Back from my Blogging Siesta

A whole lot of eating going on!

A whole lot of eating going on!

Happy New Year!  The past few weeks have just flown by in a flurry of cookies, rich foods, and somewhat carefree spending.  We had an excellent Christmas.  My mom made my daughter an American Girl doll bed, which truly is the best bed in the house.  She also spoiled me with a retired American Girl item off eBay for my doll, Addy.

What are your plans for New Year’s?  We usually have a family movie and snacks in front of the TV.  We will also play our new game, Ticket to Ride, which was a family gift.  We are having great fun with it.


Ticket to Ride

My husband and I talked over our budget plans for 2014 and I will post about that soon.  It is so helpful to look into the year ahead and get a sense of where you need your money to be.   Writing down the goals is an important next step to keep your motivation up!

Questions you might ask about the year ahead:

Auto expenses… will you need new brakes, tires, etc.?

Debt expenses… do you have loans and what debt can you kick to the curb this year?

House expenses… how old is your hot water heater?  Dishwasher?  Furnace/air conditioning?

Health expenses… dental work?  Medical or health concerns not covered by insurance?

Kid expenses… sports teams, summer camps, tuition fees?

Vacation expenses… what can you afford in the coming year?  Will you need to travel to any weddings or family events?

“Wants”… are you saving for any other “wants” such as replacement furniture, hobbies, home improvement, clothing?

Those are the things we are contemplating as we plan for 2014.  Now back to the cookies…


7 thoughts on “Back from my Blogging Siesta

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      It is a wonderful game which can be played cut-throat w adults or straightforward with kids. We are all challenged and we all have a chance to win. I like the fact you can get expansion boards to travel other places. Apparently the expansions have slightly different rules to change things up.

  1. Country Lady

    Right there with you on the budget for 2014. Going to set a savings plan and try to pay some things down or completely off. I have never heard of that game before, but it looks interesting and fun 🙂

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      I have been enjoying Flylady’s holiday Clean Up missions this week… Things like spend 15 min getting rid of boxes and gift wrapping debris. I am slowly reclaiming my house!

  2. "No Pension, Will Travel!" with Cheryl + Paul

    Our New Year’s eve will be pretty much like yours, except that our “boys” will likely be elsewhere. Quiet for sure. Our Christmas this year was similar. The following day we had a rousing game of “Murder”, also known as “Assassin” or “Mafia”. For that game you need absolutely nothing except at least 9 people who still have some of their wits about them. We first heard of this game from some Chinese immigrants – the game is popular in China, but I’m sure it originated elsewhere: turned out our younger son and his girlfriend also knew of it. Happy New Year, “in keeping with the situation”:


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