December 2008

2009 Goals & Challenge

by GettingFreedom on December 30, 2008

**If you want to see other’s goals, visit The Happy Housewife, or Biblical Womanhood.**

I’ve never been one to make New Year Resolutions. When I did, I would just make them to make them..generally not a whole lot of thought into them. I would find myself either forgetting them in a few months, or just not able to attain them.

I have, however, always been goal oriented. So, I’ve decided that this year I will make a list of goals in all aspects of my life and seek to attain them all year. Basically, not a whole lot different from any other year..other than that I’m looking at all areas of my life and posting them for the world to see!

Since I have taken up a frugal lifestyle and began to implement many more things in my day to day life, this entails many a goal at this point. There are areas of my life that need more work than others, I seem to be broken in some areas! :)

Spiritually

  • Actually set aside me and God time in the morning. I have a yearly devotional that I plan on using as a starter. I hope that this will refresh me for the day and set my focus on Him throughout my day.
  • Become more knowledgeable with The Word. I read the Bible, but I don’t know the Bible, if that makes sense. I also know that this isn’t something that I’m going to be able to accomplish in just one year, but it is something that I find very important to me in this season of my life.
  • Know Him more. I truly need to rely on my Creator for more things, instead of trying to handle them on my own. I need to turn all things to Him, instead of just things that I want to. This is so incredibly hard for me, if you haven’t been able to tell, I’m a bit of a control freak.

Relationships

  • Wife: Be his help meet. Be more understanding.
  • Mother: Patience! I’ve really been trying to work on my patience, as well as yelling. I grew up in a home that it was okay to be yelled at, and while I’ve never been a fan of it..I’ve noticed that I, too, yell. I really don’t want my kids to remember that from their childhood. Also, I need to be more understanding. My oldest has behavioral issues. I’ve touched on them lightly before, but not in depth. Quite frankly, we’re unsure. Sensory perception? Mild Autism? ADHD? All? None? Anyway, both patience and understanding are key here. There are times I lack both, and throw in yelling. Not good. *Now, I don’t want anyone to get the impression that I continually yell at my children, because I do not. But, in my opinion, a child (or anyone for that matter) should never be yelled at. Sometimes I lose my cool, and it just happens. I’m sure we’ve all been there.* Spend more time with them doing things they want to do.
  • Daughter: I will admit that I am not a very good daughter. Period. This area needs a lot of work. But, I am happy to say, that things have drastically changed (for the better) within the last year. Praise God! My mother and I used to be very close, before 2 things happened. I made choices as a young adult that she didn’t agree with, and my father passed. When dad died in 2003(great health, very unexpectedly in the middle of the night) things crashed to the ground. We both said things that are just hard to get past. I was not a Christ follower at this time in my life. Thankfully I am now, and I am forgiven! :) I need to remember that life can change in the blink of an eye.
  • Sister & Friend: I live away from all of my family and most of my friends. I really need to communicate with all of them better. End of story.

Financially

Oh how I love talking finances! :) This area though is a toughie. Our original goal was to be consumer debt free by January 1, 2010. But, at this point that would mean that we would have to pay over $19,000 in debt in a year. Hmm. That is close to $1600/mo. Something about that just tells me that it probably won’t happen. So…Plan B.

  • A total of $4000 (including EF) in savings for: Health expenses, and vehicle/home maintence. I talked about this a little bit here, but I’m going to throw it here as well since it is still our goal for 2009. Just hopefully one that gets crossed off soon!
  • Bump up our contribution to our Christmas Club account. No, this doesn’t have to do with our Budget Massacre! I actually want to go ahead and set the money aside for Willie’s annual trip as well, since it falls at the same time. As I outlined here, the money that goes into my Christmas Club account goes for Christmas as well as our personal property/real estate taxes.
  • And, as far as our debt goes…I think that it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to say pay of $16000 of our $19000. I’m seriously tempted to put $19000 so we will push ourselves. I’ll compromise with myself and put $17500.

Home

  • Finish painting the interior rooms.
  • Update flooring in the Living Room. (Orange Shag just isn’t my thing, ya’ll. Don’t be jealous! :)
  • Make it a haven.
  • Fall in love with my home! I think that this is very important. You have to love your home in order to want to stay in your home and be comfortable and at ease.
  • Be more efficent in my housework and day to day duties.
  • Finish my Home Guide, Budget, Gardening/Food Storage Notebooks *More to come on all these later*
  • Continue Couponing…Of course!

Gardening/Food Storage/Cooking

  • Oh wow. After all the learning from last year, and all the fun we had..we are really looking forward to this year. We plan to do organic (atleast try to) and switch to all heirloom seeds (if the budget allows these things).
  • Build Greenhouse/Permanent Garden Beds. I loved the idea of these type of beds versus the typical row garden.
  • Plant beginning stages of our orchard.
  • Grow our own herbs.
  • Preserve all our own veggies, fruit.
  • I want to get my 3 months of food storage up. I currently stock a lot of the typical food storage items (powdered milk, flours, sugar, etc)…just not in a 3 month stockpile.
  • Continue to make from scratch and the switch to whole grains. I would love to expiriment with grinding grains, but I don’t know that I am that ambitious quite yet.
  • Cook more healthy, more nutritious meals. Learn more about nutrition/vitamins.
  • Have the children assist more in the kitchen and garden. I tend to be a do it myself type of gal, sometimes it seem to be easier for me to just do it. This is how I grew up, and as an adult I’m having to learn all these things on my own. (With friends of course!)
  • I would love to be more self-reliant. Entrust God to bless us with our harvests.

