I didn’t set up any formal goals for January, so there’s not much to report. I’m happy to say that I did make it the whole month without shopping (of course, I immediately bought some new things on Sunday). I also applied for & received my passport… it only took about 2 weeks!
To Accomplish, February 2009
1. Go to the gym 2x/week, do something else 1x/week.
Originally I had a goal to lift or do strengthening exercises 2x/week. The problem is that I then allow myself to skip the gym and just do some of the stuff on the Wii Fit. I suppose it’s better than nothing, but in order to get Jessica Biel-esque shoulders, I need to actually use some weights. Now my goal is to go to the gym & have 1 day where I get some other activity – whether it’s the Wii Fit or walking between buildings at work or going for a run at night.
2. Be about halfway through my project for Class #1.
Basically, we have to summarize our book in a 60-page paper. The last time I had this professor, I had to finish the paper on my birthday because I left it until the last minute. It’s not hard, so I should just get it done. Especially since it’s due the day after my birthday again this year.
3. Finish my taxes.
Primary calculations indicate that I’m getting back a sizable refund. Part of this is due to some exta charity donations I made in December. Truthfully, I love getting a refund. I know it’s a bad PF thing, but there’s something so satisfying about getting a big check. Not to mention, Uncle Same needs some money. I don’t mind giving him an interest-free loan of money I didn’t even miss.
4. Book a photographer, band, officiant. Order wedding cake. Talk to a travel agent about the honeymoon.
I am really trying to keep wedding stuff to a minimum, I swear. It’s just that MY WHOLE LIFE IS REVOLVING AROUND THIS STUPID THING. This behemoth is threatening my savings plan for the year, and it’s stressing me out. On the plus side, we found a photographer in our budget, and Chad’s parent’s felt so strongly about us getting a band that they offered to pay for it. I am not above accepting bribes.
It’s generally not advisable to try to have a “real” vacation for a honeymoon, but I want to go to Europe. I was thinking of seeing several different countries, and finishing the trip with 5-7 days in the French Riviera or Monaco. This way, I get to justify a trip to Europe, but we also get a few days of something more traditional. We’re going to talk to a travel agent, just to see if they can help us book part or all of the trip. Since we have no idea what we’re doing.
5. Save $1000, plus 75% of bonus. If I get a tax refund, save all of it, less $100.
I was so tempted to insist that I save all of my bonus and all of my (possible) refund, but in pursuit of my unofficial goal of allowing myself to spend money, I’m giving myself a little bit of an allowance. Good thing, too, since I hit the Marc by Marc Jacobs sale at Gilt.com.
6. Spend less than $400 on groceries & eating out (for both Chad and me).
Joining Give Me Back My Five Bucks‘s February challenge. We spent more than this in January (most of it on groceries), and I’m hoping we can get back on track for February.