40 Goals for 2017: Week 43


I’m keeping myself accountable this year by tracking my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week.  Wow, it’s been a month since last time! 

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Week Forty-Three


  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. The Mister has all he needs for this year’s Roth savings and I have $2750. More than half done!
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Each child went up one level in their skills, so it was a success. 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. Done!
  5. Save $1050 650 for Christmas. Thanks to the $300 in Amazon Trade-in Credits from selling my grad school textbooks, I have completed Christmas shopping for my kids with the exception of a book or two for each child. We decided we would stick to 4-5 gifts per child, with one “bigger” gift each, and that has reduced our budget.  Goal met!


6. Save ? for outdoor play set.   My husband has me looking for end of season sales. I haven’t seen any at all. $50 says this gets booted to 2018.

7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). I have squirreled away $293 in savings, but our medical/educational expenses have been high and I haven’t been able to do more. We did put down $500 towards our 2018 Disney trip and have booked our family suite and tickets. Total: $293 + $500 deposit and $707 left to save

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  We went slightly over in October for groceries. So far in November I have spent $20 on entertainment, once I go out with friends tonight . I have three more social events planned this month.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. I completed this last week. Done!

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo.  October was an insanely busy month for volunteering. I am the Fall Sale manager for our Girl Scout Troop and that meant I spent about 4 hours on our normal meetings,  90 minutes at our service unit meeting, 90 minutes at an extra scout field trip, and 5 hours setting up the website, chasing down orders, verifying orders were correct, and possibly tearing my hair out. I also had a 2 hour twice exceptional parent support group meeting, which I planned and lead, and joined the school district’s gifted steering committee, which meant another 2 hours. October total: 16 hours. No wonder I was busy! November will probably have similar hours.


  1. Complete my master’s degree! I graduated! Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  October was a fail and November will likely also be a fail. We are too overscheduled and have no time off.
  3. Read 1 book per month  I started reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2: The Hammer of Thor in September and am still not done.  I started reading A Parent’s Guide to High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and am 75% done. If you are wondering why I haven’t read, crocheted, checked my blog email (sorry!), or done much for my sites, infer all you want from that. I have about 9 or 10 more books to read in that particular pile. This makes 18 going on 19 going on 20 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I had no formal plans in October but my friend Diane came over and helped me paint while the kids were in school. Does that count? As far as November, I am going out with the girls from work tonight, meeting friends for a movie next Friday (pending sitter), doing lunch and the art museum with another friend next week, and another girls night out with high school friends. My poor husband has to wait until December.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this month.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. When will I have a spare minute? Who knows.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. One of these days….
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. Check out these Halloween cupcakes I made for scouts. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I hit this about 70% of the time.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.


  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We visited my in-laws in July and were thoroughly spoiled as usual. Done!
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The youngest usually gets a lot of 1:1 time, but the older ones are tougher.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I have coats and boy clothes that need to be posted online- still.
  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!  Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. We remodeled our half bath and that has taken all of our time.
  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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken)and fixing and replacing the mailbox. New mailbox is probably not happening until spring.
  9. Paint half bath.  My friend Diane donated extra paint and helped paint. The mister replaced the pedestal sink with a roomy vanity, faucet, light, and will soon replace the mirror. It looks bigger and brighter and I now have storage!
  10. Visit 6 different parks.   Goal met: Six of six completed. 



  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Procrastinating! I have been working almost 30 hours a week on top of volunteering, remodeling the bathroom, and managing our many doctor/therapy appointments.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. I hit a 25% off sale this summer. Done!
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. This month? Good news- I decided on a name and it’s available.
  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 have actually been hitting this regularly.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Coming soon?
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year.  I did brainstorm part of my next post .
  9. Do one guest post. Probably unrealistic for this to happen before the end of the year and still maintain my sanity.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year, which for some strange reason appears to be as soon as next month.

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