February 2020 Report: Only Averaging 60 Hours Now

February 2020 report

This month I’m still in my “I’m working a ton and everything else is falling apart” mode – I’m still working a full-time job, my 15-hour-week job doing Finance & Grants for Xray.Fm and, of course, working on Oh My Dollar!

I’m barely holding it together for all the jobs – number of hours aside, it’s just a lot of different priorities to juggle and keep in my head. I just keep forgetting things – forgetting I hadn’t mailed out stickers for Snackuary, for example – to even just forgetting to do things around the house. I’ve been making mistakes at my full-time day job that are out of character for me because I’m not managing the stress well.

I did try out meal prepping this month (video forthcoming) and that was pretty rad. I think I’m sold now.

I decided to not going to skating sectionals in March, as with my work schedule, I’m simply not finding enough free time to go to the rink – there’s such limited freestyle sessions available at the rink in town, and it takes me  3 hours round-trip to go skate for a just an hour out in the suburbs, and I just can’t afford that time right now if I also want to prioritize other things.

Did I mention I’m working more than 60 hours a week right now? Grand total of work hours for February was 235 hours.

I am saving a heck of a lot of money. But I also spent a lot of money. It’s amazing what a “big shovel” of income can get you.

Still doing the livestreams, and hope to have my first video of the year about meal planning out soon.

I talk about my ABSURD tax refund in this livestream.


February 2020 Post-Tax Income: $4,696.16

  • Refund from Bank: $75.00
  • Data Job: $3,204.31
  • Radio Job: $872.31
  • Tax Refunds: $603
  • Oh My Dollar (full income/expenses report below): $0 – took no income this month
  • Checking Interest: $.01
  • Reconciliation Adjustment -$58.47 (old accounting issue fixed)


Full February 2020 Spending Report

Donut chart of my February 2020 finances

Total Spent: $1,471.78

11.7% of total annual budget at 16.4% of the way through the year.


Household & Insurance – $744.35

  • Rent: $615
  • Water, Commons, Garbage, Sewer: $27.50
  • Trash: $7.50
  • Electricity: $30.35
  • Household Items (detergent, TP, toothpaste, razors, etc): $16.16
  • Internet at Home: $0 This is now paid for by SSO’s employer due to being remote employee, was $20 per month.

Transport – $59

  • New Bike Pannier: $59

Basic Food – $152.70

  • Basic Groceries: $135.77
  • Treats (non-essential snacks): $16.93
  • Coffee/Tea For Home: $0 (through work)

Travel – $0

Health – $65 ***Why this is so cheap

  • Health Insurance Premium: $17.00
  • Massage to fix whatever the heck my shoulder was doing: $48

Figure Skating $102.89

Figure skating is super expensive- ice time is one of the most expensive things you can buy. Currently, I’m mostly skating on low-traffic public session at a mall instead of the advanced freestyle sessions and take as little private coaching as I can (private lessons are essential at my skill level). I pay for 7 weeks of public skate time at once and try to get my marginal cost per hour as low as possible. For 2019, my marginal cost per hour of skating was $7.06/hour. Year-to-date in 2020, it is $4.27 per hour.

  • Freestyle: $48  – I am now having to go to freestyle sessions almost exclusively due to my work schedule and the crowded public ice.
  • Coaching: $20 – one 20 minute lesson
  • Training Clothing: $34.89 (warm up jacket, used off ebay)

Looking Good – $224.97

  • Hair Stuff: $29.00 (fancy spray stuff that maybe makes me look like a unicorn
  • Haircut: $60
  • Clothing: $135.97 (11 pieces, all used except 1 bra, mostly from Thredup)

Food & Drink Out – $10

  • Restaurants: $10 at a restaurant on a work outing.

Giving/Gifts – $41.00

  • Charitable Donations: $41

Flotsam –  $.99

  • Spending Money: $.99 an app

Costuming: $129.88

  • 50% Deposit on Costume: $129.88

Retirement savings: $234

Cash  savings: $3,170.02

YTD Total Savings: $5,218/$20,000 goal

OMD Business Income + Expenses Report

I am not living off OMD income this year, so I’m investing more into contractors and other people to work on the show while I work two other jobs. I also have turned down a lot of work this year so I can focus on my other jobs.

This is cash-based accounting, not accrual, so this only accounts for income received this month, not invoices billed.

Gross Receipts + Sales: $878.00

  • Amazon Book + Kindle Sales (net after fees): $63.86
  • Shopify/Direct to Consumer Book Sales: $114.80
  • Radio Ads: $26.47
  • Wholesale (Buyolympia): $125.10
  • Interest: $.02
  • Patreon Memberships: $582.98
  • [Reconciling Adjustment]: -$8.56

Total Expenses: $529.15

Contractors: $118.60

  • Artwork $85.00
  • Transcription : $33.60

Operating Expenses: $243.51

  • Phone: $0 (prepaid)
  • Office Supplies: $68.77
  • Research: $9.86
  • Convertkit: $49
  • Exist.io $6.00
  • Meals: $9.13
  • Backblaze : $6.00
  • Storage: $8.97
  • Hosting + Servers: $20.00 (Linode and Dreamhost)
  • Sonix: $18.90 (will be phased out as I do the work to copy old transcripts out of their player)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: $29.99
  • Marketing: $20.79

Cost of Goods Sold: $118.16

  • Shopify Monthly Fee: $29.00
  • Shipping Supplies: $11.99
  • Shipping: $77.17

Equipment: $13.99

  • Computer Peripherals: $13.99

Net Income: $348.85

  • Tax Savings: $87 (25% of net income)
  • Lily’s Salary: $0

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