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2015 New Year’s Resolutions – 6 Month Update!

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Half the year has just blown by!!!  Wowza! So of course it’s time to check in on my 2015 New Year’s resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions 2015 Update

Since we still haven’t made hard and fast plans for our long-term future yet, our goals covered a lot of “if’s”:

1. I want to max out both Roth IRA’s for 2015. That’s $11,000 overall.

We stole $5500 from our emergency fund in March to max out our contribution to one of our IRA’s, and we used our $13,500 tax refund in April to pay back our emergency fund and to fully fund our other Roth IRA. DONE!

2. Our 2007 Prius rolled past 130,000 miles in 2014. In case our car dies sooner than 2017 as planned for, and the interest rates can’t be locked in at less than 1% again, we want our car fund at $15,000 or more by the end of 2015. It was at $10,400 at the end of 2014.

Our car fund is now at $11,870. Still have $3,130 to go…

3. Our rental home was built in 2004, so one or all of the big systems will break soon. We got the rental savings account to $4100 at the end of 2014, so I’m shooting for $10,000 by the end of 2015. That should cover a new air conditioner, water heater, and oven all at the same time if necessary.

This is up to $5750 right now. That means we have $4250 to go.  Need to pick up the pace on this one.

4. Build up extra cash to at least $15,000 by the end of the year. We ended 2014 around $8800.

Thanks to a good month in March with pet sitting and the rest of the $2500 from the tax refund, this is DONE!

5. I’m going to exercise for at least 30 minutes 100 times in 2015. That comes to about 8-9 times a month. I know this sounds like it should be easy, but I figured I should start by simply staying accountable in some way. The dog walking during pet sitting may help.

I’ve exercised for at least 30 minutes 8 times in January, 14 in February, 16 times in March, 8 in April, 9 in May, and 5 in June. That’s 60 down and 40 to go!

My back having been bad enough to slow down with exercising was annoying but I’m back to normal!  Two resolutions are done and the other three are doing pretty well. I’m happy with our progress so far. 🙂

How are your resolutions or goals coming along?



FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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3 thoughts on “2015 New Year’s Resolutions – 6 Month Update!

  1. Good work. I’m on target for my exercise and also finances seem to be trudging along toward meeting their goals, though it’s kind of boring on that front…which I guess really isn’t a bad thing.




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  2. At the beginning of this year, I didn’t make any real financial goals, except to get our metaphorical house in order. I’ve been working toward that by cooking at home to save money and getting a handle on our monthly bills and other expenses in preparation for taking over the budgetary reins again.

    My stated goal was to write at least 1000 words a day, at least five days a week. I was doing really well in January, but a combination of new roommate and going away to school for several months kind of kicked it in the teeth. I’m back on track with it now, I think. *knocks wood* Never too late to get back on track!




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