With about a third of the year gone, I thought I should probably check in on our New Year’s resolutions for 2013. So let’s see how we’ve done so far…
New Year’s Resolutions 2013
Here were the goals I set out at the end of 2012 for the new year:
- Pay off the rent house by December 31, 2013. It had about $23,500 to go.
- Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2012 by April 2013 (needed $8000).
- Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2013 by December 31, 2013 (needed $11,000).
- Budget appropriately for at least 3 vacations – a one week summer vacation, the Financial Blogger Conference again, and the Board Game Geek Board Gaming Conference again.
- Continue staying active. My specific goal here is to get off my butt at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes all year long. Since I don’t want to be able to fail by just having a bad week, I have decided that this means that I need to exercise a minimum of 12 times per month to stay on track (144 times or more over all of 2013).
Update as of April 17, 2013
Here is where I stand so far:
- We just paid off the rent house!!! Woot!!!
- Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2012. DONE, yay!
- Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2013. Just started saving for this again and hope to have it done by October.
- Budget appropriately for at least 3 vacations – I have started fun money savings again, but we aren’t much closer to being able to pay for all 3 yet. I think we’ll need about $3000 total and we have about $600 so far…
- Continue staying active. My specific goal here is to get off my butt at least 144 times or more over all of 2013. I did 7 in January, 14 in February, 3 in March, and once so far in April. That’s 25 times so far, so I am way behind. But there are about 256 days left. Let’s see if I dig in…
Okay, so that means that I’ve completed 2 of 5 of our resolutions so far. Yay! And paying off the rent house was definitely the big one, so double woot! On the other hand, the main one that I am sucking at is exercise. I still need to really crack down on myself there.
The other two goals left are all about saving enough money, so that should be helped now that we only have one mortgage. Plus we are trying to stay on top of all of our business stuff even more than usual, so hopefully that’ll speed up our savings too. We’ll see. 🙂
How are you doing so far with your New Year’s resolutions?
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