Some of you shared with me that you missed my savings progress bar on my blog’s homepage. Aw, thanks for your support! I tinkered around with the widget and was able to restore it to the sidebar.
We have two primary savings goals right now, and those are reflected in the status bar (second vehicle and house down payment).
We think sometime in the future we’ll be moving closer to family. If that comes to fruition, we’ll probably need to buy a second vehicle, since the areas we’re considering aren’t known for their great public transit.
The likely order of events will be to move to a rental apartment/house, buy a van, buy a house. Or we might buy a van shortly before we move. Whatever happens. But the vehicle will most likely need to happen before the house.
I think I have an idea of what we’d like to pay for a van — something that ought to last us a decade if we take care of it, but nothing too expensive. Tall order, right?
If we can come in under budget, then that’s all the more money we can put toward the house. If we find that we can’t find a van for that price and need to spend a little more, then that comes from the house fund, and we’ll just save for a little longer or lower our house price range.
To me, it makes the most sense to glob these two savings goals together since they do go hand-in-hand.
Of course, the dollar amount goes way up and it makes it bigger and scarier, and my progress bar moves slower that way. But whaddya do.
If all goes right, I think we can have 100% in the fund by this time next year.
We aren’t going gazelle-intense with it. We’re not throwing every spare dollar toward savings. We don’t *need* a van or a house right now, and we want to be able to buy things or experiences if we wanna.
But at the same time, we want to be able to have the money available to do with what we want when we’re ready to act, so we’re going to sock away as much as we can without feeling pinched.
GO, PINK PIGGY PROGRESS BAR!
k what are you saving for or paying off? Good luck!