August Goals

This is my last post for a couple of weeks–the boys and I are headed off on a family vacation.

I’m not a very consistent blogger. The last time I posted goals, it was for April. (I met them, too, so yay me.)

But it’s time to make some again, I think. We’ve been busy exploring Denver, getting settled into our new city, and getting used to shopping for and cooking all our own food now that we no longer live on a boarding school campus with dining hall access; now that we’ve been here two months, I think we can be a little more systematic.

So here’s what I have in mind for August:

Income: Earn $250 more than I will be paying for part-time daycare, or $670 total. That’s a low month for me, but I’ll be on vacation for almost two weeks.

Spending: Make the Costco food and the tank of gas last the whole month. I miscalculated some of our staples and wound up at Costco twice in July and the result was a whopping $730 grocery bill for the month! (But also a freezer full of cheese, beef, etc., so August’s food bill should be very low indeed.)

Budgeting: Continue to track our spending with the goal of developing a realistic budget for our new life in Denver.

Lifestyle Adjustments: Potty-train Little Brother. This will save on the disposable diapers he wears to daycare and the electricity to run the washer and dryer. (90 minutes every other day! Yikes!)

Other: Read four books, arrange for a volunteer position at the public library, and sell our spare baby gate and monitor for spare cash.

What are you up to this last month of summer?


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About frugalparagon

I'm a part-time librarian and mom to two small boys. I blog about striving for the long-term goal of financial independence while running a tight ship at home.

7 responses to “August Goals”

  1. agoodstewardess says :

    I’m enjoying reading your blog–saw you through MMM and The Frugal Girl. Looks like we’ve been frequenting some of the same spots on the web 😊

  2. Autumn @ The Barefoot Budgeter says :

    A stocked kitchen feels great. I’ve gotten slack about stocking up and my food budget is through the roof because of it.

    It looks like we finish books at about the same rate – I go through about one a week. I wish it was more, but it is all I can handle now. Hope you have an awesome vacation!

  3. Bethany @ Journey to Ithaca says :

    Good luck with the potty training! My little one had some health issues and was in diapers until she was 6, so you can imagine the happy dance I was doing when we no longer had to buy those. 😉

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