It's the final countdown... er, the final 9 items on my Thirty Before Thirty list.
22. Donate to Goodwill monthly
We have boxes upon boxes in our basement that need to be sorted. I have a closet FULL of clothes and I only wear about a third of them. Both of those things mean that I need to donate some of my stuff to Goodwill. We've taken 2 trips in the past month and it feels really good to get rid of stuff.
23. Trade babysitting with a friend for a monthly date night with the hubs
I should really approach a few friends about this idea. My kids aren't hard. In fact, Lenon visits his mother every other weekend so if we went to dinner or whatnot on a weekend that he was gone it would just be Ezra. And Ez goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:00 each night. I'm sure one of my friends would be game.
24. Have professional business photos taken
This shouldn't be hard. My friend Stacy is a photographer. My thing about it is actually getting in front of the camera.
25. Learn about getting a business license for my Etsy shop
If I really want to make a go of selling products I make, I should really look into being licensed. I have no idea what that entails, so I should probably do some research.
26. Create 5 different items to sell on Etsy
I have TONS of ideas, but I need to work on execution. And then I need to calculate wholesale vs. retail prices so I'm not making something that's putting me in the hole.
27. Sell my first item
Sounds easy enough... not really something I have much control over. But I do have control over stocking the Etsy shop. So as soon as I complete #26 I can work on this one.
28. Plan a budget and stick to it
I'm good a planning a budget. Even down to creating formulas in Excel and having it calculate for me when I type in our income vs. bills. It's just sticking to it that's the problem. We really need to work on a savings account. Right now our jobs are pretty secure, but we've seen hundreds of people get laid off from the company Frank and I both work for and that's scary.
29. Pay off credit cards
We only have a couple and they have low limits which we did on purpose. Being that we both work for a credit card company, we know the in's and out's of credit cards and don't want to dig ourselves a hole we can't get out of. So it shouldn't be hard to pay them off, but it's definitely something I want to do within the coming months.
30. Pay off car
This one might be tricky. We have almost 2 years left on our loan, but I was calculating and if we added 25% to our monthly payments and then used a portion of our tax return next year, we could do it.
Well, those are my goals for the year. I have big plans for them. Hopefully they cooperate.
And once I'm done, we'll be looking at this...