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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #5


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 I had 684 subscribers and just yesterday the number was at 691, but then I think Feedburner had a glitch (as it often does), because now my numbers are at 682…. I’ve really got to kick it in gear to get to 725 in the next couple of days! It most likely won’t happen, but that just means that I’m going to have to try harder next month!

P.S. If you currently do not subscribe to this site, please consider it by subscribing here!

2) Earn $1,250 – With a recent sponsored post, I’m pretty sure that I just cleared this goal. You’ll know for sure when I post my detailed income report this Saturday!

3) Brainstorm New Resources – My wife and I sat down and mapped out a plan to pay off our house in 4 years. We’ve been struggling with this, so we decided to create a visual for ourselves. Our charts turned out beautiful and will go directly on our refrigerator!

I think this will be a great tool for other couples that would like a visual of their progress. I’ll have to draw up some rough drafts on how I’m going to put this together. Would this interest you?

4) Pay $1,200 Toward the Mortgage – We have some extra money from our January income, but much of it is going toward our washer and dryer (we’ve been holding out on this purchase since August). I think we’ll still have some extra though – I’d like to put something extra toward the mortgage this month.

Weekly Round-Up

Here’s some of the top posts I enjoyed this past week. I hope you enjoy them too!

Dividend Income Portfolio, January 2012 – by Retire by 40

New Years Resolutions and Goals for 2012 – by BFS

Build Up Your Financial Security in Uncertain Times – by KNS Financial

What Income Level is Considered Rich? – by Financial Samurai

Pros and Cons of Investing in Gold – by My Personal Finance Journey

How to Keep Your House Clean Without Spending a Lot of Dough – by Prairie Eco Thrifter

Filing Your Taxes for Free and Finding Free Tax Return Help – by Frugal Confessions

Researching a Potential Employer – by Buy Like Buffett

Enjoy Life And Make Money – by Barbara Friedberg Personal Finances

Being Poor Makes You Financially Responsible – by Not Made of Money

The Tools of a Blogger and a Developer – by Invest It Wisely

How You Can Build Wealth – by Financial Success for Young Adults

Four Easy Resolutions: Just Be Better – by Yes, I Am Cheap

Debt Snowflake Challenge #4, Getting Your Food Costs Under Control – by Mom’s Plans



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. How can you step it up to met the goal of 725? I say do a last minute campaign.

    • I’m going to increase my goal for February, and yes, I’ll most likely do a campaign. But, I want to make sure that I just don’t blindy run a promotion every time I want to increase my numbers. It would be best to do it with solid articles and eagerness to subscribe because of it.

  2. Thanks for the mention.

    Even if you can’t pay as much extra on the mortgage as you would like, it is nice to be in the position where you can pay cash for the washer and dryer. Hope you like the new one.

    • That is true. It is nice to be able to pay cash for the machines. I don’t think there’s too many people that do that. Thanks for keeping it all in perspective! 🙂

    • Thanks WOF! Good luck with your goals too! How’s everything going with you?

    • No problem LaTisha! I sure hope that my subscriber numbers start to skyrocket soon.

  3. Don’t worry about the mortgage payment. You are still putting down some extra. Plus, with new appliances you will hopefully save some money on utilities. Ans washing clothes is essential so it really isn’t something you can get around.

    Also, thanks for the inclusion. Much appreciated.

    • We actually didn’t own a washer and dryer before. These are our first ones ever! Haha. But yes, we will definitely get good use out of them.

  4. I would love to see what the chart look like. I would love to one day use this too. 😀

    • Excellent! I’ll put it on my “To-Do” list and have it up as soon as I can!

    • No problem Jacob. It was definitely interesting!

  5. Great job on the income, and thanks for the inclusion! 🙂

    • Thanks IIW, and no problem! Still loving your posts! 🙂

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