Saturday, December 31, 2016

Peter Walsh - 31 Days To Get Organized

Since 2013, Peter Walsh, Organizational Expert, has been doing an "organization boot camp" called 31 Days To Get Organized.

Here is a link for the playlist for all of the 2013 days:

Here is the playlist for 2014:

Here is the playlist for 2015:

Here is the playlist for 2016:

He has started the playlist for 2017, however they are marked private until that day arrives.  However, if you go back to this playlist at a later date, there will be more to come!


52 Week Challenge

For those of us wanting to start the new year off with an emphasis in saving, here is a link to CoordinatedKate's blog post from a few years ago with a 52 week saving challenge. She gives layouts for a straight weekly saving plan, or a few options for doubling the amounts.  It's interesting to see how quickly the money adds up!

52 Week Saving Challenge

Looking Toward The New Year: Let's Do This!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Finance Basics - Back To The Beginning

Whether you have been working for a while on your debt free journey or are just now starting...

It begins with a single step.


What do you want to accomplish with the money you earn after you have paid off your debt?

Then there are people like me who are the "worst case scenario girl".  I love Laurel Christensen Ray, if you have a chance to read The Faith Experiment (small book, quick read), it's worth it.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Meal Planning

This is actually something I don't do, but I need to at least try at it.

Get your calendar out for 2017 and let's see what we can do!

No matter where you are in this goal to become debt free, you can start where you are at.  It's not too late.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Finance Basics - Lesson 8.2 - The Budget Binder

Getting ready for 2017 not only means starting out with a January budget, it can also mean putting together a Budget Binder.  Here are a few videos from Our Life... On A Budget, as well as the start of the Budget Bootcamp produced by this channel.

Would you like to know the outcome?

I'm not there yet, but I am getting close, you can do it too!

So much has been in the news regarding the politics as of late, with a lot of people getting freaked out over it.

Focus on what you personally can control.  Leave the rest to God.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

It Is Finished.

No, this post isn't about the atonement of Jesus Christ.  I will say, however, I am grateful for His help in getting me through this day.

No, this is a goal fulfilled: to get the stuff in storage moved back into my home.

I spent what I would have spent in monthly storage fees renting a U-Haul cargo van to get the bulk of it home, with two additional trips in my car getting the last of it home.

All this, in addition to sinus and coughing issues, plus a 99.6 degree temperature, thanks in part to people at work showing up sick.

At any rate, at least this part is finished.

The interesting part is, I couldn't believe I had that much stuff to store, I have a lot of work to do in sorting, disposing, donating or finding new homes for things.

Finance Basics - Lesson 8 - Budgeting 101

Among the wonderful vloggers on YouTube that handles finance, one of my newest discoveries is Our Life... On A Budget.  I heard about this vlog from a favorites post by Lydia Senn and I agree, this is definitely someone you want to subscribe to.

Angela and Jeff do a really great job of demonstrating how they budget - in detail, this is also how I do it.

If you are looking for a slightly different version of the blank budget sheet, I have one here.  Please keep in mind that Google Sheets is not as pretty or, in some cases, easy to get the formulas and formatting to work, so this is a rough version of what you could do with Excel.  But hey, it's free.  :-)

The version of the budget worksheet Angela uses can be found here.