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2015 Monthly Goals: October

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I met my September goals for the most part. I finished nearly everything I wanted to get done on the blog. The about me page is updated, the sidebars are updated, the recipes section is updated, I added a featured post section on the sidebar, and I redid and updated the popular categories section on the sidebar. I did start back on my fitness journey- I’ve been running on the treadmill every morning before the kids wake up and I’ve been really watching what I eat during the day with no snacks in between meals. I’ve lost 4 pounds so far. I completed the updated house tour last week. I have completed my transition to monthly meal planning and twice a month grocery shopping. Life just got a lot easier for me! And finally, I took 8 more bags to Goodwill this month. 

October Goals:

1. Increase water intake- I really need to work on this. I drink a lot of coffee and a lot of sweet tea during the daytime. I need to limit those and start drinking more water. So my goal this month is to use my large water bottle to monitor how much water I’m drinking every day. My goal is 32 ounces to start and then I’d like to increase it to 64 ounces next month.

2. Zero eating out for 31 Days- I have planned absolutely no eating out for the month of October. That includes lunches, dinners, take-out, dine-in, or snacks. This will be a real challenge for us. I don’t think we’ve ever done a complete month with no eating out. I have planned out every dinner for the month so we have no excuses. 

3. Reduce grocery budget- I’m ashamed to even share what our grocery bill is every month. It’s well into the 4 figures and it needs to be reduced by a lot to give us some cushion in our monthly budget. I’ve noticed that the more frequent trips I make to the store the more our budget increases because I end up with stuff we don’t really need or duplicates of items. So I’m planning to do a big Walmart trip for groceries and household items twice a month on the 1st and 15th. Then I’ll do Aldi every week for fruit, produce, dairy, and dry goods. I’ve been amazed by how much I can save by buying these items at Aldi. I do a Target trip once a month for items that I can only get there such as the Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice k-cups, and the Chobani Flip pumpkin harvest yogurt. My goal is to have the total grocery and household budget under $1000 a month.

4. Family dinners at least 4 nights a week- This is a huge goal for us. We started arranging schedules last month to make this possible. Last year we rarely did family dinners because of everyone’s varying schedules. This year will be different. We might not be able to do every single night but I want at least 4 family dinners per week. The kids are enjoying these family dinners and it’s nice to have half an hour with no television or phones.

5. Clean out my closet- I can’t believe it’s already time to switch the seasons out in my closet. I want to go through and pull out any Spring and Summer stuff that I’m tired of as well as weeding through my Fall and Winter stuff to see what fits right now. I have a range of 3 sizes in my closet so trying everything on to see what fits takes forever but it makes my mornings easier. I want to sell some clothes on Poshmark or ThredUp this year. I have good stuff- Ann Taylor, LOFT, J.Crew, etc. so I don’t want to just donate them. Some of them have never been worn so I’m hoping to recoup some of my money by selling them.

6. Finish the kids’ bathroom update- A couple of weeks ago we noticed a leak in the ceiling in the family room that could only be coming from the upstairs bathtub/shower area. So I took the opportunity to go ahead and get some projects done in there. We took the ugly gold shower doors and we’ve been working on redoing the caulk and the grout. I hope to have it totally finished within a couple of weeks. 

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