Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend.
We didn't do a whole lot, but it was a nice relaxing weekend.
Our good friends (W has been good friends with the guy since first grade) are getting married this Friday and decided to plan a quick wedding so we have a lot to do this week to get ready for that and it'll be a lot of fun!
I booked our engagement photography last week. She takes great photos and I've been stalking her wedding website and Facebook for years now so I'm glad I was able to book with her! We are of course taking our engagement photos with our dogs too and I'm really looking forward to it. W is really not looking forward to taking photos. Anyone else had this problem? I feel like I can't convince him to do this at all haha. I've already paid though and it's $400 for the engagement photos so he will for sure be coming.
Lately I've been talking a lot about how we want a new house. We figured that until we actually find the house and are 100% about to buy, then we really need to be doing little things around our house until then to prepare and not be overwhelmed at one time. Also, why not make our house perfect for while we're leaving here? So we have a long list of things that we need to do. This past weekend I cleaned out my closet and had 2 large trash bags full of garbage to throw away. And this was pure trash: receipts, plastic bags, tags, paper, etc.
This upcoming weekend I plan on de-cluttering everything and getting rid of clothes in my closet. Hopefully I can actually get rid of some clothes and possibly make some extra money too!
So, quick question for all of you: What thing around your house did you improve before you tried selling it? I'm looking for all tips as we want to sell our house for as much as we can and also as quickly as we can. I have a long post dedicated to this in the future but am wondering if there's anything that I'm leaving out!
I paid off one of my student loans, and it was my only private student loan! Back in 2007 I took out the loan and it totaled $6,000. I paid off the rest the other day and it looks like I accidentally overpaid by $0.01! It's a nice feeling and I never honestly thought that eliminating student loans would be this exhilarating haha.
I don't think we bought anything in the past week, at least nothing that I can think of. We have been doing really good with this and I'm proud. I guess you could of course count for engagement photography that I paid for, but I did budget for that awhile ago.
Also, we have some major expenses coming up. We are paying for W's parents to go on a vacation. It's going to be a present to them for being such great people and we're really hoping that they enjoy it. We've saved up for quite some time and are covering the airfare and all-inclusive hotel. I don't think they've ever been to the Caribbean so I'm super excited for them!
Extra Income (does not include salary from our jobs)
I received $823 in payments in the past week. Still waiting on some more payments so I hope they come through soon.
Affiliate income is still my number 1 goal right now. I'm really working on that and hopefully it'll be around 50% or more of my total extra income each month. Eventually though, my new side hustle will completely take over and hopefully become a larger part of my income. This side hustle will eventually take up a ton of time.
I wish I could tell you guys more! A couple of you asked me if it's related to blogging, and it's not at all. It is not related to writing, blogging, advertising, etc. Something completely new! If anyone wants to guess, I'll take all guesses and confess if someone actually does come up with the right answer. And, if you already know what the new plan is, please don't tell! I already told a couple of you. 🙂
We haven't had a meal plan in forever, but we have been doing great with eating at home. We made dinner 5 days last week. The two days that we did eat out were super cheap. Thankfully our 2 favorite restaurants are right next door to each other and just right down the street. They are both super cheap and we spent a total of $35 on going out to restaurants to eat. That's pretty cheap to me, less than $20 for each night!
We want to continue to eat in as much as we can. We have really enjoyed it. We have more time to relax and hang out since we aren't in a busy restaurant.
As I said above, we booked our engagement photography to be done. We're not taking them until May because we want everything to be blooming and colorful. Our photos will be a start park with lots of great hiking and pretty cliffs. Sounds like a disaster once you mix heels, dresses and 2 dogs but oh well 🙂
Having the treadmill in our basement has been great so far. I've run on it three times in the past week and it's been great. I'm going to try and at least fit in a couple of miles here and there whenever I have 10 or 20 minutes to spare also.