‘The Year Of No’ monthly report: March

While much of the United States is caught up with college basketball fever this month, we’ve had our own version of March Madness.

This month has been a very busy one. I have worked a lot, and Amy has been busy tending to the kids more than usual. However, we did take time for a little fun on March 17.

Yes, that was St. Patrick’s Day, but it was also her birthday. We budgeted for some gifts for her, and we went out to eat on the cheap thanks to some free gift cards to a local restaurants received from from friends.

March 2018

In March, we paid down $3,392.59, bringing down our remaining loan balance to $10,467.32. I am very excited that we are almost down to having a four-digit figure on our loan. How exciting! I’m a little peeved it didn’t happen this month. We are so close, but we will simply stay the course and keep plugging away.

Perhaps more importantly, when we reach anywhere in the $8,000 range, that’s when things start getting interesting. That figure is what I call “The Beginning of the End,” which will bring us to just 25 percent left.

I’m thankful that we don’t have anymore birthdays or big events for awhile. I hope that April stays an anticipated snoozer as far as expenses go. Thanks to a wonderful Christmas gift of season passes to our local amusement park, we have cheap entertainment for the family when it opens April 21. All we have to pay for out of pocket is the parking fee, bottled water we always bring with us, and snacks we leave in our vehicle.

Stay the course, keep focused, keep grinding. The light at the end of the tunnel is right around the corner.

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