So, that clothes-pin budget tool I made last month: awesomeness!!!
It's working so well I made another for our BS3 goals. DH and I made a list of all of our upcoming wants and needs. They naturally broke into groups during our discussion: time-sensitive wants/needs (DH's ipad mini , a chicken coop, painting DS's room, prepping a garden for spring, a trip to Quebec City) followed by long-term big saving goals (the real meat of it- FFEF, new roof, new-to-us vehicle), followed by future wants (the gravy- wood stove, paydown our mortgage, retimrement savings, a dog, DH's Tesla ).
It's motivating to see what our next step is and to see that realistically, we can make it half way through our list within the next year (hopefully! *knock on wood*). We've stalled at the beginning of BS3 for almost 3 years now since DH has been in school we've saved like crazy to make schooling and moving and buying a house and having a second child happen on cash, we've crashed back to BS1 when we borrowed money from my father to buy our house, and now I feel like we're finally settled enough to actually move forward with BS3. I can't believe how awesome this whole process has been though. I love our simple lifestyle and hope we can whip through BS3. That FREEDOM and SECURITY makes me GITTY!!!! Tee hee hee!!
It's been lots of tough work and attention to detail, but I can finally see the light at the end of the freakin' tunnel. WOOHOO!!!