I hope your holidays have been as fabulous and lazy as mine have. Are you enjoying yourself?
I've discovered a couple things about myself in the last week or so. Mainly--
I might be the most uptight person on the planet.
Seriously, I've had to actually work at trying not to be a busy-body and fully enjoy this Christmas season. Laundry? Let it wait. Library books overdue? Oh well. Send 'em back later. Then never go back there again so you don't have to pay the huge fine. Nasty toilet? Shut the door on it. Do NOT go in there. Whooo.
That sort of thing. I'd also like to take this opportunity to share this weekend's happenings. Just smile and pretend like you care, mmkay:
Tent. City. Baby.
Thirteen tents, thirteen kids/nieces/nephews. One gigantic "Camping Sleepover!!" Flashlights-- ghost stories-- kids snoring and talking in their sleep. . .
it was off the hook.
Okay. Anyways. Back to the matter at hand.
Remember how 2013 was the year of the "SPENDING CLEANSE" ? How can you not remember, as I've only brought it up a billion times?
Let's talk about how I did, since there's only like a day left in this year. Can't screw up too much in 24 hours, can I?
(Oh. Pssst: don't mind the pictures. It's to break up the monotony of my chattering. Think of it as a slide show of the best of 2013, if you will.)
My thoughts on how I did overall:
Good. Annnnnnd. . . . not so good. I did great. And yet, I undermined myself.
If I were a teacher, my efforts would have earned a
In a nutshell:
Where I done did good:
*I didn't buy myself a stitch of clothing. That is, until November, when I realized that I seriously had nothing to wear. Then I bought a few cheap things.
*My crazy out of control spending at Lowe's and the Home Depot went waaaaay down. I still did projects. But I wasn't a crazed lunatic filling up the car with lumber every other day, either.
*Random shopping. Almost nonexistent.
Where I didn't do so good:
*Eating out control started out very strong, and then kind of went downhill and then gained momentum.
*I need a doggie shock collar at the grocery store with a strict budgeter holding the button when I reach for random foodstuffs.
Now, let's get to the dinero. The specie. The Benjamins. The buckaroos.
I know at the beginning of the year I mentioned a percentage of savings. Forget the percentage. I have no idea how I did on percentages in the end. And besides, a number figure is more interesting.
Drum roll, please.
Savings for 2013: $34,389.
Retirement savings for 2013: $15,615 (our contribution, not matched contribution. I have no idea what that number is for the year. I have no idea if this is a good amount to save for the year on retirement or not. Any input on that is greatly appreciated.)
So. Am I glad to have that in savings? Heck to the yeah, I am. Could I have done a lot better? Honestly, yeah. Way better. I really can just flush money down the toilet sometimes.
This goal is continuing and morphing into something else for 2014, to be sure. I hope ya don't mind. I hope we can still be friends.