11 for 11: january update

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

I know it’s not the end of the month yet, but humor me.

Goal progress this month:

#1: We have been really good at not spending a ton of money this month. Which is a good thing, since we were on a spending freeze. And is a bad thing, since I really want this little bottle of sunshine. Not sure that we’ll continue the “freeze” into February, but we will be more careful about what we buy and why we are buying it. The only big expenses I’m anticipating (but who knows when something in our house will die) are birthday gifts for e, my sister, and our niece. We are also going to paint and finish our bedroom in the month ahead, which could add up.

This exercise has helped us to think about whether or not we really need everything we think about buying (newsflash: we don’t) and I’ve already noticed some ways I can spend a little bit less here and there at the grocery and through our other monthly maintenance costs. We will track spending this month (through hand-dandy mint.com) and see what we’re doing well and doing not-so-well in a typical month.

#2: Umm…I started to read a challenging book. But then switch to rereading the Millenium Trilogy books. What can I say, I really like Lisbeth and Blomkvist.

Items 3 & 4 haven’t been touched…

#5: I imagined my office design here.

Items 6 – 9: See above.

#10: I have begun a Goodwill pile and am slowly adding to it. I think I will do my first trip of the year in February.

#11: We successfully deep-cleaned our house for the first of 12 times. It felt good. We felt a little bit more like adults after. And my mommy wasn’t grossed out as much. A good thing all around.

January was a good start to the year. It went fast, non?

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