Previously I posted our 2014 savings goal numbers, I have a couple of other goals to list as well.
Back in March 2012 I posted about wanting to install plantation shutters in our front, first floor bedroom. Well, almost two years later, we've not made any progress on this goal, although we have accomplished other house projects.
So, for 2014 my goal is to replace the cheap plastic blinds (that have been up since we bought the house almost 10 years ago) in the front bedroom. You will note that I've not renewed the goal to have plantation shutters installed. While that is still a goal, I recognize that plantation shutters are both an expensive and time consuming project. I will, eventually, have plantation shutters installed, but for now my plan is to order blinds to replace the crappy plastic ones.
I've settled on a blind company. But, I have not decided on whether I'm going to order blinds or roman shades, much of that will depend on pricing. Many of our windows that need replacement window treatments are the same size, either as a single window, group of two or group of three. Off the top of my head, I have 6 bedroom windows, 2 study windows, 2 laundry windows). As a result, the blinds that I order now can, at some point, be moved from the front bedroom (after I get my shutters), to the back bedroom, to the study, etc. Said another way, even though I still plan to get shutters the blinds/shades that I plan to order now will not be wasted when I want to upgrade to shutters. Even at $100 a window (a high end budget), $400 in blinds will make me very happy (plus we've saved that money in our house account).
Also on the agenda this year is an office upgrade. We are going to do an Ikea cabinet and bookshelf built in hackplus new paint and our budget is $1000.
Finally, a debt goal. At present our debt load is @$538,000. I would like to get our debt below $500,000 in 2014. I have no idea if that is a reasonable goal or not. I've got to do some number crunching since we did not include any additional mortgage prepayment in our 2014 goals.