Today, we made a major life-changing decision. We’re going to buy a house – and not just any house. It’s a 3,000 square-foot Colonial in the ‘burbs with a pool and a 3-car garage, on a full 3-acre lot. And guess what! It has a white picket fence! Sure, we know we’ll both have to go back to work full-time to pay for it but man, it will be sooo worth it to have our own piece of the American Dream. Who cares about travel anyway?? We can do that when we get this thing paid for in 30 years. After all, we’ll only be in our 70s.
Yeah, right!! April Fools!!
March might have been a crazy month but we didn’t loose our minds completely LOL. We’re pretty content to live off one income in our nice-sized 750-square foot apartment, where our only debt is a rapidly dwindling student loan. So how crazy was March, you might wonder. Let me just tell you.
On the positive side…
- We had two major goals for this month – renew my passport and pay off our car. I’m happy to say, we did both.
- Angie and I both read 3 books. One of mine, The China Study, was a beast to get through and I thought for a while it might be the only book I read in March. If it had, it would have been worth it. We gained a lot of great information on the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet from the book.
- Speaking of eating plants, we had 17 entirely vegetarian days this month (or 78 meatless meals, if you break it down that way). Every meal (but one) that we ate while on vacation was meatless and we even dined at 7 different restaurants. Our “new” food of the month was brussel sprouts.
- On the topic of vacation, we made progress on a few things from our Happiness Project Bucket List during the week we spent in Georgia and Florida, including finding 11 letterboxes. Though we camped twice, I’m reluctant to mark that off our list since we were mostly just stopping for the night rather than camping for the sake of being outdoors. One of our overnights was quite the adventure though. You can read about it here.
- We were able to log several great walks and hikes in March. We hiked 26.8 miles and walked 68.2. We even found two new trails in our area.
- We watched 4 documentaries, including A Place at the Table (Amazon Prime) and Sustainable (Netflix).
On the other side…
- I didn’t blog as much as I wanted to. I think I only had 5 posts for this month.
- Our trip to Florida was wonderful but it made me a bit sad (which is not exactly what we were trying to accomplish). As much as I love my family here in TN, walking our beach and seeing our friends made me very homesick and I think the few weeks following our return were unnecessarily hard (ie. busy) because of that.
On the fence…
- I can’t decide whether we had a good month financially or not. We had 11 no-spend days, which seems like a great accomplishment but we went over-budget on groceries/household goods by $180 and spent an extra $142 on miscellaneous stuff. However, we also saved $566. So…maybe I’m just being hard on myself for the added spending and it really was a decent month. Yeah, let’s go with that.
- Side hustles were down. We only made $20.65, mostly off of Easy Shift, but I’m not ready to call this a complete negative. We spent more time doing other things besides side-hustling (some were good, like our vacation and hiking, and others just plain busyness).
If you’re keeping up with our food finds, here’s our March tally. Note – these finds represent only 10 visits to the dumpster. We shared this month’s food with 3 other people.
- 3 pounds Fuji apples + 22 mixed apples
- 11 plums
- 6 limes
- 40 navel oranges
- 21 blood oranges
- 7 Cara-Cara oranges
- 4 – 5 oz. containers of mixed greens
- 1.5 pints blueberries
- 6 oz. raspberries
- 6 zucchini
- 3 heads of cabbage
- 1 head brocolli
- 2 grapefruits
- 4 pounds grapes
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes
- 8 red potatoes
- 10 pounds Russet potatoes
- 3 quarts strawberries
- 1 bag brussel sprouts
- 1 pound green beans
- 3 yellow onions
- 2 bell peppers (red & yellow)
- 3 dozen + 3 eggs
Here are a few of the highlights from March:
How was your month?