House / Pet Sitting
I ended up taking a house / pet sitting job this week for four days. I haven’t taken shorter house sitting jobs in the past because it disrupts my writing having to move all my stuff back and forth, so I prefer jobs where it’s a minimum of a week long. I decided to take them this year because I’m also doing the 52 week money making challenge, and it would be a good way to earn some extra money for that. An added benefit is that I also save money. When I’m at another person’s house I don’t spend nearly as much for utilities at my own home, so that should help lower those bills when they arrive. I’ll have to wait for those savings to appear, but another big savings comes from the fact that I didn’t need to buy any food during the four days I was doing it. Most of the time (as in this case) I’m free to eat whatever is in the house, which means that I save quite a bit on grocery shopping costs for those days. I decided to make this worth $5 in savings per day (although it’s probably worth more) which I added to my fund.
I was also offered some nice clothes from the people I ended up house sitting for. They consist of dress shirts, some less formal polo type shirts and light sweaters. I’ve been debating the savings value I should put towards these. I will keep a few of the dress shirts and sweaters while selling or giving away the rest. I’m sure that I will end up using those that I keep, but the truth is that I would have never gone out and purchased any of them had I not been given them. That being said, I will not have the need to buy anything like that in the near future if there are any instances when I do need to wear something like that. I figure that they will probably save me from having to buy something down the line, so I gave it a savings of $10.
Money Jar & Pay to Use My Car
The amount in my change jar this week totaled $3.35 which included the $0.70 left over from last week. I will take $3 to put into the challenge account and keep the other $0.35 in the jar to be added with any other coins I get this coming week.
The total saved for the week came to $35. I crossed off this number (below in red) and now have a total of $80 saved for the first three weeks. I did change some of the lower denomination bills in my savings fund for larger bills. I was tempted to do the same with the change, but then I figured I would put it right back into my change jar which I thought would be kind of cheating, so I’ll leave the change until I move it from the tin at home into a bank account.
Total Saved Week 3: $35.00
$1 $2 $3 $4 $5 $6 $7 $8 $9 $10
$11 $12 $13 $14 $15 $16 $17 $18 $19 $20
$21 $22 $23 $24 $25 $26 $27 $28 $29 $30
$31 $32 $33 $34 $35 $36 $37 $38 $39 $40
$41 $42 $43 $44 $45 $46 $47 $48 $49 $50
Goals for the Coming Week
The main goal I had last week was to find the rest of the monthly bills that were missing. I managed to do that before I left for house sitting, so I was able to check that off the list. The other goal was to put together a list of ways I can reduce my electricity bill that I’m not already doing. I did not get that list together (although I should save some in this area since I wasn’t using any electricity for the 4 days I was house sitting).
I plan to put together that list as well as a more comprehensive list of ways to reduce water consumption as my goals for the coming week.
For those participating in the challenge, how was your week three?