40 Goals for 2017: Week 36

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

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase an item through my affiliate link, I receive a small percentage as compensation, that we then use to help reach our financial goals. Please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting our family!

Week Thirty- Six

Financial:

  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 $2250. 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. Not yet. We haven’t totaled out August yet, so not sure where we are with this.
  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.   It ain’t happening this year. We have the money but my husband changed his mind about doing this.

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. My uncle gave me $100 as a graduation gift, and I added it to my vacation fund, as he stipulated that I “use it for something fun for myself”, and I have $80 I got as another gift. Let’s just say my family knows me well enough to know it would have gone towards something practical. Total: $293

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money We went over budget in August by $36. So far in September we are under budget.

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

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I have a  Girl Scout meeting service unit meeting and our first troop meeting is in October.  I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I graduated! Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We went to The Winds Cafe with friends last weekend. Done!
  3. Read 1 book per month  I started reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2: The Hammer of Thor. Yep, I like to read my 9-year old son’s books sometimes, especially the Rick Riordan ones. This makes 18 going on 19 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I am meeting the girls for brunch at the end of the month.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. Still working on it!.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I really need to get those Daisy patches sewn on my daughter’s Girl Scout vest before the new troop year starts!
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. I think I’m going to make these Apple Shaped Cupcakes from Makes and Takes this month. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I hit this 7 days this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We visited my in-laws this month and were thoroughly spoiled as usual. Done!
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The big kids are in school again, so the Little and I went to the park and played many Candyland battles again. The 1st-grader and I did a craft and read some books, and my son and I read together. Check!
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I am sold my son’s jeans for $23 and am his old firefighter outfit for $3 (boo). I have a box of clothes upstairs and a few coats that will be posted soon.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done! Here’s our new fish, Bender .
  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 and during naps. This is saving us $20-30/month. We donated the extra cases of pull-ups to hurricane relief efforts. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. It’s the end of summer and still not done!
  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. My husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet BUT my friend Diane has most of a bucket of paint leftover from project and she is helping me do this in a couple of weeks.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park this month that will probably become a regular one for us.   This month we visited Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden .  Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names siteProcrastinating! Hard to find time when I am picking up extra hours.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. I hit a 25% off sale this week. Done!
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. This month?.
  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 three times this week again. Thank you everyone who is stopping by!
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Coming soon? We have had two weeks of constant illness and this got sidelined.
  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. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

40 Goals for 2017: Week 34

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

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase an item through my affiliate link, I receive a small percentage as compensation, that we then use to help reach our financial goals. Please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting our family!

Week Thirty- Four

Financial:

  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 $2000. 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. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of August/beginning September.
  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.   Is this happening?  We have the cash but my husband’s powers of procrastination are quite formidable !

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. My uncle gave me $100 as a graduation gift, and I added it to my vacation fund, as he stipulated that I “use it for something fun for myself”, and I have $80 I got as another gift. Let’s just say my family knows me well enough to know it would have gone towards something practical. Total: $293

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I  spent $484.44 in July and was way under budget. In August, we have spent $634.82 out of our $750 goal (it’s a 5 week month) so far.

