2010 in review

This year, I really started to get my money under control.

  • I knew my free overdraft had an expiration date on it, so stopped using it as a fallback and started keeping a cushion in my account.
  • I joined Kiwisaver and started contributing 4 per cent.
  • I worked full time, started saving consistently and supported the household when T was out of work for a few months.
  • I met my goal of saving $10,000 and started tracking my net worth.
  • And I earned $5500 in extra income.

I also started running (semi) regularly and am approximately 187342 times fitter than I was in January, when I couldn’t even run for five minutes.

I baked more things than I have ever baked cumulatively in my life to date.

I am a marginally better cook – sometimes I even make up dishes, and am more confident at ‘winging it’. I’ll even attempt cooking a steak unsupervised if the situation calls for it. But I take no responsibility for the end result.

I eat much better and eat a wider variety of things: this year I discovered veggies new and old that I actually like (albeit some in very small amounts). I’m looking at ya eggplant, carrots, pumpkin, radish, fennel, kumara, spinach, and silverbeet – rather than just the potatoes, beans and cauliflower I ate growing up.

Oh, and I’ve vastly increased my knowledge of geography thanks to Sporcle – which only seems appropriate for a wannabe traveller.

What have you accomplished this year?

5 thoughts on “2010 in review

  • Reply Financial Samurai December 28, 2010 at 18:24

    Good work! It’s always fun to read other people’s goals. Our lists are quite dissimilar don’t ya think?

  • Reply Investing Newbie December 29, 2010 at 03:01

    Hey eemusings!

    Let’s see. This year, I:

    1) Created a budget
    2) Start a 401K
    3) Started tracking my net worth, but then stopped
    4) Got into B-School
    5) Traveled to Panama

    Next year, I’m looking to be a little more fit, cook a little more, and also try my hand at being a little more appreciative of my life. But I guess that should be a post for Friday…

  • Reply Stephany December 29, 2010 at 10:45

    I’m still amazed that you have $10,000 in savings. That’s incredible!

    You’ve done a lot this year. Congrats!

  • Reply JK December 31, 2010 at 07:17

    You’ve got a great list there for 2010. You’ve achieved so much.

    I started taking control of my money this year as well, and I’m so glad that I did!

  • Reply Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer January 1, 2011 at 13:56

    You’ve had a great year! I bet you are better at cooking than you’re giving yourself credit for. To wing it takes confidence and skill.

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