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Monthly Financial Snapshot: February 2018

Well, it's that time of year again, when work takes over almost all my waking hours for about a month and I have almost no energy left for anything else. Highlights for this month included getting a stand mixer for my kitchen (more baked goodies = less depressing work environment), completing my tax return (first year filing with self-employment income) and receiving a fat refund (thanks to January's strategic tax move), and losing enough money in the market to offset almost all of my savings for the month. So it goes.

CategoryFeb-18CommentsRent$768.75$750 for rent + $18.75 Plastiq feesInternet$55.92Internet is kind of expensive.Cell Phone$0.00Already paid for 1 year of service through MintSIM. = $15.51 / month!Natural Gas$18.89A little below average. Kind of strange given how much extra baking I've been doing lately.Electricity$22.23A little below average for the month.Water$30.87Below average. Groceries$201.70Above average. Bought a lot more meat last month than I usually…

Monthly Financial Snapshot: January 2018

You can also track my all-time progress on the aptly-named Current Progress page.

January was a really strange month. I deliberately overpaid over $6k in federal income taxes on a credit card in order to trigger a 25k mile spending bonus and set myself up for another 25k mile bonus in another month or two. Since it's just about tax season, I'll be getting almost all of that back as a refund in a month or two, minus the 1.87% credit card fee. Totally worth it for the extra travel I'll get from it.

Speaking of travel, I booked my annual trip to Japan this month using miles, hotel free night certificates, and my massive gift card balance that I bought at discount. Booked a round trip to Japan on JAL for 60k BA miles + $178.86 in taxes. In addition, I got a domestic round trip ticket to Kyushu from Tokyo for 9k BA miles + $5.14 in taxes. My Hyatt and IHG cards each got me a "free" night (quotations because the cost is really the annual fee) at hotels worth…