Sunday, February 28, 2010

February Recap/March Goals

February Goals
1. Set up a new budget now that I know my monthly income. Done! My new budget allows me to max out a Roth, set aside money for student loan repayment AND save more in the future wedding fund.

2. Set up automatic Roth payments for the rest of the year ($227.27 per paycheck!). Automatic payments are scheduled! The first one has shown as pending in my account already.

3. Do my taxes. Done! And I paid my state taxes and received my federal refund.

4. Pay for and attend yoga and dance classes. Done--I've been going to dance class once a week and yoga once a week. I'd love to do both more frequently but this is more realistic.

5. Keep up the trend of spending more on groceries than eating out. Sadly, not quite. We did spend a LOT less on food in general this month though, I guess thanks to menu planning (and it being a short month).

March Goals 
1. Set up wedding budget, book location, finalize guest list. We're doing this wedding in a hurry (around six months) but once these bits are out of the way I will be able to relax--everything else can fall into place later.

2. Budget for trip to Costa Rica. We're going to Costa Rica at the end of the month to visit my brother (and get our engagement shots taken on the beach by his fabulous photographer girlfriend!). Our expenses will be low--mostly food--but we still need to budget for it. I want to bring them a gift for the photos, too, since she won't let us pay.

3. Buy and send a card or gift for birthdays. One of my brothers has a birthday mid-month and my youngest sister's birthday falls during our trip. I don't want to forget them!

4. Take it easy. Wedding planning has already been very stressful on me--I'm picking things that are much more traditional than I always claimed to want, I have total sticker shock from the prices of everything, I'm dreading the awkward family interactions already--I want to forget all of that and just celebrate the fact that Peanut and I are getting MARRIED.

5. Perform twice. I have a dance job booked next week and an opportunity to perform later in the month if I can get my act together. I want to do both options!

New monthly feature: New Year's Resolution Recap
1. Max out a Roth IRA automatically. Underway!
2. Pay down at least half my student loan debt. I have paid off the unsubsidized loans and interest in full, and I have just over 20% of the subsidized balance saved up. I'm putting $250 per month aside for this purpose, and will get another $5,000 in tuition reimbursement by the end of the year--I'm in really good shape for this!
3. Give to charity. I didn't do this yet.
4. Finish graduate school while maintaining a 3.86 GPA and turn in my thesis early.  Well, I'm on schedule to finish my thesis early--the 2-3 page outline I just turned in was 10 pages long, about a third of the finished product. Woo hoo!
5. Read more than 100 books. I've read a lot of wedding books so far!
6. Cultivate a more positive attitude. Actually doing better on this!
7. Take the stairs whenever possible. It's not that I've forgotten about this...it's that it's been cold and snowy and my boots are heavy and I'm full of excuses. If the elevator's not handy, I take the stairs. If it's handy...
8. Seven minutes of yoga per day. Total fail. I actually decided I hate that seven minute routine (god, I HATE pushups) so I consciously gave up on it. I'm trying to do a yoga routine at home a few times a week, which goes ok depending on how crazy things are at work. I need to get my arms in shape for a wedding dress though!
9. Develop a regular posting schedule for my "real name" blog. Total fail, oh geez.
10. Make less of an impact. I took a reusable mug to work and have been using that. I've been careful to ask for no bag if I forget my reusable ones and my purchase is small. Also recycling more at home.

3 comments:

  1. Wedding books are books! I'm going to keep this in mind for my yearly goals...even though I'm not getting married. LOL!

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  2. Good luck on your goals! To add to the "make less of an impact," you can try replacing your paper products with reusable towels. For instance, I know a lot of us reach for paper towels out of habit when we spill something, but using a towel or a sponge is more environmentally friendly. :)

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