I’m so excited that it’s May!! April was “meh” for my goals, but I’m starting my summer break from work, which means more time to work on goals this month. Here’s how April worked out:
- Try 40 recipes from Martha Stewart’s Cookies. ZERO. Again.
- Decrease debt total by $5,000. Our home equity loan balance decreased by $223.72 in April. As I mentioned when I described our new financial priorities, paying off this loan balance quickly is no longer priority number one. As a result, this goal will be revised this month, and the new goal will be discussed in a subsequent post.
- Read 15 books. In April, I read How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul, and several of the other awesome resources in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. I also started reading, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, but I had a hard time getting into it. I don’t usually do this, but I think I’m going to move on to something else. Life it too short. (You can follow my progress toward this goal here.)
- Create a weekly meal plan every week. Eighteen meal plans completed!
Visit Aldi to develop an informed opinion, and, if appropriate, make it part of my shopping routine.Technically, this was completed in May (on 5/1), but I like to check things off of lists. I bought a few Aldi-brand things to experiment with. Prices of a lot of items were cheaper, but I found the selection to be somewhat limited, especially in the produce section. I see Aldi as being a place I go periodically, but will not go out of my way to go there. (The nearest Aldi is about 25 minutes from my house.) Develop and stick with a monthly cleaning plan.Finally done! I’m embarking on a new and organized month!
- Put together a chore list for my daughter, and make it a part of her routine. I love lists, and checking things off them makes me nearly giddy. Apparently, the same is not true for my daughter. While I like the concept of a chore list for her, what I really want is for her to get better at helping out around the house, ideally without being reminded. In April, she improved on remembering to bring her dishes into the kitchen after a snack or meal, as well as turning the lights off when she leaves rooms. Earth-shattering? No, but it has decreased my stress considerably. I may revisit the list at some point, but for now I want to keep the momentum moving in a positive direction.
- Grow 200 pounds of food in my garden. I planted cool-weather crops in my raised beds, started lots of tomato seeds, and plants mesclun, arugula, and buttercrunch lettuce seeds in containers on my deck.
- Have monthly financial check-in meetings with my husband. Success! In April, we talked about changes we may want to make to our retirement investments.
- Make-ahead and freeze two meals each month. Not this month.
- Sell all remaining small business inventory. My plan for completing this goal is here. Effective April 1, all of my remaining inventory is discounted by 30%. I had a few sales in April, and the retail value of my remaining inventory is $10,289. Obviously, I still have a lot of inventory, but I anticipate most of my sales to take place closer to the holiday season. (Shameless plug: The discount code is CLOSING30, if you know anyone who’s looking for high-quality children’s books, toys, and more.)
- Redesign blog. I don’t anticipate making much progress on this until the summer.
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