Welcome! Its feasible to to stick with your streak from the beginning - I started with mine a little over a month after I started,( July 30th 2013), so just take Kirbydox's advice & keep the ones close to home available! :)
Oh! & don't worry about sporting your EBay buy! I still geocache exclusively with my iPhone #cachingonthecheap is good to me!
Welcome! Hope to see you on the trails or at an event soon. If you continue on your streak I would suggest NOT caching out the area around home completely. It's nice to save some of those for those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days when you need a cache but don't feel like driving 20 miles for the nearest one.