September Goals

Yesterday I assessed my August goals and got mixed results. Now that the school year has started in earnest (Mr. FP is a teacher, so we still run our lives on the academic calendar), I’m going to try setting some more serious goals and see where that gets me.

Income: Earn $400 more than I spend on childcare, whatever that may be. (I am toying with the idea of pulling the boys out of their preschool as I’m not sure I’m happy with it.)

Spending: Limit grocery spending to $500. Mr. FP has been doing our shopping, but he is very busy with the school year now.

Lifestyle: Reduce Little Brother’s dependence on Pull-Ups. Use them only for trips to the Y and overnight; by the end of the month, try to have him sleeping in two pairs of training pants with plastic cover instead of Pull-Ups.

Other: Get life insurance. Read three books. Make weekly to-do lists for chores and household tasks.

I’m serious about that last one. A couple of bloggers I admire, most notably the Frugal Girl and the Prudent Homemaker, always blow me away with their to-do lists and lists of tasks accomplished. I keep a general to-do list, but have been inconsistent about assigning tasks to particular weeks or days, and things languish. The idea is that if I make a weekly list, maybe I can do a better job of enforcing myself. Here’s this week’s list:

  • Find pediatrician and make appointments for boys
  • Follow-up on speech therapy for Big Brother
  • Go to Jo-Ann’s for supplies; hem jeans. Sewing machine maintenance. Mend 2 pairs pants and 2 dresses.
  • Find a life insurance broker
  • Take old clothes/shoes to donation box
  • Get fingerprints done for job application
  • Goals blog post (done!)
  • Order bike lights (done!)
  • Earn $275
  • Look into fixing broken leather purse
  • Inventory boys’ winter clothes
  • Mop (done!)

It’s am ambitious list by my standards–if I can’t do it all, then I’ll know to put less on next week’s list. What are you up to this week?

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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.

3 responses to “September Goals”

  1. Autumn @ The Barefoot Budgeter says :

    I’m a big list maker. I’m usually overly ambitious and cannot think of the last time I actually did 100% of the things on my list, but they’re a huge help. If I don’t want to do something, having it written down on a list forces me to do it. It’s kind of weird, but it seems to work.

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