Monday, December 2, 2019

November Goal Recap

November whizzed by, and we had a pretty great month. M &I took a trip to Hawaii, and then we all enjoyed our time together over the boys school break. Here's how we did for the month.

1) Financial:

  • Stick to the budget. - Definitely not. We were way over on groceries, eating out & we pre-purchased gift cards for place we will use throughout the year. 
  • Finalize tax update - sent back to the IRS, received a confirmation that they have our response. We will now wait for them. 
  • Come up with a new way to reduce what we need/spend on an ongoing basis - can't think of anything special we did this month. 
  • Make $300 in side hustle. - Killed it, made $632
  • Sell five items - sold 6 items
  • Use up five freezer items - Yes! Used up pizza dough, 3 packages of ground beef, & the rest of a package of tortillas
  • Use up 5 irregular pantry/fridge items - can't think of anything specific
  • Revisit our 2020 budget - mostly there. 

2) Family - spend more time together as a family

  • Do one fun activity/month with the kids. - The boys & I have been going to the gym a lot together
  • Off the computer by 7:45 each evening - I need to get back to this
  • Have two dates with M - we had a fabulous vacation in Hawaii
  • Continue with Sam's plan - yes
  • Deep clean the entire house - it got a pretty thorough cleaning in late October, but on hold until the rest of the doors are installed
  • Finish door project & budget/plan for trim - doors are coming at the end of the month
  • Finalize February ski week plans - done
  • Get the boys passports - applications sent off
  • Get Sam's paperwork for school trip finished - done
  • Finish 1/2 of my Christmas shopping/planning - done
  • Figure out plan for boys for Thanksgiving break - done

3) Fitness/health
  • Run 8 times - I ran 2x. I had stitches in my leg from a minor procedure, which impacted my working out in November
  • Track calories (1400/day) - I was at 1640, and definitely feel sluggish post-holidays
  • Work out 30 times - managed 26
  • Meditate 10 times - I only managed 1x

4) Personal/creative
  • Do two social things - working out with friends & dinner out with my mom
  • Volunteer a minimum of 1x - nope, but we did select gifts off of the giving tree, and spent some time shopping for & putting that together. I also have been working a lot on a community project, so I'm counting this as a win
  • Jounral 15 times - 4/15
  • Read one non-fiction book - nope

All told, it was a great month for family stuff, but less of a good month with working out & the budget. On to December! How did you do with your November goals?


  1. You did great! Is there a special site that you go through to buy the year's worth of gift cards?

    1. We bought at a variety of places - Rite Aid, a local grocery store, & Raise. I find that Rite Aid & the grocery store both offer 10% back, which is worth considering. The grocery store sometimes offers 20% back, which is crazy & where we've stocked up in the past. Also, a restaurant the kids like (it's a salad bar - so fancy ;-)) offers one free dinner with each gift card. So, we got enough that I think it will last most of the year.