As we wrap up our year, Jon, Little Bit and I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas.
We’ll be taking a couple of days off, so we’ll be back on Thursday the 29th with our thoughts about for the new year, but for now, I figured I’d look at where we are at the end of 2016.
Somehow, 2016 doesn’t feel that different from our 2015.
Maybe I’m just not looking hard enough. Once I start listing our accomplishments, they don’t sound so measly after all.
- Last year, we concentrated on cutting expenses. We cut more in 2016, including cable and (at least temporarily) satellite radio, nudged our utility bills way down, and (mostly) stayed in the grocery budget.
- We maintained our expense tracking for the entire year! Yay!
- Our net worth kept going up, due to careful spending and investment returns. We could do better but it beats going down.
- We kept our tenants. Much easier to keep good ones than find them.
- We paid off one of the rentals, reducing our debt and increasing our cash flow.
- We went on three(!) vacations, including finally taking Little Bit to the Magic Kingdom. We’d been talking about the last forever, so it’s good to knock it off the list and move on to other (hopefully less costly) destinations.
- Everyone’s healthy, and we spent plenty of time together.
- Jon and I taught Sunday school and made all of our church commitments, and I added a new volunteer gig at Little Bit’s school.
- Through December 20, we had 26.043 page views for the year.
- We had our first post go over 1000 views. Dollar Store Christmas Presents that Won’t Make You Feel Scroogish. Other popular posts include
- While not our most popular, these were our favorite posts to write:
- Are You Talking to Your Kid About Money? This is my interview with Little Bit, showing what she knows (and doesn’t).
- Thoughts on Flipping through a Company’s Annual Report If you have an individual stock, you might want to use the annual report as a time to review whether it’s still a good investment. Here’s a snarky guide to using your report to do that.
- Get Ready for Cold Weather with Jon’s “Winterize your Home” Checklist I really enjoyed Jon’s list, with a free printable for getting your home ready for winter.
- We doubled our Facebook likes (to a whopping 61), increased our number of subscribers, went from 400 to 1428 Twitter followers, and from 160 to 295 Pinterest followers.
- We did earn some revenue. Admittedly, it was $1.12 from Amazon.
What We Didn’t Do
No, we didn’t hit all our goals. I’ve struggled to set good habits and shed bad ones.
I need to figure out how to get more exercise and vegetables into my life, and I’d like to feel I was able to help more folks with our work on the blog.
And, reading Lindsay’s post over at Notorious D.E.B.T. this week, I’ve realized we’ve probably gone as far as we can go with cutting expenses. We did okay, but we need to crank up the revenue streams this year. While that may give me new things to write about, it probably won’t directly affect the blog.
Merry Christmas from JohnJaneDoe.com
Enjoy a Happy Holiday season from the Jividen family. We hope to see you in the next year as we continue on our journey to get our finances together.
Merry Christmas, y’all!
When you look back over 2016, what progress do you see?