October is going to be hard to beat. We surpassed our income goals by $1,578 and if I’m being honest, I don’t think we’re going to be able to do that again (though I sure hope we can!). November is the start of the holiday season and typically people would much rather spend their excess money on shopping, traveling and dining than they would on a home repair or remodel. We will continue to do everything in our power to bring in business, though, and try our hardest to beat our goals!
- John $3000
- Sarah $1800
John’s goal was $3,000 last month and he beat it by more than $1,400. My goal was $1.700 and I beat it by $105. I’m technically cheating on my goal because I know I’m bringing in around $2000 in November. That’s one thing about freelancing – you’re normally paid about a month after the work is completed. Nonetheless, I am going to continue chucking away and hope that I continue to make a decent profit, even with my freelance job loss I mentioned in our October income report.
Learn about affiliate marketing. I signed up with Amazon and Flexoffers, but am not quite sure how to incorporate those programs into my blog. For now, my main focus is on creating great content and gaining readers, but in the mean time I do want to learn as much as I can about affiliate marketing, ads and other ways to make money with my blog.
Get two new freelance writing positions. I have to make up my income loss and the best way I’m able to do that is by taking on extra freelance writing jobs. If you need a writer, editor or blog manager please don’t hesitate to contact me!
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100 Twitter followers. I’m at 67 so I think this is an attainable goal. Follow me here!!
Promote more on Pinterest. For right now, I’m only posting my articles on my own “Personal Finance” board. I want to promote other bloggers articles on there in addition to promoting my own a little bit more. I’m not quite sure how to do that, but this is something I would like to learn more about this month. Follow me here!!
Cook an incredible Thanksgiving dinner. This is our first Thanksgiving in North Carolina and it’s also our first Thanksgiving that won’t be spent with family and friends. I wish more than anything that I could fly back to Arizona and spend Thanksgiving with my family, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen (we looked at flights…yikes!!). So, we’re making the best of the situation by going all-out on our own, very first, Thanksgiving meal. It’ll be both my husband and I’s first time cooking a turkey and we plan on having all the staples that day, too.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’ve contributed a few articles on the best website geared to the holiday – Thanksgiving.com.
Wake up earlier. I had this goal last month and woke up earlier a few times, but not regularly. With the time change, my girls have been getting up earlier – around 6:30 🙁 Wahhh! Ideally, I will wake up at 5:30 to have my coffee and get started with my day. Even though that’s super early, I am hopeful that I can accomplish this.
Spend less money. Confession – I recently blogged about how I don’t follow a budget. Well, this past Saturday my husband and I added up our variable expenses (food, restaurants, gas, household items and other miscellaneous purchases) and it was not pretty. Since this is a personal finance blog I will just say it – we spent $2,086 on those items alone!!!! Being honest, I am completely disgusted about that number. While we did make a good amount of money, spending that much on food/gas/household is just completely unnecessary. This month, we are keeping track. Lesson learned, right? I wonder how much we could have saved had we figured this out sooner!!
What are your goals for the month? Ever have a crazy spending month on miscellaneous items like we did??
Jenna @pftwins saysat
I hope to cook an incredible Thanksgiving dinner as well. My mom, my sister and I have been planning it for weeks. Yum! Since you’re new Southerners, are you going to have okra at the dinner table?
How fun!! Back in AZ my mom, sis and I always planned a yummy meal, too! I will miss that 🙁 I didn’t even think of cooking okra but I’m going to have to add it to the menu! Any good recipe recommendations?!
Jason @ Phroogal saysat
My goals for the month is to learn more about affiliates myself and properly incorporate then into my blog. It’s been touch and go. I’m also looking at launching a better interface for my site and fixing up my email list. Btw, I’m always looking for guest writers too.
Erin @ Journey to Saving saysat
Nice work! I’ve been meaning to look into affiliate marketing more as well. I had signed up for Amazon, but that didn’t go too well. Pinterest is another area I’d like to focus on as well.
I think everyone has an off month as far as spending goes! I know we’ve had a few bumps in the road this year. The important thing is to keep track, so hopefully next month goes better!
Ashley Brooks saysat
I love how honest you are about your income goals! I’m a total Dave Ramsey fanatic, plus we’ve been remodeling our house for the past three years, so I love seeing how low I can keep our spending each month. I’m not great at setting specific income goals for myself, though. It’s just like you said, with freelancing you always get paid about a month later. I have trouble planning goals when I already know what I’ll be earning for the month. This post was a huge inspiration for me to look ahead and find the gaps in my income so I can fill them with work.
I can’t wait to look around your site more! I think family finances and money goals are absolutely fascinating. 🙂
Hi!! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Yeah, I’m super honest with our income and I’m happy my husband doesn’t mind. It helps that we both work for ourselves. If we both had corporate jobs I don’t think I’d be so willing to share, haha. That’s awesome you are remodeling your house!! What state do you live in?! We just moved to NC and are in an apartment now. Hoping to buy (or at least rent!) a house very soon!!
Ashley Brooks saysat
We’re in Minnesota. Luckily in our neighborhood, the housing market is recovering really well! Hopefully you’re able to get into a house in NC soon!
mrs. maroon saysat
I’m definitely with you on waking up earlier. Just a couple minutes to myself in a completely quiet house for the basics in life – like a cup of coffee and a solitary shower – before the hubs and kiddos wake is so appreciated. I can’t wait to hear how well you fare this month in achieving your goal!
This post was great! And if you’re interested, I have a few recipes for Thanksgiving that might be helpful (pumpkin pudding, maple cranberry sweet potatoes & roasted chicken which can adapt for turkey).