Friday, June 1, 2012

May Recap / June Goals

May Goals
1. Start trying to live on one income again. Success! For this month anyway. We transferred the equivalent of my salary and Peanut's recent freelance work into savings - so we're headed in a positive direction once again!

2. Bring homemade lunch to work three times a week. I'm a little surprised at this one - but it was a success! Frozen lunches had just gotten too easy, but I have to say I definitely enjoyed my homemade ones (either leftovers or a big salad) a lot more.

3. Sort through the stuff my mom brought me. I give myself a success on this - I did consolidate down to get rid of two boxes, and everything is at least *put away*. But I didn't sort through all the boxes of papers and keepsakes - not yet, anyway.

4. Get back into the yoga home practice habit. This was a big fat fail. I think I did home yoga twice all month. I thought about it a little more than I had been, but I didn't actually DO it.

5. Break out and USE the super handy-dandy house maintenance and cleaning schedule that I created and stuck on a shelf. Sort of. Peanut and I did some house maintenance and deep cleaning, but we are not on the schedule that I would like to be on. That's another to keep working on.

June Goals
1.  Find a long-arm quilting rental place. I have now finished two complete quilt tops and am about to start on a third - but I don't want to try machine quilting on my machine. Apparently there are quilt stores where you can go in and rent a long-arm machine by the hour to finish up your projects, and I want to find one this month. I'm not sure I'll get to actually GO, but I want to do the research.

2. Continue the #couponchallenge. It's going pretty good so far, but there are a number of tips from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing that I haven't implemented yet - I'd like to keep doing what I'm doing (price book, collecting coupons, matching to sales) and add to it those points out of the book that I haven't done yet (post on that to come!).

3. Keep careful track of my spending. Peanut and I have been a little lax in our spending tracking lately. We're still doing it, but every few weeks we realize that we have frittered away some cash with no receipt or memory of where it got spent. It drives me up the wall to see "balancing" as a transaction description, so I want to do my best to enter my numbers in consistently every day.

4. Be gentle on myself. I am traveling for two weeks out of June, and the time that I'm not traveling is already lining up to be extremely busy at work. I have been looking forward to my trips for a long time, but I know how I get when I overschedule myself. As such, only four goals this month!

2 comments:

  1. I like #4, because I need to do that myself. Good luck with your goals!

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  2. Since you like to sew/quilt, have you checked out SR Harris yet? It's worth a trip if you haven't already. It's a HUGE fabric warehouse in Brooklyn Park. Everything is ALWAYS 50% off the marked price. They also have weekly coupons in the Sunday paper and also a monthly coupon on their website for an even bigger discount. I like to go for home decorator fabrics and the high quality polartec polar fleece. I'll warn you, it's a bit overwhelming! The only down side is that if you find something you like, you should buy it because finding it twice in that place is almost impossible.

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