Plan to Make it AND Make it with a Plan!
This year we are going to be really hitting the debt and we have a few goals and plans to get us there. I really believe that without written goals and plans, achieving something is almost unattainable.
I wrote a few of our financial goals in this post, but I really wanted to get more in depth with them today...
2010 Financial Goals
- First and foremost, Andy and I will be sitting down monthly and preparing a budget together. Dave Ramsey heeds the wisdom of spending ever dollar on paper first. I really like this approach and it works well for us.
- We will stick to the budget. No more, "Well we have the $$ so we can go ahead and buy..." I will be praying about every $ spent and will no longer give into impulse buying. Every dollar will have a purpose and all extra money will be air-marked to debt!
- I will begin couponing. I am a big encourager of whole, real foods but I do believe that there are some healthy eating coupons out there and to be honest, so days I just don't feel like spending 4 hours in the kitchen. On those days this past year, we would jump in the car and head to a fast food establishment. Now you tell me... What is worse- a frozen pizza or a trip to McDonalds where we do not get the healthy choices?
- We will be eating at home a lot more! No more eating out during the week at all. Weekends we will occassionally and sparingly use our gift cards but just on date and special times.
- Grocery shop with a list and STICK TO IT!
- Spend the summer and fall gardening and harvesting as much of our own food as possible.
- We are going to be staying at home more regularly and be a better steward of gas by planning before we go. If we aren't driving just to drive, we will have more gas!
- Menu Plan! We save so much money if I follow a menu plan and cook around the sales.
- We closed all of our credit card accounts this year but we really need to start using cash more and the debit card less.
- We will make better use of free resources such as the library.
- When the weather is nice, we will do more family activities outside such as bike riding, hiking, going for walks, playing outside, etc.
- I am going to journal all purchases and catelog our receipts.
- We are going to continue the tradition of mostly homemade items for Christmas gifts.
- I am going to be blogging more regularly about financial topics.
- MOST OF ALL... We are going to take care, use up and be content with what we already have been blessed with instead of wanting different or more.
- establish and KEEP our emergency fund.
- pay off $10,000 of medical debt.
- save for my dental implants.
- and lastly save for our awesome vacation coming up in September (I will fill you in on it more later. I am so excited!)
This post is linked to Frugal Friday.