Blogging and Budget Burnout

burnoutWow, it’s been quite awhile. Regular readers of this blog might have noticed that I’ve been pretty much MIA for the past two months. My awesome writing partners Zimmy and Gypsy have been picking up a ton of slack from my end while I’ve been gone so I want to give them huge thanks  and shouts out for that.

The reason for my absence is a pretty simple one. I wasn’t in jail, I wasn’t at the bottom of a ditch, I was simply burnt out. Burnt out of blogging, burnt out of working, and burnt out of budgeting. The blog had been sucking down a lot of hours of my life, and coupled with my full time day job it was just a bit too much. Coupled with all of the stuff I had going on around the holidays, I needed a bit of a break. Well, I think I’m good and ready to start posting on the regular again and get back into things, so hopefully a bunch more articles from me in the coming weeks and months.

In addition to being a little overwhelmed on the blogging end, I went a little crazy with my budget over the holidays. As a personal finance blogger wannabe I was honestly a little ashamed that I let my budget get off track.

In an earlier post I wrote that I paid off all of my credit card debt, woo hoo! Well, sadly, a few months later and some of its back. I bought new tires, a lot of gifts at Christmas, dinners out to eat, and just in general  have been sloppy at sticking to my budget. I started carrying my card in my wallet and using it for purchases instead of cash, so I started losing track of some things that I was buying. In total I probably racked up close to $1700ish in the past 3-4 months of going off my budget rocker. Obviously I’m not happy about it and have vowed to get back on track and pay this down.  Now, this isn’t going to make or break me, but being able to stay focused on sticking to budget is something I need to do. If I find myself still blowing it, then I might need to build in some more leeway into the numbers, or figure out a way to get more willpower to stop buying stuff. For those of you who read Mr. Money Mustache, this is where you would give me face punches and call me complainy pants and tell me to get my act together. Thanks, I needed that.

In other news, since I had a lot of free time because I was neglecting the blog (or avoiding it because I was not sticking to my financial guns?) I’ve started to actively try and make money doing a side hustle of re-selling items on Ebay. This is a real familiar topic to Zimmy as he sells a bunch of stuff on Ebay. For me I’m mainly a buyer (Oh yea, I made a bunch of Ebay purchases back in October that kicked off my big budget slide, doh!) and haven’t actually sold anything on Ebay before. If you look back at our articles I’m a Craigslist man for selling random stuff, but often it’s a hassle to set up meetings, and I’ve been getting a lot more spam lately. So I decided to give Ebay a try.

I haven’t actually sold anything yet but for the past month I’ve been reading up a ton on reselling and what Item’s I should look for. I’ve started to build up inventory and have been buying up items at Thrift Stores, Library book sales, and other places. Once I get some more inventory I’m probably going to start the listing process, so be sure to check back for future progress updates on my Ebay side hustle. If things go as planned, I should be able to make a few extra grand this year and hopefully pay down my remaining car loan quicker or my credit card if that debt is still floating around.

In the mean time, take a word of advice from myself and don’t let your budget, your blog, your job, or whatever else you may be doing burn you out. Sometimes it’s good to go full on into something, but often like the classic tale, slow and steady wins the race. Here is to wishing everyone an awesome 2014 in life, love, and budgets!

 

 

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About Potato Head

What's up everyone. I'm in my mid twenties and live in PA. I helped to start this blog so I could share my thoughts and experiences with making and (sadly) losing money. Hope you enjoy my posts and feel free to drop me a line if you ever want to chat or ask me a question.

Comments

  1. Welcome back! Sometimes a much-needed break is called for and can do wonders for you motivation. As for getting back on track, I totally understand. I have a horrible cycle of paying off debt, then a few years later, ending up with more! I'm working on that, but it's not easy.
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  2. Sounds like you need to get back into blogging if for no other reason than the accountability factor. Don't discount the fact that your budget went off the rails when you stopped blogging. One has a lot to do with the other, and if you stick with one, I think you'll see improvement in the other.
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  3. Good to see you back. Sometimes we go off track but we can usually recover, right? It's a new year, and that's a chance to start fresh with the debt/budget. You can do it. Here's to a great 2014!

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