commitment - money

Hmph. I need to get honest. So a few weeks ago, I told you that in February, I was going to do research to focus on money in March. Well, I haven't gotten very far.

I ordered and received my Erin Condren notebook specifically for money knowledge and tracking. I really dig it. She is really, really pretty. (It is the paisley pattern with a pool background and a chocolate pattern, for those EC nerds like me that want to know all the details.)

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I also ordered stickers for each bill. (We named our car Buddy. So that's what the grey sticker is for.)

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I am making significant process on Money: A Love Story. This was my progress as of Sunday, but I will finish it by Friday. I have a 'book report' started that may very well end up being a series because, friends, do I have lots of stuff to say.

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Here's my issue at this point, though. I keep finding things that I want to do. *cough* YOGA CAMP *cough* *cough* NICKEL CREEK TICKETS *cough* So I'm spending more energy on BUILDING income rather than DECREASING spending. And that isn't what my initial plan was at all. I wanted to do both, not one or the other.

So here are my action steps before I update you next week:

  • finish Money: A Love Story.
  • get March bills actually on the March calendar. (February sticker done and they really helped with paying bills differently based on pay dates.)
  • follow-up on balance transfer with bank-based credit card.
  • follow-up with possible house refinancing.
  • open second bank account.

Stay on me, friends.

(And if you like Erin Condren and think about ordering? Sign up with my link and you get $10! And then, when you order, I get $10. It is like the gift that we both get! And those referral bonuses are how I got this notebook, by the way. I'm not being totally willy-nilly with the money I say I'm trying to focus on!)


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