I finished paying off all of my credit cards this month, which is sweet. My cash-back card is now my payment of choice. I pay the balance on this credit card every time I get paid. At one point I was spending $125 on credit card payments, so that has been a nice chunk of change that now stays in my pocket ever month. On top of that, using the cash-back card has made me over $13 in just three weeks! I’ll take that.
I’m going to start using Acorns very soon and I think I’m more excited about this than I should be. Investing isn’t really supposed to be exciting and most of the seasoned vets discourage getting overly excited, as it has a tendency to lead to poor and greedy decision making. My excitement comes from just doing something with my money that isn’t paying a bill. It’s all I’ve done my entire life and taking some, even though it’s such a tiny amount, and putting it somewhere to do work for me, is new and exciting. I just can’t help myself.
I’ve spent some time trying to break into freelance writing and editing. This has proven to be extremely difficult. Content mills aren’t accepting new writers and upwork is full of people who will work for next to nothing. As far as freelance editing, I’ve struggled to find people that will let me do free work for them.
This is partially my fault. Last week was a bit rough and stressful and I caught multiple typos on not just social media but on comments that I left on other people’s blogs. This stems from being tired and frustrated and not focusing on one thing at a time. I don’t automate my social media accounts, which is a common strategy with bloggers of every niche. So when I’m trying to promote the blog, I end up multi-tasking and not paying much attention to each individual task. This has come back to bite me square in the ass quite often.
So I’m done with it. I came to the realization that I was taking myself and my blog, as well as the promoting of it, way too seriously. I took half a day off from social media to recharge and switch up my perspective. Taking a step back from all of that mess has been invigorating. Too much of a good thing, I reckon. I’m also pretty much done with pinterest. I just flat out don’t like the platform and it isn’t bringing much traffic to the blog. Twitter is and I’m pretty sure always will be the king of traffic for We’re All Poor Here.
As I mentioned in hard truths of passive income part 3, if I want some money, the realistic thing to do is to get a part time job. So freelancing is going on to the back burner. I’m pretty far ahead with blog writing, with roughly three months worth of posts in various draft stages. So yeah, I think it’s probably time to start looking at realistic part time job opportunities instead of trying to find online projects that might as well be unicorn riding leprechauns.
In other news, I’ve been able to pick up some overtime at work which was very nice, especially with March being a three paycheck month. So did I splurge? Hell yes, I splurged. I paid a visit to my best friend who lives an hour away. Her name is Mama. She just had a new baby, who’s a super cute little guy. I also went to see not one, but two movies IN THE THEATRE. I know, crazy. I also met up with some friends for dinner one night. On an app, entree, and a beer, plus tip, I spent about half of what I spend in a week on groceries. I hadn’t gone out with my squad in over a year and I felt it was probably time to come out of the hermit hole. So I reckon I ended up spending a little over $50 on entertainment that I ordinarily wouldn’t and you know what? It didn’t break the bank and I don’t feel that bad about it. I guess that’s one of the great things about a frugal lifestyle. When your main hobby is saving money, deciding to spend a little extra one month out of the year doesn’t hurt the wallet too much.
That got a smile out of me. I haven’t done much of that lately. It hurt my face a little.