With that, here is a list of goals I've made for 2010...
1 - Only spend $75 per month on groceries and food. Yes, that's right 7-5.
2 - Before the beginning of each month, spend all of our money on paper before we actually SPEND all of our money.
3 - Sit down with Big B (at least) once per week to discuss our budget.
4 - Take the debit cards out of our wallets and use only cash. This one scares the dickens out of me, but I know we can do it.
5 - Find a church that Big B, Little A, and I all love and attend regularly.
6 - Menu plan either for the week or for the month (not sure which is going to be more doable at this point, and I need to figure out my $75 a month approach. I really haven't decided if I will try a once a month grocery trip, or shop the deals each week. It's just so time consuming to go each week.)
7 - Find a "me" activity outside the house. Big B is a drummer in a band, and he gets out once a week with the guys. I really need to find something for me, too.
Ok - that's it for now. I've never actually set goals like this for myself and my family, and I have never, ever put them out there for the world to see - can you say accountability?
I must say that I am truly looking forward to all that 2010 has to offer. I am more determined than ever to get out of debt and to begin living the life I know I was meant to live. My prayer is that each of you reading this has a happy and healthy 2010.