I became interested in putting this post together after listening to the inaugural episode of the Girl Next Door podcast. John and I don’t sit down officially and talk about our year to come, but we do make goals for the year, and I love the idea of putting them in writing in our home.
Here’s what’s on our agenda for 2014!
This probably goes without saying, but the biggest deal for us this year is to just enjoy the ride with our little guy. We know “babies don’t keep” and are both doing our best to juggle all the things, while making sure he comes first.
Full-time Employment (for me) by August
Most of our larger financial goals hinge on this so it’s a pretty essential I do everything I can to make it happen this year.
Rent House w/ Pool
Our lease is up in November and we’re SO READY for a bigger place, a yard with real grass, and a dishwasher. We’re also going to try to find a rental home with a pool because we’re not sure how long we’ll be in Florida and we’ve both always wanted a pool home. We’ll see what the rental market is like when we’re ready to make the move, but so far, this looks very possible! And yes, we plan on doing swimming lessons with Evan starting this summer. And yes, we know a pool adds a whole new level of parenting challenges, but we also think it could add a lot of family fun, too.
Cut Overall Spending
We learned a lot from the lean months of 2013 and so far this year we’ve been working hard to save money wherever we can by taking our breakfasts and lunches, keeping our grocery bill under control by planning simple meals, and making sure our personal spending is used carefully. We’re not where we want to be with this yet, but we’ve made a lot of progress in trimming this part of our individual spending and I’m excited to see it keep going.
Build Our Savings
We’ve averaged $500 in savings a month for the last two months, and have built up a small cushion for other spending. We plan to keep this up each month, and hopefully double it when I land a full-time gig.
All-in-all, I’d say 2014 has a lot going for it! 🙂
What are your goals for this year?