First up, I hit the Sorted website, and worked on a preliminary budget for our current year. It was such a helpful tool and gave me a much better picture of where our money will head to each week, and where we need to be more careful. Have you used it before? Awesome.
Next up, I created a weekly plan for our family. I know know know that we will never ever stick to it completely, but it definitely felt good to set down a picture of how our weeks may go. Stepping into part time work feels kinda huge to me, and I needed to see how it would work. I also added lists of ideas for using some of our time, including a small list of personal projects, and a couple of fun family adventures that I would like to fit into our year.
At the same time, I worked up this chart, to mark my progress with some of the bigger goals for the year. Some are fun goals (such as 'Read 40 Books'), and others are more challenging ('De-clutter Entire House springs to mind). Man I'm looking forward to filling up those bottles though, yuss!
Currently I'm working on a Groceries Master List and a monthly meal plan, as well as researching sources for local dairy, meat and produce. I'll probably share a little more on that soon, because I think that both of these are excellent methods for saving money and stress.
Guys, this is so much fun actually! How about you, do you have a plan? xx