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. 

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

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?

40 Goals for 2017: Week 24

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.

 

Week Twenty- Four

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. Holding steady at $4500 for the Mister and I have $1000, but that won’t likely change until my work hours increase later this summer.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Classes started this week. The cost was $643 to do summer fast-track lessons and was half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 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 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 $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   I can’t get this done without the Mister’s cooperation, and he is still in procrastination mode. 

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 $239.99 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, we don’t have any volunteer activities planned, but we are stretched to the max with medical appointments and swimming lessons. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s .

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I have only 2 weeks of work left and I plan to do a lot of it this weekend. 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 so far. I think we will be doing an in-home date this month. We already spent our date money with an extended family dinner out earlier this month. Honestly, there is zero time.
  3. Read 1 book per month I finished The Rule of Benedict and Brown Girl Dreaming was available on the digital library, so I started that and am about 80% done.  This is definitely a great read; don’t be put off by its being a children’s book. There is a reason it won a slew of awards. It’s wonderful! Next up will be Sir Julian Fellowes’ Snobs, which also was finally available after a long hold time. This makes 15-going-on-16 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 the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I probably hit it every day 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 have plans for July.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1: 1 time on my days off this week.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. The garage sale hits have tapered off, so I am starting to post somethings on Ebay.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I hit this hard and totally redid my office using the organization suggested in Organizing Solutions For People with ADHD. The corner is cleared out and the bookshelf is more usable, especially since I sold most of my nursing texts to Amazon. I went through and tossed, shredded, or filed most papers, used colored files for easy visual recognition, pared those files down to only about 10, and cleared out my desk. Done!
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This is saving us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower bedsimproving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. I have ordered some bulbs to be shipped in the fall to replace the irises and lilies that died when our tree fell on them last year. We still need to paint the mailbox. My husband will be playing in Underwater Hockey Nationals (click the link to see a video) this weekend and we aren’t doing any house-related things until after then.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. This also makes the Procrastination List until after Nationals.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried another new park this week when we went to a street fair in Yellow Springs, Ohio.   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. Four 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. I dug out my passwords last week, so when I have time I can check it.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I  hit it several times this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year.  I did brainstorm part of my next post but let’s be honest, I need to pull out two weeks of homework before I can get to it.
  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?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 23

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.

 

Week Twenty- Two

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. Holding steady at $4500 for the Mister and I have $1000, but that won’t likely change until my work hours increase later this summer.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Classes started this week. The cost was $643 to do summer fast-track lessons and was half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $589 in my Christmas savings so far once my $300 Amazon Trade-In credits come through. I shipped all 13 books and have started getting the emails saying my gift cards have been added. I am hoping to come under budget for Christmas when I institute the Rule of Four this year (1 want, 1 need, 1 things to wear, and 1 to read). I also have sold $25 worth of items on a Facebook sale page.

 

6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   I can’t get this done without the Mister’s cooperation, and he is still in procrastination mode. 

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’strip to Florida, and I know we’ll probably getting a flight there. I hope to use my travel miles for it.

8. Spend 600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  I signed up with Platejoy.com to help me plan low-carb healthy meals within the macros I am striving to meet. I spent $127.12 this month so far.

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

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

Personal: 

  1. Complete my master’s degree! After completing this week’s work, I have only 2 weeks of work left. I have this week off, and then two weeks in a row to finish it out. 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 so far, and I am trying to figure out how to squeeze one in.
  3. Read 1 book per month I am about 90% done with The Rule of Benedict. I just finished Carrie Fisher’s  Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist  and found them entertaining. This makes 14-going-on-15 read out of 12. Goal met! 
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I used a Groupon at a local vegetarian restaurant yesterday 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 the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.   I probably hit it every day 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 have plans for July.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. Lots of 1: 1 time on my days off this week.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I posted 7 things on our neighborhood garage sale while we were quarantined in the house. I sold a too-small pack of swim diapers, a too-small infant’s life vest, have several people interested in our old cloth folding hamper and my son’s size 8 jeans. I posted his shirt from the recent wedding on Ebay. I have a few more things to post, but I am making headway.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I hit this hard and totally redid my office using the organization suggested in Organizing Solutions For People with ADHD. The corner is cleared out and the bookshelf is more usable, especially since I sold most of my nursing texts to Amazon. I went through and tossed, shredded, or filed most papers, used colored files for easy visual recognition, pared those files down to only about 10, and cleared out my desk. Done!
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This is saving us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. I have ordered some bulbs to be shipped in the fall to replace the irises and lilies that died when our tree fell on them last year. We still need to paint the mailbox. My husband will be playing in Underwater Hockey Nationals (click the link to see a video) next weekend and we aren’t doing any house-related things until after then. Right now there are too many extra practices.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. This also makes the Procrastination List until after Nationals.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried three new parks so far, the last one being the state park where we hiked for Girl Scouts.  We have plans to visit Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden in July when some friends are camped there. My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Three of six completed. 

