Some of my favorite blogs have been writing Monthly Goal posts since the beginning of time (see Money after Graduation, Simply Frugal, Always the Planner, etc) and I realized they’re on to something! If you don’t put a name to what you want to do, you don’t do anything.
Like just now – I realized I want to read one book this month. Until I sat down to write this out, I would bet any amount I would never have gotten that book read.
- Read 1 Book.
- Attend 5 yoga classes. I hurt my back in August doing yoga (though I still maintain it was a crisis of spirit). Since then, it’s been yoga that makes me feel good again. All tightness, all pain disappears after an hour or two of gentle, slow, yoga. Especially when I pay $5 suggested donation per class at the local nonprofit. Win.
- Keep the grocery budget at $100 per week. This is a generous budget for two people, yet we still go over it and hit $120 almost every week! Instead of $60 at Trader Joes and $40 at Whole Foods, it is usually $70 and $50, respectively. Being more careful with our meal planning and curbing impulse spending will bring us to our goal budget of $100 – so look out for that on the last two shopping trips of the month, the 16th and the 23rd.
- Complete a stress-free move from a 4BR house to a 2BR apartment. Okay, this one’s a gimme because we have to move! But the “stressfree” part will maybe make this more of an accomplishment?
- Decide on and set a savings goal for one summer adventure. JHubbs and I get lost in the day-to-day budgeting, but we both work hard. I would like to focus on a weekend away to just be us and have fun some time in June or July (perhaps for his brithday).
- Decide on a mutually satisfactory donation recipient. JHubbs and I both like the idea of donating, but somehow it NEVER gets into the budget. Since April’s budget is already done up, our task this month will be to agree on a place and an amount. Perhaps the local Animal League where we got our beloved cat, Miss Kyle!
- Decide on a wardrobe investment. I will never do a 30 day challenge (link up) because I’m lame and I barely have 30 items I use frequently. Maybe it’s being plus – size or maybe it’s being cheap, but clothes have never been important to me! But that ends now because 1) I am not depressed from teaching any more, and 2) I discovered Avenue! Haha. Really though, I need to start looking at my wardrobe as an investment in my professional and self image, and that means nice clothes that fit and won’t wear through in a week. By the end of April, I would like to decide on the two items to update my wardobe with (a blazer and work pants) and figure out a way to purchase them in our budget.