Here we are in January… 2013! I don’t really make “New Year Resolutions” anymore because I always seem to fail. Sound familiar? lol I do try to set some goals and as our family grows, goals seem to be a necessity. We have some financial goals, personal goals, monthly, weekly and daily goals etc.
Last month I started thinking about what our 2013 goals should be. We’re in our second year of homeschooling, we’re a family of 6 (soon-to-be 7), have one car and my husband works long hours during the week, not to mention the weekend when he pastors our small church. Needless to say, we have full weeks and I can no longer just load up the kids and head to town for that great sale. In fact, sometimes it’s closer to 2 weeks before we can get to town and even then, we’re together as a family and have several errands to run.
The changes for us in the last couple years have made it almost impossible for me to really coupon. We had plenty stocked up in the HBA items but we started getting away from processed foods which meant less food on our shelves. When all the changes started happening for us, we started buying more in bulk… I’m talking 25lbs of that and 50lbs of this. However, I started getting away from our food budget limit. After reading The Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne Simpson last year (I highly recommend reading it btw), I knew one thing I wanted to focus on was decreasing our food budget once again. That will be our number one priority this year.
So without further ado… 2013 Goals, here we come.
Decrease food budget to $300 per month
Read The Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne Simpson again and go through each step
Create a price list
Meal plan each month (by the middle of the previous month)
Start saving (info coming soon)
Read 12 books this year
Blog consistently (wouldn’t that be nice? lol)
Develop an organizing system around me
Declutter our home
Plant a garden
Finish some around-the-house projects (still have to get with my husband on this to figure out which we should include)
I may add to this list later but as of right now, this is our starting point. Nothing too profound but everything feels doable which is what we need. If we accomplish something early, we can always add something to replace it. The difference to me between goal setting and resolutions is that with a goal, if we don’t make it that day, week or month, at least we haven’t failed. It’s something for us to look forward to reaching instead of starting off with a lot of pressure. You might feel that goal setting and resolutions are one in the same for you, which they might be and that’s okay. I love reaching goals, I just don’t like feeling like a failure every time I miss the mark. It’s just a head thing but that’s the great thing about it, we’re all different and are motivated differently! 🙂
Do you have a post sharing your 2013 goals? Feel free to share your link in the comments below. I’d love to read them! 🙂