2011 Goals Update: April Edition

Financial Goals
1. Get out of credit card debt. 
Rockin' it. If all goes well could be out of debt in four months time. Way before (okay, four months) I turn thirty. Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement. It is strange and beautiful how much it helps.

2. Track coupon savings. 
$199.67, this makes me happy.

3. Save $1200 for Christmas. 
$400 and change saved

4. Save $600 for 30,000 mile maintenance. 
$150 and change saved, didn't add any extra this month.
5. Save for a new washer and dryer.  
$65.86, I didn't add any new monies this month. This needs improvement.

6. Make some extra cash
Year to date $560.24, added an extra $97.18, thanks to some Etsy sales.

Personal Goals

1. Read at least 20 books. 
I read two books this month, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
Square Foot Gardening is a great book for beginner gardeners. It's full of tips and tricks, very useful. I enjoyed Neverwhere, but you really can't go wrong with a Gaiman novel.

2. Complete 4 home improvement projects.
We are working on home improvement project number two. We were having basement flooding issues, due to a couple of factors like a slope coming into our home and a rain barrel overflow. The rain barrel overflow backed up our gutter system and caused a giant icicle which ripped down part of our gutter. These two problem areas just happen to be in the same spot, double trouble.

Last weekend we leveled out the slope with more dirt, moved the rain barrel to a space where 30 minutes of light drizzling wouldn't make it completely full and fixed the damaged gutter. What we have left is to make a dry well and plant some water loving plants/bushes to help with drainage.

Owning a home can be such fun.

3. Grow an herb garden.
Veggie and herb seeds are sprouting up like crazy, should be able to plant outside by the end of May.

4. Be nice to the sailor.
I'm on it.

5. Blog at least 15 posts a month.
I get an A, holla!

The Walking Resolution

The month started off good, but rainy and cold weather did hold me up. Even on some nice days I found myself out in the yard working, instead of going for a walk. May is going to be my month for walking, I can feel it.

My April mini goal was to only spend $650 on our food expenses. Didn't happen. We spent just over $775, whoops. Eating out and rising food costs are to blame but one deserves more credit than the other. Can you guess which one?