My pal Rachel Calderon over at News9 featured Eli being adorable and cute, along with a story about stuff we’re doing to plan and save.
But srsly I look at the video and I just keep rewinding to him getting on his beloved truck.
Ooooh so cuuuuute.
For real though: Rachel worked up a 30-day financial challenge series for her station and asked us to participate! She reads my blog (Hi!). She was having a hard time sourcing a family finance story, probably because the only time people want to talk about money is when they’re showing it off! PAHA!
Not us! Oooh let me take you to Goodwill in the ’97 Ranger we bought with cash. Maybe after we get back we can have some Ramen! Yes? No? Doesn’t work?
Thank God Rachel knows what she’s doing, or who knows how this story would have turned out.
My family’s part in all of this was to do some number crunching, share the numbers with a financial planner, take to heart any criticism, listen to tips and implement them.
It was great to have an expert cast her expert eyes onto my budget and an expert journalist cast her eyes on our story. And it was easy, oh so easy — maybe too easy — for me to blather on about our goals on camera.
Rachel did a great job telling our story and included in it context and additional facts about financial challenges faced by families with chronic disease.
Here’s a link to the piece.
I’ll let you read and watch Eli being adorable surrounded by some facts about money.
In the mean time, we’ve begun rolling out new financial plans as we roll on into 2015.
We’ve implemented a few, but not all of them.
A few of our savings/spending goals are:
-Space out auto-deductions into savings account throughout month; save more to account for occasional purchases like clothes, electronics, gifts and auto repairs. Use cash for those occasional, yet expected, costs.
-Save more for fun dreams, ie, we want to take my kids to the ocean in ’15
-Invest in fun for ma and pa; it’s OK. It’s really OK.
-We’ve knocked out our December and Christmas budget; creativity in gift-giving shall commence now.
First of all making a budget, and second of all sticking to it, is a challenge.
2015: Bring it.
I try to write about our effort to save, survive and thrive each Monday in the category Money Madness. Cold, hard green. Bookmark it bay-bay.
What are your savings and investment goals leading into 2015? Leave a comment below or send a note!