Whew! This year has been busy so far, I can’t believe it is almost March! I am okay with that though as I have already accomplished quite a few things.
A Major Project at Work
I was working continuously through weekends since October of last year. I finally and successfully wrapped up a major year-long project at the end of January. Once again my year-end work evaluations were stellar (I sound so good on paper!), but my company screwed us for the second year in a row with sub-par raises and bonuses. Guess who didn’t get a cut in his compensation? The CEO.
Even the Pope just suggested that atheists are better than hypocritical Christians that don’t fairly compensate their workers but instead exploit people and lead a dirty and immoral life.
Guess which camp I fall in.
All in all, I am pretty happy. I don’t really need any more raises to accomplish my financial goals, although I do feel a little used.
Lowered my Bills
I was able to lower my cell phone bill by switching from AT&T to Consumer Cellular. Since we live in an extremely rural area, we have very few choices when it comes to third-party carriers. Since switching, we will save $360 a year in cell phone charges, and I haven’t noticed a single change in service. I might devote an entire post to this later in the year.
I also switch my car insurance coverage to liability only, saving nearly $300 a year.
Building a Commerce Website
This project has been consuming pretty much all of my free time lately. Mr. TJL runs a small art business out of our garage. He shows his work a bit around town and gets commissioned work by word of mouth. He had slapped together a website a couple of years ago, but didn’t maintain it and couldn’t sell anything on it.
So I scrapped the whole thing.
Piece by piece, I have been diligently learning how to create an e-commerce site to sell his art. This process has been fraught with frustration and setbacks, but somehow I have been able to figure most of it out.
Now I am (hopefully) on the downhill stretch of the process and will be able to go live with the new website soon.
Then I will have to learn something about promotion and online presence. One thing at a time I guess.
Now on with it
Did I also mention that I have been compiling my taxes? So that explains why the Church of FI is so late this month. I usually try and get it out by the 15th. Without further ado….
I have categorized the reports by expense, and net worth, however many of these blogs combine the two. Hopefully this will help you get to the report you need the most.
Dividends Down Under (Savings Update)
Net Worth Reports
The Frugal Vagabond – no report in January