July 5, 2011

2011 Goals Update: Redemption Edition

1. Get out of credit card debt. 
I believe in two months we will be consumer debt free! This goal is about 3 months ahead of schedule.

2. Track coupon savings. 
My yearly total is $236, I added another $21.15 worth of coupon savings this month.

3. Save $1200 for Christmas. 
$550 and change saved

4. Save $600 for 30,000 mile maintenance. 
$214.85 saved. Added a little this month.
5. Save for a new washer and dryer.  
$65.86, I still didn't add any new monies this month. We usually add to this if we have left overs in our house/home category, but we have been trying to fix a few things around the house. Once the debt is paid off, this will ad up quickly.

6. Make some extra cash
Year to date $880.84, added an extra $103.88. 

Personal Goals

1. Read at least 20 books. 
I only read one book this month, which was Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini. I am a little disappointed with myself on this one, I thought the summer would brings lots of reading, but it really has only brought lots of activities and running around. Here's to a more relaxing reading month.
2. Complete 4 home improvement projects.
Two down, two to go.
3. Grow an herb vegetable garden. 
This is coming along quite nicely
4. Be nice to the sailor.
I think I was really nice this month, to make up for last month.
5. Blog at least 15 posts a month.
Check plus.

The Walking Resolution
Oh, I rocked this goal, or walked it rather. I think I am going to goal myself with another 20 for July.

Triple Threat Mini Challenge
I made June my redemption month and I think I have redeemed myself from past months failures.
  • Spend no more than $600 on groceries. I spent $608.11 on groceries this month. I think it is impossible to spend less than $600 a month on groceries for a family of five, unless we eat nothing but rice and beans (we did eat rice and beans, just not all the time) When I do the math this equals out to $4 per person per day. Our total was $4.05 per person per day and we raided the pantry the last four days and used some of our freezer supply. In short (okay long) I am making this a win. 
  • Walk 20 miles. Walked it!
  • Try to not to go out to eat. We did eat out once. We had a pizza that set us back $15. This much better than our usual cost of going out to eat which hovers around $100-$120 a month. 
I am happy with June's progress. 

I think we are going to attempt to eat out as little as possible in July. I think this phrasing works better than saying absolutely NO eating out, I don't like to be told what to do, even if it is coming from me. 

We are also going on a small getaway this month to a small theme park nearby and visiting some family not so nearby. We will try our best to not eat out.