Friday, January 31, 2014

A Wrap-Up for This Month's Goals

Whew!  It's been a heck of a month!  Here's some updates for this month:

Daily update
  • Walk: 2 miles (909 miles to go).  
  • No spend: We spent $5.84.  We were driving by a taco truck that we pass all the time and always wondered about because there are always so many people stopping to eat there and hubby stopped and got me two tacos for a total of $2.50 (and they were yummy!).  I also got a Blast for $3.34 (ugh...bad bad habit).
  • Update this blog: yep
  • Update client's blog: yep. 
  • Photo: yep
  • Genealogy: added info for a couple of people
  • Writing: a couple of paragraphs

And here are our grand totals for the month:

Walking:  I walked a total of 91 miles this month and walked 29 out of 31 days (I missed one due to laziness and one due to wind).  I would like to walk about 100 miles per month, with a minimum of 83 miles per month in order to reach my goal of walking 1000 miles this year.  Even walking only two miles per day will give me 60-62 miles in a month then adding a few volksmarches will jack that total up closer to 100 miles.  Overall I'm really happy with my walking this month!

Spending:  We had 7 no spend days this month.  We spent $212.14 on food and household items, $43 on tips, $65 on unexpected bowling expenses (a fundraiser and an annual fee; monthly bowling league costs are part of our regular budget); $77 on eating out (tips were tallied separately); $20.11 on Baskin Robbins Blasts (a total of seven Blasts, one was free); $91.40 on gas; $78.05 on shopping for clothes, a bag, etc (Goodwill, Ross, etc); and $2,601.24 on appliances and tech products.

Overall we spent like maniacs this month but the giant total for appliances and tech stuff were mostly once in a decade or more expenses (and some of these purchases were for a couple of my annual goals).  Even though $20 for Baskin Robbins isn't much, it would be better for my health if I could totally quit this bad habit.  We spent more than I had thought on tips and eating out which could--probably should--be curtailed a bit (but this would probably increase the amount we spend on groceries).  Gas for the car was about average, and other shopping was a bit more splurge-y than most other months.

So my goals for February are:

  • Do 12 volksmarches
  • Walk 2 miles for the other 16 days of the month (for a total of 28 days of walking)
  • Do our taxes
  • Apply to work WSOP
  • Do a no spend month (and really really cut our spending this month!)
  • No Baskin Robbins Blasts for the month
  • Work 60 hours for my client
  • Stock our house prior to all of our guests arriving
  • Write and publish a book
  • Pay off my credit card that I used for the appliances (I will use my January paycheck for this, my February paycheck, and sell our old appliances to accomplish this)

Don't worry, I won't bore you with the daily details like I did this month but I will keep these goals listed on a spreadsheet so I can do an end of the month wrap up.

1 comment:

  1. No Baskin Robbins is severe! Wouldn't one a week be OK? I think your walking regime is brilliant.