40 Goals for 2017: Week 52

This past year, I tracked my progress on my 40 Goals for 2017 every week.  

Have you ever seen this article that floats around and gets posted on Facebook occasionally?The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma: Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3. The idea is that you cannot excel in all areas at once. This year my choices were work (at my day job), family, friends, fitness, school, work (on my websites), home projects, and school. Sleep? What’s that???

I successfully completed my grad school teaching practicum by March and I graduated with my master’s in nursing in August with a 3.83. I still squeezed in time with friends but my poor husband suffered for attention. One of our children was given three new diagnoses which resulted in many doctor visits, regular ongoing treatments, a fight with the school, and the need to hire an advocate and a special tutor. I increased my work hours to help pay for that and meet our financial goals. I also had very little time to work out and little inclination to do much meal prepping. I had a little time to blog but there was no way I was going to take more time from our children.

I am pleased we met our financial goals even though our medical expenses unexpectedly increased. We paid cash for my graduate program, redid our bathroom, cash flowed Christmas, and saved for future home repairs, retirement, vacation, and a replacement car.

I’m fiddling around with my goals for next year but I can already tell you the last category is going. I will still be blogging here, but I know there is no time or space to play with my business ideas, and for right now my day job is the flexible work from home job that is helping us reach our goal of being mortgage free. I am so thrilled I can totally ditch that “school” category and I have opted not to pursue a PhD right now.

Tune in tomorrow for where I think I will be heading in 2018, but in the meantime tell me: what are your Pick 3 for this coming year?

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 Fifty-Two

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I have been working by behind off and we now have enough to max both of our Roths. 
  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. I have completed Christmas shopping for my kids .  Goal met!

 

6. Save ? for outdoor play set.   This gets booted to 2018, if we do it at all. My husband just doesn’t want to do another project.

7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month).  We have that vacation money but my 40th trip is going to be much cheaper than planned. I have enough airline miles to get a free plane ticket, we are staying somewhere for free, and I will just need spending money,which is squirreled away already.  Done!

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  We ended up spending about $700 for December but hit around the target or lower every other month.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks.  Done!

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo.  November had about 16 volunteer hours and December has had 5. Nailed it!

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I graduated! Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  November was a fail but we did have a date night in December. We hit this about 50-75% of the year.
  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 finished reading Ross Poldark last week and started reading  The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic.  Does modern day America have parallels to the end of the Roman Empire? You’ll have to read and judge for yourself, but I love history and do find it very entertaining. This makes 20 going on 21 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I hit this in November and saw a show with a friend lthis month. Done!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nope.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. Nope!
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. Nope.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. Nope! I opted to keep the holidays healthy and did not self sabotage by making sugar cookies.
  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.

Family/Home:

  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. This was a work in progress but mostly a success.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I didn’t sell the clothes and coats. Instead I donated them to a local family of 9 kids who just lost their mother.
  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. Done!
  6. Get the toddler potty trained!  Success!No more kids in diapers!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. My powers of procrastination are amazing.
  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.  We decided to just redo everything while we were working in there. The mister replaced the pedestal sink with a roomy vanity, faucet, and light. It looks bigger and brighter and I now have storage!
    Before
  10. Visit 6 different parks.   Goal met: Six of six completed. 
    After

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Nope.
  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. Nope.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. Nope.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I have actually been hitting this regularly.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Nope.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year Calling this a fail.
  9. Do one guest post. Fail.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. Fail.

 

40 Goals for 2017: Week 50

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! 

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 Fifty

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 $4500. So close!
  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. I have completed Christmas shopping for my kids .  Goal met!

 

6. Save ? for outdoor play set.   This gets booted to 2018, if we do it at all. My husband just doesn’t want to do another project.

7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month).  We have that vacation money but my 40th trip is going to be much cheaper than planned. I have enough airline miles to get a free plane ticket,we are staying somewhere for free, and I will just need spending money,which is squirreled away already.  Done!

8. Spend $600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money We were on target for November and are doing fine in December.

9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks.  Done!

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo.  November had about 16 volunteer hours and December has had 5. Nailed it!

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I graduated! Done!
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  November was a fail but we did have a date night last night. We hit this about 50-75% of the year.
  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 completed A Parent’s Guide to High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder  This makes 19 going on 20 read out of 12Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I hit this in November and saw a show with a friend last weekend. Done!
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this month.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. Yikes, still languishing!
  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. Down to the wire- going to try cookies this week.
  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.

Family/Home:

  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. Lots of reading at bedtime.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I didn’t sell the clothes and coats. Instead I donated them to a local family of 9 kids who just lost their mother.
  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 were sick for several weeks but I hope to work on this over break.
  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, and light,. It looks bigger and brighter and I now have storage!
    Before
  10. Visit 6 different parks.   Goal met: Six of six completed. 
    After

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Nope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Nope. Trying to decide if I still want to do this.
  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.  Calling this a fail.
  9. Do one guest post. Fail.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. Fail.

How are your goals going?

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! 

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 Forty-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 $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.

Personal: 

  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.

Family/Home:

  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!
    Before
  10. Visit 6 different parks.   Goal met: Six of six completed. 

    After

Business:

  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.

How are your goals going?

40 Goals for 2017: Week 39

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- 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 $2500. 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 have had to find an educational advocate for one of the kids and that costs money. We are sill saving what we can but we know if things don’t go well we may eventually have to retain an attorney.
  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’s maybe happening this year. My husband has me looking for end of season sales.

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 were within budget for September and are on track in October thus far. So far this month we spent $9 at the PTO Book Sale.

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

10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. We had our first Girl Scout meeting last night and the next one planned for mid-month.  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 are trying to find a sitter for later this month.
  3. Read 1 book per month  I started reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2: The Hammer of Thor last month and am not any closer to being done. 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 have nothing planned yet but am trying to pull together a girl’s night out with a couple work buddies.
  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. My daughter does have patches on her vest however! 
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. I am going to make something Halloweenish for our Girl Scout snack  in a couple of weeks. I am still cruising Pinterest for ideas.
  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 did art projects, kicked the soccer ball, and played outside. The 1st-grader and I read some books, as she has to practice nightly, and my son and I read together too. Even though he reads several grades above grade level, he still likes to be read to by one of us at night. Check!
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I have coats and boy clothes that need to be posted online.
  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. We donated the extra cases of pull-ups to hurricane relief efforts. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. It’s October 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. Last week I about killed myself putting multiple coats of primer over the that hateful dark, dark green paint. My friend Diane comes next week with her mostly full bucket of leftover light blue paint, and we are finishing the job. We’re going to put in a new vanity, light,  and mirror too.  Halfway there!  

    Before
  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. 

    After

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins coursesNope
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Procrastinating! 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 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 hit it every day this week! Hello to everyone stopping by!
  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. 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 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. 

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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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