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With nearly two months down and just ten to go, I figured it is time for my first New Year’s resolutions update of 2014.
New Year’s Resolutions 2014 and Updates
Our goals for 2014 are very money-oriented, and it hasn’t been a banner year so far…just average. Don’t be too surprised if this doesn’t seem like the most inspiring post ever. That said, I’m really happy about what we’ve accomplished so far.
1. Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2014. That’s $11,000 overall.
As of this morning, we have . . . → Read More: 2014 New Year’s Resolutions – 2 Month Update
Mr. BFS and I joined Weight Watchers Online again on January 12, 2014 as soon as we returned from our most recent cruise. We had a huge first week with both of us losing 5-6 pounds, but then it just stopped. BUT, I’ve been making progress over these last 3 weeks! I’m still losing weight! Yay!
Following the Plan
I’ve continued to stick to the plan. In fact, I’ve been making sure to have Weight Watcher points leftover thanks to my mastermind group. You can check my buddies out at Fincon to Fincon. We met at the Financial Blogger Conference and have hung out during the last two as well. We decided that we should stay in touch year round and motivate each other to stay on track. It’s amazing what peer pressure can accomplish. It helps even more than we now have to make weekly goals, and if . . . → Read More: Still Losing Weight – Down to a New Tier
Amy, a BFS newsletter subscriber, left an excellent question in this month’s comment section that spoke to me…it’s a problem that I have too.
I find that even though we are meeting all of our savings and retirement goals, I still feel guilty about spending $250 a month on going out to eat. That averages out to 8% of our net income. Should I feel guilty?
No, I don’t think either one of us should feel guilty about spending our own money the way we choose. So why do we? I think one of the negatives of being a conscious spender is that you become too conscious of all spending. It’s been brought to my attention that I may be a little too money-centric at times.
Money and Me
Even my frugal mom was worried at one point in my life that I didn’t know the difference between . . . → Read More: Spender’s Guilt
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I’ve started to feel stagnant in the last few months. Usually that means that I need to tackle something new (as you’ll see below). Right now, I think that means growing my pet sitting side hustle/hobby job!
Past and Current Side Hustles / Hobby Jobs / Careers
I’ve mentioned these before, but I thought you would appreciate the list again if you missed it. I’ve been working in one way or another since middle school.
Library volunteer in 6th grade ($0) Nursing home volunteer in 7th grade ($0) Historical museum volunteer in 8th grade ($0) Babysitting in middle school and high school ($5 an hour) English Tutor in Argentina during late high school ($0 – volunteer) Pawn reseller during late high school ($15-$60 per ring) – I would buy rings from the “new and crazy” arena of online auctions in 1998 (like Bidz) and resell those rings to the . . . → Read More: Growing Another Side Hustle – Pet Sitting!
Tweet Weekly Updates I posted on our home owner’s association website months ago about pet sitting in my neighborhood, but I had put it out of my mind. So I was super excited to get a call about it last Thursday! I’ll be taking care of a pair of amazing dogs in my neighborhood once a day for about 2-3 months. If you ever experience any problems using BFS (reading or commenting), please email me at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail.com to let me know. Remember to sign up for my posts via email or my weekly newsletter to be able to enter the separate giveaway that I host for subscribers only every month! Plus, I share things in the newsletter that I no longer share here (hint…what do you think happened to my monthly income reports). Weekly Favorites Reach Financial Independence with I am a killer! (and costs of eating your . . . → Read More: Weekly Favorites, Gratitude, and Giveaways #135
My husband knows how much I love his roasted turkey at Thanksgiving. He bastes it every 20 minutes for 4 hours at 300-350 degrees, so it turns out picture perfect. So when it was time to buy the turkey in November 2013, he took advantage of the prices and bought three of the suckers… at 16+ pounds each.
The first one only lasted about 3 days since we had 10 people over for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration, and we didn’t have many leftovers. Well, the second one was cooked up for 4 of us yesterday and I have pounds and pounds of leftovers. Yay!
I forgot to take a picture, but this looks nearly identical. Golden brown on the outside and amazingly delicious.
1. We enjoyed the ability to have a mini-Thanksgiving with a couple of friends on Tuesday night. It had been a rough week or two . . . → Read More: It’s Roasted Turkey Time Again!