2011 Goals: A Year in Review


Financial Goals

1. Get out of credit card debt. 
This was absolutely priority #1 this year. I am over the moon excited to report that this was accomplished way back in August. 

2. Track coupon savings. 
This is the only one of my goals that I didn't fully commit to. The last time I kept track was probably some time back in June and I was at about $250 in savings. I am still occasionally using coupons but I am not nearly as gung-ho about it and I am okay with that.

3. Save $1200 for Christmas. 
$1200 saved! And not a dime over $1200 was spent for Christmas. I am continuing this for 2012. It's not on my "official" goals list but it is definitely a keeper.

4. Save $600 for 30,000 mile maintenance. 
$600 saved. We are still adding to this account every month too. At some point within the year we are going to need to buy a second car for the Sailor. We are going to hold off as long as possible so we can save up as much as possible.

5. Save for a new washer and dryer.  
We have enough in the emergency fund. We are just waiting for their eventual turn to worthlessness. 

6. Make some extra cash
This was a good year for side income. Through blogging and selling items on Etsy, Ebay, Half.com, and Craigslist I made close to five thousand dollars. Holla!


Personal Goals
 
1. Read at least 20 books. 
This year I read 24 books. This was one of my favorite goals because it really made me plan out some time for myself. I think there have been whole years that I hadn't read a book and I love to read. 

2. Complete 4 home improvement projects.

     
3. Grow an herb vegetable garden. This is another goal I am continuing in 2012 that may not be on the official list. I had a wonderful time learning about growing things and curing my black thumb. It's also pretty neat shopping in my backyard.

4. Be nice to the sailor.
This was probably the hardest goal. Hee hee! I like to think I am generally nice to my husband, but I know sometimes I am not the easiest person to be around. This was a great reminder to me to be just a little bit more aware of that fact. 

5. Blog at least 15 posts a month.
On average, I wrote about 4 posts a week, but a lot of weeks had 6 posts. What can I say, I had a lot to share I guess. I would like to continue with 3-4 posts a week. I think that is a good balance. 

Overall, I am very proud of my accomplishments this year. I think a large part of my success came from the fact that I picked attainable and specific goals and I had a plan. It helps that did a monthly update on where I stood with my goals too. 

I hope to have similar success in 2012