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

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I don’t have anything planned for volunteering.  I have a  Girl Scout meeting service unit meeting in September and our first troop meeting is in October.  I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I graduated! Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We went to Cinebistro this month and watched The Glass Castle. Done!
  3. Read 1 book per month  I started reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2: The Hammer of Thor. Yep, I like to read my 9-year old son’s books sometimes, especially the Rick Riordan ones. This makes 18 going on 19 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I met the girls for brunch at a local favorite, The Meadowlark, this month.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. Still working on it!.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I really need to get those Daisy patches sewn on my daughter’s Girl Scout vest before the new year starts! I am either making time this week or next for this.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. Our youngest passed her oral challenge of strawberry at the allergy doc’s and is now allergy free! I made an amazing Strawberries and Cream Sponge Cake for her to celebrate.  Looking ahead to September, I think I’m going to make these Apple Shaped Cupcakes from Makes and Takes. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily  I hit this 5 days this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We visited my in-laws this month and were thoroughly spoiled as usual. Done!
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The big kids are in school again, so the Little and I went to the park and played many Candyland battles. The 1st-grader and I baked some oatmeal raisin cookies, and my son and I played some Uno. Check!
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I am sold my son’s jeans for $23 and am his old firefighter outfit for $3 (boo). I have a box of clothes upstairs and a few coats that will be posted soon.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done! Here’s our new fish, Bender .
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken)and fixing and replacing the mailbox. My husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet BUT my friend Diane has most of a bucket of paint leftover from project and she is helping me do this in September.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park this month that will probably become a regular one for us.   This month we visited Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden .  Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins coursesNope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names siteProcrastinating!
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. I hit a 25% off sale this week. Done!
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. August? I am struggling with choosing a name. I don’t want too boring, too complicated, or too odd.
  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 five times this week again. Thank you everyone who is stopping by!
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Coming soon on September 1st, if you signed up for my newsletter.
  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. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

40 Goals for 2017: Week 33

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

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase an item through my affiliate link, I receive a small percentage as compensation, that we then use to help reach our financial goals. Please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting our family!

Week Thirty- Three

Financial:

  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 $2000. 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. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of August/beginning September.
  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.   Is this happening?  We have the cash but my husband’s powers of procrastination are quite formidable !

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 have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I  spent $484.44 in July and was way under budget. In August, we have spent $450.32 so far.

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

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I don’t have anything planned for volunteering.  Our first Girl Scout meeting is in October.  I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I graduated! Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We had to reschedule my post-graduation dinner with friends, but finally got to use that deal I got for Cinebistro, a place where they serve you dinner while you watch a movie. We watched The Glass Castle, which started as a book. I have read the book, highly recommend it, and I think the film did it justice. As far as Cinebistro? We felt like we were eating on an airplane. I had a beef filet with homemade steak sauce, loaded mashed potatoes, and bread pudding. It was way overpriced, even with the discount we had, and honestly one of the worst meals I have eaten in years. They roasted a piece of marrow and used it as a side, and the reek was so bad I couldn’t stand it. We hated having dirty dishes sitting in front of us for most of the movie. We will definitely be limited our movie watching to either at home or the traditional popcorn style. Done!
  3. Read 1 book per month  I finished The Turn by Kim Harrison, one of my favorite urban fantasy writers AND I reread one of my old favorites, Let Your Life Speak, a group of essays about finding your vocation. This makes 18 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I met the girls for brunch at another local favorite, The Meadowlark, this month.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I am working on this today.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I really need to get those Daisy patches sewn on my daughter’s Girl Scout vest before the new year starts! I am either making time this week or next for this.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No iced cakes planned, but our youngest passed her oral challenge of strawberry at the allergy doc’sand is now allergy free! I made this amazing Strawberries and Cream Sponge Cake for her to celebrate. 
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily  I hit this 5 days this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We visited my in-laws this month and were thoroughly spoiled as usual. Done!
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1:1 time with the girls and the boy on my day off this week. Check!
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I am sold my son’s jeans for $23 and am his old firefighter outfit for $3 (boo). I have a box of clothes upstairs and a few coats that will be posted soon.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done! Here’s our new fish, Bender .
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken)and fixing and replacing the mailbox. My husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet BUT my friend Diane has most of a bucket of paint leftover from project and she is helping me do this in September.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park this month that will probably become a regular one for us.   This month we visited Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden .  Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Procrastinating!
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. I hit a 25% off sale this week. Done!
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. August? I am struggling with choosing a name. I don’t want too boring, too complicated, or too odd.
  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 three times this week again. Thank you everyone who is stopping by!
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Coming soon on September 1st, if you signed up for my newsletter.
  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. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

40 Goals for 2017: Week 32

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

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase an item through my affiliate link, I receive a small percentage as compensation, that we then use to help reach our financial goals. Please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting our family!

