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November 30, 2014

Weekly Goals: November 30, 2014

Welcome to our new weekly series… Accountability Partners. As a start to the new week, each Sunday we will post a goal we feel will help the Maroons make consistent progress in our efforts to leave the rat race. We encourage you to do the same so that as a Financial Independence community, we can all support each other. Report back on your successes and set-backs. Know that someone is out there (in the vast universe of the internet) wanting to help you reach your own financial victory.


What small step can help you march steadily towards your financial freedom? Let us help keep you on track to making it a reality!! What is your goal this week? Post it below…


After a wonderful weekend of family, food and football, I have one more F to add to the list… Festive!! Activities this weekend involved decking out the house with a full complement of Christmas decor. Which then leads me to the (obvious) realization that the gift giving season will be upon us before I can turn around.


I have a bad habit of waiting too late. I’m not out shopping on Christmas Eve (as I remember doing with my dad as a child). Though I do lean further that direction than the folks that are done buying, and even wrapping, before the calendar hits December. This predicament leaves me making hasty choices. And most importantly, feeling completely overwhelmed.


I’m a list maker. I like to have a plan. But these things fail me come Christmas shopping. Probably one of the reasons I don’t particularly care for the gift giving part – I’d much rather cook and enjoy good company than exchange gifts.


In an effort to help ease my burden over the next 25 days, my goal for this week is to make that PLAN. To make that LIST. I need to get myself organized. In my job I’ve often found myself thinking that an extra 10 minutes of planning on the front end might save an hour (and likely much more) in the closing stages. Now, I just need to apply that work lesson to real life.


Even Santa needs a list to keep him organized…


Do you have a plan for your shopping?


~ Mrs. Maroon

Bah Humbug!
Happy Thanksgiving!
  1. Comment by Mrs. Frugalwoods — November 30, 2014 @ 9:09 AM

    I like the idea for this series–very cool! I’m trying to be on top of gift giving this year too, but I’m always flummoxed by what to get a few of our family members. You’re right, starting early is key. I’ll join you in that goal!

    Mrs. Maroon Reply:

    You bring up a great point. I think it can be hard to make that plan because I don’t know what to get. It’s so easy to put it off when I’m unsure of what to buy. But that just makes it worse when the eleventh hour arrives!!

  2. Comment by Chela — November 30, 2014 @ 7:14 PM

    I’m definitely a list maker, too! Throughout the year I keep a list on my phone of who I want to get gifts for, and make notes of any gift ideas that pop up, that way, when I’m ready to do my shopping/crafting/baking, I’m not struggling to think of who might like what.

    Mrs. Maroon Reply:

    What an ingenious ideas! If only I could have such self discipline. I’ve heard of phone apps to help track gift plans. Doing all year would be such a huge help for me. I seem to be too short-sighted…

  3. Comment by Chela — November 30, 2014 @ 7:59 PM

    Oh I don’t use a special app, I love Evernote and use it for everything 🙂

    Mrs. Maroon Reply:

    I use Evernote also. It’s fantastic!!

  4. Comment by Jason @ Islands of Investing — December 1, 2014 @ 1:42 PM

    Good luck with getting that Christmas shopping done early! Luckily for me, my wife takes care of most of the gift buying, and it’s relatively straightforward given we have such a small extended family. But now there’s a few more babies with friends, so the gift purchasing list is starting to grow. One of her strategies is to order a bunch of childrens books and give a couple of these to each person.

    Mrs. Maroon Reply:

    I’m not worried about the kiddos – mostly because it’s just ours. And books are always the go to for kids. I’m more worried about the adults… Meaningful gifts, within a reasonable budget, is so difficult for me!

  5. Comment by Even Steven — December 1, 2014 @ 2:13 PM

    I worked with Slowly Sipping Coffee as they shared a spreadsheet which I customized more for my real estate heavy portfolio, opened up my eyes on some future goals I am looking to achieve to feel comfortable about retirement.

    Mrs. Maroon Reply:

    Awesome step towards your goals! I tend to be very conservative. So when it comes to thinking “is this really possible?” I add in lots of extra padding. Good to know that you’re more comfortable with your position. I may need to seek out Mrs. SSC here too. I understand she’s a whiz at Excel!!

  6. Comment by Tonya@Budget and the Beach — December 2, 2014 @ 8:36 AM

    I think it’s one of those things that’s easy to put off. I don’t particularly enjoy the activity of shopping, but thankfully I don’t really have to buy gifts for anyone. I’m with you in it being about the food and people and gathering. It would be much more relaxing if it was more like thanksgiving! 🙂

    Mrs. Maroon Reply:

    Yes, yes! Let’s make Christmas more like Thanksgiving. But keep one of the central meals as breakfast! So nice to have a big spread of breakfast – a meal that gets passed up for so many other holidays.

  7. Comment by Allison — December 2, 2014 @ 8:01 PM

    I am done shopping! I made a list at the beginning of November, and did all my shopping in one day! I still have to do cards though. I want to make december as easy and stress free as possible.

    Mrs. Maroon Reply:

    Awesome!! Good for you. The victory for me is that I already have my Christmas cards 🙂 In the past, we haven’t even taken a picture until after the tree is up – and I don’t believe in trees before Thanksgiving!

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