Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Adoption and Goals Update May 2016

I'm changing how I am doing my adoption updates as it seems things are dragging so slowly.  I feel overwhelmed much of the time and I think if I categorize and attack things in a more systematic manner, it will help me.  Also, on some of the online selling boards I visit, they love to "show the numbers" so while I'm not comfortable showing all my numbers, this is a little more of "how I do what I do" As always, this post contains affiliate links.

Adoption / House Goals

*We need to get the 89 year old windows replaced.
There are 8 windows that need replaced.  We bought them before I went into the ER the night of our wedding, and after that were not able to afford getting them installed.  Applied for a Catholic work group to install them, and we were accepted into the program, so these will be installed in June.

*A new furnace since ours quit working the last snowstorm of winter.
*Declutter the house.
*Homestudy and paperwork finished
*drywall installed in rest of the house
*vinyl plank installed in the rest of the house.


Financial

*I want to be out of debt and have a fully funded emergency fund by the end of the year.
*I am taking stuff on a regular basis to a consignment store until the house is decluttered.
*I have a flea market booth that I would like to be making a profit from it.
*I want to list at least 100 new items a month on eBay.
*I want to make five or more sales on Amazon each month.
*I want to have written five e-books by the end of the year and have published five of my mother's. Published my first ebook this past month.  How to Raise Money From a Missions Trip
*I want to increase my Facebook fan page to 3,000 followers by July 1st, and to 5,000 by December.
*I want to increase my blog income to at least $200 a month by the end of the year.

Savings

*I want to see how much I can save through iBotta each month. $2.00 saved
*I also want to see how much I save through SavingStar each month. $4.25 saved
*I want to make a concentrated effort to use SwagBucks regularly.  Have enough to cash out again.
*I want to invest in a shower timer to help save water.  I would like our water bill to be at $75 a month. (This includes our trash bill as well.)

Learning:

I want to stay up to date on the youtube "what sold on eBay" videos I watch.
*I want to try and listen to two podcasts a day as I do other things.  I've been mainly listening to The Side Hustle Show and Brilliant Business Moms.
*I want to read two books a month at minimum.   I read Spiritual Sobriety by Elizabeth Esther and a few ebooks from Kindle Unlimited about frugality, early retirement, and blogging.



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