Tuesday, September 1, 2009

August Recap/September Goals

August Goals
1. Get my security deposit back. Done! I sent a polite but firm letter a month after my move-out date, and got the check with a handwritten apology a few days later. I knew my old landlord wasn't a bad guy.

2. Bring down the food budget. Yeah....not so much. Jointly, Peanut and I did pretty well, but I went out to eat a LOT this month, and that wasn't cheap.

3. Do yoga or pilates six days a week. I was pretty close. It's gotten to be enough of a habit that I feel like something is missing if I don't do it. Which is awesome. I've had really noticeable results, too, in terms of how I look and feel. My back doesn't bother me anymore—I used to always feel tight and sore from sitting at a computer all day, but no longer. I feel more flexible. I look a little more toned, although I haven't actually lost any weight at all.

4. Book a rental car for my planned trip. I've been working on this but none of my own prices have been accepted! I was hoping it would cost me $15 or so, but at this point I'm up to $20, which is half price—and it's still not being accepted. At what point will it not make sense to do this? That's a really hard question—my relationship with my mom is much better when there's not even an illusion that I'm dependant on her for anything, so it's something I really need to do to make a trip there go well.

5. Have another "use stuff up" time. I...haven't really been working on this at all. In fact, last night I looked at my samples box and thought, "Wow, I should do a 'use stuff up' mission!". So, um, I'll keep working on that.

 

September Goals

1. Build a new budget. By the end of the month, I'll have an idea of how much my $10,000 raise will translate to in real, after-tax dollars, so I'll need to build a new budget to accommodate it.

 

2. Use stuff up! Continued.

 

3. Wrap up therapy. As of last week, I have begun the "termination" process, though we didn't set an end date (I want to see how this trip next week will go). But I think by the end of the month, I'll be done.

 

4. Explore and automate Roth IRA savings. I don't want to deal with changing my direct deposit through my company (it was a NIGHTMARE to do so last time, and I just learned yesterday that they managed to get my address wrong three different ways when we moved, so I haven't been getting a lot of important mail).  I want to do this directly through either Vangaurd or Chase, but I need to look into it some more.

 

5. Check my 401(k) and Roth allocations and make any necessary adjustments. The 401(k) needs to be re-allocated—22% of it is in company stock! But I can't make any changes until they have a legitimate address on file for me (see above) so I'll just keep an eye on it and make changes when I can.
 
 

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