Whooboy. It's been crazy.
First off, the
Before the ink had dried on the reports, I went off to see my family. I had told everyone that my Christmas gifts to them were my presence (plane tickets), but that well-intentioned plan didn't stand up to the Giftmas onslaught.
I will never. ever. EVER! wait until the last minute to gift shopping. I felt like I'd been robbed by brigands. Not only did I end up buying more than I planned, but because I was away from home, I didn't use my discount at the Souk to drop the total cost. OUCH.
Never again. Even if it's little token gifts, I'll get them throughout the year, and avoid the sticker shock b!tch-slap I got from the Mall. Luckily, I used a debit card, so all the cost is paid at the time of sale.
Even so, I see a few bean&rice dinners this January.
The financial plans for this year are very much like that for the previous: I need to check and update my totals, and go from there.
I spent 2007 working hard, but not working smart. In 2008, I want to work hard and work smart, and really knock out those goals.