! I decided to start my pursuing my dream of becoming a homeowner and was met with success! I met with a mortgage broker, found out I have awesome credit (yeah!) and was pre-approved for a mortgage. Now I have started the shopping process and I think I may have already found what I am looking for. But, I am going to go out shopping some more just to make sure. I have to at least institute my 7 day rule.
As for other financial news, I came in under my budget total for the month. Went over in some categories and stayed under in others. I am still on my grocery shopping hiatus, at least until Friday which is payday. I earned some extra money from selling some items on Craiglist, mailing in a rebate offer and filling out some surveys. I also found a lot of money this month while out walking around and paying attention. All that money went in to savings, along with saving 38% of my take home salary! Wahoo! I had no idea that it would come out to that much. Maybe next month I can hit the big 40%. All depends I guess on whether I buy a condo that soon or not.
I was looking forward to a frugal weekend this past weekend, but I had no idea it would be this frugal. I got sick on Friday night/Saturday morning with a stomach bug, so I didn't go anywhere on Saturday and stayed home lying on the couch most of the day. Hard to spend any money when you don't go anywhere and don't feel like eating anything.
Other than that I am making a more conscious effort to save money anywhere I can. Not wasting food, turning off lights, air drying my clothes. Packing a snack with me when I am going to be out and about. Drinking water instead of soda. Walking to the store instead of driving, this savings tip is twofold. One I am not using gas to go there and two, I can only buy what I can carry the mile back home.
I hope everyone had a positive cash flow for March and that April will bring showers of health, wealth and happiness.