Goals are vital to keep you focused and motivated! I try and set myself some goals every month depending on what I want to achieve. This month I have decided to roll November and December’s into one and make it a Christmas goal list as the months are going so quick at the moment!!
Before I start on these though here’s a recap of my October goals and how I got on…
#1 Join and start using a gym and try to go jogging once a week
Ok so this one was a big fat fail. Due to it getting darker sooner I’ve not managed to get home in time to go jogging with the group that I’d planned to go with. I did go to a new hockey team last week for a training session and was going to play my first game at the weekend. However, due to coming down with a horrendous cold (I’m still saying its just a cold) it knocked me for 6 and I chose a day at home with my brother instead. I’m now debating joining though and here’s my reasoning!
It will increase my fitness
It’ll be good for social life and hopefully I’ll meet some new friends
I really enjoyed the training session and would love to get back into playing!
It’s going to cost me £190 and then £6 for every match I play
It takes up every weekend which means me and the fella will get less time together. The main reason we moved was for more time together so I really don’t want to compromise on this. I was looking forward to weekends off to see friends and family and have time to relax.
#2 Stick to monthly budgets for things
This one I did achieve!
Petrol Budget = £100 – Spent £95.88, I have also still got about half a tank of fuel left in the car so should easily be able to achieve the same budget for next month to. I have got a trip down to the parents this weekend but think I’ll still have plenty.
Food £75 – Spent £50.35 The fella bought our main food shop at the start of the month but then I limited myself by getting cash out and trying to stick to spending what I had so I’m going to do this again
Charity Shop/Carboot £50 – £20 car boot sales, £32.71 charity shops = £52.71 total. Within this I have bought quite a few Christmas presents though which makes me feel a teeny bit better. The next couple of months should hopefully be a lot less though..
#3 Organise my Christmas shopping and come up with ideas for everyone
I would say I’m halfway there on this one. I’ve made a list of everything that I’ve got everyone so far and come up with a few ideas for people. I’m actually further along than I thought which is a big bonus. Now I just need to buy the rest…
So… What do I want to achieve before Christmas gets here?!
#1 Book our new year getaway with a good deal.
Last year we booked our holiday to Mexico on Black Friday when there was £150 off the holiday on Tui. I’m hoping we can get a better deal this year and hopefully get away somewhere nice and sunny (I’m talking over 26′ in January) for under £700 each.
#2 Make my own Christmas Cake
I NEED to start this very soon. I’ve never made a Christmas cake before, to be honest, I’ve never made a fruit cake before but here goes. I want to make my own and add a few drops of alcohol to it as I go to give it that proper Christmas Cake feel…
If you’ve got a good Christmas cake recipe then hit me up! Otherwise I’ll be dashing over to Pinterest!
#3 Spend less than £500 on Christmas
I’m talking cards (and postage), decorations, presents, food – the lot! I think I should be able to do this, I’m not going to say it will be easy because I don’t think it will, but I’m going to give it a damn good shot! We don’t actually have any plans for Christmas yet, so I’m not going to include fuel in my budget. But, we will probably end up going down to see the families around the festive season so this will be an extra cost.
My budget ideas are:
Cards and postage: £30. The plan is to make most of my cards, I have an endless craft supply and it’s about time I started using some of it! I’ll post a few cards together where I can to save on postage. I’ll start sending these out in the next few weeks and get them all out before the end of November hopefully!
Decorations: £100. A LOT more than usual but we have a bay window and it’s calling out for a sleigh and some reindeers… This will also include a real tree, a real wreath and then a few extra baubles etc for around the house.
Presents: £300. My partner always takes up the bulk of my budget, mostly because he likes practical gifts which he will actually use. I’ve stopped buying him clothing and he’s not the biggest fan of stocking fillers – I know! Shocking as I LOVE them. I’ve managed to get a lot of presents on offer or from charity shops so I’m hoping I can continue this. I’ve got plenty of wrapping paper so don’t need to buy any more this year!
I’ve compiled some ideas for stocking fillers under £10 which I’ll be buying a few of and then making them into little hampers and gift packages.
Food: £50. I’m going to try and make the most of offers on Shopmium, Checkout Smart and Top Cashback for cashback and free food deals. You can check out my post about them all here
Anything Else: £20 – I don’t need a Christmas outfit or any more Christmas jumpers but I like to give myself a little bit of over spend that can be used if I need it. Or it might just get used for some extra mince pies and orange and lemon slices for wrapping presents 😉
#4 Take part in ‘Christmas Activities’
Thanks to the new job I now have weekends off – YAY! I can’t wait to start having time to properly relax with the fella. The more Christmas activities I can fit into this the better! Also a factor into the hockey debate – which I’m leaning more against…
Here’s a few of the activities on my list:
- Watch a fireworks display
- Visit Christmas market/s
- Go Christmas Tree shopping (I’m hoping to a Christmas tree farm)
- Put up the tree and decorate it together
- Go ice skating
- Watch ALL the Christmas movies (OK maybe not all of them…)
- Go for a Christmas light drive
I’ve even written an actual Christmas Bucket List with loads of different activities! – What do you think?!
What do you want to achieve before Christmas?
I’d love to know what your goals are for the next couple of months! Pop a link in the comments below and I’ll head over to your blog for a read.