Goals- February Update

Here's a review of our goals for 2012 with notes on our progress. How are you doing with your goals?

Monthly budget/financial progress meetings with J-bird -- Yes, we've had meetings for Jan and Feb, and we planned the budget together. Big progress.

Plan and realize another income stream-- not yet. We're doing well to make it day to day with both kids, J-bird's new role at work, and my grad class this semester. My survey earnings were all of $94 last year, and I can't count on winning blog and twitter giveaways as a source of income, though I did win quite a few last year. Lucky year, I guess.

Invest set amount in J-bird's Roth IRA (by end of January)-- It's on my list for this week! No reason for delay, except that it keeps getting moved to the next week and the next. This week.

Change auto deductions from J-bird's paycheck from his Roth IRA to mine

Medical savings = $4,000 max out of pocket - $1,000 flex spending account balance = $3,000-- I'm hoping to use some of our tax money for this goal.

Emergency fund- hit set goal by May, it's 5 months of living at our current (with extras and savings) or 8 months of barebones living-- We're on track to finish this by the end of February!

Pay down balance on car loan-- no progress yet

Fund kids' college savings-- $100 for each month of age for each kid by end of year-- We've made set deposits for January, and have more money set aside in the February budget.

Emergency Preparedness Kit - assemble by March-- not going to lie, haven't even thought about it

Fence Repair - we decided to repair the hole in the fence for now (by June), and will replace the fence next year

Trim Trees - we don't really want to spend money on it but it's a necessary part of homeownership (by March)

Paint Entry, Shoe Storage (February to April)-- we got the shoe storage from IKEA and took down some pictures, and we know what color we want. Now just to find time to paint... sleep less?

Potty train Goose-- DONE! Brilliantly and without the anticipated fighting. She loves her big girl underwear, mostly Jesse from Toy Story, and has only had a few accidents. This will help the budget too, only having one in diapers now.

Build a new computer (J-bird)

Move Baby Boy to his own room - he's practically ready now-- I'm almost ready, maybe by the end of this month.

Scrapbook the kids' lives (really just use up what supplies I have so I have more space at my desk)

Work on improving blog-- I can't improve until I find time to write more. Again, sleep less?

What are your goals for 2012? What do you hope to accomplish?

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