Thursday, January 1, 2009

Out with the old, in with the new

As I sit here at my computer, my head is swimming with all sorts things...Where should I start this post? Should I write of sentimental and retrospective thoughts? Should I recap 2008? Should I share a few of the things I learned over the last year? Should I cyber-serenade you with Auld Lang Syne?! And yet, the only words that keep trying to escape my fingertips are...


Yep. That's what you are getting from me. Mind-shattering, isn't it?! I don't even like making resolutions. That word alone makes my skin crawl - it makes me want to immediately break whatever "fix-me-ideas" I just made. How can I stick to my guns if I'm doing everything in my power to break them within twelve hours of the ball dropping? A lot of good they did me... So I long ago gave up on making things up to try to fix for the new year. Instead, I might set a goal or two. But? Usually that doesn't even happen. I can't for the life of me tell you what goals (if any) I set for last year. If I can't remember what they were, I'm pretty sure I didn't meet them. Lovely, isn't it?

So this year, I'm taking a different approach. I'm setting a couple-few goals, and I'm putting them out there for you to read about. (These aren't like birthday wishes that won't come true if you say them out loud.) I'm not guaranteeing greatness here. In fact, I'm pretty sure they won't even rate higher than boring. But for me, it's what I'm aiming for.

  1. Pay off all credit cards this year. I'm not sure how they got out of hand. I'm positive it wasn't me saying "Woohoo!! Let's go shopping!!" Nope, that wasn't it at all...
  2. Save some money. I'm not even going to say I want to have $20,000 in the bank by the end of the year. That would be crazy of me...but I want something in the savings account so that if there is a need, we have the money.
  3. Continue with the Menu Planning. It has been such a major relief to not be that scatterbrained (you can substitute "crazed") mom in the grocery store at 5PM marching mindlessly up and down the aisles looking for some sort of inspiration for dinner. It has saved me lots of money too, which brings me to my next goal -
  4. Keep up with the coupons. I feel like it looks like I jumped on the coupon bandwagon because everyone else is so concerned in saving money due to the economy. Simply put, I got tired of everyone else getting my money. And for what reason? So I can say "See? We're doing well because I can afford to pay full price for everything"?? Yeah, that makes sense - not. So, in an attempt to come up with ways to keep our money, I opted to go with coupons. The goal is to keep the money in our pocket.
  5. More FREE stuff. There is something so exhilarating about going into a store, and walking out with free stuff! I'll even jump for joy with nearly-free-stuff. It's fun too, but not as fun as totally and completely free (and it's legal too!!!)
  6. De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter. I wish I could take a picture to show you the look on my husband's face when I ask him to take something to the garage for storage. It's priceless! He's never happy about it, but he does it anyways and the stuff keeps piling up in the garage, spilling off the shelves, creeping out onto the floor and jeapordizing my parking space...and now its moved into not one, not two, but FOUR closets in the house. Something needs to be done about it. So I guess it needs to be "de-clutter and reorganize."
  7. Do less whimsical shopping...cut it out entirely if I can. While David was deployed, I shopped a lot just to pass the time and have something to do. He's been home now for 3 years, and I'm still passing the time in a store or three. Well, not so much since November. But it has been a constant struggle to not shop simply because I have a coupon! Although he'll tell you that is exactly why I go shopping now!

So there you have it ~ my simple list of goals. Nothing spectacular, but things to work on nonetheless. Check back next January to see how I did! But until then, I hope you have a wonderful and Happy New Year, and every other day of the year!

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