March, unlike the other months, seemed to just inch along. It felt as if I was running on a hamster wheel full speed, but at half battery power. Probably not a huge surprise that I’m glad to see the back end of this month and ready to jump into April.
1. After my rather indulgent trip to Melbourne in February, I decided that I really needed to make more time (and money) for travel. (PS- I still have a few blog posts about my trip, so come back next week for those!) To kick start that goal, I implemented two new savings plans: The first one is the 52 week challenge, and the second one is the 52 day shopping ban. The 52 week savings challenge has been floating around the web for years, and this is actually my second year doing it. The first year, I wasn’t AS successful because I kept forgetting to transfer the money weekly. This year, I made it easier on myself, and just transfer 4 weeks worth of savings as soon as I get my paycheck. I also reverse the savings amount, by starting with the highest amount, which mentally seems a bit more motivating to me. I usually deposit it into my long-term savings account, and try to forget that it ever exists. In addition, I automatically transfer a certain amount to an account earmarked for travel. I’ve observed that if I never see the money, I don’t usually miss it.