October Goals – September Update 2020

Here’s how my September Goals went….

To plant oregano, parsley and cilantro in the pots that have dead plants in them #RIP

GOAL MET: I planted parsley and cilantro. I couldn’t find oregano seeds for some reason. BUT, in place of the oregano, I planted a salsa mix which contained, tomatoes, jalepeno peppers and green peppers. Making your own salsa is soooooooo much better than store bought. If you are starting off with a garden, I recommend planting veggies for salsa before anything else. As you can see, the salsa mix have yet to grow but hopefully there will be more progress when I do my October update.

To get more Vitamin D via sun

GOAL NOT MET: It’s just been two fricking hot for me to go out in this humidity. But by the looks of it, the first week in October should be niiiiiiice! Guarantee I’ll be soaking in some sun in October!

Get back to Yoga

GOAL NOT MET: Although I barely did any yoga this month, I did get some cardio in. I have been walking at least 1.5 miles to 3 miles, doing 20 crunches, 20 arm and shoulder exercises and 20 leg squats each day. I’m starting to see a difference in my body already and feel really good.

OCTOBER GOALS

Publish one post on my blog a week

I am soooo inconsistent with this blog! So my goal is, one post, once a week. It’s not like I don’t have stuff to say because there’s always weird crap going on in my head that I feel comfortable sharing, I’m just lazy. There I said it!

To clean my car!

Guys, the inside of my car is a total mess and it needs help. I just put 4 brand new tires on it and got it serviced. It’s got about 91,000 miles on it and drives like a champ, so it’s time for it to get a nice detailing.

Exercise

To continue with my exercise routine that I have now and maybe bump up the yoga.

You can follow me at Hurricane_Stacy on Instagram to follow my progress during the month.

~Stacy

Five December Goals

Five December Goals

Here are 5 goals that I want to reach for December.

1. Stick To My Christmas Budget

Okay, I don’t REALLY have an actual “budget” for Christmas gifts but I’m going to think outside the box for some of my gifts this year.  For example, gift bags filled with little items such as candy, chapstick, candles and special gifts that that particular person may use.

One of my favorite bags is the Littles Carry All by Thirty One.  You can fill it up with all kinds of goodies and the bag can be used for many things such as a tissue holder or an organizer for your remote controls to name a few.

2. Walk 2 Miles A Day

I found this cool app called Pacer.  You can keep track of your steps and you can do daily stretches and challenges with your friends.  I know that there are a lot of other apps out there that do the same thing but I like this one and I like that it has daily stretch videos.  If you want more features I think it’s $3.00 a month and you can have coaching and guidance to reach your goals.  My walking has been around a mile a day since I’ve started and KNOW I can do better.

3. Get Back To Yoga

I used to do yoga once a week with an instructor but she is no longer teaching yoga on Saturdays and hasn’t been for over a year.  I’ve done beach yoga a few times but honestly it is way too hot in Florida for me to do yoga on the beach.  I’m very sensitive to heat (mostly humidity) and sometimes feel like I cannot breathe if I’m accelerating myself too much in the heat.  When wintertime comes in Florida the weather is usually perfect for me but still prefer being inside while doing yoga.

So…..I’m going to get back to yoga and do it in the privacy of my own home.  We have decluttered our spare bedroom which has given me room to start back up!

4.  Continue To Declutter The House

We’ve been doing a good job with going through crap that we do not need or want anymore.  It’s been therapeutic to be honest.  In December, I want to declutter to the point where our tiny house looks bigger than a mansion!  Okay, maybe that’s a little far fetched, but we can sure as hell make it feel like it!

5. Pay Half Of Our Cabinet Bill Off

We spent $3200 (with shipping) for our new Malibu White Shaker Cabinets from Cabinets To Go and they will be delivered this Friday.  We still need to purchase the countertops but I would like to pay at least half of what we purchased the cabinets for to pay for our countertops.  Hubby and I will be demolishing and installing our new kitchen ourselves,  May the force be with us!

So there you have it.  My December goals.  I’m going to try everything in my power to achieve them all.  Follow me on Instagram for updates on our progress.

What are your December goals?

Till next time..I’ll see ya soon!

~Stacy

Free Sample Update

Hey all. So I started sending for free samples from a few websites. I found a website called Sweet Free Stuff and it has a bunch of different companies who send out freebies. I wish I could remember every company that I requested freebies from but I know that one of them was a Clay Mask sample from Sephora. They sent me the email below

The other website that I signed up for is Sample Source. With this website, you sign up with your email address and they send you an email when freebies are available (side note: I recommend opening up a separate email address when you sign up for freebies and use it only for that so it doesn’t annoy the hell outta you in your primary email).

That’s all for now. Looking forward to getting my free samples and sharing with you what was sent to me!

Till next time….I’ll see ya soon!

Stacy

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Money Goals

I’m trying to make a list of money goals that I would like to attain within the next 5 years.  I’d like to be able to make $1000 more a month to pay off our bills, our cars and save for a second property/home (I now have $49.75 in the second home fund…(I MAY need to step up my game a bit!).  I’ve done heavy research on making money online and have been following bloggers on how they make money on the internet and I’m ready to put this plan into motion!

As of right now, I make close to nothing with a few of my side hustles and I’d like to change that sooner rather than later!  The way that I am going to do this is:

  • Online surveys
  • Saving money on groceries by couponing, using money saving apps and buy one get one free items (aka..BOGO’s).  Goal: $70 a week
  • Saving money on ANYTHING I buy online with apps like Ebates
  • Pick up every coin (or bill) that I find on the ground, put it in a jar, then when the jar is full, cash it in.  I also have a separate jar with all OUR change, not the pennies from heaven.
  • Sell some of our stuff on Ebay and Amazon
  • Create more items for my Zazzle store
  • Put more time and effort into my Thirty One Gifts business and real estate business

I would also like to be able to save 5% from my paycheck and my husband’s paycheck every two weeks to put into an emergency fund (which I want to be separate from a savings account we have) AND into a second home fund.  This is going to be tough since we have other debt that we would like to pay off fast but it’s so important to have an emergency fund and owning another property has always been a dream of ours.

So there you have it!  My money goals written down and posted on the internet for all to see!  Some of these goals are already in motion but it’s time to take them more seriously then we have been lately.  There’s always room to save more money.  It’s just a matter of what you can live without.  Time will tell!  🙂

Till next time…I’ll see ya soon!!

Stacy

My Grocery Trip 7/14/18

How my shopping trip went

Yesterday I went food shopping at Winn Dixie and went over my goal of only spending $70 on groceries. See my total and savings below:

 

I received $.25 back from Ibotta and 1,541 points toward a $5.00 Amazon gift card on Fetch Rewards which brought my total to $85.45!  I also completed a Winn Dixie survey which will earn me $5 off of my next trip of $40 or more. I could have done so much better but it’s not easy when you’ve been slacking on couponing lately and trying to get back on track.  Next week I’ll have to try and make up for overspending this week.

Final analysis of my trip:

  • I spent $15.45 over my goal of $70 a week (UGH)
  • I am now eligible for an Amazon gift card (you can choose other stores but I’m an Amazon freak) with points from a few weeks of shopping
  • I’ve been doing Swagbucks surveys and am almost at a total where I am eligible for a $5.00 gift card to Amazon or other select stores.

Another thing that I did this weekend was check balances on some of our gift cards that we received for our birthdays and Christmas.  We had a total of $55 in gift cards! 

Do you have gift cards that you’ve forgotten about? Time to check them!

Till next time..I’ll see ya soon!

~Stacy