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Along with sweltering July heat, there were all sorts of things that impacted July’s finances from the Rona down to my spare time which was spent unemployed. Luckily, things look promising on the backside of July. Success tastes like huckleberry lemonade while basking in the views of a glacier at Glacier National Park. Or something like that….
Lather on your sunscreen, BuLL Crew, it’s getting hot in here!
Selling is Better than Spending
I am not particularly good at selling things. I hate the awkward haggling that comes with trying to sell an item you don’t want. If I can help it, I try to pawn this off on Mr. BuLL, he is the king of haggling. I am like the court jester of haggling; funny because its awkward. When I come across a moment that I need to sell something it usually precipitates into books or clothes. It’s one of the few things I consume outside of the typical food and toiletries. This month, I gathered a few items I wanted to banish for cash. Did I get what I was hoping for? No. I would have liked more but in the end, these offensive items are gone and I have more for my savings account. Cashing in stuff for the win!
Fun can be free. My fun is frequently free. I devour things like going to the library and borrowing books and movies. I also draw a lot and write every day, these activities not only provide a creative outlet and stress release but I also genuinely enjoy them. Bonus Round: These hobbies are various forms of free. I have mentioned, one too many times, how amazing nature is. Hiking is better than 50% of my normal adulting life. Hiking doesn’t have to be in the mountains either, it can be any area where there is more nature than humans like a city park, field, or playground. The goal is to get away from the hassles of adulting but still fall into the free category. Bonus points if it involves some sort of exercise!
I quit my job a bit ago to start a new position as a Park Ranger, this month included that transition. It became extra interesting with background check delays. Stupid, Rona! However, I am finally back in the Ranger world and I love it, even if it is very different from how I left it. Luckily, I anticipated a lack of funding, so I saved my leave and sick time from my prior gig which cushioned my finances for this month. Planning makes transitions so much easier and I highly recommend it! Is my type A showing?
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Lifetime of Earning
Your Money or Your Life gave me the idea to calculate my entire life’s earnings. At first, I groaned like a high schooler at the thought of tabulating my total earnings. After all, that sounds like a lot of work! Well, it was. I used the Social Security website which had all my earnings since I was 14. They are a nosy bunch. Then I sifted through the crazy prior budgets to find any “extra” earnings from gifts or some other random event. The total surprised me and made me sad. I have earned more than I expected but I have less than I would like to show for it. Boo!
In the end, my Expedition Everywhere account is at $3,253 which is $453 over my expected savings rate. This is great considering I had a brief stint in unemployment. I am unsure of what the future will hold for consistency in employment but I will do what I do best. Dust off that type A and get planning. Who knows, maybe someday I will be able to include a blogging income. That. Sounds. Delightful.