Week Thirty- Two

Financial:

  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 $2000. 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. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of August/beginning September.
  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.   Is this happening?  My husband’s powers of procrastination are quite formidable !

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 have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I  spent $484.44 in July and was way under budget. In August, we have spent $306.51 so far.

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

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I don’t have anything planned for volunteering, but school starts in a few days, and my children’s teachers will probably be requesting donations.  Our first Girl Scout meeting is in October.  I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! My degree confers tomorrow. Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have post-graduation dinner planned with two couples at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Winds Cafe. I am craving their Figs, Pigs, and Goats and Ratatouille Crepes.
  3. Read 1 book per month  I started The Turn by Kim Harrison, one of my favorite urban fantasy writers. It’s basically a prequel to her popular series about a team of bountyhunters comprised of a witch, a vampire, and a pixie.  I am about 80% through. This makes 16-going-on-17 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends I met the girls for brunch at another local favorite, The Meadowlark, last Sunday.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I worked almost 30 hours this week and I am toast.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I really need to get those Daisy patches sewn on my daughter’s Girl Scout vest before the new year starts!
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I hit this 5 days this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We visited my in-laws this month and were thoroughly spoiled as usual. Done!
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1:1 time with the girls and the boy on my day off this week. Check!
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I am sold my son’s jeans for $23 and am his old firefighter outfit for $3 (boo). I have a box of clothes upstairs and a few coats that will be posted soon
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done! Here’s our new fish, Bender 
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken)and fixing and painting the mailbox. My husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet BUT my friend Diane has most of a bucket of paint leftover from project and she is helping me do this in September
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park this month that will probably become a regular one for us.   This month we visited Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden .  Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Procrastinating!
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. I hit a 25% off sale this week. Done!
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. August? I am struggling with choosing a name. I don’t want too boring, too complicated, or too odd.
  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 four times this week again. Thank you everyone who is stopping by!
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  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. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 31

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

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase an item through my affiliate link, I receive a small percentage as compensation, that we then use to help reach our financial goals. Please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting our family!

Week Thirty- One

Financial:

  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 $1700. I just added another $450 last paycheck. I also started applying for adjunct teaching positions to help and boost my savings rate. 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. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of August/beginning September.
  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.   Is this happening? We do have GREAT news. I figured out why our child’s PT and OT was rejecting and it is now paying, so we won’t be $800/month. My husband’s powers of procrastination are even more formidable than an insurance company bureaucracy, however!

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 have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I  spent $484.44 in July and was way under budget. In August, we have spent $164.06 so far. We blew the entertainment budget in July.

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

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I don’t have anything planned for volunteeing,but school starts in 13 days,and my children’s teachers will probably be requesting donations.  Our first Girl Scout meeting is in October.  I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! My portfolio has been turned in and I am 100% done. I earned As in both classes and will graduate with a 3.84. Graduation is mid-August and my degree will confer on that date. Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have post-graduation dinner planned with two couples at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Winds Cafe. I am craving their Figs, Pigs, and Goats and Ratatouille Crepes.
  3. Read 1 book per month  I started The Turn by Kim Harrison, one of my favorite urban fantasy writers. It’s basically a prequel to her popular series about a team of bountyhunters comprised of a witch, a vampire, and a pixie.  I am about 70% through. This makes 16-going-on-17 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I am meeting the girls for brunch at another local favorite, The Meadowlark, on Sunday.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I worked 28 hours last week and have not touched this since my last break.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I really need to get those Daisy patches sewn on my daughter’s Girl Scout vest before the new year starts!
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I hit this 7 days this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We visited my in-laws this month and were thoroughly spoiled as usual. Done!
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1:1 time with the girls and the boy on my days off this week. Check!
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I am sold my son’s jeans for $23 and am hoping his old firefighter outfit gets a few bids.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done! Here’s our new fish, Bender, named after our daughter’s favorite Futurama character. 
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken)and fixingand painting the mailbox. My husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Still on the Procrastination List.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park this month that will probably become a regular one for us.   This month we visited Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden .  Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Procrastinating!
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. I hit a 25% off sale this week. Done!
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. August? I am struggling with choosing a name. I don’t want too boring, too complicated, or too odd.
  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 four times this week again. Thank you everyone who is stopping by!
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  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. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

40 Goals for 2017: Week 30

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy.

