Last month, I overspent quite a bit, by about $200. It was partly because we got sick near the end of the month (and I will not hesitate to spend extra money on tissues and cold medicine even if it takes me over budget), partly because the water bill was higher than I expected (I think from the switchover to the new billing system they're doing), and partly spending a bit more on TV than usual. So, since I've overspent, I need to build that back up this month.
Since I don't have a lot extra each month anymore, building back up that $200 is something I'm going to accomplish with mturk. I've got over $40 so far, so I'm making progress.
Of course, there's also a tax return we'll have coming when Tom gets me his tax documents. I think it'll be around $2000 - $2500 total, minus preparation costs. I don't know if we'll split it between us, or if he'll want me to put it all towards my loans, or how it'll go. I'll at least get half, so I can build up my savings that way again too.
I've largely stopped using Swagbucks, even though I did get a lot more points than usual last month. I realized...for the amount of time and effort I was spending on it, I could make so much more with mturk.
I've been watching rent prices lately, and I'm hopeful that our rent will be going down a bit this year. The current prices on the front page are about $200 less than we're paying now, and I could use the extra buffer in my monthly budget. We'll see in a month or so, I think.