Monday, January 2, 2017
New Year, New Plan
I started this blog to help me save $1000 a month. I have met that goal. We put aside money into a HSA, a SEP account (similar to an IRA/401K) and savings. I hope to up it to $1500 a month.
I also am going to take a page from Carol at CTONABUDGET and start planning meals. I'm going to try and post a goal menu at the beginning of each week and then post what actually happened (as Sluggy at Don't Read this it's Boring sometimes does)
So, in keeping with that plan I will be making the following from the freezer/pantry
January 1, leftovers from December 31st (hopefully there will be)
January 2 roasted turkey, stuffing, squash, mushrooms
January 3 leftovers make stock and freeze
January 4 baked ziti/stuffed shells homemade bread
January 5 leftover pasta
January 6 chili (beef or ground turkey) homemade cornbread
January 7 turkey soup
I will repost this plan with what actually happened on January 7th
I have also become much more organized. I made many more quality gifts this year. I already got my thank you notes done. I mailed out my Christmas Card list and packages way before the rush. I planned and baked. I wasn't so exhausted that I didn't enjoy the moment. DH and I paid cash for many things. We used charged cards wisely by only using those that gave us something back and paying them off within the month of use.
I hope to become even more organized and creative. I plan to make more time for me. To be more in the moment. More at peace. Give myself and other's more grace. Try to be kind and patient. Work more on trying to find an even balance for my health. Stay in shape and perhaps get into even better shape. Plan to work more in my garden. Find the formula that works for my body and my diagnosis of Crohn's disease.
Have more no spend days. No drive days might be harder.
Keep stricter financial records.
I am very lucky to have a strong usually patient husband. I am grateful for him every day. I am happy that my DD has grown to be an independent self sufficient (for the most part) young woman. I am proud that she made it through the busy season at the USPS her first year. Sure, she called frustrated and angry sometimes. But she made it through. She saw a lot of people get hired and quit. She handled it with strength.
I hope all of those who read this are finding peace and fulfillment. Happy New Year. Share your goals and dreams if you like.