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Finishing September Strong

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I have had an amazing month of work. Contracted out 47+ hours per week of work. Several web design projects and a new one heading into October. I am so grateful!

Being consistent and persistent has really paid off over the past year as I have rebuilt my business from the ground up. And I truly love what I do.

While work is relatively steady and I really do not have the capacity to take on any more regular work hours. I am remaining diligent about continually marketing myself and applying for different projects.

The Financial Side

I think it goes without saying that with all the work I have been doing. And with the quiet steady life we are living these days. My bank account is growing.

Other than paying regular bills, including debt, I have not really touched or looked at it. Just letting it grow.

There was one unexpected expense…but I pulled it out of budgeted money. I had to buy Princess an expensive graphing calculator. To the tune of $130! Ouch! I guess it’s pretty standard these days. And I was grateful that I was able to easily afford it without stressing. But I sure did emphasize to her about not losing it. She is taking 3 math classes this semester and picking up an engineering class in the spring so I know she will use it.

I going to continue this same plan into October…just pay bills and let the money grow. And during that time will evaluate all the advice given regarding balancing saving for retirement along with my debt payoff. I mentioned in the comments somewhere, that I’m forecasting my EF will reach the 6 month level around the end of the year, first of next year…

Overall, I truly am living my best life. Settled, quiet and truly enjoying each day. It’s such a nice place to be after the roller coaster of the last few years. But I know I still have a ways to go.


Weekly and Monthly Goals

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Last Week’s Goals

Hi everyone! I’m still finishing up the data collection for last month, but in the meantime, wanted to update you on my goals for last week. In short, food spending was perfect, but I only got my butt to the gym once. I also ended up having wine on Wednesday night. The boarder staying with me had some drama (a former employee vandalized his truck and stole both sets of keys) and after the police left, everyone wanted a drink.

There was one grocery store trip mid-week for $28 worth of supplies. All in all, I did okay financially but I’m disappointed in myself for not getting my schedule organized and not prioritizing fitness. I strongly believe that I need to have free/affordable distractions if I am going to be successful.

This Week’s Goals

This week, I want to be frugal. It’s my brother’s birthday on Friday, and I’ll budget $50 for that between gas (he lives about 90 minutes away) and some food/drinks to bring. I’m seeing my grandparents for brunch the morning after, and that should be at their place (fingers crossed, I really hate spending money on breakfast food because it’s so cheap to make at home). Beyond those two calendar items, it’s going to be a quiet weekend. Following that, I’ll be on vacation! I’m going to take a staycation to catch up on house organization and cleanliness, and then spend a few days at the cottage with friends.

Shop the Pantry and Freezer

I have three meals prepped for this week already including a big batch of homemade butternut squash soup. Once those meals are depleted, I’ll shop my own cupboard and chest freezer. There are lots of frozen food and pantry items to consume! In my pantry, I have curry paste, rice, chickpeas, tuna, and more. In the fridge, there is tofu and loads of fresh vegetables. I didn’t get much shopping done this weekend as it was Labor Day and I was busy all weekend, but I should be able to get through the week without adding to my grocery bill. I enjoy the exercise of emptying the freezers seasonally – it’s like a fresh start!

All Food From Home

Once again, no spending on coffee, snacks, lunch, or takeout dinners! No spending on food that isn’t from home. This will be a habit soon, and I won’t have to add it to my weekly list any longer.

Gym or Running x 3

I have a history of leg and foot injuries from adding mileage too fast. I’m going to aim for three fitness sessions this week, and four next week. None of these will cost money and as a bonus, I spend a lot less when I’m on track with fitness.

Setting Myself Up for Success

I want to make sure I meet each of these goals, so that’s it for my goals this week. They mirror last week’s goals except this time I’m not allowing for a grocery trip. I have to get some cat food and have a couple of house keys cut today, but beyond that I should not be spending this week.

To be honest with you all, I am still struggling quite a bit with impulse control and spending. I know my spending is down, but it’s wild how much guilt and anxiety are tied to my bank account. The adjustment is rough. Simply being aware of where my money is going is making me anxious. Then there are the mental battles of what I “deserve”, what is a “normal” amount of money to spend, how many life-altering changes can I make at once without feeling suffocated… It goes on and on. I know I can’t compare myself to others. I have to measure my success against myself and my own goals, and that’s really hard to do.

Monthly goals will be posted by Friday, along with The Reckoning (an account of my actual spending in August, and my takeaways).


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