Self

  • Let go of my perfectionism. This gets in the way a lot. More than I care to admit.
  • Become healthy. I have some minor health ailments that need taken care of.
  • Lose weight. For real! I’m thinking that once the above is taken care of, that this one will be easier.
  • Read More books that I am interested in. I love reading to my children, but sometimes it seems those are the only books (other than the Bible) that I read. Definitely need to broaden my horizons here!

While this list may seem overwhelming, we are doing some of these things now, just on a smaller scale. So, in the big scheme of things, I don’t think it is too much. As the year progresses I will come back and update in blue on our progress and or challenges.

Overall 2008 was a great year for us, and I look forward to all of the things God has in store for us in 2009.

I’m interested to hear what goals or resolutions you are making this year. I challenge you to make atleast 12 goals, so that we can work on one a month. My plan is to focus on a set of goals a month, since some goals will take all year, and less on others.

Would you join me?!

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Menus for 12/28-1/3

by GettingFreedom on December 29, 2008

I can’t even remember the last time I did my main grocery shopping, I want to say that it was the 12th or something crazy. It’s almost sad, yet not because we have been mostly living off of my food stash. Thankfully we have it and I’m able to have done it! My next grocery trip is planned for Friday of this week..if i dare brave it!

Breakfast:

  • French Toast. HM Vanilla Syrup.
  • Cinnamon Rolls.
  • Baked Oatmeal
  • HM WW Biscuits/Gravy.

Dinners

  • Sunday: Green Pepper Soup. This was pure awesomeness. I used a whole pound of hamburger, and my own onions (I diced and froze these this summer) and tomato sauce and diced toms that I canned this summer. My total cost was just over ($2. 8 servings. .25/serving)
  • Monday: Brown Rice Lentil Casserole
  • Tuesday: Ham/Beans. HM Cornbread. (Ham is leftover from Christmas. Beans .75, cornbread .50. $1.25. 8 servings. .16/serving)
  • Wednesday: Willie is back home!!!!! YAY! Salisbury Steak. ($2) GB. (Free. From garden) Ranch Biscuits. (.40?) ($2.50. 5 servings. .50/serving)
  • Thursday: Christmas at my mom’s! I’m bringing appetizers. Not quite sure exactly what.
  • Friday: Leftovers. Hope to get some from mom, as well as clean out my own fridge.
  • Saturday: Chilli. Roughly $4.

As I go along, if the prices change, I will come back and update in blue.



For more menu ideas and recipes, go here.

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A Budget Massacre, Indeed

December 26, 2008

I know that I said I was going to be on break…but I couldn’t stay away any longer! Plus, my husband is gone on his annual hunting trip to Iowa, and I began plugging numbers and going over things. Which brings me to this………. I created this blog to not only share our journey to [...]

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December 21, 2008

Just a reminder that I’m going to be on a bloggy break this week, so I won’t be posting Menu Plan Monday, or any deals. I plan to return on the 28th, but my posts won’t be back to “normal” until January, since my big kids will be out of school. I hope that everyone [...]

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Heaven on a Stick

December 19, 2008

These are kind of hard to see, but hopefully you can kind of tell what they are. I really wasn’t going to post today, but these are heaven on a stick, so I had to share. They are oh so easy, too. You’ll need: Pretzel Rods Kraft Caramels splash of milk toppings. We used butterscotch [...]

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Frugal Gift Ideas

December 17, 2008

I put on some Christmas Music this morning after having a talk with my mother…and I must say that it has definitely helped me with my mood! Praise Jesus! Things were seriously getting crazy around here! I finally got the teacher’s gifts done and halfway packaged up. Thank goodness, too! I need them by tomorrow [...]

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Confession

December 17, 2008

I have a confession to make. My head IS not in the game. I don’t know why, but I don’t like it. It has been this way for about a week, and I cannot shake it. It is a week until Christmas and I have so much to do, but I can’t get myself to [...]

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Amazon.com Deals

December 16, 2008

I was browsing through Amazon and noticed that they are slashing those prices! If you still need to buy some last minute Christmas presents, you have 3 days left to insure getting them by Christmas. Plus, some items qualify for free shipping. Double Score! Fisher Price Smart Cycle Original Price: $108.99 Current Price: $52.99 w/free [...]

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Proctor & Gamble $120 Coupon Book

December 15, 2008

Buy $50 worth of Proctor and Gamble Products between 12/14 and 1/31 and recieve $120 worth of coupons by mail. You must submit your original receipt with the products circled along with this rebate form. Must be postmarked by February 14, 2009.

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Olay Moneymaker

December 15, 2008

Thanks to Mercedes for this deal! Currently Olay is offering a $15 gift card when you purchase 2 Olay products between 12/14 and 1/14. The Olay Regenerist products are on sale buy one get one 50% off at Walgreen’s this week. Your total for 2 cleansers would be about $11.24. Use the $5/2 coupon from [...]

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