Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Goal update - August 2017

2017 is all about REDUCE. That is our word of the year. So far I think we are doing pretty well! Check out the first goal post of 2017 here.

1. Between all the members of this house, we will remove 1000 items from the house. This does not count as everyday household garbage. These items will be items that could be potentially donated or sold. I think I will NOT count items that I throw away. This will make it a bit more challenging. (I totally stole this idea from another blog, but I LOVED the concept!)

I have not really kept track but with all the crates of books my husband got rid of and the miscellaneous other items, I bet we are at about 500 easily!

2. My goal is to have a yard sale this spring and make a little extra moula to put towards either the vacation, bills, Christmas, or home projects. Goal NOT accomplished and will not get accomplished.

3. This will be a big goal to accomplish! I plan on organizing the garage. I had it looking okay, but then the "boomerang daughter" moved back home and there went that garage again. It WILL get done this year...complete with shelves and such for storage!

Not in August. I doubt in September either as the man has inherited some items from his father who passed and they may be taking up space in the garage for a bit.

4. The garden. This is THE year I will get the garden established and actually benefit from its bounty. 

I think I did pretty darn well! We enjoyed a watermelon (the birds enjoyed lots of them), plenty of peppers, a few tomatoes, and so much basil, cucumbers, and a few zucchini! I even managed to plan a fall garden. Hopefully that does well too!

5. Travel to Finland for $1000 (not counting the plane ticket). I am traveling to Finland this summer with my dad, stepmom, and sister. The tickets are paid for already so the goal is to have the rest of the trip costing only $1000. This includes passport, luggage, and any other costs, like spending money while there, etc. This is totally doable, especially since we will be spending time with family. I originally wanted to have $1000 just for spending but I think I am going to include the cost of the passport and luggage too. Now, if I can score gift cards to help defray the cost, that is a bonus to the $1000.  Goal accomplished!

6. I plan to pay off heating cooling systems by the end of the year. This "should" be an easy goal to accomplish. Mission accomplished!

7. Ok, this may just be the goal I list EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR until it happens. I plan to lose 50 lbs this year and if I do not lose 50lbs, I will be happy to be able to shop in the "regular" sizes again.

Well, I was down 30 pounds but then vacation happened and 5 of those pesky pounds crept back on. I am working again on the remaining 25!

8. Since we have been doing Christmas debt free for the past few years already, this year's Christmas goal is to have all presents bought or made by December for under $500. This does NOT count my husband's gift because I ALWAYS spend more than I should on him and him on me.  Bonus points if the gifts are wrapped before December as well!

I am still working on it. I have some very cool ideas!

9. I plan to keep the grocery bill under $600 a month. I would REALLY like to keep it under $500 a month, but with my husband, that is just setting me up for failure.

For the most part, we have been under $600. I have tried under $500 but no go...maybe September is THE month!

10. Work on some craft projects I have been putting off but want to complete. Mainly the cross stitch squares my mom started when she was alive. I'd love to complete them and make the quilt she was planning to make.

No craft projects just yet....

Pause of Operation Eat Up

Well, I had hoped to keep up with Operation Eat Up, but life happens. We had a death in the family so we made an unexpected trip "home" for that. Luckily, most of the time we have been fed by family so not much money out of pocket for us. We left the kiddos home to deal with the animals and house but I can bet they chose take out over ransacking the pantry and freezers. Ha! So, when we get back it will resume, for sure!