I decided to start a series of monthly goals and updates each month. Since this is my first post of the series, I have no updates to give just yet. I am aware that we are already halfway through July; however, I set these goals as of June 30th and haven’t gotten around to sharing them with all of you. I want to share my goals with everyone to keep myself accountable and because I aim to be as open, honest and transparent with this blog as is possible. That’s just the vision I have for myself and my blog.
I originally thought of doing this as a post solely about my blog goals, but I think also showing my financial goals will be interesting. My hope, besides keeping myself accountable, is that this will serve as inspiration to everyone who reads my posts. Whether my goals inspire you to set your own or maybe some things I am doing will make you want to do the same!
Reach 3,000 pageviews for the month
Reach 1,000 followers on Twitter
Send 1 email per week
1 guest post per month
Start the zero day challenge
Invest in an ETF
Keep our groceries under $500 for July
Find at least one stock to invest in
Since I have no comparisons to share for my blog goals, I will just elaborate a little bit more on my financial goals for the month.
The Zero Day Challenge is something that my blogger friend David from ZeroDayFinance informed me of. The goal is to have as many “zero” days, also known as no spend days, as possible each month. While David goes into much further detail with his monitoring, my goal is to simply take note of the days where I spend nothing as I start out. To read more about the challenge and how to participate, check out his blog post here.
I wrote about this investing app called Stash a few weeks ago. Stash is a super user-friendly and engaging app used to invest in ETFs. They put a fun spin on it, so if you haven’t checked them out, you should. I have set up an account, but I have not yet invested in anything on there. My goal this month is to do just that. I do not have much experience with investing in ETFs, so I am trying to expand my horizons here.
I’m aware that my goal about keeping my groceries under $500 for the month probably sounds absolutely insane to most people, especially because in my home it’s just my husband and I. However, we have been really struggling with keeping our grocery bills low or cutting it at all. It’s something we are really focused on now because we don’t understand how, as just two people, we spend this much on groceries every month. This month we should be fine, since we are away for just shy of two weeks, but time will tell and I will update you in August on how we do!
We have a separate account solely for investments that my husband manages. While he manages it, I provide feedback and share any ideas I have, as well. We have some leftover uninvested money from our IPO investment returns that we are trying to find a home for. We don’t want to rush and put the money into just any old stock(s), so we are taking our time to strategically choose our investments. I’d like to find at least one new stock to invest in this month.
Something you won’t see on these monthly updates is our typical monthly occurrences. My husband and I always review our budget together every single month. We contribute to our vacation savings account every single month. We contribute to our IRA accounts every single month (although my husband has fully funded his for the year and mine will be done by this fall). We contribute to our “personal escrow account” every month for our annual and semi-annual bills. Since these things already occur every single month, they have become habits or routine and are no longer goals to us.
That’s all for this post. Short and sweet (for once)!