Goal Updates 3/21

Goal Updates 3/21

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1. Read at least one new book a month
This month has been filled with mostly class time so my reading has been used up on reading my textbook. My book for the month has been Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book. It comes with a cd that includes files to work on that are labeled per chapter to help you along with each of the lessons in the book. It has been a great help in gaining my skills in Illustrator and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning to use the program.

2. Make $800 in side hustle income by May 1st
I have a feeling I’m going to have to extend the deadline for this one. I have started earning some additional income and been able to tuck it away in savings but not at the rate I was hoping for. My earnings have come from tutoring, blog consulting and affiliate income. I’m hoping to be up and selling on eBay or Craigslist soon as well. I have a storage unit full of things that I could probably do without.

3. Work out at least 3 days a week
I haven’t been able to get in 3 workouts at the gym but I have been doing some workouts throughout my day to keep me in decent shape and not put on any weight. School is finally over this week so I will be going back full force starting this weekend into next week. I’ve found a routine that I’m going to try out on Bodybuilding.com.

4. Eat breakfast at home and bring my lunch to work every day
I have finally had some success in this goal. I was sick quite a bit last week and missed some work so I was able to eat at home for my lunch and breakfast thanks to that but I also remembered to prepare a few lunches and took my breakfast most mornings. My waistline appreciates the diligent efforts

5. Blog at least 4 days a week
This has been a pretty sad week for 20 Something Syndrome. I’ve been overwhelmed with school and some personal issues and haven’t been much in the mood to talk to people much less blog. I’m getting in better sorts though and hope with the coming weeks things will just continue to get better.

No Spend Challenge

As far as going out to eat goes I’ve been doing pretty great. Not shopping has proven to be the challenge though. I’ve had some events and car troubles come up that have had me dipping into savings, noooo!

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The Cost of Pet Care

cost of pet careEver since I was a little girl I’ve always grown up with cats and dogs in the house. Into adulthood I couldn’t go long without starting the search for pets of my own. I started out with one cat, then two, then two cats and a dog. I love all of my pets dearly but being the young enthusiastic adult that I was I didn’t take into consideration the high cost of pet care.

I like to think I’m a relatively frugal person that is able to seek out great deals and even with doing so animals will set you back a pretty penny.

For my precious girl Winnie I’ve already put out nearly $250 on vet bills including her first rounds of shots and getting her fixed. There are low cost sterilization clinics, you just have to seek them out and be flexible on scheduling. I was able to get her fixed for $60 which is way cheaper than most veterinary clinics and we saw no complications.

In addition to medical expenses you also have to consider the cost of food, shelter, toys and other necessities. I probably spend about $21 a month on food and at least $10 a month on new toys to replace the ones that get destroyed. One thing that I’ve been blessed with is not having to put out money on shelter. I have very wonderful family and friends that have been willing to keep an eye on her when I’ve gone out of town.

Cost breakdown per year:
Medical expenses : $250
Food: $252
Toys: $120

Total cost: Approx. $622
And that’s just for one pet!

If you are considering getting a pet you should definitely consider the costs of caring for one. Adopting a new family friend is wonderful but you need to make certain you are going to be able to provide.

How have you pets improved your life?