1. Completely Finish the House
I am still waiting patiently. I should probably start a to do list to keep us on track once the work does begin.
2. Plan Ahead for Birthday and Holiday Gifts
I realized that I will need three wedding gifts, a baby gift, and a graduation gift this year. I will need to up my gift savings amount now to compensate for that. My budget will handle these extra gifts if I set aside the money in advance.
3. Use the Garden to be More Self-Sufficient
I started seeds in peat pellets in the greenhouse. I like planting seeds for two reasons. First I can grow varieties of plants that are not available at the local garden center. Second it is more cost effective. It does require some advance planning though. I also started sprouting wheat seeds to feed the rabbits and chickens. I am hoping this will help lower the feed bill.
4. Take One Class a Month
I finished several more lessons of garden class. One of the lessons had me drawing out a garden design and making a five year plan. It got both W and myself thinking about what things we want to add to the yard/garden over the next few years. I also enjoyed the lesson on "Artful Touches". I will definitely be keeping my eye out for art that I can add to the garden area.
5. Pack Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes on a Budget
I ordered some stickers from Amazon. I got 1000 for $5. They are the larger circle stickers. I add some to all of my boxes each year. I also crocheted a couple more wash cloths.
6. Boost Savings
I was able to set aside the majority of my church cleaning check for the credit card debt. We are slowly but surely knocking that out!