1. Blog at least 15 times every month. Done! I blogged 22 times in April. It's a definite decrease comparing with the first quarter of the year but the weather is nice, and I just spend more time outside with the kids right now :)
2. Have a "money meeting" at least once a month with my husband. Totally nailed it!! In April Hubby decided to create his own budget, and it actually got him pretty excited about keeping it. We skipped one week but bounced back, and now we actually have weekly financial meetings. It really helps
3. Save enough to pay for Christmas with cash. Right on track! I did a few secret shopping assignments in April but only got paid for 2 so far. I will put all of this money towards Christmas gifts. I also did 3 surveys with Pinecone Research (got $9). And as usual, we put another monthly $20 into this account. So far we have $197.83 saved. I plan to put a little more into this account next month too because I will get some cash back from our credit card (that we pay off every month).
4. Save as much as we can for a minivan. Can you see how excited I am?? Thanks to our tax returns we are doing so great with this one. We actually have $7762.41 We really hope to get this account to $8500 in May
5. De-clutter 366 things this year. Nah. I really didn't do anything in April...I'm ashamed! But I plan to de-clutter quite a bit in May (read ORGANIZE the garage!) and I have a huge bag ready for our Church clothes swap in a couple of weeks.
6. Keep track of our food waste. Done! We only wasted $1.95 worth of food in April. I love this number!
7. Start putting again some money for retirement. Failed yet again:( We (read, husband) still didn't figure out our situation with a few different accounts. We closed one so far, and moving very little money that's in there to Roth IRA this week but that's it so far.
8. Have 1 date night every month with my husband. Done, done, done!! This month we opted out for a simple "Movie Night" in a comfort of our own home:
We made fat-free popcorn, drank water (!!!) from our movie theater refill cups and watched "Letters to Juliet". We picked up this movie in Walmart day after Black Friday for like $2 but never had a chance to watch it. And it was really good, so sweet, romantic and clean! You don't see many movies now where it's not all sex or violence. I highly recommend this movie for those of you who had never seen it before. I was pleasantly surprised! And we really needed a light date like this :)
9. Lose 12 lbs in 2012. Nah. I have these floating 2 pounds that I lose/gain all the time but nothing else. On the other hand, I did start exercising more regularly in April, and I love the feeling of my body getting stronger and more toned. I didn't lose much but I surely lost a few inches. My jeans are gonna start falling off of me very soon...And my arms and shoulders surely look much better. I'm not ready for a swim season yet but I'm working on it :) I did lose our bet with my Hubby in April :( I missed two exercises and forgot to take 2 vitamins :( He only forgot about his vitamins once, and stayed true to his exercise regimen. He also lost 4 pounds. So he gets $20 this time...But it's not over yet!We are doing it again in May!!
10. Read 12 books this year. Kind of passed. I honestly have only read 1 book in April and it was a reread.
11. Write in my journal at least once a week. Nope I only wrote two times but it's still a lot more than I did a year ago.
12. Create mini-goals every month through out the year. Yep! My mini-goals in April were mostly fitness ones, and I definitely progressed. May goals are coming up tomorrow!
How are your goals so far? Are you still on track, or is it more monthly goals (or no goals?) for you now?