Monthly Review | March 2016

5th April 2016

Monthly Review | March 2016

March was a good month for me (thanks, March!). I moved into my house at the very end of February and it feels like I’ve lived here years, so the month seems to have gone quite slowly for me. The weather has changed and it is slowly but surely getting warmer, and I’m now eager for summer and adventures in my new area.

Life events

This month, Tyrone and I began to settle into our new house. We handed in the keys to our flat and managed to get the full deposit back on it, which was easier than I expected.

Our sofa finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and we are both so grateful to be no longer sitting on camping chairs, and the bedside tables we wanted came back in stock at Argos so we purchased those too. The house really feels like it has come together in quite a short space of time.

As both Tyrone and I were both skint and eagerly waiting for pay day this, we didn’t get out and about very much this month. We attended MCM Comic Con Liverpool, which I wrote all about here, and we also popped back home to Shropshire over the Easter weekend for a little break.

On the blog

I managed to get a lot of posts up on the blog this month, and I’m proud of every single on of them. I think, after all these years, I know exactly what I want to write about and the content I want to produce, and it really does make such a difference. I’m enjoying blogging so much at the moment.

Some of my favourite posts from this month include…

My Instagram Pet Peeves

Embracing my creativity

My favourite podcasts to listen to

365 Instagram Challenge

Instagram has been talked about lot this month, hasn’t it?

I’m still going with the challenge but honestly there has been days when I just want to give it up, especially with the Instagram changes that are coming into force. But when it gets to the end of 2016, when I can look back on my year in photographs, I know I will be glad I stuck with it.

Savings

I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve had to live pay cheque to pay cheque, and even after moving house and buying a load of new furniture, I never ran out of money. But, I was so glad when pay day rolled around this month.

Again, I managed to save another £396 bringing my total savings for the year up to £1,188.

In April

In April I will start learning to drive…just as soon as I find an automatic instructor in my area.

I can’t wait to get started and get it over and done with as soon as possible. I recently found out that the train line I commute to work via is going to be closed for quite a few weeks next year which means commuting to work is going to be a nightmare. My aim is to pass my test and get a car ready so that I don’t have to deal with rail replacement buses. God I hate buses!

As I mentioned in my latest Weekend Blog post, I’m off down to Hertfordshire to work for a week this month which I am looking forward to.

What did you get up to in March? Was it a good month for you?

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  1. I remember when my bf and I first moved into our flat. We had to wait almost 4 weeks for our bed base to be delivered, so we slept on our mattress on the floor during that time. Our sofa took around 6 weeks, so we sat on dinner/computer chairs during that time. I remember how amazing it felt when everything was all in place and felt like a real home.

    We didn’t go out much during the first few months as we spent a lot on furnitures and getting use to paying for bills and food. We were both living with my family before so took a little while to get use to all.

    Good luck with your driving! It’s always good to learn to drive, super useful skill. I have an automatic license too, so easy compared to manual! Do you know any ideas what sort of car you’ll buy?

    • Holly

      Forunately we were able to get our bed frame with same-day delivery, which was such a blessing.

      Thank you! After I wrote this post I actually managed to book myself a lesson, so I start next week! I’m thinking about getting something small (and cheap) like a Toyota Yaris, or something of a similar size.