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Friday, January 14, 2011

The nitty gritty of planning your dream

In my last post, I talked about making plans for the dream. Today, because I'm definitely in Type-A mode, I'm actually working on those plans. I thought it would be helpful for others to see my process. And, if you have anything to contribute, I'd love to hear it.

At this point, the house plan is going to mean making a list of what we need to do to the house to sell it, figure out how much it will cost, and how long it will take, and plan accordingly. Which sounds daunting, and for us, lots of steps, so I'm going to break down a different goal.

Another goal I have is that I'd like to take a nice family vacation. Which is easier to plan. So for illustration's sake, here's what I'm going to do:
1. Decide where to go. (I'd like to do a family cruise, but have to discuss with hubby.)
2. Find out how much it will cost. The one I priced that sounds fun is $2500, plus I estimate about $800 for airfare. Add in some spending money at about $500, and just to make it a round number, I'll call it $4000.
3. Now I've got to figure out how to get $4000. If I save $100/month, we can do the trip in 40 months, just over 3 years.

Time to start saving!!

What about you? Do you have a goal that you can break down to make a reality? What's your plan of attack?


Kay Day said...

The kids will be at great ages for the trip in three years, too!
But that seems so far away. I'm not good at waiting.
I'm also not good at breaking the big picture up into smaller pictures. I see what I want, but figuring out the steps is really hard.
Good thing I'm married to someone who's opposite!

Danica Favorite said...

Kay, the um... Organized... way of doing this scares my hubby a lot. And yes, it does seem far away. But it's a lot better (I hope!) than saying "someday" and someday never coming.