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Well… March was a blinking strange month wasn’t it! What a turn up for the books this one has been! Certainly a month I can’t wait to see the back of, and just for a change, I wish I could skip forward a few months! I’m sure I’m not alone in this feeling though so I won’t feel bad. My aims have been very hit and miss this month! Around the 20th of the month, when it became obvious that we would be staying home for the foreseeable my aims fell a little by the wayside, particularly as I have no childcare now! Anyway, here it is – my aims for March 2020 – the results!
Aims for March 2020 – the results
Home aims for March 2020 – the results
Meal plan all month. Achieved. This went well. I’ve had to change things up, of course, like most people, but have felt very grateful that we have been able to source enough food for our usual types of meals. We have eaten very well and I’ve got some Hello Fresh boxes booked for April!
Financial aims for March 2020 – the results
Make money matched betting. Achieved. A lot of sports were cancelled so I did struggle a little more this month, but I just did the offers that interested me the most. Fortunately, they were quite a few casino offers around towards the end of the month.
Add £150 of Amazon vouchers to my account. Failed. In total, I added £89.99. I didn’t push as hard on this in the end as I wanted to withdraw cash from most of my survey websites, to help towards bills in May-June time, as work is so quiet at the moment.
Spend £250 or less on groceries. Failed. This is partly due to £41.99 Hello Fresh which is coming today and partly because I had to shop in most expensive places, such as the local petrol station and the Co-Op, just to get some essential items like nappies and Calpol. We went over budget by £95 in total, and around £25 of this was purchasing items in M&S and Costa while my Mum was in the hospital at the start of the month.
Make another loan on Kiva. Achieved. I’m really pleased as I’m well on the way to $1000 of loans now! Feeling happy about this and hoping I can hit the goal by the end of the year.
Add £50 to my round-up pot. Achieved. This is just a ‘rainy day’ pot, alongside my more focused savings goals like Christmas 2020.
Online aims for March 2020 – the results
Make 2 eBay sales. Failed. I cancelled my outstanding listings when the COVID-19 stuff stepped up a gear. I don’t want to be making non-essential trips (I’m not going out at all!) and I don’t want to be responsible for non-essential deliveries when all of the systems are already stretched. I only had 3 or 4 items listed, some of Daisy’s old toys & clothes, and these can just go to the charity shop later in the year.
Update 20 old posts. Failed. I think I achieved 8 or 10, which is better than nothing. As those posts are my highest performing ones this has already made a difference to traffic and it is encouraging me to try and find 1-2 hours a week to keep working on this.
Write 3 new money-saving posts. Failed. I’ve had much less time to work and had some paid work I had to complete that took priority. I have been updating old posts though to hopefully provide more value to my readers in these challenging time.
Personal aims for March 2020 – the results
Throw Daisy a Birthday tea with our family. Failed. Daisy is 4 now but we had to spend the weekend at home just us 3. It was nice, just not quite as nice as what we had planned!
Walk 7k steps every single day. Failed. My average is 6,406 each day over the month. This is up about 10% from the previous month, which is great considering I’ve been advised to avoid my usual pain medication so I’m trying to increase everything gradually as I can’t afford a pain flare up at the moment!
Read 2 books. Failed. Oops. I know what book I want to read next and hope from tomorrow to start carving out more time for reading. It’s just something that falls by the wayside for some reason. I do enjoy it, but at the moment I rarely have any peace!
I think this may be the first-ever month where I have failed more of my aims than I have achieved! I feel a bit rubbish about it to be honest, but it has been a very strange month! My mental health has been very up and down as my Mum was in the hospital, my nephew had Sepsis (again), my niece had a long labour where the hospital gave her food poisoning and honestly I just feel like I’ve spent most of the month worrying about various things. I’m sure the feeling is mutual for lots of you reading this!