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. I dug out my passwords this week, so when I have time I can check it.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I  hit it several times this week.
  7. Start a monthly newsletter. Not yet. Also on the agenda for the next two weeks.
  8. Expand my Emergency Menu Plans by one new plan each month this year.  I did brainstorm part of my next post this week when I was stuck under a sick 3 year old.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’s is complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 22

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

 

Week Twenty- Two

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I am thrilled to say the Mister is already nearing 100% with his 2017 Roth and is at $4500. I have $1000, but that won’t likely change until July since my work hours are very reduced until then.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. Classes started this week. The cost was $643 to do summer fast-track lessons and was half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $564 in my Christmas savings so far once my $300 Amazon Trade-In credits come through. I just shipped 13 nursing textbooks yesterday and I will get $300 in Amazon credits back. I love this method because I don’t have to pay shipping and all I have to do is pack it, drop it off at the UPS Store, and forget it. Once my last 3 weeks of class work are done, I will trade in my last few texts.

 

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

7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. We’ll probably do a dump into this fund in the fall. I sold $10 of my son’s old things on a Facebook garage sale site, so I am at $123.

8. Spend $500600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  I signed up with Platejoy.com to help me plan low-carb healthy meals within the macros I am striving to meet. I spent $593.10 in May.

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

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

Personal: 

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

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. We have plans for July.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. I have started our summer schedule, which includes a little relaxation time with PBS Kids in the morning (aka my time to exercise and write a blog post or do homework), chores, dyslexia friendly phonics, reading, and spelling work for the older two via Reading Horizons, early reading fun via ABC Mouse and using Montessori-based sandpaper letters for the 3 year old, math via Khan Academy, book reading time,  and computer coding programs for our 9 year old. I have had a lot of reading time with each girl, played catch in the yard with the kids, and played a game of Uno with the boy.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. I posted 7 things on our neighborhood garage sale while we were quarantined in the house. I sold a too-small pack of swim diapers, a too-small infant’s life vest, have several people interested in our old cloth folding hamper and my son’s size 8 jeans. I posted his shirt from the recent wedding on Ebay. I have a few more things to post, but I am making headway.
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. I hit this hard and totally redid my office using the organization suggested in Organizing Solutions For People with ADHD. The corner is cleared out and the bookshelf is more usable, especially since I sold most of my nursing texts to Amazon. I went through and tossed, shredded, or filed most papers, used colored files for easy visual recognition, pared those files down to only about 10, and cleared out my desk. Done!
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This is saving us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. I have ordered some bulbs to be shipped in the fall to replace the irises and lilies that died when our tree fell on them last year. We still need to paint the mailbox. My husband will be playing in Underwater Hockey Nationals (click the link to see a video) two weeks and we aren’t doing any house-related things until after then. Right now there are too many extra practices.
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. This also makes the Procrastination List until after Nationals.
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  We tried three new parks so far, the last one being the state park where we hiked for Girl Scouts.  We have plans to visit Winton Woods and Highfield Discovery Garden in July when some friends are camped there. My sister and I plan to take the kids to Shawnee Lookout and Smale Park this summer too. Three of six completed. 

Business:

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

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 21

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

This post may contain referral/affiliate links.

 

Week Twenty- One

Financial:

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

Personal:

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

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

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

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

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

Family/Home:

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

Business:

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

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals For 2017: Week 20

 

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.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything at all, I know. When I took two weeks off from grad school, I decided to take two weeks off everything else I could, and it was wonderful.

