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Monday, June 25, 2007

Acheiving Goals

Comparing this month to last month:
Rent: +40 (new lease, rent was raised)
Utilities: -70 (Due to cable bill!)Grocery: -70 (not sure why, perhaps because I encouraged boyfriend to chip in groceries since he was eating EVERY meal at my place)
Charity: +20
Eating out: -3 (very close...)
Gas: -80 (strictly due to NOT taking a 1000 mile road trip as I did in previous month)
Personal: +130 (got hair done this month)
Auto Care: -120 (no need for repair this month, only oil change)
Gifts: +50 Both mothers and fathers day presents were bought this month
Travel: +800 =) Went on a vacation this month!!!

Next months targets:Reduce Eating out to about $65--this should allow at least one nice meal with the boyfriend paid for by me, plus a lunch or two out with coworkers if invited
Gas: Probably will increase, as I'm planning at least one long trip, but prices are lowering slightly
Personal: Should be only around $20-$30, unless I enroll in Yoga lessons, which would increase this
Auto care: Barring emergencies, shouldn't have any expenses here
Gifts: I'm thinking this will be about $50-$100.... 3 year anniversary is this month!

I'm also due to receive about 2000 next month in tuition reimbursement. I'm considering dumping it into my Roth IRA (reaching the max for the year), thus freeing up 350/mo for the rest of the year for my other goals. That is the goal I'm closest to reacing--sort of the a "investment snowball" rather than a debt snowball psychological trick of reaching my goals.

Then I would continue with my other goals, using an autosavings of 300 paycheck to my HYSA, and focusing whatever else I could come up (including the 350\mo I'd now have free) with towards another HYSA account I plan to pay towards my student loans once they start accruing interest again. Once that account reaches its year end goal, I'd funnel all extra funds into my straight savings account.

Another option is a compromise option. Put 1000 towards the Roth, 500 for each of the other accounts, and reduce montly contributions to 160/mo to the Roth. Or something to that effect. I'm sort of an all-or-nothing type of girl, so I am less interested in this.

In fact, I've pretty much talked myself into the first approach! I have about 2 weeks before payday, so I'll mull it over until then.

Another plus, starting in august my HSA contributions are maxed and I'll have another 200/m (minus taxes) free!

1 comment:

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Acheiving Goals

Comparing this month to last month:
Rent: +40 (new lease, rent was raised)
Utilities: -70 (Due to cable bill!)Grocery: -70 (not sure why, perhaps because I encouraged boyfriend to chip in groceries since he was eating EVERY meal at my place)
Charity: +20
Eating out: -3 (very close...)
Gas: -80 (strictly due to NOT taking a 1000 mile road trip as I did in previous month)
Personal: +130 (got hair done this month)
Auto Care: -120 (no need for repair this month, only oil change)
Gifts: +50 Both mothers and fathers day presents were bought this month
Travel: +800 =) Went on a vacation this month!!!

Next months targets:Reduce Eating out to about $65--this should allow at least one nice meal with the boyfriend paid for by me, plus a lunch or two out with coworkers if invited
Gas: Probably will increase, as I'm planning at least one long trip, but prices are lowering slightly
Personal: Should be only around $20-$30, unless I enroll in Yoga lessons, which would increase this
Auto care: Barring emergencies, shouldn't have any expenses here
Gifts: I'm thinking this will be about $50-$100.... 3 year anniversary is this month!

I'm also due to receive about 2000 next month in tuition reimbursement. I'm considering dumping it into my Roth IRA (reaching the max for the year), thus freeing up 350/mo for the rest of the year for my other goals. That is the goal I'm closest to reacing--sort of the a "investment snowball" rather than a debt snowball psychological trick of reaching my goals.

Then I would continue with my other goals, using an autosavings of 300 paycheck to my HYSA, and focusing whatever else I could come up (including the 350\mo I'd now have free) with towards another HYSA account I plan to pay towards my student loans once they start accruing interest again. Once that account reaches its year end goal, I'd funnel all extra funds into my straight savings account.

Another option is a compromise option. Put 1000 towards the Roth, 500 for each of the other accounts, and reduce montly contributions to 160/mo to the Roth. Or something to that effect. I'm sort of an all-or-nothing type of girl, so I am less interested in this.

In fact, I've pretty much talked myself into the first approach! I have about 2 weeks before payday, so I'll mull it over until then.

Another plus, starting in august my HSA contributions are maxed and I'll have another 200/m (minus taxes) free!

