1. Stay in Our Grocery Budget AND Continue to Eat Healthfully. Our grocery budget really went out the window these past couple months, but now that I’m feeling so much better, I’m newly-inspired to track every penny and put together more wholesome meals.
2. Continue With My Morning Routine. I have been trying to cultivate a better morning routine, wherein Simone and I have breakfast, do school, and get the house cleaned up BEFORE I sign online, no matter how sleepy I am. My days are so much more productive when I do this. Once I sit down on the couch with my computer, it’s really hard for me to wake up all the way and get motivated, no matter how long I sit there.
3. Strive for 15 No-Spend Days. It’s not unusual for me to go to the grocery store several times in one week simply because I forgot something, but I rarely leave with just the thing I went in for. I’m also bad about batching my shopping trips. All of those things are horrible re: efficiency, our budget, and the environment. I didn’t used to be so unorganized about shopping, so either I’ve just gotten lazy or living three minutes from Kroger and Target is bad.* Probably both.
4. Plan a Loose Homeschool Curriculum. We’ve been having fun with our laid back homeschooling each day, but I know that we’re going to get bored in a hurry if I don’t come up with some kind of plan. I want to design a loose “curriculum” for the next month or two so I know what activities and reading we’ll be embarking upon.
5. Finish Our Christmas Lists. We always pay for Christmas out of Jason’s “extra” paycheck each fall, and we like to complete our shopping by Thanksgiving or so. That way, we have plenty of time to mail gifts to out-of-town friends and relatives, and we can really relax and enjoy the holiday season. We need to completely figure out what we’re getting everybody.
*I often fantasize about moving to the country. Jason, who grew up in the country, is less than enthused about this fantasy, and often asks questions like, “What would we do?” We’d spend a lot less money, that’s what. The difference in our spending habits between when we lived 15 minutes from the grocery store/Target (but in an awesome area) and 3 minutes away is kind of terrifying. The argument against the country that does work in Jason’s favor is this: “There’s no library. Or at least not a good one.”