Week Thirty

Financial:

  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 $1700. I just added another $450 last paycheck and hope to squeeze $200-400 with the next one. I also started applying for adjunct teaching positions to help and boost my savings rate. 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. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of August/beginning September.
  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. We bought two Amazon Kindle Fire Kids Edition 8″ tablets using the code KIDS2PACK to get $50 off and used gift cards  to purchase them.  I will wait for a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal for the 3rd tablet, saving my latest textbook gift cards and a $25 gift card I just earned from SwagbucksGoal met!

 

6. Save ? for outdoor play set.   Is this happening? We do have GREAT news. I figured out why our child’s PT and OT was rejecting and it is now paying, so we won’t be $800/month. My husband’s powers of procrastination are even more formidable than an insurance company bureaucracy, however!

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 have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I  spent $484.44 in July and was way under budget. We blew the entertainment budget in July.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Our 3 year old was sick this week and I had to cancel a shift. I was productive that day and did my rollover while she napped. Done!

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I met my fellow Girl Scout leaders for a 2 hour planning meeting to set the meeting calendar for next year and discuss what we want to do. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! My portfolio has been turned in and I am 100% done. I earned As in both classes and will graduate with a 3.84. Graduation is mid-August and my degree will confer on that date. Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We feel overscheduled as it is, so there will be no dates for July.
  3. Read 1 book per month  I started The Turn by Kim Harrison, one of my favorite urban fantasy writers. It’s basically a prequel to her popular series about a team of bountyhunters comprised of a witch, a vampire, and a pixie.  I still have a ways to go on this. This makes 16-going-on-17 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I hit a new restaurant with friends a couple weeks ago and tonight I plan to go out with a couple ladies from work. Done!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I worked 24 hours last week and have not touched this since my last break.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I really need to get those Daisy patches sewn on my daughter’s Girl Scout vest before the new year starts!
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily  I hit this maybe 5 days this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We visited my in-laws this month and were thoroughly spoiled as usual. Done!
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1:1 time with the girls when they were down with a fever, and my son and I did some reading. Check!
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I am posted more on Ebay this  week and already have some bids.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done! Here’s our new fish, Bender, named after our daughter’s favorite Futurama character. 
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken)and fixingand painting the mailbox. My husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Still on the Procrastination List.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park thismonth that will probably become a regular one for us.   This month we visited Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden .  Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. I am working three days this week and plan to work on this.
  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. August? I am struggling with choosing a name. I don’t want too boring, too complicated, or too odd.
  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 four times this week. Thank you everyone who is stopping by!
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet.
  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. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 29

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy.

Week Twenty- Nine

Financial:

  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 $1700. I just added another $450 with this paycheck. 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. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of August/beginning September.
  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. We bought two Amazon Kindle Fire Kids Edition 8″ tablets using the code KIDS2PACK to get $50 off and used gift cards  to purchase them.  I will wait for a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal for the 3rd tablet, saving my latest textbook gift cards and a $25 gift card I just earned from Swagbucks. Goal met!

 

6. Save ? for outdoor play set.   Is this happening? We have the money but not sure if we will be doing it.

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 have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I have spent $350.12 in groceries so far in July. We have blown the entertainment budget in July.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Nope. Hasn’t happened.