1 comment:

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Acheiving Goals

Comparing this month to last month:
Rent: +40 (new lease, rent was raised)
Utilities: -70 (Due to cable bill!)Grocery: -70 (not sure why, perhaps because I encouraged boyfriend to chip in groceries since he was eating EVERY meal at my place)
Charity: +20
Eating out: -3 (very close...)
Gas: -80 (strictly due to NOT taking a 1000 mile road trip as I did in previous month)
Personal: +130 (got hair done this month)
Auto Care: -120 (no need for repair this month, only oil change)
Gifts: +50 Both mothers and fathers day presents were bought this month
Travel: +800 =) Went on a vacation this month!!!

Next months targets:Reduce Eating out to about $65--this should allow at least one nice meal with the boyfriend paid for by me, plus a lunch or two out with coworkers if invited
Gas: Probably will increase, as I'm planning at least one long trip, but prices are lowering slightly
Personal: Should be only around $20-$30, unless I enroll in Yoga lessons, which would increase this
Auto care: Barring emergencies, shouldn't have any expenses here
Gifts: I'm thinking this will be about $50-$100.... 3 year anniversary is this month!

I'm also due to receive about 2000 next month in tuition reimbursement. I'm considering dumping it into my Roth IRA (reaching the max for the year), thus freeing up 350/mo for the rest of the year for my other goals. That is the goal I'm closest to reacing--sort of the a "investment snowball" rather than a debt snowball psychological trick of reaching my goals.

Then I would continue with my other goals, using an autosavings of 300 paycheck to my HYSA, and focusing whatever else I could come up (including the 350\mo I'd now have free) with towards another HYSA account I plan to pay towards my student loans once they start accruing interest again. Once that account reaches its year end goal, I'd funnel all extra funds into my straight savings account.

Another option is a compromise option. Put 1000 towards the Roth, 500 for each of the other accounts, and reduce montly contributions to 160/mo to the Roth. Or something to that effect. I'm sort of an all-or-nothing type of girl, so I am less interested in this.

In fact, I've pretty much talked myself into the first approach! I have about 2 weeks before payday, so I'll mull it over until then.

Another plus, starting in august my HSA contributions are maxed and I'll have another 200/m (minus taxes) free!

1 comment:

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Acheiving Goals

Comparing this month to last month:
Rent: +40 (new lease, rent was raised)
Utilities: -70 (Due to cable bill!)Grocery: -70 (not sure why, perhaps because I encouraged boyfriend to chip in groceries since he was eating EVERY meal at my place)
Charity: +20
Eating out: -3 (very close...)
Gas: -80 (strictly due to NOT taking a 1000 mile road trip as I did in previous month)
Personal: +130 (got hair done this month)
Auto Care: -120 (no need for repair this month, only oil change)
Gifts: +50 Both mothers and fathers day presents were bought this month
Travel: +800 =) Went on a vacation this month!!!

Next months targets:Reduce Eating out to about $65--this should allow at least one nice meal with the boyfriend paid for by me, plus a lunch or two out with coworkers if invited
Gas: Probably will increase, as I'm planning at least one long trip, but prices are lowering slightly
Personal: Should be only around $20-$30, unless I enroll in Yoga lessons, which would increase this
Auto care: Barring emergencies, shouldn't have any expenses here
Gifts: I'm thinking this will be about $50-$100.... 3 year anniversary is this month!

I'm also due to receive about 2000 next month in tuition reimbursement. I'm considering dumping it into my Roth IRA (reaching the max for the year), thus freeing up 350/mo for the rest of the year for my other goals. That is the goal I'm closest to reacing--sort of the a "investment snowball" rather than a debt snowball psychological trick of reaching my goals.

Then I would continue with my other goals, using an autosavings of 300 paycheck to my HYSA, and focusing whatever else I could come up (including the 350\mo I'd now have free) with towards another HYSA account I plan to pay towards my student loans once they start accruing interest again. Once that account reaches its year end goal, I'd funnel all extra funds into my straight savings account.

Another option is a compromise option. Put 1000 towards the Roth, 500 for each of the other accounts, and reduce montly contributions to 160/mo to the Roth. Or something to that effect. I'm sort of an all-or-nothing type of girl, so I am less interested in this.

In fact, I've pretty much talked myself into the first approach! I have about 2 weeks before payday, so I'll mull it over until then.

Another plus, starting in august my HSA contributions are maxed and I'll have another 200/m (minus taxes) free!

1 comments:

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.