40 Goals for 2017: Week 22

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- Two


  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, but that won’t likely change until July since my work hours are very reduced until then.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Classes started this 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. $564 in my Christmas savings so far once my $300 Amazon Trade-In credits come through. I just shipped 13 nursing textbooks yesterday and I will get $300 in Amazon credits back. I love this method because I don’t have to pay shipping and all I have to do is pack it, drop it off at the UPS Store, and forget it. Once my last 3 weeks of class work are done, I will trade in my last few texts.


6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   This is on the Mister’s proscrastination pile. We’ve been stuck in the house sick for 2 weeks, but that doesn’t keep me from being annoyed summer vacation has started and this is not done.

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. I sold $10 of my son’s old things on a Facebook garage sale site, so I am at $123.

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 spent $593.10 in May.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. This weekend? I organized all of my papers in my study, so I have them at hand.

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, we don’t have any volunteer activities planned, but we are stretched to the max with medical appointments and swimming lessons. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s . I donated an extra $20 to a local autism program.


  1. Complete my master’s degree! I have a two week break from homework, though this week I worked on one piece to try and get ahead. The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August. My cap and gown just came in the mail today.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We don’t have anything planned yet this month, but might try for a Friday night at the end of the month.
  3. Read 1 book per month I finished Hedda Hopper’s The Whole Truth and Nothing But and am about 60% done with The Rule of Benedict. Not only did I finish that, but I finished Kathy Griffin’s  Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index (yeah, I read that before the recent public kerfuffle, so I will just leave it at that) and Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic . Her other two books, Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist  just came available in my digital library holds today, and I have 30 days to finish them, so I will be plunging into those next. I really found Shockaholic to be funny, and she is a pretty engaging writer, with a lot of self-deprecating humor. It only took me a day to read the book, so I think I will whip through these quickly and be back to The Rule of Benedict.This makes 12-going-on-13 read out of 12. Goal met! Yes, I will continue to indulge my love of reading, after four years of my reading time taken up by dull textbooks and dull papers. 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I have plans to use a Groupon at a local vegetarian restaurant with my friend Jennifer next week. My mom will be watching the kids.
  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. I had plans to work on it, but I have spent every day of summer vacation underneath a sick child, tidying the house, or doing laundry. The Puke Plague hit us hard!
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I brought it downstairs though!
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I probably hit it every day this week. It’s easy to do when you are stuck in the house.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.


  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We have plans for July.
  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. I have had a lot of reading time with each girl, played catch in the yard with the kids, and played a game of Uno with the boy.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I posted 7 things on our neighborhood garage sale while we were quarantined in the house. I sold a too-small pack of swim diapers, a too-small infant’s life vest, have several people interested in our old cloth folding hamper and my son’s size 8 jeans. I posted his shirt from the recent wedding on Ebay. I have a few more things to post, but I am making headway.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I hit this hard and totally redid my office using the organization suggested in Organizing Solutions For People with ADHD. The corner is cleared out and the bookshelf is more usable, especially since I sold most of my nursing texts to Amazon. I went through and tossed, shredded, or filed most papers, used colored files for easy visual recognition, pared those files down to only about 10, and cleared out my desk. Done!
  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 is saving 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. My husband will be playing in Underwater Hockey Nationals (click the link to see a video) two weeks and we aren’t doing any house-related things until after then. Right now there are too many extra practices.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. This also makes the Procrastination List until after Nationals.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  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 and it didn’t happen. Too many pukey kids
  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.
  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. I dug out my passwords this week, so when I have time I can check it.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I  hit it several times 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’s is 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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