- Try 40 recipes from Martha Stewart’s Cookies. It was way to hot to turn on the oven most days in August!
- Decrease debt total by $5,000. We paid off $965.11, worth of debt in August, not including our mortgage.
Read 15 books.In August, I read my 15th and 16th books of the year: Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche and How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. (You can follow my progress toward this goal here, and my review of How to Raise an Adult here.)
- Create a weekly meal plan every week. 35 meal plans completed!
Visit Aldi to develop an informed opinion, and, if appropriate, make it part of my shopping routine.While I don’t think Aldi will be my go-to grocery store, I will stop there periodically to pick up some items. I found the selection to be somewhat limited, and the store closest to my house is a good bit further that quite a few other grocery options. Develop and stick with a monthly cleaning plan.Finally done!
- Put together a chore list for my daughter, and make it a part of her routine. I’m still reminding my daughter to do some of the things I expect her to do on a daily basis, but others I can count on her remembering to do herself. I consider this progress!
- Grow 200 pounds of food in my garden. I’ve finally some progress on this goal! My harvest total passed the 20-pound mark, and I’m excited to harvest some heavy eggplants and melons in September! (You can follow my progress toward this goal here.)
- Have monthly financial check-in meetings with my husband. August was a great month for this. My husband hasn’t wanted to put a to-the-penny budget down on paper and commit to it, in the past, but I got him to agree to do so for September! I’ve already realized that I didn’t include a couple of expense types in it, but I consider this first month to be part of a learning process!
- Make-ahead and freeze two meals each month. Only one in August, slow-cooker Bolognese sauce.
- Sell all remaining small business inventory. My plan for completing this goal is here. Effective September 1, all of my remaining inventory is discounted by 50%. Also, all small board books are now $2.50 (regular $6.99). I had a very quiet month in August, with just a couple of purchases through my Amazon store. I’m planning to maximize the back-to-school season to market my latest discount. (Shameless plug: The discount code is CLOSING50, if you know anyone who’s looking for high-quality children’s books, toys, and more.)
- Redesign blog. I’m not going to lie: this goal (still) terrifies me.
How did you do with your goals in August?
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