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Happy New Year!

January 4th, 2014 at 06:25 pm

Wow, 2014 already - how did that happen? I hope everyone had a joyous holiday season. I have been off from work since December 21 and loving every single minute of it! My workplace closed from 12/21 through 1/1 and we get paid without having to take vacation time. It is a very nice perk. I took off Thursday and Friday to make it a full two weeks. But, now it's back to reality on Monday. Ugh - I am starting to feel a cold coming on today, I hope that I'm not ill on Monday, because I really can't miss work and I hate going in sick.

I have many goals this year, but like another blogger (nika maybe?), I'm setting very small, doable tasks that I am in control of so that I can get some things accomplished this year. So, for this week, my small goals are:

Refrain from eating processed sugar (larger goal: eat healthy food most of the time)
Pack my lunch each day (larger goal: pack my lunch regularly for health and budgetary reasons)
Create ball of yarn from one skein (larger goal: knit a scarf)
Exercise three times (larger goal: move regularly)
Play piano 15 minutes a day (larger goal: play the piano regularly)
Verify P@ypal account so that I can cash in sw@gbucks

I'm still figuring out my financial goals. I want to track my spending and better plan where my money is going rather than wing it like I have been doing. My finances are fine, but I could be doing a lot better job of utilizing and enjoying my money.

I turn the big 5-0 in 2014, so I hope to make it a memorable year!

I'm going to take the big plunge and get myself a smartphone after many years of using a $16 average intelligence pay-as-you-go phone. I've accumulated almost 25,000 sw@gbucks, so I will cash those in for $250 and use it towards a $299 republic wrless phone. I will probably use the $25/month plan and hope to use sw@gbucks to pay for it. I would have more bucks accumulated, but I couldn't keep up with the daily goals during mid-december and had to let it go for a bit, so I'll miss out on the bonuses.

Well, I hope 2014 treats you all very well - cheers!

Net Worth on January 1:
403B retirement 370,254
IRAs 61,419
Cash 76,675
Brokerage 52,290
House 200,000

Total Assets 760,638
Auto loan (4,552)

Net worth $756,086

3 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    How long did it take you to accumulate those swagbucks? Great job and plan for them.

  2. starfishy Says:

    it took a few months - maybe since late summer or so? i keep putting off verifying my paypal account or i would have been cashing them in as i go along. btw - i thank you creditcardfree for posting your "how to use swagbucks post" last year. that's what got me started! Smile

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Great! You are welcome. Smile

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