Well... the holidays are officially over.
We passed out all our homemade items and everything was a HUGE hit, especially the buckeye necklaces to our OSU fans. (Total cost: about $10 for all of them). We also bought a "sugar waffle" iron, like they make at festivals around here, and made a bunch of sugar waffles for my dad. And then we gave them to him, wrapped in a bow, with the iron and the recipe. He said we really outdid ourselves! And the best part was: total cost $13.
We actually (and I know how crass this sounds, but hear me out)... We made money this christmas. Between cash from grandparents, and gift cards. We received more (monetarily, of course) than we spent. I hope this non-consumerist mentality rubs off on some of my family. We end up basically swapping cash, because we don't know each other very well. But instead, this year we put alot of thought into our gifts, and happened to spend less in the process.
So that adds up to a $300 extra payment to the car loan this month!
Goals for 2009:
Pay off Car Loan by April
Begin Saving the EF, 8k by December (total goal 15k)
Go to the gym 2/week and lose 10 lbs, and keep it off!
Install new flooring in house.