Week Twenty

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I am thrilled to say the Mister is already nearing 100% with his 2017 Roth and is at $4500. I have $1000.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. The classes won’t start until the last week of May, but we have opted to do four weeks of their summer fast track lessons.  The cost was $643 and half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $264 in my Christmas savings so far.
  6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   This is on the Mister’s proscrastination pile. Summer break starts in about 4 days. Still waiting!
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. We’ll probably do a dump into this fund in the fall.
  8. Spend $500600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  I signed up with Platejoy.com to help me plan low-carb healthy meals within the macros I am striving to meet. I have spent $337 so far in May.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, we will have our last two Girl Scout meetings of the school year and I am trying to set a date for my next twice-exceptional parents meeting for early June. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s . I donated an additional $20 to a funeral fund for someone in my hometown.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! I finished this week’s homework already so I can enjoy my cousin’s wedding tomorrow, and I now have 3 weeks of homework to go! The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August. I just bought my pin for my master’s pinning ceremony (pinning is a nursing thing), and it was $37. I sent in my graduation application and ordered my master’s gown, hood, and cap. Those pieces cost me nothing, not even shipping! I will probably be booking a hotel room to stay overnight, because it is several hours away and my pinning ceremony is early in the morning. Our kids are less likely to be disruptive if they haven’t spent hours in the car before a long and boring ceremony.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  We are planning to try a new local pub starting by a Scottish family, that is supposed to have great authentic cuisine.
  3. Read 1 book per month I am working on Hedda Hopper’s The Whole Truth and Nothing But and am about 60% done. It’s only OK, and I am glad I did not buy it. This makes 8-going-on 9 books read out of 12.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  I had to cancel my plans with my work buddies this week thanks to crazy volume at work. This month will probably be a bust, but between Mother’s Day, our anniversary, our son’s birthday, and end of school year, May is our busiest month.
  5. Complete one freelance submission. Nothing this week. I will schedule it in for July.
  6. Finish the afghan languishing in the closet. I have not touched this since my last break, but this week is another school break, so I hope to do a few more rows.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I picked up 3 shifts this week and am off Wednesday, so I might tackle this that day.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  Much better this past week, and I probably hit it 6 days.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. Maybe July? The kids are begging to go to Lake Erie again.
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I always have lots of quality time when the bigs are in school. My girls each spent time helping me garden this week. The boy and I have started reading together at night before bed.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. I am putting this off this until the summer
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. Sunday I am planning another big organization day.
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This will save us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. Weeding and mulching has been done, and a few flowers bought. The mister replaced all outdoor lights and scrubbed off the algae growing on the mailbox and the north-facing side of our house. I spent hours on Mother’s Day planting an herb pot and planting in the front of our house. I love it!
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Next on agenda is fixing a leak in the master bath so we are safe to finally drywall the ceiling. Once that is done we paint!
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  Spring is here! We tried three new parks so far, the last one being the state park where we hiked for Girl Scouts. Three of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. Maybe next Monday?
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Let’s be real, until my degree is done, this is on the backburner. I have posted on the Facebook page a few times though.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my master’s is complete.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I haven’t hit it once this week, but I also haven’t been very active on other blogs that bring traffic. I gave myself permission to relax during my break.
  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. Yikes! I am still procrastinating on this.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’sis complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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40 Goals for 2017: Week 19

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.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything at all, I know. When I took two weeks off from grad school, I decided to take two weeks off everything else I could, and it was wonderful.

Week Nineteen

Financial:

  1. Max Roth IRAs for the mister and I: $11000. I am thrilled to say the Mister is already nearing 100% with his 2017 Roth and is at $4500. I have $1000.
  2. Cash flow 4 months of swim lessons at Aquatots for our son and older daughter: $1200. The classes won’t start until the last week of May, but we have opted to do four weeks of their summer fast track lessons.  The cost was $643 and half the amount we originally expected to spend. We cash-flowed this one. Boom!
  3. Save $3000 for HVAC replacement. This will be sitting in savings until next year, but we are also at 100% for this as well. Done!
  4. Save $4000 towards the mister’s car replacement fund. Not yet. We tend to build up and then dump every few months, so we’ll see how this looks at the end of summer.
  5. Save $1050 for Christmas. $264 in my Christmas savings so far.
  6. Save $1800 $3000? for outdoor play set.   This is on the Mister’s proscrastination pile. Summer break starts in about 10 days, so I’m a little annoyed.
  7. Save $750 towards next year’s 2018 family vacation and $ 750 towards my 2018 40th birthday trip ($125/month). We have $113 from last year’s garage sale earnings that I put towards our vacation fund. We’ll probably do a dump into this fund in the fall.
  8. Spend $500600/mo or less on groceries and $100/mo or less on my fun money.  I signed up with Platejoy.com to help me plan low-carb healthy meals within the macros I am striving to meet. I’m on my 4th week of this and we are still happy with the meal options. Our grocery budget is hovering around $150 per week, but I’m going to play with it a couple more weeks and see if it levels out.
  9. Finally roll over one of my 401Ks. Not this week!
  10. Give: 5 hours of volunteer time and $50/mo. This month, we will have our last two Girl Scout meetings of the school year and I am trying to set a date for my next twice-exceptional parents meeting for early June. I donated $27 for the child in Gambia we sponsor from Plan and $42/ to St. Jude’s  in April and May. I donated an additional $20 to a funeral fund for someone in my hometown.