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I met my fellow Girl Scout leaders for a 2 hour planning meeting to set the meeting calendar for next year and discuss what we want to do. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! My portfolio has been turned in and I am 100% done. I earned As in both classes and will graduate with a 3.84. Graduation is mid-August and my degree will confer on that date. Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We feel overscheduled as it is, so there will be no dates for July.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I just couldn’t finish Snobs but I started The Turn by Kim Harrison,one of my favorite urban fantasy writers. It’s basically a prequel to her popular series about a team of bountyhunters comprised of a witch, a vampire, and a pixie. This makes 16-going-on-17 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I hit a new restaurant with friends a couple weeks ago and have another night planned with a couple ladies from work Friday. Done!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I worked 27 hours last week and have not touched this since my last break.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I really need to get those Daisy patches sewn on my daughter’s Girl Scout vest before the new year starts!
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily  I hit this maybe 5 days this week.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We visited my in-laws last weekend and were thoroughly spoiled as usual. Done!
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. My son just got back from 3 days of cub scout camp where he spent massive amounts of quality time with his father. The girls and I had fun playing with Play Dough, going to a birthday party, and painting nails. Check!
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I am going to post more on Ebay this coming week.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done! Here’s our new fish, Bender, named after our daughter’s favorite Futurama character. 
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken)and fixingand painting the mailbox. My husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Still on the Procrastination List.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park last week that will probably become a regular one for us.   This month we visited Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden . My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. I am working three days this week and plan to work on this.
  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. August? I am struggling with choosing a name. I don’t want too boring, too complicated, or too odd.
  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 four 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 .
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 28

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy.

Week Twenty- Eight

Financial:

  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 $1250. I have been picking up a lot of work, and I have plotted how to add more to the pile with every paycheck. 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. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of August/beginning September.
  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, and that has reduced our budget. The rest of the gifts will be small or just cash. I just sold back 3 more textbooks today, and will get about $70 in gift cards. Goal met!

 

6. Save ? for outdoor play set.   Is this happening? Not if we are paying out of pocket for expensive therapy. We are still fighting insurance and have contacted the Ombudsman.

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 have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I have spent $210.14 in groceries so far in July.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Nope. Hasn’t happened.

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I 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 .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! My portfolio has been turned in and I am 100% done. I earned As in both classes and will graduate with a 3.84. Graduation is mid-August and my degree will confer on that date. Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We feel overscheduled as it is, so we are planning a stay at home weekend in a couple weeks.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I just couldn’t finish Snobs and haven’t picked up a new book yet this week, but I am planning some major reading time tomorrow and have no intention of working. This makes 16-going-on-17 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I hit a new restaurant with friends on Monday and have another night planned with a couple ladies from work soon. Done!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I worked 30 hours last week and have not touched this since my last break.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I got dehydrated again this week and it triggered another horrible puking migraine. Fail!
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We have plans later this month.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1: 1 time on my days off this week. As usual, the girls love their arts and crafts and the boy loves his board games.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I am going to post more on Ebay this coming week.
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken)and fixing and painting the mailboxMy husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Still on the Procrastination List.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park last week that willprobably become a regular one for us.   Last weekend we visited Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden . My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names siteI don’t have a lot of time off this week thanks to appointments, so this will probably happen end of July.
  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. August? I am struggling with choosing a name. I don’t want too boring, too complicated, or too odd.
  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 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 and plan to work on it Wednesday.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 27

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

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I know, we skipped last week! It was the final graduate portfolio week and there was no way to fit it in.

Week Twenty- Seven

Financial:

  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 $1250. I have been picking up a lot of work, so maybe we can squeeze some extra in there this month. Half done!
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. We completed our last swimming class Thursday,and I am looking forward to a break from the four-day-a-week routine. 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. 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 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 red cowboy boots for my daughter and a book or two for each child. We decided we would stick to 4-5 gifts per child, and that has reduced our budget. The rest of the gifts will be small or just cash, and I am about $60 from goal. I plan on selling the rest of my textbooks this week. Almost done!

 

6. Save ? for outdoor play set.   Is this happening? Not if we are paying out of pocket for expensive therapy. We are still fighting insurance and have contacted the Ombudsman.

