Monday, May 2, 2011

May Goals in Life



- 2 days a week do bootcamp at the Y, EA sports or run other days - going better. Adam and I have gotten there together a few times this month, but otherwise, i've been doing ea sports

- Zak library days once every couple weeks--He hasn't wanted to go... :(
- Meme's house once a week for dinners--busy this month, only had her over 2x
- start a book--Look!! I have a list!
Vanishing Acts
The Next thing on my List
The Last Kiss
The Choice
The Holocaust Diaries 
My horizontal life 
- date nights/family nights 1 day a week--Sat/Sun--Spring break was fun, we did a movie night, zak and I went to toys r us too
Make Money
- inbox dollars: $18.14
- coupons: got a couple good things!
- expo tv: Current balance: 15069(Goal: 60000)
- hit 4 pay: Current balance: $13---I think i'm giving up on this one, its too slow.
- beeZag: Current balance: Just cashed our $8 back to 690 (goal 8000)
- ATM: This month we made:$43

- ipads and macbook- will pay off by next year this time. 12 mo no interest. -$215 I pay every month with Adams help
- Pay off credit card every 2 weeks--Doing well here too.

- Clean out closets (Jan,March,June,Sept)--I did it finally, and did the upstairs storage area too! And zak's!
- Randi clean once a month-- We skipped her this month due to unexpected house expenses
- We need to sell our house.- this month, talk to Jody and get it up on the market
- Fix little things, paint touch ups etc (this is adam and ofcourse with our busy lives, we haven't even started, well do it when we have nice weather!!)

2011 budget

all year savings
- $500/mo wedding (from PNC acct)
- Zaks $25/mo in savings and budget for camp ($115/week for 10 weeks i believe) (from charles schwab acct)
- House funds and Emergency fund $100 in each/mo (was $265/mo for both accounts, but i'm decreasing it next year) (from Charles Schwab acct)
- Roth $416/mo (from Charles Schwab acct)
= $13,692 + $1,150 for camp = $1236/mo then bills. ($756 transferred to Charles Schwab account from PNC acct)

then: $50/wk groceries
         $50/mo gas
         $60/mo cleaning lady
         $72/mo electric
         $790/mo mortgage
         $182/mo in car gas
         $20/mo life insurance
         $40/mo entertainment (people over, going out etc)
         $30/mo pharmacy 
         $20/mo fast food (we are no longer buying out coffee)
         $110/mo gifts
         $215/mo macbook ipads
         any auto repairs i'll pull from savings
         $180/mo cell phone and home internet
         $100/mo house stuff/decor etc

=$3205 total 

This is tight, but so far so good.

- Clinical ladder--I got it!! I got a ceremony and check may 10 :)
- Work wed/thurs sat/sun
- hopefully get a Nurse Facilitator Job!--GOT IT!! Got a $2 raise too!

Here's a big list of meals I created, i'll cross them off as we eat them :)

All in one pasta

Chicken Cacciatore

Slow cooker Beef stew

Awesome slow cooker meatballs

Slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow cooker Ravioli Casserole (crowd size)

Favorite Meatloaf

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloafs

Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Slow cooker beef strogonoff

Slow cooker white chicken chili

Pumpkin Lasagna

Shepherds pie

Layered Fiesta Casserole

Cream Chicken Bacon Penne

Spaghetti Bolgonese

Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese soup

Slow cooker cream cheese chicken

Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken

Swiss Veggie Casserole

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Chicken and Brocoli Alfredo

Chicken and rice divan

Chicken Primavera with Pasta

Overnight oatmeal

Bistro Chicken

Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Italian Marinated Chicken

Unstuffed Peppers

Taco Salad Bowls

Skillet Chicken and Vegetable Parmesan

Skillet Garlic Chicken

Hearty Italian Chicken Chowder

Foil pack Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Tasty 2 step Chicken

Slow cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Mozzerella Stuffed Meatloaf

