The Saved Quarter Challenge, Update #1, Saved $204.60

My goal for The Saved Quarter Challenge is not to let our savings account get below $12,000 during this time of low income.  (My husband is bringing in $1,750, leaving us with a deficit of -$1,060 each month.  To avoid dipping into savings my husband has advertised for tutoring jobs, though nothing has come of that yet, and I am employing a variety of techniquest to bring money into the house.  This is what we saved this week for next month’s expenses:

$29.60 from writing/advertising
$135.00 from writing/advertising
$40.00 from selling an old textbook and a baby outfit on eBay (this is the amount we earned after fees and shipping)
$204.60 TOTAL

We also had $80 leftover from January that we didn’t have to spend on January’s budget, so our total saved for February is $284.60 so far.

I have a lot more to sell on eBay, so I am trying to make listing those items a priority this week.   To read others’ progress or to join the challenge, make sure to visit The Saved Quarter.


  1. Looks like you’ve got a good start going…hopefully my next Saved Quarter update will be more like this than what it was for this week!

  2. That’s awesome, way to go!!

  3. This is a great start! Over $280 in your first week is awesome progress!

    If you wanted to post your budget, maybe readers can help you find cheaper alternatives to reduce it even more.

    • Hi. I post the budget every month. (And yes, there are definitely some areas we can cut :)) You can find it under the budget tab. I’d appreciate any suggestions!

  4. Great job that you were able to save that much. I was able to sell one good thing on eBay this last week. $30.00 went to the bank for savings and $32.00 kept for hunting more items to sell. Our budget is so tight it is really hard to find any money to save other than selling things on eBay.

  5. Hi Grace
    Good job! Ebay is a great way to make extra money. Have you tried Amazon? I have sold some older text books and made a few extra dollars.

  6. Way to go! I am so sorry to hear that you guys have a budget shortfall of a little over $1,000 a month. Keep plugging away.

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