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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #4


Do you have goals and dreams for your future? Do you have them written down? Every week, I remind myself of my goals for the month to make sure that I’m on track for hitting them. Sometimes I’m way behind the eight ball, and other times I really feel like I have a good handle on them. Either way though, my site improves and my readers have a better experience from the improvements.

Goals by the End of January

In alignment with my yearly goals, here are my goals for the end of this month:

  1. 725 subscribers
  2. Earn $1,250 with
  3. Brainstorm potential free resource ideas
  4. Pay an extra $1,200 on the mortgage before the end of the month

How Am I Doing?

1) 725 subscribers – Last week, my site has 677 subscribers. I am in the process of adding another option to subscribe at the end of each post – but haven’t quite figured it out yet. Regardless, adding 7 subscribers (I’m now at 684) is pretty decent. I’ll be ecstatic once I break 700! 🙂

2) Earn $1,250 – So far this month, I have earned $1,150 thanks to a new widget ad and a couple of sponsored posts. I should easily earn another $100 to meet my goal of $1,250.

3) Brainstorm New Resources – My only idea so far is free budget sheets….maybe a free widget to calculate an early mortgage payoff. I haven’t had much time to think about this with all of my other projects going on.

4) Pay $1,200 Toward the Mortgage – We’ll most likely be able to pay a handsome amount extra on our mortgage, but I think I’ll wait to add it until our next month payment, and then just stay consistent with that each month. Regardless, it will be exciting! :)

Weekly Round-Up

With my limited amount of time this week, I haven’t read a ton of articles from other sites, but here’s some of the good ones!

One Savings Goal at a Time or Many? – by 20s Finances

How to Save Money on Dieting – by Frugal Confessions

More On Covered Calls and Time Value – by Cash Flow Mantra

Financial Blessings – Reader Stories – by Faithful With a Few

Common Credit Score Misconceptions – by Krantcents

Always Be the Underdog to Get Ahead – by Financial Samurai



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Thanks for the links, I am in good company. Keep your goals in front of you and monitor your progress often. Good luck.

    • Yep yep! Always do! That’s how I accomplish so many! 🙂

  2. Looks like some great links this week, I look forward to reading them!

    • I’m glad someone is reading what I’m advising! That’s good to know. Thanks Carrie. 🙂

  3. Great jobs LAMF! I know you have the drive to achieve them. Best of luck.

      • Haha! Close enough. 🙂

    • I am pretty sure I have the drive, especially since I am part of a challenge to get better and do more! Good luck to you as well!

    • No problem CFM! Keep writing that awesome content!

  4. Thanks for including me in the roundup!

    I really need to set concrete goals for my blogs…as soon as I’m done setting up these niche sites.

    • I would love to hear what your goals are Khaleef. I bet it would make my goals seem super teeny!

    • We’re doing our best. What I need to do is make a chart and post it on the wall somewhere in our house to make sure we’re hitting our mortgage payment goals.

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