This blog is supposed to hold me accountable. To my goals, to eliminating my debt, to showing my weaknesses. So, let’s review last month’s goals, and set some for this month.
Frugal Portland’s March Goals
- Climb at least ten times, and use both guest passes — this will bring my per-climb cost down to under $30 (which is still way higher than I ultimately want it). Only went eight times, but did use both guest passes. Per-climb fee is down to $21. The drop-in rate is $12, and I am keeping track to see if the year-long membership is better, financially, than just paying $12 a time. So far, I’m on track for this.
- If I do end up getting that money from the state of Oregon, put all of it toward my student loan. Yes! I put $1000 toward my student loan last month.
- Work 40 hours on the side — I really need to do this, I have a client, I need to find time! I did this! Now, I just need to get paid.
- Hang all my pictures. Yes! Except for the one I broke. That one is still in the car, waiting for me to buy it a new frame.
- Make banana chips. Yes, but then I had to get rid of my dehydrator because under no circumstances should it ever take four days to make anything.
- Make kale chips. Hm, nope. Didn’t do this. Made a lot of kale things, though. But perhaps I was thinking I’d use the defunct dehydrator.
- Make all-natural house cleaners — like homemade “Clorox wipes”. I made liquid soap! I put vinegar and water into a spray bottle and cleaned my house.
- Make ten batches of salted caramels — I need to get on this, since my friend is getting married in April and it’s the début of O’Malley’s Handmade Confections! Made four, need six more for the wedding.
- Launch omalleysconfections.com for real — there are only placeholders there now (but I did figure out how to do the favicon, which is arguably the most important part!) Done! I love it. It’s still fairly bare, but now you can buy caramels online, which is really exciting!
Since it’s the end of the first quarter of 2012, I want to check in on my annual goals. Here they are, below:
So, in 2012, Frugal Portland will:
- get out of (credit card) debt. Original goal was June 1, but my best friend is getting married at the end of April and I’d very much like to have a hair cut by then, so I’m doing what I can to pay it all off by April 1. No foolin’. Done! Thanks to the government, I was able to eliminate all my credit card debt in February.
- monetize itself. As of right now, the site brings in $-10 per month. But that’s okay, we’re just starting out! And if you’re reading this, thank you! I know it’s rough going for the time being but creating more content is key to monetizing the blog. Still not there yet, but to put real numbers on this, the blog would need to make $120.01 in 2012 to monetize (since my definition of monetization is anything above and beyond breaking even).
- post 3-5 times per week. Portland is such an abundant place, filled with all kinds of broke people, which means there’s no limit to what kinds of fun things to do on the cheap. Heck, there’s even a couple of blogs I follow that mention fun things! So far, so good, but I don’t really talk much about fun things to do in my town. I just talk and talk and talk about my feelings. Wow. That’ll get old, soon.
- increase readership. Nowhere to go but up! We’ll discuss diversifying income, having fun in Portland, eating well on a budget, deciding once and for all about budgets, and building net worth. Joining Yakezie has really helped increase the number of readers, so if you’re reading this, thank you!
In April, Frugal Portland will:
- Make and wrap seven more batches of caramels for my best friend’s wedding
- Visit my mom on her birthday and come up with some sort of awesome gift for that
- Figure out what to send the voice of reason on his birthday
- Put the entire amount of the side-job paycheck into the student loan, and get the total amount of student loan debt under $6K
- Work another 40 hours on the side-job
- Go get a spray tan (eeeh)
- See my best friend get married! This is happening April 28th and it will be so fun. Not frugal for her, necessarily, but it’ll be great for me!
- Climb ten more times, and each time work on the pull down bar