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August Goal Results + September Goals

September 16, 2012

Since it is well into September, perhaps you can guess how my August goals turned out!  That isn’t to say that August wasn’t a great month in many ways, but I missed my major personal finance goal for the month.

1.  Create a real budget and stay within it:  No.  I only just finished putting my August transactions into our budget.  This was a HUGE fail.

2.  Run 70 miles:  Yes, I made it to 76!

3. Go to yoga 8 times, including one free class:  I only made it 7 times… so close!  And no free class.

4.  Read 1 book and get to at least 30% on Atlas Shrugged:  I just haven’t been reading muchlately.  Running/yoga and, uh, Dawson’s Creek is still taking up a lot of my free time.  Also, we bought and downloaded the latest season of Dexter!  Our hiking trip was more aggressive than planned, and while I carried my kindle around (up and down mountains!), I only read about 5 pages.

5.  Get our Christmas plans nailed down:  Yes!  Tickets are booked.  We paid about $800 for two tickets, and… we are flying out of Las Vegas,  then we get  a direct flight from there to T’s hometown.  All options were inconvenient and expensive, but this was the best choice.

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After that bit of fail, I’m keeping this month’s goals really simple and short.  I did write these awhile back, but it is already almost half way into the month, so I already have a good idea how they are going!

1.  Reduce food spending from August:  Bring lunch every day and don’t eat out again until the end of the month when we go out of town.  This is surprisingly easy when T is out of town.

2. Go to yoga 3 times:  I’m going to be out of town a lot, so this is pretty low

3.  Get presents for September birthdays:  My baby nephew will be six (!) and my dad will be too old to politely share on a blog.  😉  I’m almost done with my nephew’s presents

4.  Update spending tracking & net worth:  I actually did most of this, but didn’t do the accounts/net worth stuff.

I’m also running a lot, but I have no idea how many miles it will be.  I built up to 32 miles this week, but this will probably be the highest.  I want to be at about 35 miles per a week by the time I start my marathon training program in November.

Stay tuned for some real posts!

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  1. September 17, 2012 11:58 pm

    You know, this whole year has been a Ma-hooo-sive fail on the create new budget front. I’d pretend it was because I got two raises but I’d be flat out lying. I barely even tried the first time and haven’t at all the second. Though, I just started the second so I still might-could. :/

    Let’s uh, wallow in that together? 🙂

    And congrats on the mega win on the running, that’s great!

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