Happy May, everyone! More fun yet, happy Cinco de Mayo!
If you haven’t visited in a while, check out our April budgeting series and enter to win your own copy of The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards here! We haven’t gotten a great turn out yet – I’m not sure you guys are really into reading about financial planning! 😉
Speaking of budgeting, our April theme month of Budgeting 101 went really well. I had some of my highest visitor stats, which I’ll talk more about below, but more importantly, I had lots of comments (and emails) from readers like you. It seems like budgeting and financial planning is a huge topic for Millennials, which is a good sign (I think?) The sooner we pay attention and try to manage our finances, the better!
On to our April recap and May goals!
April was a strange month for me… I think wedding planning is sapping valuable planning skills in my brain. You’ll see why below!
- Plan a successful themed month – Pass for this! Our April Budgeting 101 series went really well, and I think a lot of people appreciated it.
Best of all? I had some of my highest visitor stats ever! 10 months into running this site, and I’m starting to see consistently high visitor numbers, which really makes me happy. Seriously, getting better at Pinterest marketing has been my highest traffic driver, so thank you to all my Pinterest visitors! I love you! 🙂 (If you’re curious, I had over 6,000 pageviews this month, according to Google Analytics. That’s triple what I had been getting!) – PS. You should follow me on Pinterest! 🙂
I’m in the process of getting everything we discussed into a handy-dandy PDF for you all, so you can download it all and review as you need to. I’ll definitely let you know when it’s live!
- Organize my time better – I definitely did better organizing myself at the beginning of April, but the last week of April was so weird. Full moon, werewolves maybe? Whatever it was, I’m getting back on track this week! So pass/fail.
- Work out 3x/week – Pass! I’m so excited about this, because in the previous months, getting to the gym was a difficult endeavor. Really hoping to keep this up, even as it starts to get insanely hot here this summer! It helps that my FitBit reminds me to get up and walk around, so that’s been a motivator too!
- Save up $500 for the Wedding Fund – Ughhhh just no. We’re not even doing Weather Wednesdays goal either, because I already know what happened. I owed taxes this year (was actually not expecting that) and had an extra $200 expense that wasn’t planned for, so that ate my entire savings. Not cool. May I’m cracking down hardcore – B has already asked if we can go out for Cinco de Mayo and I’m shutting that down right now. No more spending, no more eating! (I’m the Grinch that stole Cinco de Mayo).
- Make Weather Wednesdays Goal – Let’s not even go there this month.
- Finish Carrie’s Solopreneur Class – Epic fail. I completely forgot about this course (sorry Carrie!), so back to that this month!
- Get my brain back – It would be nice if I could just ignore wedding planning for like, I don’t know, a week? I don’t know why it keeps sucking me back in, especially since I’ve already picked out colors, ceremony venue, and reception venue. Sure, I don’t have a dress, or an officiant, or a florist, or a cake person but… the wedding isn’t for 9 months! It’s plenty of time to get all that stuff, right? :-/
- Continue to increase my site stats – when successful bloggers say “great content” is the number one thing you have to deliver to get consistent visitors, they’re not joking. Some of my highest views come from articles I wrote that I worked really hard on. Sure, I’ve also had not-so-great posts get high page views too, I’m working on consistency. Expect to continue to see fun and useful posts around here in May!
- Investigate becoming a financial planner – I’m seriously considering studying for and taking the Certified Financial Planner exam. I really think I would be a good financial planner, plus I’d love to have some credentials when I talk about personal finance. If you have any advice, or know any financial planners who wouldn’t mind talking to a newbie, I’d love to hear it or contact people you know! I need the unvarnished truth! 🙂
- Have a savings this month! – Not only for Weather Wednesdays, but also for my wedding savings. May looks to be a quiet month, so my goal is to save up at least $800 this month. At the end of the month, B and I will be going on vacation. Since I’ve already paid for lodging, the only other thing I expect to spend money on is renting a car (which I’ve already booked, just have to pay when we arrive). B is taking care of everything else – woohoo! 🙂
How did your April go? Did taxes go well (i.e. did you get anything back from the government, or at least not owe anything)? I hope you got some sort of financial windfall this month! 🙂 Let me know about your May goals too, and let’s keep each other on track!