40 Goals for 2017: Week 21

I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week. 

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Week Twenty- One


  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I am thrilled to say the Mister is already nearing 100% with his 2017 Roth and is at $4500. I have $1000.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Classes start next week. The cost was $643 to do summer fast-track lessons and was half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $264 in my Christmas savings so far. I haven’t been able to take many shifts because of medical appointments, so I have saved nothing this month.
  6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   This is on the Mister’s proscrastination pile. Summer break starts in about 4 days. Still waiting!
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. We’ll probably do a dump into this fund in the fall.
  8. Spend $500600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  I signed up with Platejoy.com to help me plan low-carb healthy meals within the macros I am striving to meet. I have spent $471.64 so far in May.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week, but I have a two week break from class and I have added it to my to-do list.
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, we had our last two Girl Scout meetings of the school year. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s . I donated an additional $20 to a funeral fund for someone in my hometown.


  1. Complete my master’s degree! I have a two week break from homework, though next week I may work on one piece to try and get ahead. The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August. This month, I completed my graduation application, ordered my MSN nursing pin, ordered my cap, hood, and gown, and booked our one-night hotel stay. I went through Expedia and Ebates to book our suite for $90, and expect $4 cash back.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We are planning to try a new local pub started by a Scottish family Saturday night.
  3. Read 1 book per month I am working on Hedda Hopper’s The Whole Truth and Nothing But and am about 60% done. I set it aside this week because my digital library copy of

    Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike was about to expire, so I zipped through it in a day. I am a biking newbie, so I wanted to read up on safety, basic bike fixes, and whatnot. As soon as that was done, I started on another digital library book that finally was available to me, Kathy Griffin’s  Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index. I’m already about 40% of the way through that.

    I’ve been on hold for Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic since December and it is now available too, so yes, as soon as I am done it will be another celebrity memoir. I swear I usually don’t read so many celebrity memoirs, but I can usually get one done in a day or two, so it’s been working while I am in school and have only a day or two every couple weeks to read. It’s also nice to read something funny and fluffy when the news this year has been so heavy and depressing.

    This makes 9-going-on 10 books read out of 12.

  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I had to cancel my plans with my work buddies last week thanks to crazy volume at work. This month will probably be a bust, but between Mother’s Day, our anniversary, our son’s birthday, and end of school year, May is our busiest month. Fail.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I have not touched this since my last break, but this week is another school break, so I hope to do a few more rows.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I picked up 3 shifts this week and then had to cancel them when our youngest caught a pukey virus. I will try this weekend.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I probably hit it 6 days this week again.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.


  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. Maybe July? The kids are begging to go to Lake Erie again.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. I have started our summer schedule, which includes a little relaxation time with PBS Kids in the morning (aka my time to exercise and write a blog post or do homework), chores, dyslexia friendly phonics, reading, and spelling work for the older two via Reading Horizons, early reading fun via ABC Mouse and using Montessori-based sandpaper letters for the 3 year old, math via Khan Academy, book reading time,  and computer coding programs for our 9 year old. We play games or do art 1:1 as a reward for finishing their daily tasks, and this is our morning schedule 3-4 days per week unless we have planned a day-long adventure. The boy and I are reading together at night before bed.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. I am putting this off this until the summer
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. Sunday I am planning another big organization day.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This will save us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. I have ordered some bulbs to be shipped in the fall to replace the irises and lilies that died when our tree fell on them last year. We still need to paint the mailbox, but it’s way too rainy this week. 
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Next on agenda is fixing a leak in the master bath so we are safe to finally drywall the ceiling. Once that is done we paint.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  Spring is here! We tried three new parks so far, the last one being the state park where we hiked for Girl Scouts.  We have plans to visit Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden in July when some friends are camped there. My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Three of six completed. 


  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. I scheduled myself to work through Brilliant Pins on Monday.
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Let’s be real, until my degree is done, this is on the backburner. I have posted on the Facebook page a few times though.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my master’s is complete.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I  hit it twice this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year.  I did brainstorm part of my next post this week when I was stuck under a sick 3 year old.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’sis complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

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