If my calculations are correct, 15% of the year has already passed, which makes Christmas 2013 closer than it may seem. I’ve been waiting quite awhile to post this progress report because, well, I didn’t have any progress to report. A huge part of that is my fault. As a reminder, these are the things that can go in my Christmas account:
- VISA cashback (won’t get until November)
- Amazon gift cards from law school rewards program
- Textbooks sold
- Pinecone cheques
- Government Cheques
I didn’t sell any of my old textbooks in January because I was just so overwhelmed with the start of the new semester. Which isn’t the end of the world, but it didn’t start the year off with the bang that I wanted. I did get quite a few cheques from Pinecone (certainly lots more than usual), but each one is only $5, so they don’t exactly add up quickly. Then I got a cheque from the government for $25 and I was stuck at $80 for several weeks.
I don’t separate out my government cheques, or even usually look at what they are for. Some are a GST/HST credit, some an energy credit. All I know is that I get them automatically for filing my tax return, and that I am grateful for each one I get.
This week I got two government cheques, for a total of $150, bringing my grand total to $230. So now all of a sudden, with very little effort on my part, I am more than a third of the way to my $600 goal.
I’ll send another update when I have some more progress to report. Have you started saving for Christmas 2013 yet?