Hello, hello friends! It's a new month. I love starting new each month and beginning with a fresh set of goals to accomplish. This month I have a few. Big changes are coming my way (prayers needed please!) and I think I will be letting one of my jobs go. I've been talking with a lot of friends about it, and I think that I need a bit of breathing room. I think I will enjoy living a simpler life instead of worrying about working all of the time. And this leads me to...A BUDGET! March goal number one.
I am super duper goal oriented. I love goals and sticking to them and getting them done. So I think this whole budget thing is going to work well for me. I have been researching lots of different methods and my good friend Joni sent me this video below on how to start a budget...
I absolutely love this idea. And can't wait to make some cute budget envelopes out of some bright colored scrapbook paper I have. Pretty budget tools make saving easier, ya know?
I also have just begun reading the Happily Ever Strader blog and she has some great meal planning ideas and savings tips. Her Envelope Strategy is amazing! and I think I'm definitely going to look at it for inspiration and planning.
|Source: Happily Ever Strader|
Although I'm currently doing the Seven Experiment and I'm not really spending a lot of money now (read about it HERE) I want to get a head start on menu planning and making sure I'm not spending on grocery impulse buys. (SO GUILTY OF THIS ONE) I know I currently have lots of oatmeal packets and pastas in my pantry, frozen food items and meals in the freezer, and some tortillas and other items in the fridge waiting for me when the Seven Experiment is complete. (We're half-way there!)
I've made a list of meals I can make for the week that Seven is over, without purchasing too many other items.
I have some soups and chili in the oven from when I made chili from a #MakeitPinterestingMonday post so the only things I would be purchasing are the bananas, milk for the smoothies, probably more peanutbutter (since I have been going through a jar a week!), lunch meat for the English Muffin sandwiches, and Chocolate Zucchini muffins which I buy from the Fresh Market. They are a splurge, but I love them! And they are somewhat healthy-ish since they have zucchini. They are my weekly splurge of choice. I have the rest of the items in my fridge/pantry and the ingredients to make bread to go with the soups. I also am going to have a little envelope for splurge money just in case I want to get dinner with friends one night or meet for coffee.
My second goal of the month is to RUN OUTSIDE! I can feel the spring weather coming in and I just want to run. Usually if I am going to run, I run a few minutes on the tredmill. But it is my March goal to step outside and run in the sunshine. Recently, my friends and I have been talking about training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon next year. I know it is a looong way away. (And I'm a bit frightened by the thought of running a HALF MARATHON when 2 miles seems to be a struggle right now.) but starting this mini goal may encourage me to start running for longer distances. (AKA more than one mile at a time.)
My third goal is to send tasty treats to friends who don't live near. I love sending snail mail, so this is one I'm really excited about. Plus I have to take advantage of the cooler winter weather that is still happening. Sending chocolate in warm weather does not work out. And what's a tasty treat without chocolate?
My fourth and final goal for this month is to drink more water. Most of the time, I really don't think about drinking water. And I know water gives you more energy and makes you feel better. I want to drink at least 64 ounces a day, so I'm going to be carrying my water bottle around with me wherever I go.
So there ya have it! I'm ready to start these goals and I'm so excited to start fresh and new this month.