September Goals

September 2, 2008 at 7:53 pm 3 comments

First off. I was going to make a goal post (heh, goal post) for August. Then, before I knew it, August was halfway done. And now, magically it is September.

I love September and hate August. August is hot, and sticky, and doesn’t have any holidays. September the weather cools off, the leaves turn. and to kick everything off there’s a 3-day weekend. It starts on a good note and gets better from there. This is also because as a young child I was a huge nerd and loved school, and September meant returning to school. It also meant a clean slate. It didn’t matter how many times I’d been late for class, missed class, failed a test, or forgotten to turn in a homework assignment before. This was a brand new year, and there were no mistakes.

Now that I’m a grown up (allegedly) and am worried about budgeting, every month can be a clean slate. Some people don’t like doing it that way. For some people it is easier to think day to day or week to week. For some budgets are yearly. Of course, many people don’t do any budgeting at all, but if you are going to try, it makes sense to experiment with what works for you.

Which brings me to goal number one, and from there, to the rest 😉 These are only my goals that relate to money or this blog by the way, I do think about and work on other things, I promise.

1. Stick to a weekly budget. Since this is the month my rent just about doubles, I need to get serious about the budgeting. It’s been hard for me to keep track or stick to an amount over the course of a month, I’m giving myself an allowance per week and seeing how it goes. I am starting off with a really strict one and if I can’t do it, I’ll relax it for next month. I feel like I tend to spend the amount I have, so if I make it more lax it will seem like just the right amount no matter what. The plan is to start on Friday since I spend more on weekends, and that way I am less likely to risk running out and being unable to do some fun weekend thing, and more likely to know how much I have to spend when people go out for drinks on Thursdays.

2. Update on a regular schedule. I originally had an idea that I’d try to update three days a week. I haven’t been. I’m going to try harder, but I’m not going to post if I don’t feel I have anything interesting to say. I figure if I do this I am also more likely to stick to goal number one, because I can post how I did on Fridays.

3. Find some extra income. I have a couple leads on some side work I could do in the evenings, and I haven’t been following up. I need to do this.

4. Use what I have. Since I’ll be on a stricter budget, I don’t want to starve, and I don’t want to feel I am depriving myself in regards to food or clothing or whatever. So the plan is to make better use of food by using up ingredients I already have. With clothing, more t-shirt surgeries, more digging through old clothing to find things I like again. With books, swap!

Hopefully writing out the goals will help me try to meet them. The last goal I have is for October: to post an update on how this goes. Then if I fail, you can mock me! Or cheer me on to do better next time.

Feel free to post September goals in the comments, or offer ideas on helping me meet mine. Except for you, free poker guy who has been trying to comment.


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  • 1. Ali  |  September 4, 2008 at 2:35 am

    My September goals read an awful lot like my wedding goals, so I’ll spare the rest of your readers the details. But there’s also:

    finish the bulk of my December holiday shopping
    teach Eric how to have a working resume

  • 2. Adiel  |  September 5, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Wow, this is rather inspiring for me to read. Too bad I’m just about to run out the door because knowing me, I’ll have completely forgotten about this when I have free time to set up a budget. Good luck with your goals!

  • 3. September Goals Redux « Debt Free Saver  |  September 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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