Focused in ’14 – Monthly challenges to give you the best year of your life.

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I don't know about you, but 2013 was a bit of an interesting year. One of positive growth and change, but also one of overwhelming ups and downs and a lot of “figuring out as I go”- ness. It was busy and exciting and new (all great things), but I kept feeling like I was constantly treading water and never really getting on top of things. This year I've decided to turn it all around.

This year I'm looking AHEAD. I'm getting focused. I'm going to stop getting distracted and bogged down by the daily grind, and focus on the things that will catapult me ahead in life. I'm going to get organized, fit, healthy; will prioritize, and will take charge so I stay one step ahead of my life instead of jogging to keep up. The good news? I want to do it right along with you (…or any of you who feel the same way I do, that is).

Thus, I introduce to you, the new FCF year-long campaign for positive change in our lives…Focused in '14.

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Here's how it will work:

  • Each month we will have a theme; something to work on in our own lives that will make us absolute ROCKSTARS.
  • Don't worry, posts will go on as usual so for those who don't want to participate, don't you worry, FCF will go on as usual! But I will try to tie in many of the posts to the challenge for those following along.
  • There will be weekly challenges within the month. Try them! Do them! Get your friends and family involved! Trust me, they will be fun, and they WILL make your life better if you give it the good ol' college try.
  • Participate on social media! Use the hashtag #Focusedin14 for pictures and status updates on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest…and anything else that uses hashtags…? #SnailMailEventuallyI'mSure
  • There will be giveaways for participating! We will be giving away at least $100-value price EACH MONTH for those who play along! (Now you're listening, aren't you?) It will be fun to see everyone's progress and how we are each molding the challenges to make them work for us. Really, can you imagine the ideas that will be shared?! I'm giddy just thinking about it…

Here's an idea of all the juicy focusing you can expect throughout the year:

January: Focus on Finances

Helping our wallets recover from their Holiday Hangover! We'll focus on simple budgeting, doing a cash system for 1-month, getting back-to-basics, debt vs savings, and a week-long spending freeze challenge! Buy everything you need now, because starting January 5 no spending a dime for 7 days!

February: Focus on Relationships

It is the month of love, after all! We will work on being more selfless, spending quality time with those we care about, fun/cheap/free date ideas, how to have an affordable Valentine's day, affordable ways to show love (platonic and romantic), and more.

March: Focus on Fitness

By now, most of us have fizzled out of our New Year's Resolutions…but not over here at FCF! We will do a 10lb challenge, will discover healthy recipes, will learn lots of great (simple) exercises to do at home (even while brushing your teeth!), will learn cheap/free ways to be active, beauty health and wellness tips, and more.

April: Focus on Organization

Ahh…spring is in the air, and we all know what that means…the spring cleaning itch. We will do a 22-day organization challenge, will learn to make affordable cleaning products, will learn quick and easy ways to clean/organize things, and will have tons of printables for organizing every aspect of your life.

May: Focus on Change

“Change” often times means “bad” in our minds. But really, change can be great! This month we'll work on shaking things up a bit and welcoming change into our lives. Rearrange a room, learn to do your hair or makeup in a new way, try a new recipe, learn a more efficient way to do something. We'll have lots of tutorials for new things to try!

June: Focus on Summer

Whoa, is it summer already?? This month we'll focus on making it the best summer ever! Plan out your activities in advance, learn cheap travel tricks, summer party ideas on a dime, great summer recipes,  and yes, we might even just have to show you how to get your body bikini-ready in no time!

July: Focus on Family

The kids are home…bored…and driving you nuts. This month we'll focus on all things family. Fun activities to do with your family, games and get-to-know you activities you've probably never tried, how to grow closer as a family, and we'll even have a hands-free week that I hope you all participate in!

August: Focus on FUN

Summer is ending, but the fun is just starting! This month we're going to learn to let loose and live a little! Dance parties in your kitchen, getting outside and playing, doing something a little crazy, shaking off inhibition and making this month one of the funnest of our lives. Will include lots of cheap and easy party ideas so we can spread the fun to others.

September: Focus on Learning

Back to school time! Why do our kids need to be the only ones learning new things throughout the year? This month we are shaking the cobwebs off our brains and will learn lots of new things! Tutorials, crafts, even a FCF book group. Let's encourage ourselves to keep our brains fresh and active, just as we encourage our own kids. And of course, we will cover lots of back-to-school tips and tricks.

October: Focus on the Holidays

Holidays? Seriously? Already? Yes, it's true! This year at FCF we are going to be ahead of the game. Expect lots of checklists and “holiday prep” ideas to keep you stress free this year for the Holidays. We'll start shopping for gifts early, and we'll even have some challenges to help you save enough money for Christmas…in one month!

November: Focus on Thanks

‘Tis the season for thanks and giving, after all. Let us work on finding gratitude in everything. We will also have plenty of tips and tricks to get you ready for Thanksgiving, and lots of fun/cheap/free ways to show thanks to others.

December: Focus on Others

It's the most wonderful time of the year. This month will be all things OTHERS. Gift-giving, random acts of kindness, service to others, hosting parties, playing hostess to visiting friends and family, we will cover it all. Let's turn the tables and exercise our ability to focus on others…and in return, better ourselves.

What a fun year, right?? Now again, you certainly don't have to participate in the challenges, FCF will run as usual. But I don't know about you, I'm really looking forward to getting organized and ahead this year, and I really think these challenges will help!


So come on! Grab a button, pledge it to the world, and let's make change happen this year.

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So what do you say? LET'S DO THIS!

*fist bump* *triple clap around the back* *finger hook snap clap* *chest bump**grunt like a man!*



Be sure to catch up on all our other Focused on 14 posts HERE


  1. AvatarChristine says

    I’m kind of excited now! Seeing your post today inspired me to make up a spreadsheet for my entire 2014 budget.. I’ve got a little more information to plug in, but I’m totally psyched right now!! I’m not a ‘new years resolution’ kinda girl, but I guess it’s as good a time as any to focus on things I should have been doing all along! Thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait to see what other tricks you have up your sleeve!

  2. AvatarAngie says

    I’m totally psyched about this! I also want to stop treading water and plan ahead from the shore so I can enjoy the ride. Like Christine, I just got a little head start by recording the balance of all my credit cards and what I can get paid off and by when. .. I’ll try to do the challenges!

  3. AvatarBrittany says

    Love it! I don’t have an instagram (saving money by not having a smart phone 🙂 ) so I don’t think I can win any prizes but it will still be fun to play along. Thanks for this, Jordan!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Brittany, you can still play along on your computer! Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and even Instagram can all be accessed on your computer! So yes, please play along 🙂

  4. AvatarBrooke says

    Sounds really great. I want to do it. I am having a new baby in February and I have 2 year old twins. I hope I can keep up with the challenges.

  5. AvatarLinda W says

    I’m ready for anything new! I’m signing up for the virtual Frugality Boot Camp. I better do it today since there is no spending starting tomorrow. Thanks for all you do for us, you ROCK!

  6. AvatarDenise F. says

    Jordan, when I retired, 8 years ago, I followed the Dave Ramsey Plan to pay off all of my bills. Since then I have slid back and decided, when doing my 1/19 budget to get back on board. Thank God my home and car are paid off so I will get this done. TY for your encouragement!

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