Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Recap/February Goals

January Goals
1. Move with a minimum of fuss. Success! This might be my favorite move of all time. The movers were super quick and pretty cheap, and when some friends stopped by to help with whatever we needed the night of the move, I was sitting on the couch with a book and a glass of wine. Amazing!

2. Live as cheaply as possible.  Well...aside from my out-of-control and unplanned hobby spending, we did pretty well here.

3. Go to four yoga classes. I made it to three. So close! I've also been doing a home practice, so at least I have done yoga more than four times in the month!

4.  Decide which color to paint the new rooms. Success! I've got plans for what colors to paint the master bedroom, master bathroom, and kitchen - I now just need to set up a painting day to have some helpers show up!

5.  Do not buy any new clothes.  Success! One could argue that I transferred my new clothes spending to pre-clothes or clothes-making-supplies, would be only sort of correct. :)

February Goals
1. Make an appointment with a lawyer for drawing up wills and medical directives. Yep, that's me, admitting that I'm not going to get it done with NOLO paperwork and a notary. It'll cost some money, but hopefully not more than $200.

2. Pay taxes - or at least fill out TurboTax to the point of readiness. We tried to do this already but we didn't have all the paperwork we needed.

3. Figure out how to fund Roth IRAs for 2012. We've got a lot of plans for what to spend money on (a second car, furniture, minor renovations for the house) but first and foremost, we need to squeeze $10,000 out of somewhere to fund our Roth IRAs for the year.

4. Have a cheap ski weekend. We've been planning a ski weekend for the end of the month. I want to keep it cheap though - no need to go all out! We're splitting a room with a friend and I'll probably only go skiing one day and hang out and read the rest of the time. We also made sure that our lodge has a full kitchen so we can cook most of our own meals - but that doesn't mean they'll wind up being cheap.

5. Get my driver's license. I avoided doing this for one reason or another, but I really need to bite the bullet and change my New York license to a Minnesota one. Did you guys know I've been committing a misdemeanor for the last eight months? (Did you know it's been EIGHT MONTHS since I moved?! How did that happen??)

What are your goals for February?


  1. Have fun with the ski weekend! I haven't done that for so long but it sounds like fun.

  2. I didn't know that was a misdemeanor! When I moved to my current city some years ago, I slacked on the driver's license too. I will say that taking the written test was MUCH harder than I thought--I failed it 3 times. Depressing. My advice--take it seriously and study!


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