Personal:

  1. Complete my master’s degree! As of this coming Monday, I will have 4 weeks of homework to go! The last day of my program is July 3rd. Graduation is mid-August.
  2. Date night with the husband once per month.  Our 11th anniversary was last week, but we won’t have our official celebration until Grandma takes the kids for an overnight at the end of the month.
  3. Read 1 book per month I just finished Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD, and have quite a list of changes I am making in this house that the book recommends . I started Hedda Hopper’s The Whole Truth and Nothing But and am about 40% done. I am finding it a bit discombobulated and all over the place, so I’m not sure if I will finish. I try to pick a fluffy book on weeks I have homework. This makes 8-going-on 9 books read out of 12.
  4. Monthly me-time with friends.  This coming week, I am going out to dinner with my two work buddies.
  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 added on about 4 more inches during my break.
  7. Learn how to set up my sewing machine and complete one simple project. OK, didn’t happen yet. I have a million Girl Scout patches to sew on. The last meeting is Tuesday and I am 100% certain they will not be on by then,since I have 3 pieces of heavy schoolwork to complete.
  8. Conquer iced cookies and icing a cake. No cakes planned until the summer.
  9. Drink 64 ounces water daily.  Maybe 2 days this week? I have been running around too much on days I don’t work. This end of school month is super busy.
  10. Survive my practicum without eating fast food. We are calling this a 50% success.

Family/Home:

  1. Visit family in Cleveland. Sometime this summer. Maybe July?
  2. Weekly 1:1 time with each child. The Little and I always have lots of quality time when the bigs are in school. I chaperoned my son’s trip to the zoo Friday and my 6 year old and I baked two batches of cookies this week.
  3. Sell my son’s old clothes. These are hiding in the closet. I am putting this off this until the summer
  4. Complete kitchen counter clear-off to prepare for a fish tank. Done!
  5. Clear out our study corner hot spot. Ack! This is piling up again!
  6. Get the toddler potty trained! The Toddler, or should I say the soon-to-be-Preschooler, has officially crossed over and is completely in underwear during the day. Even her night-time diapers have been dry 90% of the time. I have put off our monthly Subscribe and Save order of Huggies Pull-ups. This will save us $20-30/month. Success!
  7. Hang pictures in front hallway. Nope. They are now neatly stacked and ready to go though. I hope to have this done by end of summer.
  8. Plant front yard tree. We learned that if we let the old roots decompose for another year, it will be easier to plant the new tree in the same spot next year and require a smaller hole. Bonus: it will save us money this year. We filled in the area and planted a little grass instead. Deferred! New goal: weeding and mulching flower beds, improving the plantings in the beds, replacing all outdoor lights (several are broken), and fixing and painting the mailbox. Weeding and mulching has been done, and a few flowers bought. The mister replaced all outdoor lights and scrubbed off the algae growing on the mailbox and the north-facing side of our house. 
  9. Paint half bath. Not yet. Next on agenda is fixing a leak in the master bath so we are safe to finally drywall the ceiling. Once that is done we paint!
  10. Visit 6 different parks.  Spring is here! We tried three new parks so far, the last one being the state park where we hiked for Girl Scouts. Three of six completed. 

Business:

  1. Complete Etsy Essentials and Brilliant Pins courses. Not yet. Maybe next Monday?
  2. Start posting regularly on my Best Geeky Baby Names site. Let’s be real, until my degree is done, this is on the backburner. I have posted on the Facebook page a few times though.
  3. Purchase the virtual real estate for the other four sites I want to create. Not yet. Waiting for a sale.
  4. Incorporate as an LLC. I am putting this off until after my master’s is complete.
  5. Explore affiliates for my sites. I signed up for Share a Sale but need to look at which ones to work with.
  6. Double my daily traffic for Frugal Stepping Stones. I haven’t hit it once this week, but I also haven’t been very active on other blogs that bring traffic. I gave myself permission to relax during my break.
  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. Yikes! I am still procrastinating on this.
  9. Do one guest post. Not yet, but I have a few ideas where to reach out. This will happen after my master’sis complete.
  10. Interview one person for the blog. I have someone who is interested in being interviewed. It will be later this year.

How are your goals going?

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