It’s already May and time seems to fly by during the spring months. Well, let’s see how I did at day 120, shall we?

Summary of goals for 2012:

    • Save money ($6,000 for the year),
    • Continue to grow my blog (375 readers daily),
    • Ride my bike (1,000 miles this year).


This has been an easy goal for me to achieve so far this year. Warm weather, a bike blog as motivation, and the joy of riding has put me Ahead of the game.


Moving in the right direction. I’m still plateauing at about 300 – 325 readers per day, but if it slowly progresses (even at a snail’s pace) I should meet my goal by year’s end.Β  Progress: Mostly on target.

Saving Money

I’m glad to still say I’m on target even considering I have my sister’s wedding expenses keeping my budget tight: flights – $1,200, dress – $169 already purchased and paid for, plus upcoming expenses that will be another $1,200 – $1,500 (Mr. LH’s suit, maybe new shoes, hotel and car rental plus food expenses – ugh!) I’ve known about the wedding for a while and even started budgeting for it many months ago which has helped me keep this expense out of pocket.

However, I really hadn’t budgeted for the cost of the flights going up so much from the first time I had price-checked them (back in 2010). I purchased them way in advance, but I wonder if I would have gotten a better deal had I waited until it was closer to the date of the wedding (late June). But… I really wanted time to pay off the flights without accruing interest and I didn’t want to stress about the cost going up any more than it has this year so far. It also gave me a little breathing room to get over paying off the flights before the hotel and rental car expenses take their toll. Seven more weeks of “breathing room” before I have to pay off another chunk of “wedding expenses.” I think my wedding cost close to what I’m shelling out to go to hers! Enough complaining for now. πŸ™‚ Progress:Β  On Target.

Overall, I’m meeting my goals and been consistent since last month. Let this be the recurring theme for the year!

P.S. I wonder what “Blow” means on the budgeting pig? Do you think that means “money to blow?” Or actual “Blow”? Hmmm…didn’t catch that until later. Food for thought I suppose.


    • @Aaron Hung – I’ve been blogging consistently for almost 3 years, so that’s one reason my readership is slowly increasing. I also have help with submitting my articles to carnivals each week and commenting on other blogs. I know I should probably get back to guest posting, but I’m limited on time right now. As for search engine traffic, I do get quite a lot of traffic on many of my house plan articles (believe it or not – this actually prompted me to change my blog’s look a bit). I haven’t really figured out the magic formula, but so far, so good.

    • @Jeff – That’s true and I don’t feel like I got totally ripped off. I’m just glad it’s one expense that’s paid for! πŸ™‚

  1. Ashleen Moreen Reply

    It seems that you are doing great ans so many things. It is nice to know that you are saving much during your flight. That’s the food for thought of the day. πŸ™‚

    • @Ashleen Moreen – Thanks, I’m just glad I was able to still save money while paying for flights. Now I just have to budget the final travel costs. πŸ™‚

    • @Joe – Yes, it seems that the older I get, the faster time flies. I remember when I was a kid and it just seemed to crawl…I couldn’t wait to grow up. (What was I thinking?!)

  2. That is good to know. I hope that you will be able achieve all those goals of yours.

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