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 have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I spent $600.78 in groceries in June. I am playing around with Clicklist at Kroger this month and I am loving it.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Nope. Hasn’t happened.

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I 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 .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! My portfolio has been turned in and I am 100% done. Now my classmates and I are constantly checking for grades. Graduation is mid-August.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We feel overscheduled as it is, so we are planning a stay at home weekend in a couple weeks.
  3. Read 1 book per month– I just couldn’t finish Snobs and haven’t picked up a new book yet this week. This makes 16-going-on-17 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I have two nights out planned this month.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I have not touched this since my last break.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I got dehydrated on the 4th while taking the kids to the splash pad, and it triggered a horrible puking migraine. Now you know why I have this goal!
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We have plans this month.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1: 1 time on my days off this week. As usual, the girls love their arts and crafts and the boy loves his board games.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. The garage sale hits have tapered off, so I am starting to post somethings on Ebay. No bites yet.
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. My husband fixed the mailbox but we now know it will only be temporary, as several parts were severely damaged. We are looking to buy a new one.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Still on the Procrastination List.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried an amazing new park last week that willprobably become a regular one for us.   Tomorrow we have plans to visit Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden . My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Goal met: Six of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. I don’t have a lot of time off this week thanks to appointments, so this will probably happen end of July.
  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. August? I am struggling with choosing a name. I don’t want too boring, too complicated, or too odd.
  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 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 and plan to work on it Wednesday.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 25

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy.

 

Week Twenty- Five

Financial:

  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 $1250. We hope for me to start picking up about 3 shifts per week once school starts in mid-August, so I can increase my savings. It’s going to be difficult,though, because we are paying $300/month out of pocket for dyslexia tutoring and we just got a denial for our son’s PT and OT, which is $800/month without insurance coverage. I am fighting it, so we shall see :/. Half done!
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. We completed our last swimming class Thursday,and I am looking forward to a break from the four-day-a-week routine. 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. 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 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 red cowboy boots for my daughter and a book or two for each child. We decided we would stick to 4-5 gifts per child, and that has reduced our budget. The rest of the gifts will be small or just cash, and I am about $60 from goal. I plan on selling the rest of my textbooks when I am done with school in 2 weeks. Almost done!

 

6. Save ? for outdoor play set.   Is this happening? Not if we are paying out of pocket for expensive therapy.

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 have a tentative date next June for our 40th birthday girl’s trip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably be getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it. We are staying in a friend’s parent’s condo for free.

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.   I spent $356.94 this month so far in groceries and $83 in fun money thanks to the festival.  We don’t have any spendy plans for the rest of the month, just going to parks, the community pool, and $1 ice cream at a local ice cream place.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Nope. Hasn’t happened.

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, I 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 .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I am working on homework today and tomorrow.  My LAST week of school starts Tuesday. I am only working one and half shifts this week to give myself time to  get the last of my work done. The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We have nothing planned for June and it just ain’t happening this month. I think we’ll relax and watch some vintage Dr Who next Saturday, and I might bake the family a treat.
  3. Read 1 book per month I finished  Brown Girl Dreaming and started Julian Fellowes’ Snobs, which also was finally available after a long hold time. I haven’t made much progress this week,and won’t be able to until I complete the rest of my grad school homework. This makes 16-going-on-17 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I used a Groupon at a local vegetarian restaurant with my friend Jennifer.
  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.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until right before school starts.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I probably hit it every day this week. It’s easy to do when it’s boiling hot outside.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We have plans for July.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1: 1 time on my days off this week. As usual, the girls love their arts and crafts and the boy loves his board games.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. The garage sale hits have tapered off, so I am starting to post somethings on Ebay. No bites yet.
  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 and during naps. 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 bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. We still need to paint the mailbox.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Still on the Procrastination List.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  The kids tried yet another new park during their outdoor summer camp this week, and spent a lot of time playing in a creek.   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. Five of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  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.
  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 but let’s be honest, school work comes first.
  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.

How are your goals going?