Day 10......Have You Kept Your New Year's Resolution(s)?

Most of us make and break our New Year's Resolutions every year!

Really.....what's the point? 

Do I have to wait until New Year's to decided I will:

  •  go to the gym

  •  stop drinking

  •  lose weight

  •  spend less money

Do any of these sound familiar?

I have stopped making them....why set myself up for failure over and over again.

We are who we are! If there is something we may want to change about ourselves, our habits our lives, it can be done on our own schedule and at our own pace!  


Happy New Year! Enjoy every second of it on your own terms!

What is Real Value?

I just got back from the grocery store and my head is spinning! 


Two for one!  Fifty percent off!  This week on special for:


As I was walking past the meat fridge I stopped and started scratching my head.....what's the best deal here? How will I get the most value?  If I buy the larger size package, will I use it or waste I actually saving money?  I think I stared at the steak for 15 minutes!!

Of course we deal with this at the grocery store every day.


But what about other parts of our lives.  What is most VALUEable:  

  • "Me" Time?
  • Your Money?
  • Time with your Family?
  • Less Stress?
  • Knowing you got the best deal?


I wasted 15 minutes debating my decision about meat!  How much time do we waste comparison shopping for large ticket items......... This is really just a rant.....but the way I do business is this is your price and it is the lowest I can do. All places have their own bottom line!!


WHY NOT JUST START THERE.......and let us all know we got the best value!


Your thoughts?

Budget 4!

I will admit that this whole blog post is a little embarrassing for came about in two ways. The first, is that one of my friends had asked me to write about creating a budget - twice....  (apparently I had some kind of aversion since I didn't do it the first time).  The second is that someone recently asked me what my budget is to live where I do (Sedona,AZ)  which BTW is known by some as "poverty with a view". 

OH THE SHAME!!  I had to answer "I have no idea".

That wasn't totally true of course......... I know what all my bills are (approximately)  but I have never actually figured out how much money I NEED to survive.  I have just been going with the flow.  Thankfully that has been working.  But I did get a bit of a wake up call.

So, I sat down and did my budget (quite quickly and easily I may add) and I would like to share the 4 basic steps with you.  

The most accurate way to begin is with what you know:  Last years amounts  

STEP 1 - Pull out and add up ALL your sources of Income from the past full year (include salary, rental income, dividends etc).  ADD THESE UP

STEP 2 - Go through your bank statements and credit cards (from last calendar year) to list and total  your Fixed Expenses (the ones that remain the same amount every month). These would include things like mortgage payment/rent, car payment, memberships, some utilities and insurance. Anything that you pay once yearly should be added to this list as well. 

STEP 3 - Go through your bank statements and credit cards (from last calendar year) to categorize, list and total your Variable Expenses (the ones that are inconsistent all the time). The reason I suggest categorizing this list is that it can be VERY long if you leave it all separate. This list would include things like gas, car repairs, personal items/care, clothing and entertainment. Don't forget to add a MISC category - this is where you should put all the random cash withdrawals that you have no other record of.        


a) Add your fixed and variable expenses together. This number will give you the amount you spent last year and therefore tell you how much money you needed to make to cover it. Check it against your Income amount.... If you earned a lot more then you spent it's time to start thinking about investing!!

b) Divide your total expenses amount by 12 and this will give you the amount that you need to cover per month.

Now, the big question I am sure is how do I track this as I go to keep myself on budget?......Well, you're not going to like the answer: TRACK YOUR DAILY SPENDING!   

Start a Spreadsheet for every month.  At the top add in your Fixed Expenses and then make it a habit to total what you spend and record it every day.

This is something that I am going to start to do to keep an eye on where, when and how much money I am actually spending!  

I hope this was helpful and stay in the positives!