May Check In: Our SMART Goals and Big Debt Payoff Plan

May Check In: Our SMART Goals and Big Debt Payoff Plan

I am not a fan of hot dogs.  But you wouldn’t know it if you ate here last week.  We had corn dogs one night and beanie weenies another.  I’m pretty sure kids ate quick hot dogs on their way out the door to a game on other nights.  And more than one concession stand dog was consumed.

What can I say?  It’s baseball season!  This isn’t a way I want to eat long term.  But if it keeps us out of the fast food lane, I’m all for it!  We made a “quick stop” for some food after a crazy night once this month, and for ONLY fries and drinks we paid $20.

That’s crazy.

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April Check In: Our SMART Goals and Debt Payoff

April Check In: Our SMART Goals and Debt Payoff

This is the report I’ve been wanting to write about for 16 months.  I almost can’t believe that the first step of our debt payoff journey is over.  It felt like such an impossible task when we set this goal.  But with a lot of determination (and accountability from my favorite readers ever), I can say that we’ve reached our goal!!

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(I don’t even like soccer, but nothing else seemed like the right match.)  😉
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March Check In: Our SMART Goals and Debt Payoff

March Check In: Our SMART Goals and Debt Payoff

Guys.  I am so excited about this post that I couldn’t wait to get it written!!  February was very good to us and we made BIG strides on our debt repayment.

When I juggled our various bank accounts and looked at what we were going to be able to do, I couldn’t wait to call the Hubby and share my excitement with him.  It feels like we’ve had a boxing match with one particular credit card for over a year now.  It’s tiring!  I’m ready to win this battle.

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S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Our BIG Financial Plan for Debt Payoff in 2017

S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Our BIG Financial Plan for Debt Payoff in 2017

I’m a huge fan of creating S.M.A.R.T. goals for myself and my family.  The years we write down goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timed are the years we make things happen.

And boy did we make things happen in 2016.

We set our sights on our biggest credit card debt.  We decided to focus exclusively on that single debt.  While others need the quick win of paying off a smaller debt, we wanted to take out the monster.

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Wrapping Up Our #YearofNo: Did We Reach Our SMART Goals and BHAG?

Wrapping Up Our #YearofNo: Did We Reach Our SMART Goals and BHAG?

Way back in January, I published our family’s list of goals for the year.  I’ve learned over time that if I don’t write down Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timed goals, there’s no point in making goals at all.  We also set a BHAG (a big, hairy, audacious goal) to pay down a chunk of debt that amounted to 19% of our bring home pay.  We wanted to shoot for the stars!

So how did we do?  Well, we reevaluated those goals several times.  We finally realized that we would have to set aside some of our goals to focus more on our BHAG.

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