Category: Living on a Budget

Mar 30 2015

The kids are on Spring Break this week!  WooHoo!  I am looking forward to spending extra time with them.  We have some fun activities and adventures planned for the week.  We’ll be wrapping up March, starting April, enjoying Spring Break, and celebrating Easter this week so it will be a fun one!  The main goal this week is to spend some time with the kids.  I have a lot of items I would like to get accomplished, but there are second to my family this week.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids – we are getting further into it, the girls love this book about a pet Rascal (this was a book I had as a kid)
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Thursday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  9. Figure out the kids Science Fair Projectsgot them approved now we need to get started on them….
  10. STEM Club Event Presentations for Family Night at School
  11. Prep for upcoming Spring Break

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Unpack Suitcase and Items Away from State STEM Robotics Trip this weekend)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – All pictures downloaded & organized from FL and STEM trips) – still working on this one, school and other activities took priority last week but hoping to get everything caught up soon
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Sweep out my side of Garage)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Mineral Bucket for the Goats) – store was out of mineral buckets, will need to check another location or check again this week

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Medical Bills – working on it
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt) – working on it
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids
  2. Plan 3 special activities with the family
  3. Play Games with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  6. Start prepping for the kids Science Fair Projects
  7. Enjoy extra time with the kids on Spring Break
  8. Celebrate Easter with the family
  9. Spend time working on projects with kids
  10. Focus on quality family time
  11. Upcoming STEM Event
  12. Play with the kids
  13. Go for a bike ride, walk in the woods, and have relax
  14. Take time to really listen to the kids and what they are thinking / doing, etc…

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Keep up with my FitBit Goals (Walk 10,000 steps / 5 miles / 10 sets stairs per day)
  4. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Deep Cleaning on all 3 Bathrooms)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – All pictures downloaded & organized from FL and STEM trips)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Vacuum Van)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Mineral Bucket for the Goats)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Medical Bills
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt)
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

Mar 23 2015

Last week were were somewhat into the normal routine.  This past weekend we went with the kids to Columbia, SC for their State STEM Lego Robotics Competition.  We spent Friday night at a hotel near the meet because we had to be up early and ready on Saturday morning for the competition.  The kids had a blast and did well.  There was a lot of competition and with this only being their 2nd year doing STEM Club it was a real honor to be at the event.   Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids – it was a busy week but made a little more progress through the book
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homeworksome extra homework with them being gone last week
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Prep for upcoming Family Adventurewent to the girls STEM State Comprtition this past weekend and spent the night before in a hotel
  9. Get the kids caught back up with Homework from missing school last week while in Florida
  10. Prep for upcoming State STEM Competition
  11. Prep for upcoming Spring Break
  12. Take kids to Eye Dr and Dentist for regular Cleaning eyes looking good and no one has any cavities just more lose teeth, the last of their baby teeth are starting to fall out…look out tooth fairy

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one dayI did it twice this week because we had a couple items that needed washed before the STEM competition on Saturday.
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Use up food items in our pantry and freezer
  4. Clean House (Focus – Extra Laundry Done from Traveling)
  5. Organize Chaos (Focus – Unpack All Suitcases and Put Items Away from Florida Trip)
  6. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Clean Out the Van from the Florida Trip)
  7. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Hay for the Goats)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Medical Bills – working on it
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt) – working on it
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget – went about $15 over budget this week

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Thursday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  9. Figure out the kids Science Fair Projects
  10. STEM Club Event Presentations for Family Night at School
  11. Prep for upcoming Spring Break

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Unpack Suitcase and Items Away from State STEM Robotics Trip this weekend)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – All pictures downloaded & organized from FL and STEM trips)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Sweep out my side of Garage)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Mineral Bucket for the Goats)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Medical Bills
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt)
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

Mar 23 2015

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Mar 09 2015

The girls had their first full week of school since the first week of February.  Now it makes sense why these past few weeks have gone by so quickly with them home one or more days each week over the last three weeks.  This week was busy with school, Jake traveling, getting everything caught up (or trying), and more fun stuff.  I was able to tackle a lot of tasks that needed my immediate attention last week, but I have a lot to still get done for the month of March. Overall it was a productive week.  I am hoping to spend some good time getting things done this week, but I am going to “lighten” the load for this week so I can focus on some of the priority items!   Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids! – we finally decided on the book and got through the first chapter this week with the busy schedule, but so far they are loving it!
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Winter Activities
  5. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  9. Go on a Date Night with one of the kidsI got to hang out with my Brina, so sweet having some time to relax and chat together!
  10. Send out Thank You Notes

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Use up food items in our pantry and freezer
  4. Clean House (Focus – Laundry Room) – laundry room has to go on hold, I got the basic pick up completed
  5. Organize Chaos (Focus – Spring / Summer Clothes Organized) – they are out and tried on, but not put away yet
  6. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Check the Boundary Fences)
  7. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Turtle Food)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Medical Bills– working on itgot a couple smaller ones paid off this week!  WooHoo!
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt)– working on it
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget – didn’t do as well as I hoped on this one
  6. Sale Items no longer using or do not need on Facebook / Craigslist / Ebay – didn’t get the items posted

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Winter & Spring Events (Spring is just around the corner)
  5. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  6. Spend Extra Time with the Family

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Basic House Clean Up)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention 

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Pay Bills & File Paperwork

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.