Hmm… I think part of the reason I spent so much in April was simply because I had no plans for April. You know what they say about idle hands.
That said, I have some tasks I’d like to complete in May, some of which will require money, some of which will not. Checking things off a To Do list can be rewarding to me and I have an accounting of what the heck I’ve been doing.
So, here are some things I want to get done this month:
Hook my brother up for his birthday.
My brother’s personal finance skills are blooming. I am so excited and proud! He put himself on a budget. He has a debt repayment plan. And this month he turns the big 3-0! As big sister, I HAVE to hook him up.
Determine what I want to do for my birthday in September and how much it will cost so I can start saving.
I’ve got a little less than five months to do this, so I need to get cracking. I think I want to spend a weekend in the Plaza Hotel in NYC and see a show. Simple, lovely.
Plan for another trip to Japan.
My best girl in NYC and I have been talking about this since our last super short trip, so I need to start saving pennies now!
Start a book club.
I’ve been talking about this off and on for two years! This month, I want to actually put effort into launching it. If it works, great! If it doesn’t, meh, I tried!
Think of some day trips and all girl fun with my home skillets!
I have friends scattered all over the DMV, ask me how often I see or speak to them. Ok, I’ll take the initiative! Brunch? Winery tours? Outlet shopping? Beach trips? Concerts? What it do ladies, what it do!
Plan some family summer fun.
I’d love to play hostess to my cousin’s kids this summer for a few days and tour the nation’s capital with them. My mother’s birthday is this summer and would like to do something fun for her too. Advanced planning will be a must!
Find courses in technical skills I’ll need for the next step in my career, and save money to take them!
I know what I need to learn (some stuff I can probably teach myself or pick the brains of people I know are good with this). I just need to find credible courses to work on certifications. Not only will this knowledge help me at my current job (and the next one I’d like to have at some point), but it would go a long way in helping me with my own self-employment goals (which I will discuss in my next post).I think that’s plenty for this month!