Monday, November 1, 2010

October Recap/November Goals

October Goals
1. Wrap up elements of getting married. Mostly done! I'm waiting on new health insurance cards, a deposit refund from the bakery, and the  professional photos from the photographers. Also still getting used to saying and writing a new name.
2. Develop married budget and savings sub-accounts. Coming along!

3. Catch up at work. Done!

4. Get my diploma. Done!

5. Declutter and stock up. In progress! I've done a lot of decluttering, and our pantry, fridge and freezer are now well stocked again, as this month's grocery budget can attest. 

November Goals
1. Finish decluttering. I have a list of the chests, closets, and cabinets in our apartment that still need to be cleaned out, and I'd like to go through all of them and donate all giveaway items to Goodwill by the end of the month. 

2.  Buy new cookware. The only thing we're still missing from our registry is cookware, because a few weeks ago I heard of the Bowery Restaurant Supply company, from which we can buy restaurant-grade cookware at 1/10th the price of any housewares store (see this article about stocking an ENTIRE kitchen for $200!). It seems that they're only open during the week, though, so it's a little tricky to get down there. 

3. Make a dermatologist appointment. I have a mole that's acting kind of funny, and when I had my free skin cancer screening at work a few months ago the doctor advised me to come in and have it removed (it's already been biopsied, and is nothing to worry about, just annoying). I need to make that appointment by the end of the year in order to use 2010 flex spending!

4. Start Christmas shopping.   This year is a Christmas-spent-here year, so I'll have to mail all my Christmas gifts to friends and family. Incentive to get it done early! I've already started keeping my eyes open for things people might like.

5. Consolidate into one savings account. I had to wait 30 days after changing my name and email with ING before they'll let me do anything else, like add a new bank account. We found a pretty decent interest rate at a brick-and-mortar bank, so I'd like to consolidate our two ING accounts and my "regular" savings account and start earning some moolah!

Not-so-new monthly feature: New Year's Resolution Recap
1. Max out a Roth IRA automatically. Done!
2. Pay down at least half my student loan debt. I've paid $7,647 towards a $19,568 debt.
3. Give to charity. In progress.
4. Finish graduate school while maintaining a 3.86 GPA and turn in my thesis early. Done!
5. Read more than 100 books. Done!
6. Cultivate a more positive attitude. Doing better!
7. Take the stairs whenever possible. Oh, please.
8. Seven minutes of yoga per day. Pshaw.
9. Develop a regular posting schedule for my "real name" blog. Canceled and deleted.
10. Make less of an impact. Working on acquiring less, in order to have to reduce less.

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you are getting that mole checked out. I heard horror stories about people who haven't been careful as you!


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