Chicken Broccoli and Mushroom Bake
Healified Fettichini Alfredo

Three bean turkey Chili

Chicken Penne Florentine Bake

Grilled Turkey Club

Chuckwagon Chili Mac

bbq roasted chicken with parmesan potatoes

Favorite grilled chicken caesar salad

This month I added this category, this is what we have done so far:
Davids Bridal: $2.16 (swatches), $77.09 for bra under my dress
The Knot: $88.39, $132.62 gifts and our cake cutter and flutes
China: $232 dress, $60.35 (Tiara)
Pat Catans: $15.83 (sand stuff)
Church: $75 (precana)
Walmart: $21 (flower basket, ring bearer pillow)
Jelwelry: $707.85
Cake Topper: $22.96
Tux: $20 (they made me put down a deposit)
Honeymoon: $1261.98 (resort), $378.60, $378.60 (airfares)
Invites- $233.25

save the dates: $145

my shoes: $20
Cake- we have someone $375
= $4247.68

We still have tentatively:
Italian American Club (our reception)- $8500
A Crystal Clear Sound and video (our photographer, videographer, and DJ)- $3150
programs (i'm hoping my sisters can help me here)
Florist ($25/bouquet for girls), Lydia is doing mine on saturday 4/3 and I gotta get corsages still
Tip for Church-
Rehersal Dinner- we're thinking around $200 we're going to have it catered so everyone can come
Hotel room for us
gifts for our parents? not sure here

license to wed: July 10

Zachary Adoption: we have to get the ball rolling here in July 

wedding things to do:
-make ceremony booklet (my sisters are working on it)
-meet with lydia for flowers (end of the week)
-book cake appt (she wasn't in the new office last month)
-arrange rehearsal dinner (maybe make up some invites?)
-call musician for church (adam's on it)

Master List of May things to accomplish
    • Gotta get to the gym 3 times a week.
    • Library Fridays every 2 weeks
    • Dinner with Meme on Mondays
    • Family nights Sat/Sun
    • Get our house up on the market, probably in June
    • Start looking at houses, we got the ball rolling here too
    • Fix our basement wall & plumbing ($5000 here), were getting 3 more estimates and i need to book
    • expo tv every monday/friday
    • finalize florist/flowers
    • book a day with baker (when shes open)
    • call YMCA for refund 
    • Call charles schwab on my IRA
    • call discover bank and college advantage
    • call monroe brakes
    • Pay CC 5/5 and 5/19, transfer $$ 5/19 for savings and wedding

May Financial Goals

Expenses I expect this month:
-brakes for my car

Wedding plans this month:
-make ceremony booklet (my sisters are working on it)
-meet with lydia for flowers (end of the week)
-book cake appt (she wasn't in the new office last month)
-arrange rehearsal dinner (maybe make up some invites?)
-call musician for church (adam's on it)

For my accounts according to
Red is this month  Orange is last month
  • Charles Schwab (high yeild checking):  $2372.28 $1913.75 down $458.25
  • Charles Schwab savings:  $491.59 $1079.59 up $588
  • PNC   $2049.28 $3292.05 up $1242.77
  • PNC  $10.01 same
  • PNC  $10.05 $10.07 up $.02
  • Capital One emergency:   $16378.84 $16398.65 up $19.81
  • Capital One Savings: $879.15 $879.22 up $.07
  • Smartypig (our wedding fund):  $12508.75 $13008,75 up $500
  • Charles Schwab Roth IRA (5/09 opened): $10146.66 $10616.60 up $469.94
  • LHS retirement account: $4779.63 $5027.35 up $247.72
  • OPERS retirement account(account now closed, opened Traditional IRA 5/10):  $10123.67 $10123.76 up $.09
  • Zak's Etrade savings account:$2868.77 2971.50 up $102.73 (forgot password i have to fix it this month)
  • Zak's CollegeAdvantage fund:  $1470.10 $1520.59 up $50.49 (forgot password i have to fix it this month)
  • MISC
  • ATM savings this month: $43.75
  • Speedy points:   144052 144365 up 313
  • Swagbucks!: 2182 2272 up 90
  • Spending this month: We're going to start adding the ATM money.

Total gained: $1850.67