Friday, November 1, 2013

October Progress & November Goals!

I have been so excited to write this post because I'm blown away at how amazing October was! I wrote earlier in the month about my grand plan for finance - one that I am actually going to stick to.

As a refresher, I only reach my goals with extra income. My regular paycheck covers my expenses exactly and then extra income through side jobs is where I can get ahead financially.

I set aside the $150 for upcoming weddings/travel right away. Easy enough.

Then I set to work on building my savings to $9,000, starting at $0. Sometimes starting from scratch is intimidating and any initial progress feels so small compared to the end goal. But the little victories and progress I made continued to motivate me to do more and that strategy certainly worked!

I can't believe these numbers but in just the first month I was able to save $2,484.53 in extra income!

This is certainly not typical, but a few extra circumstances helped this happen! Here's how I did it:
  • October was a 3-Paycheck month
  • My God-mother unnecessarily paid me for helping her recover from surgery
  • I babysat for a family in NJ that paid more than my regular job pays per hour!
  • KPR revenue
  • Selling concert tickets that I would miss while in NJ
  • Dog sitting on weekend
  • A few babysitting jobs once I was back in MN
A small sliver of me was hopelessly trying to find an extra $15.47 to make it an even $2,500 but being simply thrilled at what I have is enough for me.

So what are my goals for November? Honestly, my expectations aren't outrageous. In addition to the $150 I save off the top, my goal is to save $515.47 to make an even $3,000.

It's a much smaller number than October but I don't have nearly the same amount of opportunities for November. I have a few babysitting jobs lined up already, starting tonight in fact. I'm also working to grow my client base for my resume business. 

I'm hoping to reach my goal of $9,000 by the end of April, 2014. Cheers to a new month and more progress ahead! What are your goals for November??


  1. Awesome job!! Way to go and good luck with November! Hope things are going well for you now that you're back; have a great weekend, Katie!

  2. I am so impressed with how much money you were able to save.

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    Diane Roark

  3. That is a great start!! How exciting.