January '11 Finals & Goal Updates

I can't believe that we are already into the second month of the year! 

My budget of $280 consists of toiletries, cleaning supplies, gifts, groceries, and the little things that crop up for our family of three people and two dogs. 

Total Retail Cost of Items Purchased:  $1,700.73
Total Out of Pocket Expense:  $190.58 
Savings 89%

Because we have decided to make a major push toward getting ourselves in better financial shape, every dollar of my budget that I don't spend gets put directly toward a purpose.  This month, that purpose was paying in full for Diva's braces.  Yea!  So we can cross that off of our list of goals for the year.

A few other things can get crossed off as well.  Some are going to be works in progress.

On the inside of our bathroom cabinet we have taped up a list of our financial goals for the year.  As well as dollar amounts, we also have a scripture that pertains to each item we want to fulfill.  I particularly liked Diva's braces verse from Isaiah 40:4
"Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain."
How are you doing on your New Year's Goals?